Japan Trails: Ancient to Modern Times

Karina Safari
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20 reviews
May 19 - 30, 2021
Group size: 9 - 13
Japan Trails: Ancient to Modern Times

Karina Safari
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20 reviews

Deposit: $400
May 19 - 30, 2021
Group size: 9 - 13

About this trip

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit Fuji-Hakone National Park and capture the astonishing views on Mighty Mt. Fuji
  • In Kyoto, visiting zen temples, bamboo groves and dine with Geisha
  • Hike the ancient pilgrimage trail atop Mt. Koyasan, one of the most important temple complexes in Japan, dedicated to the study and practice of esoteric Shingon Buddhism. Stay overnight at the monastery, taste a monk's lifestyle. Koyasan is a place to contemplate, 1,200 years of history and natural beauty wait to envelop you in their calming embrace.
  • Get away from the crowds and big cities. Take a cultural journey back in times, walking 3 days through the Central Alps. Beautiful valleys, bamboo groves, old post towns on the historic Nakasendo Trail. Stay overnight at traditional ryokan inns, run by local families.
  • Taste unique flavors of Japanese cuisine: authentic, no matter if it is home-made Japanese food, high class dining or sushi-making workshop.
  • Refresh your body, soaking in hot “onsen” baths 
  • Take pictures dressed in traditional kimono 
  • Learn to navigate in the maze of Japan's public transportation network and bullet trains
  • Fast forward to the highlights and technological wonders of modern Tokyo

Level of difficulty:

This trip is rated Easy.  Be ready for everyday active walks in towns and countryside. You should have some previous hiking experience and be in relatively good physical shape. Hikes range between 3-7 miles in length with elevation gains/losses of up to 1,400 feet. Trails are composed of dirt with some sections of stone steps.

What’s included

  • Local guide
    Guided city walks, Guided hikes
  • Lodging in the cities
    6 nights at the nice hotels with best location, dbl rooms
  • Lodging Nakasendo Trai
    3 nights in unique ryokan inns, sleep on tatami, rooms 4-6 ppl sharing
  • Lodging Mt.Koyasan
    1 night at the monastery guest rooms, 4-6ppl sharing
  • Transportation
    Private van & public transportation (metro, bullet trains)
  • Admissions
    All places of interest, museums and temples mentioned in the itinerary below
  • Meals
    In the cities: Breakfasts & Lunches (while on day-tours); Nakasendo trail: Full board; Koyasan Monastery; Breakfast & Dinner
  • International flights
    Starts at $685 round-trip (non-direct), and $1000 direct from SFO
  • Travel Insurance
    $80-90 for whole trip
  • Single accomodation
    Available at hotels only, on request


Day 1 (Fri)
Tokyo, arrival

Morning arrival to Narita airport, Tokyo

Meet & greet by our local representatives.

Transfer to Tokyo downtown to check-in at hotel will be followed by the guided walk in the heart of the city (depending on the time of arrival).

Walk on the one of the busiest street markets, evening free.

Your Organizer

Karina Safari
20 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


One of the best trips I had. Great company, very picturesque hikes and comfortable accommodations. Everything was organized perfectly with a good balance between hikes, sightseeing and free time. Karina took care of all the logistics, which made the trip very relaxing. We covered a lot of places in 12 days - more than it would be possible on my own. Highly recommended!
Amazing trip - great people, well-organized itinerary, and an opportunity to surround yourself with unbelievable nature all day, every day. A truly refreshing change of pace and surroundings. If you are hesitating about whether to sign up, nervous about traveling with people you don't know, doubting your level of physical preparedness, talk to Karina - and then do it! You won't regret it. This trip is a breath of air and an experience to remember for a lifetime.
It was an awesome trip!! Karina created the best agenda that allowed us to experience different places/things. The local crew/guide was professional and took care everything for us, and the food is better than expected. Karina stayed connected with us before and throughout the whole trip and responded quickly to our questions/concerns. Highly recommended!
This was a fantastic trip, with top-notch organization, carefully selected itineraries and a very professional local crew. The food was delicious and we enjoyed comfy accommodations as well. Karina is on every detail, so everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended!
We spent an excellent and adventurous two weeks with Karina in Patagonia this end of "summer". Karina created the perfect itinerary that allowed us to experience so many unique places there. It was a good mix of hiking and more relaxed days. We were hiking up and down the sides of mountains, walking on glacier (even had whiskey in the Ice Bar), had tour to visit penguin’s colony on Isla Magdalena, city tour, Tango Show and tango lesson. The trip was very robust in terms of activity level, and I would classify it (hiking part) as moderate/strenuous due to the long days of hiking. Five stars for Karina’s planning and organizational skills. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends, and I look forward to new adventures with Karina.
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena Margulis on Sep 10, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory Lyakhovitskiy on Mar 14, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan Toibazarova on Jun 20, 2019