Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan

“A four day, tailor made walking vacation in and around Nikko National Park, with ancient mountain trails, waterfalls and plenty of hot spring resting points.”

Highlights

Nikko | Nikko National Park | Onsen walking trails | Oku Nikko | Nikko Yumoto Onsen | Oku Nikko Plains | Mount Mitsudake | Mount Orogura

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Responsible tourism: Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan

Environment

With this tour, we are using local public transport from and to Tokyo. This minimizes your environmental impact and complements the fact that this tour does not require long-distance travel around the country. Furthermore, this tour includes walking, which further helps minimize your carbon footprint. On this tour, you travel at your own pace through beautiful and unspoiled scenery, hiking the scenic and varied Oku Nikko plains, taking in waterfalls, lakes and the peaceful Yukawa River. Spending three nights at traditional Japanese inns, all with their own Onsen hot-spring baths, you support local communities and businesses. Your hosts value locally-produced food, which has a lower carbon footprint and further encourages the economic activity in the community. With this walking tour in Nikko’s UNESCO area, we aim to ensure the long-term sustainability of natural resources, culture and society, treating them with respect and fairness. We follow the principles of ‘Leave no Trace’ on our walking tours. Additionally, 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, email and avoid printing.

Community

With rapidly-growing numbers of overseas visitors to Japan, we believe it is vital to encourage exploration of rural communities, lessening the crowding at major urban tourist sites and spreading the economic benefits of tourism more widely. We promote travels to 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. With a focus on Nikko’s UNESCO area, this self-guided walking tour features stays in small, family-run hot-spring Ryokan inns, supporting local communities and fostering genuine interaction between local populations and visitors. Encouraging economic activity in the community means that their society and culture can endure, too. This is particularly important for rural areas of Japan, which faced decades of decline and depopulation as younger people moved away to the cities like Tokyo. There are now welcome signs that this tide has started to turn. Bringing visitors to rural and remote communities, such as the Nikko area, helps sustain their economic viability.

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Reviewed on 16 Aug 2018 by

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


Walking for days with seeing hardly anybody, only wonderful nature. And the amazing food in the local inns.

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


Don´t hesitate to do this on your own, it´s perfectly safe and very well sign-posted.

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


All the local inn owners commented on the good cooperation they enjoy with the operator, the food was local (i.e. fish from the river next door to the inn),
recycling and waste reduction was pointed out everywhere.

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


A great experience, ten out of ten!

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2018 by

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


Hard to choose the most memorable moment. Bathing naked in hot spring
under the stars. Walking snow packed paths, through the mountains.

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


Follow the advice and you will have a great time!

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


Definitely supported local people and relied on walking and public transport(which was really easy to navigate).

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


We had an amazing experience and the people at the inns couldn’t have been more kind and helpful.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Prue - thank you for taking the time to review our tour. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and hope that we might have the pleasure of welcoming you on another of our trips in the future. Jeremy.

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