Japan has many opportunities for adventure tourism – physical exercise and sport, enjoying nature and the country’s unique landscapes, and getting a deeper understanding of the people through cultural encounter.
Many areas of Japan are great for hiking – such as the Japan Alps, the island of Shikoku, and Hokkaido in summer. Exploring the countryside and smaller towns and villages at walking pace is s great way to see the real Japan.
Japan’s powder snow is second to none, and winter sports are increasingly popular and accessible for overseas visitors in Hokkaido, and the Nagano area.
Much of Japan is forested and mountainous. The Japanese Alps, particularly, offer great walking.
For relaxing day hikes, the areas of Kamikochi and Norikura Kogen not far from Matsumoto have level walking, and several peaks with good views for the more energetic.
On Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, the walking is quite different: the Kirishima National Park and Mount Aso provide spectacular volcanic, almost lunar landscapes. Still further south, in contrast, Yakushima Island offers treks through lush sub-tropical forest with massive Yaku cedar trees up to 1,000 years old: the whole island is a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site.
Contact us for more information about including walking and trekking – of any level – in your Japan trip.
Hiring a bicycle for the day is a novel and fascinating way of seeing the cities of both Tokyo and Kyoto. Although there is plenty of traffic – especially in Tokyo – smaller roads are not congested, they drive on the correct (ie. left) side of the road, and considerate cycling on the pavement is allowed. Cycling style is more relaxed and slow than in the UK.
For a day in Tokyo, a variety of cycling itineraries are recommended, mostly of around 25 km or 5 hours.
More information from cycle-tokyo.
Similarly in Kyoto, the so-called “Philosophers’ Path” along the Kamogawa River is a relaxing and picturesque way of seeing the town – with a cycle lane!
More information from cyclekyoto.com or insidekyoto.com
A 4-day cycling itinerary is a good way to discover the beaches and hot springs of the Izu Peninsula – and the riding is not hard.
For the most dedicated cyclist, the island of Shikoku offers the Shimanami-kaido, a 70km itinerary including bridges which link the island to the mainland of Honshu. The views are spectacular, and the area is well set up for cycle hire.
Contact us for more information about including cycling – of any level – in your Japan trip.
With its clear waters and coral reefs, Japan’s southern islands of Okinawa offer great diving.
Japan offers wreck dives and ice dives too.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Japan has some of the best powder snow in the world, and plenty of it – many resorts can expect up to 6 metres! Add to that the efficient lift systems, well-tended slopes and efficient transportation, and Japan offers a top class ski experience.