A New Insight Of Japan Off-the-beaten-path
Cherry blossom season is highly anticipated every season, and even though somewhat curtailed this year, one can still explore the land of the rising sun and the glory of cherry blossoms via the safety and comfort of the armchair. There isn’t a better time to fire the imagination and whet the appetite in preparation for when the blossoms bloom next.
Away from the commercialism of all things sakura, Walk Japan has a range of tours tailored to take travellers away from the crowded hotspots in order to admire these transient blooms. The off-the-beaten-path tours blend the wonders of nature with a rich, unforgettable cultural immersion. Whether it’s a relaxing hot spring trail, a self-guided tour through spiritual islands or an exploration of the Japan’s greatest cities, travellers can expect nothing short of a tranquil journey filled with gastronomic delight, breath-taking views and self-discovery.
Oita Hot Spring Trail
A gentle guided walking trail that leads from hot spring to hot spring in rural Oita, the onsen capital of Japan.
On this tour, visitors enjoy onsen and visit beautiful rural areas surrounded by forested valleys, including a stroll along the Yabakei riverbanks, where a classic row of Japanese cherry trees bloom. Oita’s iconic near-white cherry blossom petals float down onto the pathway, making for a picture-perfect nature walk.
A tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Kyoto, this route brings travellers on a journey through the heartland of Japan between three of its greatest cities: Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto to discover the core of the country’s history, culture and society.
Visit iconic sites like Edo Castle, where stunning cherry blossom trees decorate the surrounding moats.
Self-Guided Shikoku Wayfarer
This self-guided tour brings travellers into the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, a beautiful rural and spiritual region strongly associated with Kukai, one of Japan’s salient spiritual figures.
The journey covers Shikoku’s four provinces, visiting charming temples, Japanese-style hotels and family-run inns. This route starts in Tokushima, where travellers can admire Kira no Edo-higan-zakura, one of the largest cherry trees in the region with pastel pink blooms that adorn the branches of this 400-year-old national monument.
Izu Geo Trail
This tour brings travellers on a walking exploration of the Izu Peninsula with excellent walks along coastal trails. With a route that leads through natural springs, onsen hot spring baths and fishing villages, this tour is best recommended for travellers who love seafood as some of the freshest fish is available on this tour.
Along the way, travellers will also visit the town of Matsuzaki, one of the best places to view flourishing cherry blossoms against the breath-taking backdrop of Mt. Fuji.
A two-day guided walk through the cityscape and history of one of Japan’s greatest cultural capitals. From learning about Japan’s tea culture to visiting some of 2,000 temples and shrines, travellers will get to discover the diverse cultures of the country. Ryoan-ji temple and its zen garden is a site not to be missed with fragrant cherry blossoms in full bloom, the perfect setting for travellers to centre themselves and discover the spirit of Japan.