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Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Get off the beaten track in Japan and experience parts of the country other big-city tours tend to skip. This tour of the Land of the Rising Sun includes something for every active passenger. Take in major cultural touchstones like Osaka and Hiroshima, along with lesser known areas. Hike along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular temples, cycle across islands as you follow the Shimanami Kaido, and kayak around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima. Every view is that much sweeter when you've worked for it.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Freshwater Kayaking, Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Road Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AJHB.B/201405
  • Starts: Osaka, Japan
  • Finishes: Tokyo, Japan
You will Visit
  • Osaka
  • Chikatsuyu
  • Katsuura
  • Wakayama
  • Kyoto
  • Onomichi
  • Ikuchi Jima
  • Matsuyama
  • Hiroshima-shi
  • Tokyo

Itinerary

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Day 1: Osaka

Arrive at any time.
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city.

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Day 2: Osaka/Chikatsuyu

Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.

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Day 3: Chikatsuyu/Katsuura

Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan. Afterwards, board a bus for coastal Katsuura.

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Day 4: Katsuura/Wakayama

Hike to Japan's largest waterfall and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, an ancient site along this pilgrimage trail, before heading to Wakayama for the night.

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Day 5: Wakayama/Kyoto

Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.

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Day 6: Kyoto

Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto.

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Day 7: Kyoto/Onomichi

Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.

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Day 8: Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima

Enjoy a day of cycling across bridges and islands to the south of Honshu, exploring small villages along the way. Spend the night in a ryokan inn on Ikuchi Jima and savour a traditional kaiseki meal.

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Day 9: Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama

Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.

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Day 10: Matsuyama/Hiroshima

Transfer by ferry to Hiroshima. This afternoon visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the city's tragic history.
The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.

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Day 11: Hiroshima

Travel to the island of Miyajima from Hiroshima. Hop into a kayak and paddle out to the iconic torii gate which floats in the bay.

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Day 12: Hiroshima/Tokyo

Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.

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Day 13: Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hiking the Kumano Kodo Trail (3 days)
    • Wakayama Castle visit
    • Fushimi Inari Shrine visit
    • Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route (2 days)
    • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
    • Miyajima Island visit with sea kayaking
    • Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel (9 nts), guesthouse (3 nts)
    • 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Local train, local bus, bicycle, kayak, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route
  • Cycle between islands in rural Japan
  • Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
  • Explore Wakayama castle
  • Kayak to the famous floating torii gate at Miyajima