Adventure in Japan

Japan has a wild side. Behind the formal tea ceremonies and delicate geishas is a world of outdoor adventure among spectacular scenery just waiting to be explored.

For travelers looking for active outdoor fun – as well as some traditional culture – The Art of Travel has created a very special seasonal Japan Insider trip that mixes exciting urban and rural landscapes. With activities like river rafting, canyoning, trekking, and bike tours, you can experience nature in the Japanese countryside with professionally trained outdoor guides. A view into the inaka (rural) lifestyle is also included, with visits to charming historic towns in the mountains. Rounding out the journey is an enlightening dose of must-see sightseeing spots in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as some free time for you to explore the cities on your own.

Whether you seek nature or adrenaline, the Art of Travel invites you experience adventure in Japan with us this summer.


Trip Details

Trip Length: 14 days / 13 nights

Fly into either of Tokyo’s airports, Narita or Haneda.

Depart from Kyoto (Kansai Intl Airport) or Tokyo.

Perfect for:

  • Thrill seekers who want to balance active fun with cultural insight.

  • Families with teens who enjoy outdoor activities.

When to Visit:

  • To make the most of the seasonal sunshine and comfortable weather, this trip is only offered between mid May and early October.

  • For active itineraries in other seasons, please contact us.




The Dazzling Metropolis

3 nights


The Ancient Capital

3 nights

gunma river mountains

Gunma Prefecture
Waterfalls and rafting

1 night


Walking Through History

2 nights

nagano mountains japan

Nagano Prefecture
The Japanese Alps

2 days




Whitewater Adventure
Spend two days in rural Gunma riding thrilling rivers and swimming in emerald waters. The canyon climbing and riverside activities here are perfect for the hot Japanese summer.

nagano mountains river

Getting Active
Bike through Kyoto’s magnificent ancient sites, and trek your way past stunning scenery in the Japanese Alps. Use your day at leisure in Kyoto to hike secluded Mt. Kurama.

tea ceremony tools

A Glimpse into High Culture
Witness the tea ceremony performed by our in-house tea expert in his traditional home. Enjoy the privilege of a private meeting with a maiko - a young geisha-in-training in Kyoto.

hanaougi onsen outdoor bath

All-Inclusive Luxury
Private guides and vehicles ensure smooth travel and sightseeing. Unwind in charming outdoor hot springs at several traditional inns during your visit to the countryside.



We’ve selected hotels that offer the comfort, space, and luxury that your family deserves.

Below are some of our suggested luxury accommodations for this Insider Journey.


Palace Hotel



Syoubun Ryokan



The Ritz-Carlton


Hanaougi onsen bath

Hanaougi Ryokan



Pricing and Budget

Japan Insider Collection trips start at approximately 800 USD per person per day. Selected elements of these itineraries can be adjusted to suit your traveling preferences:


- Accommodation: Choose from 4-star, 5-star, or boutique level accommodations

- Transport: Select public or private transportation, or a mix of the two

- Experiences: Add or substitute experiences and activities


Pricing can also vary based on levels of service, seasonality, time of inquiry, and other factors. All itineraries and price quotes are uniquely tailored to our guests, so the only exact price will be the one you receive on your personalized quotation.



Use the form below to request an itinerary and personalized quote for our Adventure in Japan itinerary.