Few visitors venture this far into Japan. The new Hokkaido Snow Tour begins at the fishing port of Kushiro. Walk over frozen seas where ice fishermen huddle, then along clifftops with glimpses of the islands of Siberia’s far east. Enjoy a red-crested crane escort to the tour’s end in Utoro, a coastal onsen hot spring resort town on the Shiretoko Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bask in the sunset’s reflections on an ice-covered sea from your cosy accommodation. Locally-sourced, world-class meals provide strength for the eight-day, seven-night, fully guided snowshoe tour from Walk Japan, a company leading the way in providing fulfilling and enjoyable tours available in Japan.
Like it hot? Indulge in the newly-launched Oita Hot Spring Trail, a trek to the temperate climate of Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan’s mecca for onsen hot springs––some clear, others murky, some pungent, and others fizzy. But this adventure isn’t solely focused on bathing. Travel through forested valleys to high plateaus and the foothills of the majestic Kuju Mountains before reaching the seaside town of Beppu, where plumes of vapour from the onsen often dominate the landscape. Founded in 1992 by academics Dr. Thomas Stanley and Prof. Richard Irving, Walk Japan specialises in tours that immerse walkers in Japanese society and culture while exploring little-visited, beautiful regions of the nation. Other walks include Snow Country Trek and Winter Nakasendo Way, check out walkjapan.com for more details.
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