Honshu Hiking

Self Guided Adventure


Honshu Hiking

16 Nights: from US$4134 per person (twin share) Trip Code: HIKJPN

From the sacred pilgrimage trails of the Kumano Kodo to the ancient Nakasendo Way samurai route, this active itinerary takes you on some of the best multi-day hikes Japan has to offer, combined with city stays in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Read more >

Japan is a hiker's paradise. From the peaks of the Japan Alps to valleys of ancient forests, there is an incredible array of routes to suit walkers of any level. We have picked out our favourite hikes around the main island of Honshu and combined them with stays in Japan's most exciting cities to give you the perfect combination of nature and urban life.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Tokyo is all about the neon lights and glitzy districts. But located in western Tokyo just an hour's train ride from the centre of the city is Mount Takao, proud owner of three stars in the Michelin Green Guide. At 599m it makes for a great day-hike, and offers plenty of scenic vistas as you head up the trail - on a clear day you can even see Mt Fuji from the summit.

Matsumoto in the foothills of the Japan Alps is famous for its striking 'Black Crow' castle and tasty soba noodles. It makes a perfect stop before heading deeper into the hills for a two day hike along the historic Nakasendo Way in the Kiso Valley. This samurai route is dotted with little wooden postal towns, and walking is the best way to enjoy the beautifully preserved towns and forest paths along the route from Magome to Narai.

Historically the Nakasendo Way connected Matsumoto with the old capital, Kyoto, which is the next stop on your journey. As the religious and cultural heart of the country, the 'City of A Thousand Temples' has more to see than it's physically possible to fit into a visit. One of our favourite half-day excursions from the city is the picturesque but off-the-radar hike from the hamlet of Kibune to the quaint hot spring town of Kurama Onsen, where you can relax in the onsen pools at the end of your walk.

From Kyoto you'll head south down the Kii Peninsula to reach the ancient pilgrimage trails of the Kumano Kodo in Wakayama. The routes, which date back a thousand years, criss-cross the peninsula and connect the three grand shrines known as the Kumano Sanzan - Nachi Taisha, Hongu Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha. Your five day hike will follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims as you make your way along the old Imperial Nakahechi route from Kii-Tanabe on the west coast over to Kii-Katsuura on the east, along valleys, past rural villages, and through verdant forests, all the while staying at a fascinating mix of traditional ryokan and family-run inns.

Rounding off your trip is a visit to Osaka. The city's reputation as 'Kansai's Kitchen' is well-deserved; a favourite of foodies everywhere, it's the perfect place to tuck into delicious street food while enjoying the laid back vibe of Japan's second biggest city.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Accommodation for 16 nights (seven nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast each morning, seven evening meals and four lunches
  • Airport transfers
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • All train travel between destinations
  • Seven day Japan Rail Pass
  • Full day private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Nakasendo Trail map
  • Kumano Kodo orientation and guidebook
  • Same-day luggage forwarding service between all destinations in the Kumano Kodo
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding (outside the Kumano Kodo)

Trip Highlights

  • Walk the Nakasendo samurai route
  • Explore the exciting cities of Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka
  • Hike the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails
  • Day trip to Mount Takao & Kurama Onsen
  • Stay in family-run traditional accommodation
  • Visit the “black crow” castle of Matsumoto
  • Admire Nachi-no-Otaki, Japan's tallest waterfall
  • Try hot spring bathing and hearty Japanese cuisine

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Honshu Hiking - 17 Days - Accommodation

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