Japan

Adventure on Ancient Trails 17 days

Walk ancient pilgrim paths, immerse yourself in spectacular mountain scenery, and indulge in some of Japan’s finest food on our Adventure on Ancient Trails, a unique opportunity to step beyond the classic sights and explore the rural side of this fascinating country.

At a glance

  • Explore Tokyo’s most historic streets
  • Taste Japan on expertly led food tours
  • Wander in the stunning mountains of Kamikochi
  • Hike the scenic old Nakasendo Way
  • Tour Kyoto’s traditional geisha districts
  • Visit an Imperial Palace
  • Walk the UNESCO Kumano Kodo pilgrim trails
  • Relax at traditional hot spring onsens
  • Cycle in a remote rural landscape
  • Admire historic wooden architecture in Takayama
  • Dine on fresh seafood in a fishing village
  • Indulge in Osaka’s streetfood scene

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know. 

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£5,697£5,392£5,181

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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Noku Kyoto

Located near the Kyoto Imperial Palace, directly above Marutamachi subway station, the Noku Hotel Kyoto is a stylish, boutique hotel...


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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Candeo Hotel Osaka Namba

Within easy walking distance of Dotonburi’s neon nightlife, the Candeo Osaka Namba is the perfect base for a city break...


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Superior£6,404£6,048£5,789

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…
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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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Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

Located on the top floors of Japan's tallest building, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel offers amazing city views from floor-to-ceiling windows in all its rooms. A polished, international hotel, facilities include a choice of restaurants and a lounge bar.


Deluxe£7,777£7,465£7,212

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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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBP.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

  • 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
  • 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