Walk Japan, the pioneering operator of seasonal walking tours, is delighted to announce its upcoming tours for the enchanting snow-covered northern winter. It is truly one of the best times of year to explore the lesser-known areas of Japan, as fairytale-like landscapes feature vast wonderlands of immaculate white snow.
Select tours have been curated to take travellers through the snow-laden and most stunningly pristine regions of the country, from the Central Alps, known as Japan’s ‘Snow Country’, to snowshoe tours through Hokkaido’s less-visited East and the rugged Tohoku region in North Honshu, and to the top of the breathtaking Kaida Plateau.
Expertly led small group tours – each accommodating a maximum of just 12 people – traverse the islands of the archipelago, and immerse guests in cultural and authentic sides of Japan not often experienced by tourists.
Travellers who wish to gain an understanding of Japanese society, customs, history and food walk at a comfortable pace and stay each night in charming Japanese traditional inns, or ryokans, dotted across the countryside.
Led by enthusiastic and well-informed guides, the walking tours vary not only in location and theme, but also in levels of activity; beginning with the easiest at Level 1 (walkers must be able to handle their own luggage, climb a few flights of stairs and walk less than 5km a day) to the most challenging Level 6 (in which there could be up to eight hours of activity per day over varied, mountainous terrain).