There has been a change in the attitudes of travellers around the world when selecting holiday experiences. As awareness of one’s environmental footprint grows, the focus falls increasingly on socially-conscious travel brands.

More and more holidaymakers are seeking travel operators that have implemented responsible practices, and experiences that have a positive impact on the host country, whether it’s social, cultural or environmental. 

Renowned for its repertoire of immersive and carefully-curated walking tours of Japan since 1992, Walk Japan‘s tours have a positive impact on the local communities in Japan, through its longstanding Community Project.

Its Kunisaki tours allow travellers to experience lesser-explored, off-the-beaten track areas of the stunning Japanese peninsula while contributing to a unique cause that lends a hand to Japan’s local farmers and supports local businesses that would otherwise have to cease operations.

Kunisaki Trek

10 Days | March – June & September – November

The Kunisaki Trek is a 10-day, 9-night tour that starts in Fukuoka and finishes in Yufuin. This guided tour follows in the footsteps of monks, who have walked through the mountains of the Kunisaki Peninsula for more than a thousand years. Experienced trekkers will thoroughly enjoy the ancient trails, which are now largely forgotten.

Guests will have an excellent time walking through sleepy hamlets, forests, along craggy ridges and over towering cliffs, while also being able to observe what Walk Japan are doing to help support and revive the immediate locality while learning about the problems of depopulation and an ageing society.

Kunisaki and Yufuin Walk

5 Days | March – June & September – December

The Kunisaki and Yufuin Walk is a 5-day, 4-night tour that starts at Fukuoka’s Hakata Station and finishes at Yufuin. This short-stay, fully-guided tour provides an introduction to Kunisaki Peninsula, one of Japan’s most beautiful yet lesser known areas, and nearby Yufuin, one of Japan’s elegant onsen thermal hot spring resorts.

En route, guests will pass by many stone Buddha statues and caves where monks once found shelter and meditated. 

Travellers will almost inevitably meet some of the local farmers, who work closely with Walk Japan in sustaining and reviving the area, and spend some time chatting with them.

Kunisaki Retreat

7 Days | Year-round

The Kunisaki Retreat is a 7-day, 6-nights tour starting at Hakata Station in Fukuoka and finishing at Usa Station on the Kunisaki Peninsula. Little developed, Kunisaki is dotted with sleepy hamlets, covered in verdant forests and paddy fields interspersed with craggy ridges and mountains.

Guests will have the opportunity to travel to Walk Japan’s local office, a converted farmhouse, and the centre of Walk Japan’s Community Project. The paths travellers follow have been reopened as part of the Project and take guests on a journey through the serious issues of an ageing and falling rural population common throughout Japan.

It also takes guests through the work made by locals to revive the beautiful area.