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Monday 20 May 2019

An intriguing new way to explore behind-the-scenes Japan

A new series of tours hope to give visitors a peek behind the scenes at distinctive aspects of Japanese culture: the ritual of bathing in onsen hot spring baths, and savouring fresh seasonal delights.

At the invitation of the Onsen Gastronomy Tourism Association, Walk Japan, specialists in small, authentic group tours, have unveiled the first of a new series of Onsen Gastronomy tours: Oita & Kumamoto in Kyushu, Japan's most westerly main island, and Gifu and Nagano in Honshu, central Japan.

Each tour lasts up to five days and has a special focus on the two distinctive aspects of Japanese culture. 

Leisurely, guided walking is over what is described as "easy terrain" with distances each day limited to 10 kilometres but averaging between six to eight kilometres, allowing time to visit local sites of interest.

Like all Walk Japan tours, the Onsen Gastronomy tours are led by expert tour leaders, with a maximum group size of 12 people.

Tourists get to be immersed in the traditional Japanese way of bathing and every evening stay in a delightful local inn, almost always with their own onsens. 

They will also enjoy exceptional Japanese cuisine. 

Onsen hot springs, featured on many of Walk Japan's tours, are found throughout Japan. The Onsen Gastronomy: Oita and Kumamoto is a fully guided five-day, four-night tour starting in Beppu and finishing in Oita City on the island of Kyushu.

The Onsen Gastronomy: Gifu and Nagano is another fully guided five-day, four-night walking tour, taking in central Gifu and western Nagano prefectures, largely a remote area. 

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