Despite the country’s growing tourism, there is still plenty of space on the paths less travelled
With both spring foliage and peak season in full bloom, adventure travel specialist World Expeditions encourages travellers to think outside the box when considering a trip to the increasingly popular destination of Japan. From soaking in natural hot springs to sampling an array of fresh local foods, World Expeditions highlights its top off-the-beaten-path experiences that are brimming with beauty and culture away from the hustle and bustle.
Cycling the coastline
Though summer is typically hot and humid in the Land of the Rising Sun, Hokkaido is slightly cooler which makes for excellent cycling along the northern coast’s dramatic landscapes. As one of the country’s most idyllic destinations, it provides a range of scenery for cyclists – from farmlands and rolling mountains to caldera lakes and volcanoes. Stopping in ancient fishing villages and temples allows travellers to appreciate the rich cultural heritage and delightful food.
- Secrets of Hokkaido by Bike (8 days) departs in July
Making the city-dwellers envious
With its rugged natural beauty and legendary hospitality, northern Japan is a first-class destination among locals and foreigners alike. Travellers visit World Heritage shrines and temples, cruise among pine-covered islands and are immersed in the exuberance of youthful Sapporo without missing out on the country’s staples. Topping it off is a stop at the famous snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji and the Five Lakes region.
- Japan Northern Explorer (16 days) departs May-October
Trekking along Japan’s oldest path
World Expeditions’ most popular itinerary in Japan combines trekking ancient pilgrimage trails with visits to modern cities all while keeping up the ‘backroads’ theme. Groups get the chance to stay in ryokans, traditional inns, gaze at the nation’s symbol, Mt. Fuji and trek along Yamanobe Road, Japan’s oldest transit route dating from the 6th century. Travellers will also enjoy discreet opportunities to experience temple gardens, bohemian street culture and peerless Buddhist art and architecture.
- Backroads of Japan (15 days) departs March-November
The World Expeditions’ experienced team stays on the cutting edge of adventure travel by crafting unique, creative itineraries in destinations all over the world with a no-hidden-extras pricing policy. Travel in small groups of like-minded individuals from around the world or organize a private or family departure customized for a minimum of two people.