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Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak tour
Hiroshima Kyoto Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak Trip

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Hike along the kumano kodo pilgrimage route
  • Cycle between islands in rural japan
  • Visit the fushimi inari shrine in kyoto
  • Explore wakayama castle
  • Kayak to the famous floating torii gate at miyajima

Short Description

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.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Osaka
End City Tokyo

Destinations

Japan

Cities & Attractions

Hiroshima Kyoto Osaka Tokyo

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1 Osaka

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Meet & Greet

Day 2 Osaka/Chikatsuyu (1D)

Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike. Included Activities: Chikatsuyu Hike Transport: Local train (1.00 hour(s), 80km)

Day 3 Chikatsuyu/Katsuura (1B, 1D)

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. Included Activities: Kumano Hongu Taisha Hike Transport: Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours) Local bus (1.50 hour(s))

Day 4 Katsuura/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. Included Activities: Kumano Nachi Taisha Hike Transport: Local train (3.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Wakayama/Kyoto

Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto. Included Activities: Wakayama Castle Visit Transport: Local train (1.00 hour(s)) Bullet train (1.50 hour(s), 40km)

Day 6 Kyoto

Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit

Day 7 Kyoto/Onomichi

Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi. Transport: Local train (2.00 hour(s), 300km)

Day 8 Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima (1D)

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. Included Activities: Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Onomichi to Ikuchi Jima

Day 9 Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama (1B)

Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night. Included Activities: Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Ikuchi Jima to Imabari City Transport: Train (0.75 hour(s), 40km)

Day 10 Matsuyama/Hiroshima (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: Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial Transport: Ferry (2.50 hour(s))

Day 11 Hiroshima

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. Additional Notes: Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to Aug 2020. Included Activities: Miyajima Island Visit Sea Kayaking

Day 12 Hiroshima/Tokyo

Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon. Transport: Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city. Included Activities: Departure Day

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It was awesome. The variety of the fast paced cities contrasted with the beautiful countryside was perfect. Also the ability to mix with the local Japanese was great. Our CEO took care of us as needed but also left us to explore on our own which allowed for experiences that will not be forgotten. Our CEO was excellent. Many thanks can't wait for our next trip with G Adventures.
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The tour was well organized and allowed us to experience Japan and learn about Japan's wonderful culture and people on an up close and personal basis

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The tour was well organized and allowed us to experience Japan and learn about Japan's wonderful culture and people on an up close and personal basis. Meeting and touring with people from seven different countries allowed for me to increase my knowledge and understanding of many different cultures. This tour was a positive life changing experience. I highly recommend this tour for anyone and everyone who is active and wants to improve their understanding of the world.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Local train, local bus, bicycle, kayak, walking. On our tours in Japan we use public transport, making use of Japan's world famous transport system. From the super fast Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto's extensive local bus network, we ride with the locals.

Local Flights

There are no internal flights on this trip itinerary.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

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

Japan is one of the most populous countries in the world and space is at a premium. Therefore, hotels rooms are small! Additionally, most Japanese hotels do not have designated non-smoking rooms. Therefore, we ask hotels to deoderise rooms before check in. Ryokan are traditional inns found across Japan. Featuring tatami floors (soft mats of woven straw), futon beds, Japanese-style baths, cotton kimono (casual robe worn to lounge around or to head to the bath), and elaborate meals (often served in the comfort of your own room), a ryokan is the perfect place to experience traditional customs and hospitality. As ryokan are usually top tier accommodations, most guests stay only one night, often to celebrate a special occasion or holiday. Don’t be intimidated by the formalities inherent to a stay at a ryokan, your hosts will welcome you the same way they do all their guests. Have fun and enjoy this relaxing opportunity to learn more about Japan’s unique customs. Minshuku are Japan’s answer to the Western bed and breakfast. Similar to ryokan, they have traditional features like tatami floors, futon beds, and Japanese-style baths. Minshuku are often family-run, and as such they offer a great opportunity to interact with local people and learn more about the nation’s customs. More affordable and simpler than ryokan, minshuku tend to have smaller guestrooms, shared bathroom facilities, and any included meals (traditional, local, and delicious) are served in a communal dining room.

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.

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Meals Included:

3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

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