Off-the-beaten-track gems, destinations and possibilities
Our off-the-beaten-track tours, nearly always self-guided, can put you in some pretty amazing places. Most Japan travelers stick to the standards: Tokyo, Kamakura, Nikko, Takeyama, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima. But if you have already been to Japan before or have something really special in mind then you have come to the right place.
Kyoto gets over 50 million visitors a year, 98% domestic tourists, and this means that high-season can be a bit of challenge. Most high-value venues are over-crowded and in a taxi slow to get too as the city streets clog up from noon onwards, reaching grid lock by 17:00. We have special "gem" off-the-beaten-track tours designed for these situations. These gems are quiet, very beautiful and you have them, for the most, part all to yourself! We offer 5 self-guided gem tour itineraries in and around Kyoto. These destinations are special and you won't find them in most guide books. And they are just around the corner and easy to get to with our PDF-format Japanese/English guidance. Please inquire.
We love guiding people out of the cities to the wonders of countryside Japan where natural attractions abound in traditional settings amid lush mountains or along spectacular coastlines. In recent years, we have "guided" clients to the Tango Peninsula, the Izu Peninsula, along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, and to the exotic edges of Okinawa and Hokkaido. In 2005 we guided a father and son from one end of Japan to the other including scuba diving stops, hikes in isolated national parks and interludes at unheard of hot spring towns. They had a fantastic time and did it all with just a little help from us. Let us do the same for your next Japan trip.