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About Oku Japan

Oku Japan are a primarily Japan-based a tour company specializing in Japan. Our walking and cultural trips are designed to show visitors the famous sites of Japan, but they focus especially on more off-the-beaten-track treasures: small villages, temples, countryside and national parks. Clients can join one of our small groups ....more

Reasons to tour with Oku Japan

Our small group tours are capped at 13 people, with carefully vetted and chosen guides

We are Japan-based Japan experts

We offer hiking and adventure programmes as well as culturally focused itineraries

We use locally owned and operated accommodations where possible, with more of your travel money supporting local communities and businesses.

We are committed to sustainable tourism.

We are the only operator that has branches on both the Kumano Kodo and Nakasendo Trails.

We are the only operator to have branches on both the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo Trails - we are where you are!

Our Story

Oku Japan operates guided and self-guided tours around Japan. We've been operating tours since 2005, and are headquartered in Kyoto, Japan with some of our team in the UK. In 2015, we opened a branch on the Kumano Kodo in the village of Chikatsuyu, and in 2019, we opened ....more

Accreditations and Associations

We're members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the House of Beyond, we are a Transformational Travel Council Ally, and we are an Official Partner of the National Park of Japan. We are also ABTOT members.


From the start, sustainability has been at the heart of our business. We want our tours to contribute positively to the destinations they visit in Japan.

Rural areas in Japan face a problem of de-population.
Tourism conducted in a responsible way helps to stem this depopulation by providing economic opportunity ....more

What We Offer

We offer adventure and cultural small-group guided and self-guided tours of Japan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I join the tour once it has departed?


What documents will I receive before I travel?

All travellers get our Preparing for your Trip and Travelling in Japan documents, as well as a detailed personalized itinerary. Those travelling on one of our self-guided tours receive our bespoke topographical maps and walking instructions.

Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?


Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

For our small-group guided tours, if you would like to share with another traveler we will seek to match you up. If we are successful then you need not pay the solo supplement.

Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


How long has the tour company been trading?

Since 2005

Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

Our travellers are typically English speakers from around the world. On our small-group guided tours, you travel in the company of one of our professional local guides.

What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

As per our booking terms and conditions, change fees would apply. If you have to change your dates due to the prevailing entry requirements for Japan please contact us and we would be happy to work with you to change your dates without charge.


Book With Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Oku Japan requires a minimum deposit of 20% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of Oku Japan charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit
    At 59 days before tour starts: 30% of tour cost
    At 41 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost
    At 14 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost
  • Secure payments

    All payments are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

Nara Ancient Capitals self-guided walking (5 Days)
4 Nights $1133
Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided in Tokushima and Kagawa (5 days)
4 Nights $1362
Traditional wagasa
3 Nights $1145
Shoguns and Samurai
13 Nights $4810
Land of Fire Kyushu
14 Nights $5033
Kumano Kodo self-guided walking (4 Days)
3 Nights $1073
Japan Hiking Highlights: The Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo Trail
10 Nights $5937
Nakasendo and the Kiso Valley
7 Nights $2869
Post-town along the Nakasendo trail
2 Nights $1019
Nakasendo Trail
11 Nights $4309
Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido
8 Nights $3948
Japan Alps Winter: Nagano and Gifu (6 days)
5 Nights $1887
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