Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Eight days of guided snowshoeing or winter walking on Japanís most glorious ancient route, the Nakasendo Trail. Guided in a small group, with lots of hot-spring baths to enjoy along the way.
Kyoto 4 days of Nakasendo Trail guided walks Nakatsugawa Magome Tsumago Kiso-Fukushima Stays in traditional ryokan inns Yabuhara Torii Pass Narai Kiso-Hirasawa Asama Onsen Walking tour Tokyo Hama-Rikyu gardens Nihonbashi
Price
US $2905 excluding flights
Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
4-13
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A single supplement guarantees solo travelers a room to themselves at the tour hotels in Kyoto and in Tokyo
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Description of Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Price information

US $2905 excluding flights
A single supplement guarantees solo travelers a room to themselves at the tour hotels in Kyoto and in Tokyo
Make enquiry

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The beautiful little post towns and the amazing food at the places we stayed at.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Wear lots of layers as it can get cold but you also need to be able to cool down by stripping back when you're hiking and the sun comes out.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope it helped the local communoities by enabling them to keep these beautiful old buildings functioning as they were meant to.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It exceeded expectations. We were all very well looked after by our guide and kept informed of the local history and culture of wherever we went. A five star experience throughout.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

1. Protection of Local environment
Our tours are all small-group, both avoiding the need for large vehicles and hotels, and ensuring we donít overwhelm the places we visit.
Where our tours use mountain or countryside trails, we ensure that we donít damage vegetation by using only established trails. We leave what we find, so no taking of plants, rocks, archaeological artefacts, etc.

2. Wildlife
We respect wildlife by avoiding quick movements, loud noises, getting too close and feeding animals. We help with the preservation of local culture by educating visitors about local traditions and crafts, and making the history and culture a central theme of their visit.

3. Energy
We reduce the consumption of energy by unplugging all electronic appliances when leaving the office. During the day when it is bright we use natural sunlight and avoid turning on the light. During the summers we use electric fans instead of air conditioners.

4. Waste
We follow the principles of ĎLeave no Traceí on our walking tours. We do not leave behind any waste on our tours. On our walking tours we dispose of all waste properly to avoid contamination of water sources. We avoid as much the use of paper, and do as much of our marketing as possible on-line, using internet fax and avoid printing out paper. When we do print we use double side as much as possible.

5. Transport
We use local public transport as much as possible where this is an option, lessening the environmental impact of extra vehicles on small country roads.
We encourage our employees to walk/bike to the office

People

1. A fair deal
We work only with small local businesses rather than international chains, and where possible we source goods and supplies locally, using only small, locally-owned and run accommodation and restaurants. This ensures that as much as possible of the money remains within the local economy.

For our accommodations where possible we choose to use locally family inn run by family for generations. On this Nakasendo Trip we use Daikichi an accommodation that has run in the family for three generations.

We higher local staff and provide sickness and vacations benefits. The local staff is given full responsibility of tour operations encouraging great responsibility and fostering management skills.

Our tours often visit the lesser-known (but equally enchanting) areas of the countries we visit, and this helps to spread the economic benefit of tourism more evenly.

Small group tourism encourages young people who would otherwise leave to find work in the cities to stay and start small-scale sustainable enterprises that cater to visitors. We try to avoid the destinations that cater to mass-market tourism, taking our guest to the lesser-known but if not more rewarding places that larger tour companies tend to avoid due to their unsuitability for large groups. This means our clients money will end up in small community that may have little in the way of work for its young people.

2. Local Crafts & Culture
To offer unique, engaging and educative tours which take visitors to lesser-known countries and regions, and introduce them to the culture, history and traditions of the people who live there. We provide cultural classes which help spread and preserve the culture, knowledge and traditions of the locals. We also encourage our tour leaders to have a deep knowledge of the local people and culture. They have often lived and worked locally for many years. By traveling the quieter backroads and encouraging personal contact with the local people, we reveal a side of these countries that most visitors never see.

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