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Walking Kyoto: mountains to the sea

Any traveller thinking of going to Japan will probably at least consider visiting Kyoto, an iconic city that has been at the centre of much of Japan’s history and culture for more than 1,000 years.

Yet few overseas visitors go beyond Kyoto’s precincts to visit its hinterland, a bucolic region that stretches north to the Sea of Japan.

Walk Japan’s newest tour, Kyoto: Mountains to the Sea, explores this other idyllic Kyoto of verdant mountains and valleys, forests and farming villages, remote hillside hamlets and rugged northern Sea of Japan coast.

The contrast between the countryside and life of Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City could not be more stark, yet the two have an intimate symbiotic relationship, established over millennia, that thrives to this day.

The prefecture is the source of much of the produce and crafts for which the city is so rightly well known.

This fully-guided, eight day tour explores remote and beautiful mountainous countryside following ancient trails, once vital for commerce and communication, that lead finally to Amanohashidate, long considered one of Japan’s three classic vistas, on the Sea of Japan coast.

En route, we come across little-known villages and hamlets where you’ll often find our accommodation for the night. Here, friendly hosts provide warm welcomes and mouth watering cuisine that is composed of the same locally-grown ingredients as those served up in the famed ryokan inns of Kyoto, the city.

For full detail and a comprehensive itinerary, visit Walk Japan’s website or contact them and check out TOUR DATES HERE.

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