With the Autumn season approaching, the summer heat dissipating and the leaves turning a beautiful shade of orange, Japan welcomes the start of Autumn, arguably the most picturesque season to visit the country. Now is the time for travellers to book their holidays and Walk Japan offers immersive Autumn tours that showcase the stunning Japanese landscapes.
From the charming old-town of Oita, to the rural scenery along the Kunisaki, the fascinating geological landscapes of the Izu Peninsula, or the spiritual journey on the Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage – there’s something for every type of traveller.
Travellers can embark on the Oita Hot Spring Trail – a 6-day, 5-night exploration of the Oita Prefecture on the eastern coast of Kyushu. Guests on the Oita Hot Spring Trail can enjoy the therapeutic and relaxing qualities of the Onsens – one of Japan’s great attractions.
Travellers with an inner-geologist will be fascinated with Izu’s unique landscapes as the tour visits some of the world’s most spectacular environmental formations and beaches including the Izu Peninsula and its myriad of natural springs. The Izu Geo Trail is a photographer’s paradise as it passes through some of the most picturesque areas of Japan, including glimpses of the iconic Mount Fuji on clear days. Those seeking a gentle walk along Japan’s rural town of Kunisaki will appreciate the Kunisaki & Yufuin Walk situated in the northern Oita Prefecture, facing the Seto Inland Sea. The tour follows in the footsteps of monks who have walked through the mountains of the Peninsula for more than 1,200 years, dotted with the relics of a once-dominant Buddhist society.
For explorers keen on a spiritual journey, the Shikoku Temple Pilgrimagehikes along Japan’s rural island of Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island. The 11-day, 10-night tour traverses part of the 1,200-year-old 88 Temple Pilgrimage dedicated to Kobo-Daishi, a greatly revered figure in Japanese Buddhism. Exploring some of the best-preserved temples in the region, the Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage visits 27 temples and is one of the oldest pilgrimages in the world.
Walk Japan’s East Hokkaido Walk showcases the region’s wildlands and wildlife set against a backdrop of mountain ranges, the stunning Pacific Ocean and the calm Sea of Okhotsk. Guests will visit the Shiretoko Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s last great wildernesses. World renowned for its high-quality cuisine and produce, guests will be able to savour some of the country’s best dishes sourced from local artisanal producers.