New Tours from Walk Japan

The arrival of autumn in Japan is a spectacular sight and Walk Japan, which specialises in walking tours that take visitors out of the country’s buzzing cities and into Japan’s stunning countryside

10-day Kunisaki Trek

The tour begins in the coastal city of Fukoka on the island of Kyushu and finishes in Yufuin, a popular hotspring resort in the shaow of Moutn Yufu.

Under the expert guidance of a Walk Japan tour leader, this route follows in the footsteps of monks, who have walked through the mountains of the Kunisaki Peninsula for more than a thousand years.

The ancient trails take walkers through the forests of the Kunisaki Peninsula, which is what makes this tour such a great one for those looking to see the stunning autumnal colours of the changing season.

The Kunisaki Peninsula is nestled into the western end of Japan’s Inland Sea on Kyushu, the most westerly island of the Japanese archipelago. But the peninsula may as well have fallen off the map, for few Japanese, and even fewer foreigners, know of its existence. Modern Japan has left this quiet haven of rural life largely untouched. It was, though, for many centuries an important centre of Shugendo, the earliest form of Buddhism in Japan and quite different to the later arrival Zen Buddhism.

Experienced trekkers will thoroughly enjoy the ancient trails, which are now largely forgotten. These provide excellent walking through sleepy hamlets, verdant forests, along craggy ridges and over towering cliffs. On route we pass many stone Buddha statues, large and small, and the caves where monks once found shelter.

This tour immerses hikers in Japanese culture of the past and present, and they have the opportunity to enjoy Japanese cooking at its best, luxuriate in hot springs and simply gaze at the beautiful scenery.

How much? Prices lead in at £2,271 per person and includes a Walk Japan tour leader; 9 nights’ accommodation; 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point. Flights are not included.

Departures dates to see the autumn colours: 5 November and 19 November

Six-day Mount Fuji Circuit

Begins in Tokyo and finishes in the hotspring resort of Hakone

The Mt Fuji Circuit is a walking tour of the hills and and countryside surrounding Japan’s iconic peak so is a breathtaking adventure of autumnal colours.

This tour is a classic mixture of urban, rural and mountain terrain that introduces both historic and modern Japan, with fabulous views of Mt Fuji, the surrounding mountains and lakes. The final day is spent relaxing in the thermal hot springs of Hakone.

How much? The six-day tour costs from £1,422 per person and includes a Walk Japan tour leader; 5 nights’ accommodation; 5 breakfasts and 5 evening meals; and travel from tour start point to finish point. Flights are not included.

Departures dates to see the autumn colours: 10 November

To book go to www.walkjapan.com

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