Mount Fuji and Beyond - Japan Walking Holiday
Japan, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £2,395 (land only) - from €3,355 (land only) - from $3,860 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kyoto. A single timed group transfer from the airport is provided. KE Land Only package services begin with overnight accommodation at the group hotel.
Day 2: A day of sightseeing in Kyoto, visiting the World Heritage Sanjusangendo temple and Kiyomizu-dera, a vibrant Buddhist temple. We visit a Geisha tea house in the afternoon for a traditional tea ceremony.
Day 3: We take the express train to Osaka Castle. In the afternoon, here in Osaka we have a beginner's Aikido (Japanese martial arts) lesson.
Day 4: We transfer to the mountains of Shiga Prefecture, where we take part in the fun activity of 'sawanobori' - ghyll scrambling/canyoning for the day. Return to Kyoto for a well earned dinner.
Day 5: Today we will visit Kyoto's Golden Pavillion, and also travel to Sagano, and walk on the historic 'Kiyotaki' trail to Arashiyama, via the Zen temple of Tenryuji.
Day 6: A morning drive to mountainous Hida District and the city of Takayama. Afternoon at the Hida Folk Village, an open-air display of traditional architecture. Overnight in a traditional Ryokan.
Day 7: Visit the early morning market beside the Miyagawa River and explore the old-town. Also visit the Ankokuji Temple and hike in the forest nearby. A second night in our Ryokan.
Day 8: We transfer to Shinhodaka Onsen and cable car up into the Japanese Alps. A 3-hour hike from here will take us to the top of Nishihodoppyo Peak (2701m). Descend to the Nishihodaka Hut.
Day 9: Today we have a 4-hour hike along the ridge to Yakedake, an active volcano with a complex of craters. A beautiful days walk with some scrambling. Descend through the forest to the village of Kamikochi and overnight in a Ryokan.
Day 10: Day Kamikochi. This narrow valley surrounded by the Japan Alps is one of the most scenic in Japan. There are a variety of walks today, and our choice will be depend on the weather and conditions. One of the choices is Dakesawa peak. Second night Ryokan, Kamikochi.
Day 11: Transfer today to Kawaguchiko in the area known as Fuji Go-Ko. Picturesque lakes and Mount Fuji provide great photo opportunities.
Day 12: After a stop at the Mount Fuji Visitor Centre, we take a bus to the start of our ascent and from there hike for 3 hours to a hut at 3200 metres. Great views back to Lake Kawaguchi.
Day 13: Setting off at around 1.30am it takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit of Mt Fuji, the highest point in Japan. After admiring the dawn views, we descend to the roadhead and transfer to Tokyo and our hotel.
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single, timed escorted transfer to the airport is provided.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.