Untamed nature and Buddhist pilgrimage
For Buddhists, the 88-temple pilgrimage is just as important as the St. James’s Trail for Christians. In Hiwasa, a small fishing port which is famous for its waves and turtles, you will visit one of these temples and can admire the wild beauty of the Pacific Ocean. You then dive back into nature at Cape Muruto where you will sample the delights of the local cuisine.
Kochi – the home of the revolutionaries
In Kochi you will visit the castle. On the following day you take a stroll through the beautiful Sunday market, which is famous for its unusual citrus fruits, before continuing your tour of the town and the surrounding area. You then travel to Katsura-Hama, an extremely beautiful beach with a park which is dedicated to the revolutionary Ryoma Sakamoto – one of the authors of the first Japanese constitution and a true national hero.
Exile in nature – the mysterious Iya Valley
During the course of its history, Japan has seen many civil wars. The losers were banished to remote areas, e.g. the Iya Valley. In the 12th century, it provided refuge for the Taira clan that had lost the Gempei War. In this green paradise you will discover breathtaking scenery, cross the liana bridge of the exiled dignitaries and hike to the sacred Mount Tsurugi.
- I offer typically tours during the spring (15.03 to 31.05) and autumn (30.09 to 30.11). I do not travel to Japan during the summer because it’s too hot and rainy. I have also decided not to offer tours during the winter – traditional Japanese houses do not have central heating and I don’t want my customers to freeze.
- The difficulty level is calculated for active travellers who are physically fit and enjoy walking/hiking.
- For more detailed information about the Japanese accommodation system as well as further peculiarities unique to the “Land of the Rising Sun”, please refer to our brochure Tips for Travellers to Japan.