Backroads of Japan
Back Roads of Japan
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, and 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.
Spot snow monkeys in Nagano, Relax in the healing waters of an onsen, Explore a 16th-century samurai castle, Cycle through the rural town of Hagi, Experience a homestay in a traditional Japanese community.
Hotels (7 nts), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities), homestay (2 nts, multi-share).
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Group Size Notes
Max 15, avg 12
3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Your G for Good Moment: Hagi Community Homestay, Hagi
Your Hands-On Moment: Traditional Paper-making Lesson, Mihomisumi-eki. Modern Tokyo walking tour. Zenkoji Temple visit (Nagano). Jigokudani Monkey Park visit (Matsumoto). Matsumoto Castle visit. Hagi orientation walk. Hagi cycling tour. Tottori sand dunes visit. Tottori fish market visit. Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine visit. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.