Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak Japan

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

Japan

Hiking
Biking
Kayaking
13 days
2019

Wed, Sep 11

Mon, Sep 23

€4,419

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Overview

There's so much to discover in the Land of the Rising Sun. So we've taken our favourite must-see highlights and major cultural touchstones like Kyoto and Hiroshima, combined them with visits to lesser known areas, and packed everything into a 13-day itinerary. Hike along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular shrines, visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle, bike the famous Shimanami Kaido route, and kayak around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima. With a refreshing mix of approachable activities, beautiful landscapes, and delicious eats, this tour has something for every kind of traveller.

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Itinerary

Day 1Osaka
Arrive at any time. We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city.
Day 2Osaka/Chikatsuyu
Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.
Day 3Chikatsuyu/Katsuura
Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan. Afterwards, board a bus for coastal Katsuura.
Day 4Katsuura/Wakayama
Hike to one of Japan's best-known waterfalls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, an ancient site along this pilgrimage trail, before heading to Wakayama for the night.
Day 5Wakayama/Kyoto
Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.
Day 6Kyoto
Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto.
Day 7Kyoto/Onomichi
Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.
Day 8Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima
Enjoy a day of cycling across bridges and islands to the south of Honshu, exploring small villages along the way. Spend the night in a ryokan inn on Ikuchi Jima and savour a traditional kaiseki meal.
Day 9Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama
Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.
Day 10Matsuyama/Hiroshima
Transfer by ferry to Hiroshima. This afternoon visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the city's tragic history. 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.
Day 11Hiroshima
Travel to the island of Miyajima from Hiroshima. Hop into a kayak and paddle out to the iconic torii gate which floats in the bay.
Day 12Hiroshima/Tokyo
Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.
Day 13Tokyo
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nts), traditional inn (3 nts)

What's Included

Hike the Kumano Kodo Trail (3 days). Wakayama Castle visit. Fushimi Inari Shrine visit. Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route (2 days). Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima Island visit with sea kayaking. Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

What to Take

Takuhaibin - Japan’s takuhaibin service is a convenient and reliable way to transfer luggage from one location to another throughout the country. Pick-up/drop-off/delivery dates and times can be easily scheduled (usually overnight) and costs are moderate. Service can be arranged at most hotels and airports. Using takuhaibin to send your luggage between hotels, or from hotel to airport, is a great way to travel light and avoid hauling a large bag on crowded trains or up and down stairs – just be sure to bring a daypack/small backpack with everything you’ll need overnight until you’re reunited with your luggage the following day. To avoid additional costs during the cycling portion of this tour we recommend you only bring 1 large piece of luggage and 1 day pack/small backpack with you on tour. See "Important Notes" for more information.

Map

Itinerary

Day 1Osaka
Arrive at any time. We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city.
Day 2Osaka/Chikatsuyu
Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.
Day 3Chikatsuyu/Katsuura
Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan. Afterwards, board a bus for coastal Katsuura.
Day 4Katsuura/Wakayama
Hike to one of Japan's best-known waterfalls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, an ancient site along this pilgrimage trail, before heading to Wakayama for the night.
Day 5Wakayama/Kyoto
Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.
Day 6Kyoto
Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto.
Day 7Kyoto/Onomichi
Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.
Day 8Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima
Enjoy a day of cycling across bridges and islands to the south of Honshu, exploring small villages along the way. Spend the night in a ryokan inn on Ikuchi Jima and savour a traditional kaiseki meal.
Day 9Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama
Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.
Day 10Matsuyama/Hiroshima
Transfer by ferry to Hiroshima. This afternoon visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the city's tragic history. 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.
Day 11Hiroshima
Travel to the island of Miyajima from Hiroshima. Hop into a kayak and paddle out to the iconic torii gate which floats in the bay.
Day 12Hiroshima/Tokyo
Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.
Day 13Tokyo
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nts), traditional inn (3 nts)

What's Included

Hike the Kumano Kodo Trail (3 days). Wakayama Castle visit. Fushimi Inari Shrine visit. Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route (2 days). Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima Island visit with sea kayaking. Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

What to Take

Takuhaibin - Japan’s takuhaibin service is a convenient and reliable way to transfer luggage from one location to another throughout the country. Pick-up/drop-off/delivery dates and times can be easily scheduled (usually overnight) and costs are moderate. Service can be arranged at most hotels and airports. Using takuhaibin to send your luggage between hotels, or from hotel to airport, is a great way to travel light and avoid hauling a large bag on crowded trains or up and down stairs – just be sure to bring a daypack/small backpack with everything you’ll need overnight until you’re reunited with your luggage the following day. To avoid additional costs during the cycling portion of this tour we recommend you only bring 1 large piece of luggage and 1 day pack/small backpack with you on tour. See "Important Notes" for more information.
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13 days
2019

Wed, Sep 11

Mon, Sep 23

€4,419

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