Japan multi activity vacation

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Japan multi activity vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

On this tour you will experience the ‘satoyama’ landscape of rural Japan, the border area between arable flat land where rice is grown, and the mountains. Managed sustainably over centuries, it is biologically diverse and supports a wide variety of wildlife and plantlife. The presence of small-scale tourism in on the islands of the Inland Sea and along the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage trail has encouraged the conservation of these areas, as well as discouraged the development of golf-courses and other projects which have negative effects on the local biodiversity.

We support conservation through the Nature Conservancy Council of Japan. We respect wildlife by avoiding quick movements, loud noises, getting too close and feeding animals. To help with the preservation of local culture, we educate visitors about local traditions and crafts, and make the history and culture a central theme of their visit.

We organize the trips to 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.

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.

We do our best to work with small local businesses rather than international chains, sourcing products and equipment locally and using locally-owned and run accommodation and restaurants. This ensures that as much as possible of the money remains within the local economy. Some of the inns on this tour are owned and run by several generations of one family, and all income from visitors stays in the village and brings the benefit of jobs for the younger generation. Most meals are prepared from locally-sourced fish, meat, and vegetables. Many owners also grow their own vegetables and rice. We support The Japan National Trust which helps protect the traditional buildings of rural Japan.

We believe that independent 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 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.

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