Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak
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Get off the beaten track in Japan and experience parts of the country other big-city tours tend to skip. This tour of the Land of the Rising Sun includes something for every active passenger. Take in major cultural touchstones like Osaka and Hiroshima, along with lesser known areas. Hike along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular temples, cycle across islands as you follow the Shimanami Kaido, and kayak around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima. Every view is that much sweeter when you've worked for it.

Duration: 13 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Canoeing, Road Cycling, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Kayaking (unspecified), Multisport, Trekking Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154199
Starts: Osaka, Japan Finishes: Tokyo, Japan
You will visit
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo



Day 1: Osaka

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Osaka/Chikatsuyu (1B, 1L)

Take the train from Osaka to Wakayama, before heading to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.

Included Activities:
Chikatsuyu Hike

Local train (1.00 hour(s), 80km)
Local bus


Day 3: Chikatsuyu (1B)

Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan.

Included Activities:
Kumano Hongu Taisha Hike


Day 4: Chikatsuyu/Wakayama (1B, 1L)

Hike to Japan's largest waterfall and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, an ancient site along this pilgrimage trail, before heading to Wakayama for the night.

Included Activities:
Kumano Nachi Taisha Hike

Local train (1.00 hour(s))


Day 5: Wakayama/Kyoto (1B)

Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.

Included Activities:
Wakayama Castle Visit

Local train (1.50 hour(s))
Bullet train (60km)


Day 6: Kyoto (1B)

Stroll along the Philosopher's Walk and explore the historic side of Kyoto, visiting the famous sites of the Golden and Silver pavillions.

Included Activities:
Philosopher's Walk
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
Silver Pavilion Visit


Day 7: Kyoto/Hiroshima-shi (1B)

The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.

Included Activities:
Peace Park and Museum Visit

Local train


Day 8: Hiroshima-shi (1B, 1L)

Head out from Hiroshima to visit the island of Miyajima. Explore the temples and kayak out to the torii gate which floats in the bay.

Included Activities:
Miyajima Island Visit
Sea Kayaking


Day 9: Hiroshima-shi/Matsuyama (1B, 1L)

Transfer by ferry to Matsuyama, home to the oldest hot springs in Japan. Opt for a relaxing dip during some free time.



Day 10: Matsuyama/Ikuchi Jima (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a day of cycling across bridges and between islands in the south of Honshu. Explore small villages and spend the night on Ikuchijima.

Included Activities:
Imabari City to Ikuchi Jima Cycle

Local bus (1.25 hour(s), 40km)


Day 11: Ikuchi Jima/Onomichi (1B, 1L)

Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Onomichi. Spend the night in this sleepy town and enjoy the satisfaction of completing the trail.

Included Activities:
Ikuchi Jima Cycle


Day 12: Onomichi/Tokyo (1B)

Transfer to Tokyo by train.

Bullet train


Day 13: Tokyo (1B)

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • All hiking routes along the Kumano Kodo Trail
    • Wakayama Castle visit
    • Kyoto sightseeing and walking
    • Cycling along Shimanami Kaido
    • Miyajima visit and sea kayaking
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotel (9 nts), Guesthouse (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 0 dinners
    • Local train, local bus, bike, on foot, kayak
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route
  • Cycle between islands in rural Japan
  • Walk along the Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto
  • Explore Wakayama castle
  • Kayak to the famous floating torii gate at Miyajima