Yamabushi 16-Day Tour of Japan

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  • Hiking
  • City sightseeing
  • Local culture
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
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  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 7
  • age requirement 12-55 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
  • Take in the beauty of Takachiho Gorge
  • Enjoy BBQ on the blacksand beaches of Hachijojima
  • Visit the smallest island village in Tokyo
  • Hike through centuriesold forests in Yakushima
Not your average tourist experience, this 16-day, guided, group tour is specifically designed for nature lovers out there. Leave the hustle and bustle of Japanese cities behind as you traverse the well-worn paths of mountain mystics and breathe in the history of forests that have endured since time unknown.

Although the starting point of this trip is Tokyo, you will find yourself treading the path of mountain mystics by the fourth day of this trip. Spend the next three nights in traditional lodges in the Tsuruoka area, hiking through ancient forests and soaking up unspoilt natural beauty. Gain insights into Yamabushi's fascinating and slightly disturbing practice of self-mummification. This mummification process took monks 1,000 days to complete, during which they ate nothing but nuts, seeds and tea laced with poison.

Drink in the afternoon sun with a boat ride down Takachiho Gorge or test your endurance as you hike the three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan. Look forward to remote destinations rarely seen by tourists, beautiful hikes with stunning scenery and islands brimming with life during this 16-day adventure.

Not for the faint-hearted, if you’re someone who enjoys the outdoors and doesn’t mind a bit of physical activity to get there, this tour, and the rewards that it offers, are well worth it. End your journey in the Japanese capital city and return home with great memories.
  • Day 1: Welcome to Japan
  • Day 2: Time travel to Edo-era Japan
  • Day 3: From sweet-making to a sake brewery
  • Day 4: Sacred mountain mystics
  • Day 5: Sacred mountain mystics
  • Day 6: The mummies of Tsuruoka
  • Day 7: Tokyo's hidden islands
  • Day 8: Tokyo's hidden islands
  • Day 9: A night out in Osaka
  • Day 10: Osaka from all angles
  • Day 11: From Kansai to Kyushu
  • Day 12: Yakushima, Unesco World Heritage island
  • Day 13: Trekking the mystical forests of Yakushima
  • Day 14: Magical town of the gods
  • Day 15: Taking in Takachiho's beauty
  • Day 16: Say farewell in the shadow of Mount Fuji
  • Hostel accommodation for 15 nights
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Transport for 16 days
  • A guide for the entire trip
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Helicopter to Hachijojima
  • Private bunk on ferry
  • Private room 3 days in Tokyo
  • Flights
  • Visa application fees
  • Pickup and drop-off service
  • Optional activities
  • All meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry and shopping
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50% tour deposit. Free cancellation up to 120 days prior departure, but the 50% tour deposit is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 120 days of departure.


A deposit of 50% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 130 days prior departure. For any bookings within 130 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationAt Kichi Japan we pride ourselves on providing experiences with way more included activities than your standard group trip. Although this tour does include some time in the major cities of Tokyo and Osaka, most of it is dedicated to giving you an authentic outdoor country-side experience of Japan. Expect more walking in this tour as the more unique sites are often accessed by foot. The itinerary also includes multiple hikes and physical activities like canyoning for which a decent level of fitness is required. However, you can also look forward to opportunities to relax and put your feet up as you enjoy the natural surroundings. Although we make a concerted effort to keep day-time travelling to a minimum, there will be one or two instances when more travelling is required to get to the more remote locations. We promise though that the end reward is well worth the effort. Tour members will have the opportunity to participate in a filmmaking competition with footage they've taken during the tour. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the tour, more information with be given during orientation. Below you will find a list of things you should bring with you on the trip. A comfortable pair of hiking shoes Backpack (highly recommended over a suitcase) Swimwear Warm jacket, gloves and hat Bugspray, sun protection Spending money for food and personal shopping
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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