Who We Are

Oku Japan operates guided, self-guided and custom tours around Japan. Our main office is in Kyoto, and some of our sales staff are based in the UK. In spring 2015, Oku Japan opened a branch office in the village of Chikatsuyu, where we are proud to be part of the local community. In 2019, we also opened a Our Nakasendo Branch in the famed Juku town of Tsumago along the Nakasendo trail.

Our guides are professional, trained guides who are bilingual Japanese and English (as well as some who speak German or French) and have a deep knowledge of and passion for Japan's people, culture and history.

Close-knit communities deep in the countryside preserve the traditions of a not-too-distant past. Our trips combine the simple pleasures of enjoying the hospitality of these communities: their home-grown food, carefully-preserved buildings and immense pride in where they live and who they are. We have our very own team in Kyoto, along the Kumano Kodo Trail and Nakasendo Trail - not representatives, not partners, but our very own staff members ready to support you and to show you facets of Japan you never knew existed.

Our branch offices on the trails

We strive to make a positive contribution to the local communities and do our best to help wherever we can. That is why we established our branch offices along our two most popular destinations: the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo.

Kumano Kodo branch

Find out how we contribute to the community in Chikatsuyu, a small town along the Kumano Kodo.

Nakasendo branch

Learn more about our contribution to the people of the post-town of Tsumago.

Responsible tourism

Acting responsibly as a tour company is at the core of our business. We want our small-group guided tours and our self-guided trips to contribute positively to the destinations they visit in Japan.

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