Walking Western Japan: Mountain Paths and Hidden Temples

Through mountain trails, rural farmland and lush forests you’ll discover authentic Japan. With local experts, explore Western Japan on foot to learn about the culture and history.
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Program No. 23311RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

With its verdant landscapes and very few tourists, Kyushu — Japan’s westernmost island — is a hidden gem best explored on foot. Gain intimate insight into Japanese culture as you walk picturesque rural trails, understanding the importance of nature in Japanese society. Discover the winding mountain paths with local experts and walk to sublime temples that hide in dense forests. Venture past rice paddies while the hushed sounds of water keep you and your fellow Road Scholars company. Meet farmers along the way who will teach you about their customs and stay with a family as you dive head — or foot — first into the ever-beautiful Japanese way of life.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • As you walk toward Taketa, stop at the Fuko-ji temple, Fudo-Myo deity and Oka-jo castle.
  • In Bungo-takada, spend the night in the home of a local family to immerse yourself in their daily life.
  • Learn about and sample local delicacies at two sake brewing houses, a tea shop and a miso soya bean paste manufacturer.
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