Self-guided tours2017-08-18T07:47:30+00:00

Self-Guided Tours

Discover Japan your own way on a Japan Holidays self-guided walking tour.

Choose from a selection of self-guided walking trips along the historic trails of Japan and more..

Japan Holidays — allowing you to enjoy Japan at your leisure and get to know the local people.

Japan Holidays supply train tickets for the tours, together with maps and detailed instructions – and pre-book and pre-pay stays at comfortable Japanese inns with excellent local home-cooked food for both breakfast and dinner.

Choose from a selection of self-guided walking trips along the historic trails of Japan and more…

If your desired itinerary is not shown please enquire to Japan Holidays as not all walks are listed.

In feudal times people travelling between Kyoto and Tokyo would use the Nakasendo way – the road through the central mountains – a network of ancient highways.

We offer tours with 3, 4 and 5 days of walking village to village along the Nakasendo Trail, the old route linking Kyoto with Tokyo inland through the mountains. Walking is mainly gentle and passes through rural scenery and villages, including the exquisitely-preserved settlements of Magome and Tsumago.

We also offer a 10-day version of the trip with city stays in Kyoto and Tokyo and one day of private guiding with your own personal guide for a wonderfully intimate view of the city.

The Kii Peninsula points south away from Kyoto and Osaka and is one of the most remote and mystical areas of Japan, despite its proximity to these great cities. Long a place of pilgrimage, the Kii Peninsula is the site of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano (Kumano Sanzan).
-Our Kumano Kodo self-guided tours offer 4, 5 or 6 days walking village to village along the old pilgrimage route heading west to east along the Kii-peninsula.
-Our Kumano to Koya self-guided tour offers 5 days of walking village to village along another wonderful section of the pilgrimage route leading from Kumano Hongu Taisha Shine to the spiritual Mount Koya, from south to north.
-Our Kumano Kodo Complete self-guided tours, taking in both the Nakahechi and Kohechi trails, with lengths of 9 or 11 days.

Both trail passes through dramatic scenery, village-to-village walking along rural forest trails, passing to important historic shrines and temples.

Shikoku is Japan’s fourth-largest island, home to some of the country’s most spectacular and undeveloped scenery. The island is also the setting for an ancient walking trail, the challenging Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage. The trail connects 88 Buddhist temples and the full walk covers more than a thousand kilometres.

We have selected the best walks and the best accommodation, including Shukubo pilgrims lodgings and fine inns in appealing cities such as Tokushima and Dogo Onsen.

Kumano Kodo on You Tube

The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail with Giaan Rooney

On self-guided walking tours you need to be reasonably fit and carry the correct gear.

The walks are not technically difficult and are mostly on village paths and forested trails which are generally well-maintained and well-signposted.

An opportunity to stay in small country inns with local hosts and immerse yourself with the Japanese hospitality will leave you with very fond memories.

Self-guided Tours

Kumano Kodo self-guided walking 6 days | A$1770

In the footsteps of Emperors along the wonderful Nakahechi route. Highlights Walk village to village on enchanting sections of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail Enjoy amazing scenery over the valleys and mountains [...]

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided walking 10 days in Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime | from A$2795

The trail towards enlightenment Highlights Village to village walking on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendo Trail Bathe in the thermal waters at a hot-spring Ryokan Hike country trails [...]