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 accommodation across Japan

    • 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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    • Cycle Hotel ONOMICHI U2

      Cycle Hotel ONOMICHI U2 (Onomichi)

      The aptly named Hotel Cycle is part of ONOMICHI U2, a bike-friendly enclave which opened in March 2014 to serve the cycling community at the mouth of the Shimanami Kaido cycle route.

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    • Tajimaya Minshuku

      Tajimaya Minshuku (Magome)

      If you're looking for an authentic, traditional experience, the Tajimaya Minshuku is an excellent choice.

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    • 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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    • Shirakabaso

      Shirakabaso (Kamikochi)

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

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Active destinations across Japan

    • Hongu


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

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    • Kamikochi


      Soaring mountains, crystal clear streams, monkeys, rare plants, gentle strolls, challenging climbs

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    • Japan Alps

      Japan Alps

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

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    • Onomichi


      A medium-sized town located on the southern coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, 80km west of Hiroshima.

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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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    • Yakushima


      The island of Yakushima is one of those magical places that those who visit will never forget.

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