Japan Alps winter walking vacation

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Recommended from January to March
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Responsible tourism

Japan Alps winter walking 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

1. Protection of Local environment
This tour visits rural areas to support sustainable travel and tourism, respecting existing paths in nature and avoiding disturbance of plant life. This tour features a local guide for the snowshoe portion, which is beneficial for safety reasons but also ensures that interactions with the environment are appropriate and avoid harm.

2. Waste
We follow the principles of ‘Leave no Trace’ on our tours. We dispose of all waste properly to avoid contamination of water sources. We encourage our guests to engage with the local community and try to eat what is provided to them at their accommodations. Food tends to come from locally-sourced ingredients and this is also in line with Japan's "Mottainai" culture which discourages being wasteful with food and material goods.

3. Transport
We are conscious about our carbon footprint and this particular tour does not involve long-distance traveling within Japan. We use local public transportation including trains and buses on our trips rather than chartered motor vehicles to lessen our environmental impact. This tour also features some gentle walking which further lessens negative impacts.

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.

Bringing visitors to country communities, such as the quiet community of Hida-Furukawa, helps sustain their economic viability. Encouraging economic activity in the community means that their society and culture can endure, too. This is particularly important for rural areas, many of which faced decades of decline and depopulation as younger people moved away to the cities. This tour features a local food experience which not only provides value to the guest but promotes economic sustainability for the community as well.

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. 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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