Press Release
An overnight stay in a stunning national park in the Japanese Alps, time exploring the Nakasendō Way and three nights on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail form part of a new tour from Selective Asia.

Designed to be enjoyed at a more active pace that brings together charming walks with bike rides and thrilling cities with majestic landscapes, the 16-day Adventure on the Ancient Trails is suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness.

The itinerary begins in Tokyo with, amongst other things, a fast-paced tour of the city’s food scene before two days spent exploring the spectacular mountain scenery of Kamikochi, nestled in the Japanese Alps and excellent for spring and autumn colours as well as offering great hiking opportunities.

It then heads south to Tsumago and a gentle walk along the first pilgrimage trail of the trip – the Nakasendō Way set deep in the Kiso Valley – before continuing through mountains by train to Takayama high in the Japanese Alps and home to Hida beef (lesser known than Kobe beef but equally delicious!). 

It is here sampling of many other local dishes takes place, after which calories will be burned on a cycling trip around the small neighbouring town of Hida-Furukawa.

Three nights are spent in Kyoto prior to travelling to Kumono Kodo region in the Kii Mountain Range on the southern peninsula of Honshu. Twinned with Camino de Santiago in Spain, this UNESCO World Heritage Site  remains an emerging destination and is ideal for those wanting to get off-the-beaten path.

The area has drawn pilgrims for more than a thousand years – and offers spectacular routes on footpaths winding along the coast and through forested mountains connecting many sacred sites. Three days will be spent savouring shrines, trails and onsens before concluding in what is arguably the foodie capital of Japan, Osaka.

Selective Asia Japan specialist Natasha Hale says: “We wanted to create a journey through Japan that featured areas new to our programme and that had real elements of connecting with the country’s fabulous outdoor life while still being accessible to all. Japan’s ancient trails provide the perfect mix of soft adventure, natural beauty and the sense of tradition so integral to the country’s appeal.”

Selective Asia’s Adventure on the Ancient Trails costs from £4580 based on two people travelling, excluding flights, and like all the company’s holidays is organised on a fully tailor-made basis.

For further details go to or call 01273 670001


November 28, 2017

Press enquiries to David Leck at Selective Asia on 01322 528580/07710 326256.

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