When most Westerners think of Japan, they think of modern Tokyo with its amazing skyscrapers, city lights and cosmopolitan culture. Few visitors know that the real treasures of Japan lie in a magical countryside filled with verdant forests, mountain hot springs, unspoiled lakes and lush gorges. And of course, there are the imperial cities of Kyoto and Nara and their colorful temples and palaces. With beauty such as this for inspiration, it’s no wonder that Japanese art is so graceful and meditative.
In typical MTS style, we aim to show you the heart and soul of a place, well beyond the most travelled sites. Our Japan itineraries offer you the chance to explore the country’s idyllic landscapes by foot while also experiencing the quiet elegance of its culture. We make our walking tours extremely approachable, allowing you to carry nothing but a daypack as we transport your belongings to each inn. You’ll unwind in natural hot springs, overnight in traditional ryokans, and eat exquisitely prepared meals every night. Culture enthusiasts and trekkers can find no better place to feed their curiosity while also finding solace in nature.