Japan is a beautiful, intricately designed puzzle, artfully integrating its proud ancient culture with the most modern of everything. Our tour is timed to coincide with the Cherry blossom (Sakura) season and we will marvel at this magical sight.
Japan’s Cultural Traditions & Hiking the Kumano Kodo
Join Adventure Women for a cultural journey through Japan at cherry blossom season, enjoying delicious Japanese feasts, exploring ancient traditions, hiking the ancient trails of the Kumano Kodo, relaxing in hot springs and meeting Japanese women – from priests to pearl divers!
Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan and a major tourist destination. It is home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
This tour is in collaborationmwith Rachel Lang – she is an expert in Japanese culture and customs and boasts a vast network of Japanese contacts in travel, tourism and hospitality.
A fluent Japanese speaker who has worked as a professional interpreter and translator, Rachel is passionate about sharing her extensive local insight to deliver itineraries far removed from the standard tourist trail.
Journey to the land of the rising sun, a country rich in history. Experience a taste of Japanese culture while staying in a traditional ryokan. Wander through fantastic gardens and be in awe of the abundance of serene temples and shrines. This lovely tour is planned during the famous Cherry Blossom Festival.
If you’ve never been to Japan, you’re in for a real treat. Of the 72 countries I’ve visited, Japan is in my top five. Why? Because the Japanese culture is endlessly fascinating. It’s so complex, rich and so incredibly different than our Western norms. The beauty and artistry with which everyday duties are carried out has me in continual awe. To enhance an already outrageously beautiful adventure, we’ll be traveling with a French artist who will be teaching us how to construct a travel journal using found objects, old papers and our own creativity. Perhaps you already know LululaBerlue from instagram, but if you do not, you’re in for some real eye-candy.
While Japan has long been known for its dynamic cities, only recently has the beauty and culture of the Japanese countryside begun to gain attention. On this trip we experience both, spending time in the beginning in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan, and at the end in Tokyo, a mixture of ancient and modern. In between we will hike some of the best parts of the Nakasendo Way, which linked the two cities during Japan's feudal period.