Our walking holidays in Japan are a great way to experience the natural beauty, fascinating culture and fine cuisine of this magical country. There are countless unique sights to discover, from exploring the ancient shrines of Kyoto to the mountainous trails along the Kumano Kodo.
We believe that a hiking trip in Japan is the best way to experience the country's hidden gems. As you trek through stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites, you can get up close to unique landscapes rich in history. Dense forests, picturesque valleys, quaint villages, awe-inspiring waterfalls and ancient temples are just some of the wonders you will encounter on our walking tours in Japan.
You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable, experienced tour guide every step of the way, to ensure you enjoy each destination at its best. Look at our Japan walking trips below to get started on your adventure.
Japan is a country filled with many beautiful landscapes and you can explore them when you choose Headwater for your guided or self-guided walking tour in Japan. Some of the places you can see include:
Many of our tours encourage you to explore the city of Kyoto for at least a day. Here you'll find an array of Buddhist temples and beautiful garden areas, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Plus, you can visit authentic teahouses to try the famous beverages with the locals.
This is the fourth largest main island in the country. It's the location of Japan's pilgrimage walk, Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage, which lets you experience the amazing island views. Around 150,000 people walk this trail every year (see below), seeking to reach the same levels of enlightenment as the Buddhist monk Kukai once did.
Tokyo is a thrilling city to explore during your Japan walking holiday. The capital is famous for its incredible shopping experiences, fascinating skyline architecture and countless delicious restaurants around almost every corner. There are numerous must-see places in Tokyo including the gardens of the Imperial Palace.
Walk the ancient pilgrimage route Kumano Kodo, journeying through the Kii Peninsula Mountains to the famous Grand Shrines.
Follow the historic Nakasendo Trail, exploring the incredible cities of Kyoto and Tokyo either side of your journey.
Embark on this spiritual journey on the island of Shikoku, exploring spectacular scenery and some of the 88 Buddhist temples which connect this trail.
Walk Japan's ancient pilgrimage routes along the Kumano Kodo - after uncovering Kyoto’s most ancient shrines and pathways, we head off the beaten track to the Kumano Kodo region; one of Japan's most remote and rewarding pilgrimage routes.
Our near 40 years of creating incredible itineraries for worldwide locations means you can depend on us for a Japan walking holiday. Here are just some of the reasons you should consider Headwater when you book: