Travel to rural Japan with the locals who know it best
Get off the tourist track, out of the city, and really experience Japan
From cycling across islands in the Seto Inland Sea to cooking classes in the Japanese countryside, we’ll help you explore the real Japan. Experience, not just observe, parts of Japan that most travellers don’t see and interact with the locals who make these places so wonderful. Our tours are mainly based on Shikoku, the least visited of the four main islands of Japan. We’ll help you truly discover this hidden part of Japan.
Travel to Japan’s best-kept secret
We design tours with one principle in mind – to help you experience the beauty of Shikoku. Explore small islands, deserted beaches, and overgrown mountain trails. Eat at local restaurants, stay in small family-run traditional inns, and chat to locals. This is the Japan few get to see. We’re based on Shikoku – the most remote island of Japan, where oranges are sold on the roadside, and people greet you as you cycle by. If you’ve seen Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, if you’re ready to experience a different Japan, we’ve got the perfect plan for you. To see how a journey to Shikoku could fit within your trip to Japan, click here.
Travel at your own pace
Good travel isn’t about checking places off lists or being led to the next “must see”. Travel is best when you’re in charge. To give you the freedom to truly explore this beautiful environment, we offer either small group guided tours or multi-day self-guided tours. If a tour is self-guided, we provide lots of support and information to make sure you have a fantastic time, but we want you to have an experience that’s unique, so we leave the decision-making up to you!
We take care of everything
Exploring rural Japan can be a challenge. We take care of everything, leaving you to have the time of your life. On our short tours, you will have a local guide, we’ll provide detailed instructions on where and when to meet, and we make all reservations. On our longer tours, this means we’ll meet you at the start of your tour to talk through the itinerary, book your accommodation, take care of your bags, and provide you with the essentials for your journey. You can relax safe in the knowledge that your luggage will be waiting at your hotel each night, and there’ll always be someone nearby in case you need assistance. You’ll also get a phone to contact us if you need to and our handmade maps to help you navigate. All this allows you to relax with peace of mind and fully enjoy your experience.
We know shikoku better than anyone
We are passionate about showing off Shikoku and the places we hold close to our heart. We’ve spent years getting to know the people, the routes, and the beautiful landscape. Our goal is for you to feel the same way about Shikoku as we do, and we’re confident that you will.