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Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

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Tour Itinerary

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

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.

Day 1: Osaka
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Osaka/Chikatsuyu
Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Activity: Hike along the famous Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, with a circular hike from Chikatsuyu.
Accommodation: Sansuikan Kawayu Midoriya (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 3: Chikatsuyu/Katsuura
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.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Hike to Kumano Hongu Taisha, marked at the entrance by the largest torii gate in the world. Walk along trails through forested areas and past various villages to reach the famous shrine.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Urashima Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

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.
Activity: Hike along woodland trails to reach the majestic Kumano Nachi Taisha, a shrine set alongside Japan's highest waterfall and surrounded by primeval forest.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Accommodation: City Inn Wakayama (or similar)

Day 5: Wakayama/Kyoto
Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.
Activity: The Castle has stood perched above Wakayama since the Edo period of the sixteenth century. Explore the nooks and crannys of this fortification and look down over the city below.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Accommodation: The b Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)

Day 6: Kyoto
Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto.
Activity: Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.
Accommodation: The b Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)

Day 7: Kyoto/Onomichi
Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.
Free Time: Opt to visit Nijo Castle or stroll through the historic Gion area with a free morning in this charming city.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Accommodation: Alpha 1 Onomichi (or similar)

Day 8: Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima
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.
Activity: Take to two wheels and cycle across the Shimanami Kaido, setting off from quaint Onomichi. Take in scenic views as you cross bridges and prepare for some challenging uphill climbs as you bike to Ikuchi Jima.
Accommodation: Suminoe Ryokan (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 9: Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama
Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.
Activity: Continue your journey along the Shimanami Kaido heading for Imabari. Enjoy the rural villages and great views along the route.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Matsuyama Tokyu Rei Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Matsuyama/Hiroshima
Transfer by ferry to Hiroshima. This afternoon visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the city's tragic history.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Activity: Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.
Accommodation: Hotel Century 21 Hiroshima (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

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.
Activity: Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.
Activity: Enjoy a unique visit to the famous floating torii gate at Miyajima, paddling around the gate by sea kayak.
Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)

Day 12: Hiroshima/Tokyo
Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Free Time: Get out and discover this buzzing city.
Accommodation: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)

Day 13: Tokyo
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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Meals Included
3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Local train, local bus, bicycle, kayak, walking.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. 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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Hotel (9 nts), traditional inn (3 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

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Ratings based off 450 reviews about G Adventures Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was my 8th tour with this operator and I have a 9th scheduled. Obviously I am happy with this operator.

It was a great tour and are guides were very knowledgeable.

A Gadventures tour is a great affordable way to see the country and get the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people

It was a dream vacation.Thank you.

The G-Adventures travel guides were excellent

All 100% perfect, nothing to be done better

The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

Great trip at a reasonable price.

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

G adventures offers hands down some of the best tour packages out there!

The Japan vacation was better than I expected!!!! It was an active "moving" trip, which I truly enjoyed. I've done "coach tours" where you sit on the bus and they take you -- this experience was "hands on" riding the buses, trains and running through the streets -- it was amazing !!!!! We got the full feel of Japan and the people. This trip is not for the weak or slow pace crowd - you drag your luggage through the streets, up and down stairs --- it was truly exciting and exhilarating. G adventures has a fan for life. The instructions and assistance was outstanding -- Great job - Steve (AffordableTours.com) was outstanding !

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