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Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak
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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: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154199
Starts: Osaka, Japan Finishes: Tokyo, Japan
You will Visit
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Osaka

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

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Osaka/Chikatsuyu (1B, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Chikatsuyu Hike

Transport:
Local train (1.00 hour(s), 80km)

03

Day 3: Chikatsuyu/Katsuura (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Kumano Hongu Taisha Hike

Transport:
Local bus (0.75-0.50 hours)
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Katsuura/Wakayama (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Kumano Nachi Taisha Hike

Transport:
Local train (1.00 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Wakayama/Kyoto (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Wakayama Castle Visit

Transport:
Local train (1.50 hour(s))
Bullet train (60km)

06

Day 6: Kyoto (1B)

Stroll along the Philosopher's Walk and explore the historic side of Kyoto, visiting the famous sites of the Golden and Silver pavillions.

Included Activities:
Philosopher's Walk
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
Silver Pavilion Visit

07

Day 7: Kyoto/Onomichi (1B)

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

Transport:
Local train (2.00 hour(s), 300km)

08

Day 8: Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Onomichi to Ikuchi Jima

09

Day 9: Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Ikuchi Jima to Imabari City

Transport:
Local bus (1.25 hour(s), 40km)

10

Day 10: Matsuyama/Hiroshima-shi (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Peace Park and Museum Visit

Transport:
Ferry (2.50 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Hiroshima-shi (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Miyajima Island Visit
Sea Kayaking

12

Day 12: Hiroshima-shi/Tokyo (1B)

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

Transport:
Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))

13

Day 13: Tokyo (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hiking the Kumano Kodo Trail
    • Wakayama Castle visit
    • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
    • Silver Pavilion Visit
    • Philosopher's Walk
    • Cycling along Shimanami Kaido
    • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
    • Miyajima Island visit and sea kayaking
    • Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel (9 nts), Guesthouse (3 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Local train, local bus, bike, walking, kayak
    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
  • Walk along the Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto
  • Explore Wakayama castle
  • Kayak to the famous floating torii gate at Miyajima