There is nothing better than a walking tour to explore a new place, and walking tours in Japan are no exception. A walking tour allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and experience the local way of life in a way that is not possible through other means of transportation. Besides taking in the sights and sounds of the city, you can also admire the local architecture and see how people live and work. You can also gain a deeper understanding of the culture and customs of Japan by taking a walking tour led by a knowledgeable guide who can provide insights and historical context.

In addition to being more relaxing, a walking tour of Japan can be an enjoyable way to explore the country. While walking, you can take your time, take photos, and chat with locals. It is also an opportunity to try street food and drinks from the local area, and visit shops and markets that you might not have been aware of otherwise.

Self-Guided Tours: Tokaido Wayfarer And Basho Wayfarer

Walk Japan’s self-guided tours, the Tokaido Wayfarer and Basho Wayfarer, are designed to give independent travellers a deeper appreciation for Japan’s heritage. The Tokaido Wayfarer takes walkers along one of Japan’s great highways from the Edo Period alongside the Pacific Ocean coast, offering stunning views of Mt. Fuji and a rich historical experience of the Tokaido, a road that played a pivotal role in the social, economic and cultural development of the nation. 

The Basho Wayfarer, on the other hand, allows travellers to follow in the footsteps of one of Japan’s greatest haiku poets, Matsuo Basho, as they walk through the northern prefectures of Tohoku. With a self-guided itinerary, travellers can enjoy the journey at their own pace and reflect on the inspiration that led Basho to create his beautiful pieces.

Guided Tour: Kunisaki And Yufuin Walk

For those looking for a classic guided experience, Walk Japan’s Kunisaki and Yufuin Walk tour is a favourite that runs year-round, giving travellers a true taste of Japan. It introduces walkers to the Kunisaki Peninsula, one of Japan’s most beautiful yet least known areas, and nearby Yufuin, one of Japan’s elegant onsen thermal hot spring resorts.

Follow in the footsteps of monks, who have walked the mountains of the peninsula for over 1,200 years, along ancient trails, enjoy Japanese cooking at its best, and luxuriate in hot springs.

The shoulder season of May and June is an ideal time to experience some of Walk Japan’s signature itineraries, offering travellers the chance to experience Japan’s rich history and culture in a unique and immersive way through three self-guided and guided tours.

While March and April remain popular months to visit Japan for the famed cherry blossom season, the changing of the seasons and mild weather also make May and June the perfect time for travellers to visit the country while beating the crowd. To find out more, contact Walk Japan.