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Saturday, 5th May 2018

Selling Travel - Rowena Marella-Daw

Think of Japan and chances are you'll think of the tourist mainstays; Tokyo, Mt Fuji, cherry blossom and geisha. But as Rowena Marella-Daw explains, there are plenty of ways to escape the crowds, transcend the superficial and experience a more traditional and complex Japan. Increasingly, travellers are looking for more holistic experiences and in-depth encounters. There are a wealth of opportunities of this nature in Japan, from stays in temple lodgings deep in the mountains to ninja lessons, dedicated gastronomic holidays, wellness breaks and walking holidays well off the beaten track. With two major international sporting events on the horizon, there has never been a better time to get out there and experience the best of Japan.

InsideJapan's 16-night Honshu Hiking Self-Guided Adventure includes trekking along the Nakasendo Way, stays in family-run ryokan accommodation and a five-day journey along the Kii Peninsula's Kumano Kodo trails, one of only two UNESCO registered pilgrimage routes in the world.