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.
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.
Local train (1.00 hour(s), 80km)
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.
Kumano Hongu Taisha Hike
Local bus (0.75-0.50 hours)
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
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.
Kumano Nachi Taisha Hike
Local train (1.00 hour(s))
Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.
Wakayama Castle Visit
Local train (1.50 hour(s))
Bullet train (60km)
Stroll along the Philosopher's Walk and explore the historic side of Kyoto, visiting the famous sites of the Golden and Silver pavillions.
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
Silver Pavilion Visit
Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.
Local train (2.00 hour(s), 300km)
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.
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Onomichi to Ikuchi Jima
Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Ikuchi Jima to Imabari City
Local bus (1.25 hour(s), 40km)
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.
Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial
Ferry (2.50 hour(s))
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.
Miyajima Island Visit
Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.
Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
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Trip Name: Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak
Duration: 13 Days
From Price: 2736
Trip Code: 154199
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