Japan

Adventure on Ancient Trails 16 days

What better way to explore a country than through a combination of both its landscapes and cityscapes. This trip is designed not only for adventurous but also for the traveller who likes to include an element of gentle activity while on holiday.

Arriving in the pulsating metropolis of Tokyo your first full day will be spent exploring the city with your guide on foot. After a fast-paced street food tour leave Tokyo for the Japanese Alps where you’ll spend two days exploring the spectacular mountain scenery of Kamikochi.

Heading south to Tsumago you’ll enjoy a gentle walk along your first pilgrimage trail of this trip, the Nakkessendo Way set deep in the Kiso Valley before continuing on your journey through the mountains by train to Takayama high in the Japanese Alps and home to one of our favourite Japanese ingredients – Hida beef (lesser known than Kobe beef, but equally delicious!) You’ll sample this and many other local dishes on your food tour before burning so off some of those calories on a cycle trip around the small neighbouring town of Hida-Furukawa.

Onwards for 3 nights in the cultural capital of Kyoto where you’ll explore the city on two wheels before heading to the nearby UNESCO wetland site of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Your trip crescendos as you embark upon the journey to the Kumono Kodo region situated in the Kii Mountain Range on the southern peninsula of Honshu, that has drawn pilgrims for over a thousand years. The spectacular pilgrimage routes are footpaths that wind along the coast through the forested mountains, connecting sacred sites. Spend three days exploring the shrines, trails and onsens before concluding this brilliant trip in what we would arguably call the foodie capital of Japan, Osaka.

As with all our itineraries, we have created free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 4 5 - 6
First Class$5,667$5,355$5,129

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

A brand new hotel addition in the heart of the up-and-coming, lively Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, the Hotel Gracery has the advantage of a wide and varied range of shops, bars and restaurants on its doorstep.…
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Taisyoike Hotel

Overlooking the misty surface of Taisho-ike Pond (modestly named, as it is actually a rather impressive lake!) The Taisyoike Hotel offers comfortable accommodation, good food and dependable service in remote, scenic surroundings…
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Daikichi

In a quiet setting, just a stroll away from central Tsumago, Daikichi is conveniently located for exploring the old Nakasendo Way...
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Ryokan Asunaro

Centrally located in downtown Takayama, within 10 minutes’ walk of the train station and a short stroll from the Sanmachi Suji quarter, the Ryokan Asunaro follows the traditional Japanese inn style, with considered modern touches...
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Hotel Vista Premio

When it comes to city hotels, it’s all about a central location and the Hotel Vista Premio certainly ticks this box. Tucked away in a quiet side street, just off the main Kawaramachi Dori road, the city’s highlights are on the doorstep...
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Ryokan Adumaya, Yunomine Onsen

The Ryoken Adumaya is a charming onsen hostel with a rich history where you can enjoy the ancient traditions and customs of hot-spring bathing…
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Fujiya Ryokan, Kawayu Onsen

The Fujiya Ryokan, sheltered by forested hillside, is a peaceful hotel where you can relax in warm onsen baths and enjoy the stillness of your natural surroundings...
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Hotel Nakanoshima

’Getting away from it all’ is taken to another level at Hotel Nakanoshima, a charming ryokan-style hotel on a tiny, secluded island just off the coast of Katsuura…
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Cross Hotel Osaka

This modern urban property sits plum in the centre of Osaka, making it perfect for exploring Japan’s second largest city, with popular locations like Dotonbori and Osaka Castle within very easy reach...
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Superior$6,207$5,857$5,703

Park Hotel

As much of an art gallery as a hotel, the Park Hotel is a ‘Design Hotel’. Thought-provoking design and architecture are an essential element of the property.…
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Kamikochi Onsen

Kamikochi Onsen is a charming hotel which combines ryokan elements with Western-style hotel features…
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Daikichi

In a quiet setting, just a stroll away from central Tsumago, Daikichi is conveniently located for exploring the old Nakasendo Way...
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Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan Ryokan

This modern Japanese ryokan combines the main elements of a traditional Japanese inn – personalised service, hot-spring bathing facilities and multi-course dinner feasts - with the polished, up-market ambiance of a luxury hotel...
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The Celestine

Located in the Gion district of Kyoto, the Celestine is a modern boutique hotel which combines chic interiors, well-designed facilities and high traditional service standards…

Ryokan Adumaya, Yunomine Onsen

The Ryoken Adumaya is a charming onsen hostel with a rich history where you can enjoy the ancient traditions and customs of hot-spring bathing…
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Fujiya Ryokan, Kawayu Onsen

The Fujiya Ryokan, sheltered by forested hillside, is a peaceful hotel where you can relax in warm onsen baths and enjoy the stillness of your natural surroundings...
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Hotel Nakanoshima

’Getting away from it all’ is taken to another level at Hotel Nakanoshima, a charming ryokan-style hotel on a tiny, secluded island just off the coast of Katsuura…
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Cross Hotel Osaka

This modern urban property sits plum in the centre of Osaka, making it perfect for exploring Japan’s second largest city, with popular locations like Dotonbori and Osaka Castle within very easy reach...
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Deluxe$7,886$7,524$7,290

Palace Hotel

Originally built in the early 1960’s and an iconic property of the time, the Palace Hotel was razed to the ground in 2009 and completely rebuilt, re-opening in 2012 with a more up-to-date look...
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Kamikochi Imperial Hotel

Tucked away below the Hotaka Mountain Range, the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel is a modest alpine inn that focuses on providing hikers with some homely comfort…
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Daikichi

In a quiet setting, just a stroll away from central Tsumago, Daikichi is conveniently located for exploring the old Nakasendo Way...
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Hidatei Hanaougi Takayama

Hidatel Hanaougi is located in a nature rich area with stunning seasonal views offering exceptional Japanese hospitality...
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Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Situated in a secluded old district in central Kyoto, the stylish Hyatt Regency is conveniently close to several important temples and the National Museum, as well as key transport hubs for exploring the city and beyond...
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Ryokan Adumaya, Yunomine Onsen

The Ryoken Adumaya is a charming onsen hostel with a rich history where you can enjoy the ancient traditions and customs of hot-spring bathing…
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Fujiya Ryokan, Kawayu Onsen

The Fujiya Ryokan, sheltered by forested hillside, is a peaceful hotel where you can relax in warm onsen baths and enjoy the stillness of your natural surroundings...
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Hotel Nakanoshima

’Getting away from it all’ is taken to another level at Hotel Nakanoshima, a charming ryokan-style hotel on a tiny, secluded island just off the coast of Katsuura…
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The St. Regis Osaka

Boasting the largest hotel rooms in Osaka, some of the best views over the city and an enviable location in the heart of Midosuji, Osaka’s most exclusive neighbourhood, The St Regis is arguably the most sought–after property in town...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • Extend your holiday with a few days exploring the Mie Peninsula, climbing Mount Fuji, or visiting the fascinating and welcoming city of Hiroshima.

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

While many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas, New Year and Cherry Blossom) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • All train tickets and rail passes as listed
  • Luggage forwarding service as listed
  • 4G Wi-Fi To Go Package
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights from the UK
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will not require a visa to enter Japan. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Andrew - Selective Asia consultant

‘This trip brilliantly showcases Japan old and new and would suit both first-time visitors and those returning to explore this majestic country for a second or even third time!'

Andrew - Japan tailor-made specialist
Adventure on Ancient Trails