EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEY ACROSS JAPAN

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Published on January 18, 2018 with No Comments

Royal Brunei’s daily codeshare flight to Tokyo via Hong Kong is an excellent excuse for taking a walking tour of Japan to explore its community and cultures.

Words GRACE OOI
Images WALK JAPAN

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The juhyo snow monsters on the Tohoku Hot Spring Tour. Credit(s): Walk Japan

 

Think you have seen all there is to see in Japan? Not unless you have had an excursion with Walk Japan. National Geographic has described the company as “one of the 200 Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. And there is good reason for it.

In contrast to the usual whirlwind coach tours of the region, Walk Japan lets guests interested in experiencing Japan on a deeper level get close to the local community while exploring little-visited regions of the nation. The immersive itinerary profoundly journeys into Japanese society and culture, providing great insights into the nation and its people. Being committed to and supportive of the communities in which they operate and ensuring that their tours have a positive impact in these areas also mean guests will often come in contact with family-run and heritage enterprises.

For instance, the Tohoku Hot Spring Snow has been thoughtfully curated to let guests walk in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho, one of Japan’s greatest literary figures. The guided snowshoe tour explores Tohoku’s remote valleys and close-knit communities, charming hamlets and quintessential hot spring villages. Here the locals warmly welcome tour participants with a hospitality that has been honed over many generations by the need for communal resilience in the region’s harsh winter. Highlights include a descent through the incredible juhyo snow monsters and a visit to Sakata, a historic and elegant old port town on the Sea of Japan coast, where evening meals draw on the wide range of fresh produce from the seas, fields, rivers and mountains of Tohoku.

Another, the Tokaido Trail is an exploration of the Tokaido’s ‘Eastern Sea Road’ and the greatest of Japan’s ancient highways, through Japan’s heartland and three of its greatest cities: Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto. It tells the story of Japan’s historic and cultural legacy including journeys by great emperors and powerful shoguns, and also of the everyday folk who lived along its route and those others who were occasionally allowed to travel its length.

Walk Japan itineraries often bring new appreciation to the rich history that envelops this Land of the Rising Sun. The highlight of each journey is the intimate look of each area’s past, present and future. Guests will arrive as tourists but leave as travellers with a whole new perspective of the places they have been.

 

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Hong Kong daily for connections to Tokyo. Discover things to do in Tokyo in www.muhibah.com.bn

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