Guided hikes in Japan’s remote Kunisaki Peninsula

The 10-day trips feature ancient trails walked by monks

Cherry blossom on the Kunisaki Peninsula, at the western end of Japan’s Inland Sea
Cherry blossom on the Kunisaki Peninsula, at the western end of Japan’s Inland Sea | Image: Cazenove + Loyd

In Japan, Cazenove + Loyd (www.cazloyd.com) is eschewing bullet-train speed for guided hikes in lesser-visited territories. A 10-day tour from Fukuoka to Yufuin (from £5,500 per person, with three nights at the new Amanresort in Tokyo) features trekking the Kunisaki Peninsula (pictured), tucked into the western end of Japan’s Inland Sea, and includes up to six hours walking per day, with forest trails and rock scrambling. Guests stay in Japanese inns, a temple and the occasional hotel, following the ancient trails walked by monks in a prayer practice called Mine-iri, started in the ninth century. For more adventure in Japanese and other lesser-known territories, visit

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