At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
A Land of Contrasts
Start by experiencing the fine frenzy of modern Kyoto, then slip into the peace and tranquility of rural Japan and ancient Nara. Stroll some of Japan’s most breathtaking walking trails and step back in time. Visit centuries-old temples, soak in mountain hot springs at Kayotei ryokan, and marvel at the soothing stillness of the awe-inspiring countryside.
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Day by Day
Move from the vibrant energy of Kyoto to the tranquility of rural Japan and ancient Nara. Quiet roads lead you through fruit orchards, terraced rice fields, tidy hamlets and groves of cedar and cypress. Tonight, a 2-star Michelin meal.
Leave directly from your hotel to enter Nara Park. Wandering the World Heritage Site will reveal magnificent relics, incredible temples and herds of tame deer. Later, you'll learn a bit about the art of sake making!
Arriving to Wazuka—Japan's most famous tea producing region—you'll follow a snaking route through tended tea bushes gaining valuable knowledge from a local tea farmer. You'll sit down to a lovely bento lunch among the tea bushes.
Walk between bamboo groves toward mossy gardens as you enter one of the city's historic preservation neighbourhoods. Board the "romantic train" to the next portion of your walk, stopping at Tenryu-ji, the most important Zen temple in the area.
Walk toward one of Japan's most recognizable symbols, Fushimi Inari, famous for its countless vermillion Torii. Then, head to the hot spring town of Yamanaka Onsen, where you'll quickly appreciate the art of a good onsen soak.
Explore a secluded Yamanaka village with one of our local friends. Then, enjoy a relaxing afternoon back at the ryokan before we dress in traditional yukata for an unforgettable goodbye meal.
Your morning stroll takes you through one of the most beautiful gardens in Kanazawa, complemented by a quintessential tea ceremony. You'll say goodbyes in the late afternoon or stick around to discover this great city. Sayōnara!
Find peace in perfect tranquility.
Kayotei Ryokan, Yamanaka Onsen
A traditional family-owned inn of 10 rooms, the exquisite Kayotei sets the standard for Japanese ryokans. The inn is set amidst a natural forest and the hospitality is warm, charming, and unobtrusive. Its elegant hot spring overlooks the forest and provides the perfect place for meditation.
Suiran Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto
Formerly the estate of a noble, the Suiran is a new, contemporary Japanese resort on the banks of the Hozu River. With spacious rooms and gorgeous views, the hotel is perfectly poised to offer access to some of Japan’s most important national treasures.
Noborioji Hotel, Nara-city
Located next to the fresh greenery-surrounded Kofuku-ji, the Noborioji is a luxury-filled retreat. With only 12 rooms, and decorated in 1930’s Japanese-European style, it is perfectly situated between Nara Park and old Nara Town.
This is the perfect way to see Japan. My husband and I loved the walks each day through beautiful countryside and the stops were well timed and interesting (soy factory, tea making and meditation experience) and exquisitely beautiful (temples, shrines and gardens).—Elizabeth Edwards
Honestly, so many times I have wistfully gone over the photos and continue to smile at certain points.— Nancy Mulvihill
The Japanese cultural experience was the best part. The ryokans, the meals, and the special events such as paper making, saki tasting, etc were really an excellent introduction to the culture of Japan.— Gary Coughlan
Our walks average 8-10 km (5-6 mi) over the first five days. The final day is reserved for gentle strolls through town and time at the spa.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners, including wine, beer and sake
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support vehicle
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of two lightweight walking sticks
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including van support, bus transfers and trains
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel services
Walking Poles & Backpack
Included with all walking trips are telescoping walking poles and custom-made 13L backpacks to comfortably conceal your essentials within lockable zippers. The walking poles get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller. The backpack, however, is yours to keep at trip’s end and folds up for easy packing. See Equipment Details
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend time in Kyoto
We highly recommend that you arrive in Kyoto at least a day before your trip begins. It's wonderful and worth no less than a day’s visit. This is a city of contrasts, where one minute you are being pushed along with a sea of people on one of the frenetic main streets to the next minute where you are strolling along the tranquil small backstreets. Enjoy the electric buzz and fast pace or duck into one of the many shrines and temples for some quiet contemplation and relaxation.
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