The Kansai region, situated at the centre of Japan’s main island of Honshu, is home to three historic capitals: Kyoto, Nara and the smaller, lesser-known Asuka. All three have rich and varied histories. Japan Holidays’ tour includes scenic and culturally significant hiking trails, as well as overnight stays in small, traditional inns, with an option for a Machiya townhouse stay in Nara. The inns offer authentic Japanese meals and outstanding ‘Omotenashi’ service.
Learn about this historic area of Japan and discover its cultural heritage on these less familiar walks.
You can opt to upgrade to a wonderful Machiya Townhouse in Nara.
Machiya are beautiful wooden townhouses that have seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to younger craftsmen and designers realising the cultural significance of such majestic, typically historic buildings.
Experience the rural lifestyle of the Japanese countryside in Asuka.
In this peaceful agricultural community, you stay overnight in a charming Japanese guesthouse or can stay with a local family for an immersive farm-stay experience.
Japan Holidays happily welcome younger walkers on to our trips with an accompanying adult.
Japan Holidays offer a 10% price reduction for children (6-11) and an 80% price reduction for infants (0-5). Please contact us for specific hiking, meal or bedding enquiries.
4 nights at Japanese inns
4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Round-trip tickets from Kyoto or Osaka
Detailed day-by-day itinerary, walking directions and Kansai guidebook
Local support by telephone
Forwarding of one item of luggage between the inns in Asuka and Nara
Whats Not Included
Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
Pay locally for bus journey on Day 1
Single room supplement(s) if required
Ancient Capitals self-guided walking
Map and Itinerary
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