Back Roads of Japan

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Back Roads of Japan

11 days | Tokyo to Kyoto

Wander off the beaten path away from Japan's big cities and popular sites with this 11-day tour that takes you to destinations that are often overlooked. Visit the treasured castle of Matsumoto and learn about samurai culture, relax in a traditional hot spring-fed onsen, explore the quaint city of Hagi by bicycle, and settle in at a community homestay to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. Of course, there's time before and after to explore Tokyo and Kyoto, making this trip a well-rounded glimpse into Japan's past and present.

• Hotels (7 nts), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities),
homestay (2 nts, multi-share)
• 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners


• Relax in the healing waters of an onsen
• Explore a 16th-century samurai castle
• Experience a homestay in a traditional Japanese community

Is this tour for me?

  • Travel Style: Classic
  • All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Service Level: Standard
  • Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • Physical Rating: 3 - Average
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Trip Type: Small Group
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
  • Age requirement: 12+
  • All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1 Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2 Tokyo

Take a CEO-led walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through to Harajuku. The rest of the day is free for exploring more of the city.

Day 3 Tokyo/Nagano

Journey to Nagano, located in the Japanese Alps and host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Discover the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park and watch Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs.

Day 4 Nagano

Enjoy a day-trip to quaint Matsumoto and visit one of Japan's most treasured castles. Return to Nagano and explore historic Zenkoji Temple.

Day 5 Nagano/Otsu

Travel to Otsu in Shiga prefecture. Located on the banks of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake, the area is known for the Ogoto Onsens. Settle in and relax with a dip in the healing waters of these Japanese style hot springs, and dine on traditional fare.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 6 Otsu/Hagi

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Ryokan this morning before a long travel day. In the early evening, arrive in the quaint city of Hagi, a former castle town that boasts feudal architecture. Take part in a welcome ceremony with the local residents, and meet your host family at a community homestay, a G Adventures for Good project. Get to know each other as you enjoy dinner together.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Hagi Community Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 Hagi

Explore rural Hagi on a guided morning cycle, spotting samurai architecture along the way. On return, experience authentic Japanese countryside life by partaking in seasonal activities with the community. Return to your homestay in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner with your host family.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Hagi Community Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 Hagi/Tottori

Bid farewell to your host family after enjoying breakfast together. Later, travel to Miho-misumi by train, taking in scenic views along the way. Learn the art of making "washi," a UNESCO-recognized traditional Japanese paper before continuing to the seaside town of Tottori.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Hands-On Moment Traditional Paper-making Lesson

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Tottori/Kyoto

Spend the morning exploring Tottori's scenic sand dunes, some reaching 50m (164 ft) in height. After, visit the local fish market and opt for a fresh seafood lunch. In the late afternoon, travel to Kyoto for two nights in the traditional heart of Japan.

Day 10 Kyoto

Visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famed for an impressive 10,000 red torii gates. This afternoon, enjoy free time in this picturesque city. Opt to experience zen gardens, teahouses, shrines, and local gift shops – and maybe even spot a real-life geisha.

Day 11 Kyoto

Depart at any time.

Prices are change and availability at time of booking.

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