Sacred Japan

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Trip Overview

Duration

12 Days

Activities

Cultural
Cycling
Hiking

Physical Rating

Moderate

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Japan Women Guides

Meet the Dynamic Women of Japan

Sacred Japan is a beautifully balanced combination of relaxing walks, e-bike rides and intimate experiences with locals. Meet the strong and dedicated female free divers known as the ama-san, sea cucumber farmers and the women who harvest tea. From rural tea plantations to a thunderous taiko drumming demonstration, we witness the passion of Japanese women who are carrying on generational traditions and Japanese heritage through sound, art, tea and sushi! 


Discover Mystical and Ancient Marvels

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Renew Your Senses

We walk along sections of the Nakasendo Trail, the cliffside Kuniga Coast Walking Track, Mount Daisen and through the tidy gardens, serene temples and shrines of Tadasu no Mori Forest. In the Oki Islands (a designated UNESCO Global Geopark), we e-bike and take in the wildness of the sea. We find deep purification in the onsens’ healing waters and in the arduous climb to a 1000-year-old temple on Mount Mitoku. This trip revolves around newness: we taste it in the flavors of Kyoto cuisine and see it in the emerald rice paddies and bamboo groves. Every day is a taste of something unfamiliar.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Tokyo

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  • Day 2

    Tsumago

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  • Day 3

    Magome

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  • Day 4

    Osatsu-cho

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  • Day 5

    Shiga

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  • Day 6

    Kyoto

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  • Day 7

    Misasa Onsen

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  • Day 8

    Mount Daisen

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  • Day 9

    Nishinoshima Island

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  • Day 10

    Oki Islands

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  • Day 11

    Tokyo

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  • Day 12

    Tokyo

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Take a Deeper Dive

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Tokyo

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  • Day 2

    Tsumago

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  • Day 3

    Magome

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  • Day 4

    Osatsu-Cho

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  • Day 5

    Shiga

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  • Day 6

    Kyoto

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  • Day 7

    Misasa Onsen

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  • Day 8

    Nishinoshima Island

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  • Day 9

    Oki Islands

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  • Day 10

    Mount Daisen

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  • Day 11

    Tokyo

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  • Day 12

    Tokyo

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What’s Included

  • checkmark icon An awesome English-speaking local female Japanese guide
  • checkmark icon 11 nights’ accommodation in hotels, including three nights in a traditional tatami-style room (*Optional private single upgrades are only available for eight of the 11 nights and are subject to availability)
  • checkmark icon All ground transport including trains, local buses, private car and ferries
  • checkmark icon Domestic flight from Yonago Airport (YGJ) to Haneda Airport, Tokyo (HND) 
  • checkmark icon Group arrival and departure airport transfers
  • checkmark icon All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12
  • checkmark icon Private traditional tea ceremony
  • checkmark icon Asamiya tea experience (4.5 hour plantation tour and tasting)
  • checkmark icon Bikes and helmets (e-bikes will be provided on the Oki Islands)
  • checkmark icon Entry to onsens (hot springs)
  • checkmark icon Admission to shrines and temples
Please Note:

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

At some of the boutique accommodations we use we are unable to secure private rooms. On this trip the private upgrade is for 8 out of the 11 nights, on the other 3 nights you may have a roommate. We are staying in unique small accommodations with limited space.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

Trip Details

Know Before You Go

Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

This trip starts in Tokyo, Japan (airport codes: NRT or HND) and finishes in Tokyo, Japan (airport codes: NRT or HND).

Onsens

Most ryokans have ‘onsens’ –  which are public bathing areas, sometimes filled with heated mineral water, and sometimes fed by local hot springs. You will be provided with a small and large towel. Onsens are gender segregated (women’s and men’s). When you enter the change rooms, there will be lockers for your clothing. Find a shower stall and rinse down well, using the soap and small towel provided. Then find your way into the onsen for a quiet soak. It’s important to be mindful of other women using the onsen and to keep voices low.  These are quiet spaces.

A common question asked is whether you can enter an onsen if you have a tattoo. It is an unwritten rule that public onsens do not permit those who have tattoos on their body. If you choose to enter a public onsen with a tattoo, chances are, no one will notice (especially if it’s small and inconspicuous), but if you are asked to leave, you should respectfully do so.

The Wild Women Way

If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we walk a lot and do some exploring by bicycle. Yes, some of it can be a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on strength you didn’t know you had and come out feeling like the goddess you are. 

Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

This is an active, multi-activity adventure. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

  • checkmark icon Walking distances on this trip vary: On the Nakasendo pilgrimage, you can expect to walk up to 5 miles (8 km) a day
  • checkmark icon On other days, the walking duration can be one hour on the Kuniga Coast Walking Track or up to 3 hours walking in the Mount Daisen area
  • checkmark icon There are also shorter walking tours through villages and to the shrines
  • checkmark icon Some days involve extensive travel via express train, local buses and ferries (something to be aware of if you are prone to motion sickness)
  • checkmark icon For the Day 8 cycling activity in Mount Daisen, expect to ride for 3–4 hours, depending on the group’s pace, on a mostly downhill route (this is an optional activity)
  • checkmark icon For the Day 10 cycling tour of the Oki Islands, there will be several breaks and a stop for lunch – e-bikes are provided this day
  • checkmark icon Up to three nights will be spent in accommodations offering tatami rooms, which are traditional Japanese rooms with tatami (rush reed) flooring and low futon mattresses. These Washitsu-style accommodations have sliding doors (fusuma) versus hinged doors.
  • checkmark icon Expect a menu and flavors that may be unfamiliar to you
  • checkmark icon If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to enter certain onsens
  • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Moderate (Good level of fitness required. Trips are moderately challenging with an average of 4 to 6 hours of activity each day.)
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