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Walk Japan: Iconic Walking Tours And New Izu Geo Trail

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Walk Japan meets the growing demand for authentic and adventurous travel experiences in Japan with its range of iconic tours, including its newest Izu Geo Trail.

Described by National Geographic as “one of the 200 Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”, Walk Japan pioneers off-the-beaten track tours to help travellers immerse in Japanese culture and explore Japan’s less-visited regions.

With the adventure travel trend growing, Walk Japan steps in to provide a range of scheduled tours around Japan as well as private custom tours tailored to customers with particular interests and requirements. These include private tours for families, friends, societies, companies and schools. Also central to Walk Japan’s tours are its professional tour leaders, who extend their enthusiasm and intimate knowledge of Japan to customers and travel writers.

Besides, embarking on walking tours like the ones offered by Walk Japan is a great way to be kept entertained while staying active. Instead of merely indulging in food all day, walking tours serve as a healthier option for travellers to spend their holidays.

Nakasendo Way

Nakasendo Way

Following one of five ancient highways that run from Kyoto to Tokyo, the Nakasendo Way Tour is one of Walk Japan’s most best-selling tours. The 11-day, 10-night tour from the old imperial capital to the current one passes through some of Japan’s most beautiful country sides, including the Kiso Valley, Kaida Plateau, and the Japan Alps. For the itinerary of the Nakasendo Way Tour, visit here.

To complement its main tour, Walk Japan offers 18 other tours, including the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Tour. Travellers will get to explore the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage with a 9-day, 8-night tour starting in Osaka and finishing in Ise on the Kii Peninsula. The pilgrimage path is one of only two such walking routes in the world that has been recognised by the World Heritage lists of UNESCO.

Walk Japan offers walking tours that run the length and breadth of Japan – from Hokkaido to Okinawa and through many prefectures in between. The 7-day, 6-night Yaeyama: Okinawa Voyage tour includes activities other than walking, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkelling. Other activities such as snow shoeing are available on the 7-day, 6-night Snow Country Trek in Japan’s snow country.

Izu Geo Trail 2

Izu Geo Trail

Last but not least, the company’s newest addition, Izu Geo Trail is set to deliver a fascinating up-close and personal experience with Japanese culture, its people and their way of life. The tour will feature an in-depth exploration of the Izu Peninsula – one of the world’s most unique geological areas.

Though just 150km away from the giant metropolis of Tokyo, Izu’s distinct landscape and sub-tropical climate sets it apart from the capital. The Izu Geo Trail weaves its way south along the peninsula’s east coast and mountainous central spine to its southernmost tip at Cape Irozaki before returning to the west coast of Shuzenji; a charming and atmospheric onsen thermal hot spring resort town.

Izu Geo Trail 4

View from an onsen bath

Izu is also a fish-lover’s paradise where guests may enjoy one of the freshest seafood. Meals include spider crab, squid, lobster, sea bream and many other varieties; while accommodation will feature onsen thermal hot spring baths with ocean views.

The 7-day, 6-night walking trip is open to private tours for groups of family and friends (maximum 12 people). The first scheduled tour will start on 15 November 2016.

For holidaymakers looking to add a hint of adventure to their travel experiences, be sure to embark on one of Walk Japan’s exotic walking tours. Furthermore, with all the fitness benefits that walking entails, a vacation spent doing a walking trail with friends and family will certainly hit two birds with one stone.

For more information, visit Walk Japan’s website.

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