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

    • Ku Nel Asob

      Ku Nel Asob (Iya Valley)

      The Ku Nel Asob is a superb budget accommodation option. Luxurious it is not, but it is homely, welcoming and down-to-earth – in short, everything you could want from a stay in the Japanese countryside.

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Active destinations across Japan

    • Iya Valley

      Iya Valley

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

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    • Iriomote


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

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    • Hongu


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

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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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    • Minakami


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

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    • Japan Alps

      Japan Alps

      Spectacular mountain range of dramatic peaks many over 3000 metres high.

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