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.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
A Land of Contrasts
The beautiful thing about contemporary Japan is how wholeheartedly it has embraced all things modern—all the while retaining the customs of times past. On this epic walking journey, we’ve gone out of our way to ensure you experience some of the most breathtaking walking trails that Japan has to offer. You’ll witness the kinetic energy of Osaka and Kansai, then find peace in the tranquillity of rural Japan and ancient Nara. Feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time as you visit centuries-old temples and soak in mountain hot springs at the Kayotei; then, let time stand still as you marvel in the soothing peace of this awe-inspiring country.
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Day by Day
After a beautiful nature hike through meticulously tended green tea fields, we'll have a lesson in tea production from a local farmer. Dinner is a beautifully orchestrated fusion of French and Japanese cuisines.
Stroll through bamboo groves, stopping to visit World Heritage site, Tenryu-ji. This afternoon, board the "romantic train" back to Arashiyama.
After a quiet walk through fruit orchards and rice fields, pause at a local soy sauce maker to learn more about this Asian staple. Dinner tonight is a lesson in the art of grilling.
In Nara Park, see herds of tame deer surround a treasure trove of UNESCO-protected temples. Later, enjoy dinner at a traditional Japanese estate.
Hike the colourful paths of Fushimi Inari-Taisha, passing beautiful shrines and lakes en route. Then, head to the hot spring town of Yamanaka Onsen, where you'll quickly appreciate the art of a good onsen soak.
After learning a local artisan's woodturning techniques and exploring Yamanaka, we dress in traditional yukata for an unforgettable goodbye meal.
Following a morning stroll through one of the most beautiful gardens in Kanazawa, you will be driven to the train station to continue your onward travels. Sayōnara!
Find peace in perfect tranquility.
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. View hotel website »
Noborioji Hotel, Nara
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. View hotel website »
Kayotei Ryokan, Yamanaka
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. View hotel website »
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.
“I go on a long walk once a week, and I don’t mind a little sweat.”
Rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.Read more on our Activity Levels
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 Sticks & Hip Holsters
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
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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