Active holidays in Japan

Wander the ancient pilgrimage routes of the Kumano Kodo, scramble up the rocky scree to the top of Mount Fuji, walk in the footsteps of samurai as you trace your way along the Nakasendo Highway or trek through mangroves on jungle-clad Iriomote - we can arrange short day walks or multi-day hiking itineraries of all lengths and difficulties.

If cycling is your game, challenging routes through mountainous rural regions offer 1,000-metre climbs, long sweeping descents and spectacular scenery to satisfy even the most indomitable cyclist.

The vast majority of Japan's population is squeezed into towns and cities that occupy less than 30% of the country's total area, leaving huge swathes of mountainous and undeveloped terrain ripe for exploration. With steaming volcanoes, vast forests and abundant nature occupying the length and breadth of the country, it couldn't be easier to incorporate a bit of the great outdoors into your itinerary. 

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Active itineraries

Active accommodation across Japan

    • Shirakabaso

      Shirakabaso (Kamikochi)

      This Japanese-style hotel has lovely views of the surrounding mountains from the traditional rooms.

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    • Shiki no Yado Onoaida

      Shiki no Yado Onoaida (Yakushima)

      The Shiki no Yado Onoaida is a friendly, welcoming and well-kept Japanese inn, located amid the beautiful scenery of the southern part of Yakushima. This inn is testament to the truth that superb accommodation in Japan needn't cost the earth.

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Active destinations across Japan

    • Hongu

      Hongu

      Hongu is home to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, one of three great shrines of Kumano

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    • Minakami

      Minakami

      Japan's premier adventure destination for rafting, canyoning and bungee jumping.

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    • Mount Asahi

      Mount Asahi

      Mount Asahi is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido and is excellent for summer hiking or winter skiing.

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    • Iya Valley

      Iya Valley

      Deep valleys, untamed rivers, soaring mountains; Iya Valley is Japan's last true hidden frontier.

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    • Iriomote

      Iriomote

      Dense jungle and mangrove and possible the world's rarest wild cat, the mysterious Iriomote Lynx

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    • Kurashiki

      Kurashiki

      Picturesque canals, one of Japan's finest art museums, fascinating history and truly great coffee!

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