Nara Ancient Capitals self-guided walking 5 days

Explore ancient Nara through paved and forest trails – the walks are typically moderate, but strenuous at times, with days of up to 5 hours of hiking.

Nara Ancient Capitals self-guided walking 5 days

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July 2024
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Tour details

Nara Ancient Capitals self-guided walking 5 days
x1 traveller
USD 0
Single room additional charge
USD 305
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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Trip level:
    Active
    Level
  • Availability: Recommended from January to December
  • Type:Self-guided
    Level
  • Price: USD 1,315(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)
Highlights
  • Walk the Yamanobe-no-Michi, said to be the oldest road in Japan
  • Marvel at the historic treasures of the ancient capital of Nara
  • See Ōmiwa Shrine, famous among sake brewers all across the country
  • Cycle around the beautiful terraced rice fields of Asuka
  • Glimpse at the many ancient burial mounds from the Kofun Period
  • Visit Tanzan Shrine, tucked away on Mount Goharetsu and boasting a unique 13-storey pagoda

The Kansai region, situated at the centre of Japan's main island of Honshu, is home to three historic capitals: Kyōto, Nara and the smaller, lesser-known Asuka. All three have rich and varied histories. Our tour includes scenic and culturally significant hiking trails, as well as overnight stays in charming Japanese guesthouses, allowing you to experience the rural lifestyle of the Japanese countryside in Asuka. Learn about this historic area of Japan and discover its cultural heritage on these less familiar walks.

You may wish to upgrade to a traditional machiya in Nara. Machiya are beautiful wooden townhouses that have seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to younger craftsmen and designers realising the cultural significance of such majestic and historic buildings.

We happily welcome younger walkers on our trips with an accompanying adult. We offer a 10% price reduction for children (6-11) and an 80% price reduction for infants (0-5).  Please contact us for specific hiking, meal or bedding enquiries.

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What is included
4 nights at Japanese-style or Western-style accommodation
4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Round-trip train tickets from Kyōto or Ōsaka
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Detailed maps
Local support by telephone
Our Preparing for Your Trip and Travelling in Japan guidebooks
What is not included
Flights
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Local bus journeys which must be paid directly to the bus driver
Rental bicycles
Single room supplement(s) for solo occupancy
Daily luggage transfer
Itinerary

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.

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