If you are tired of crowded places and tourist-ridden spots, why not let us lead you off the beaten path? That way, you can really experience the gorgeous simplicity that is the heart of Japan.
Authentrip partners with knowledgeable locals to showcase these rare gems not introduced in famous guidebooks. We seek to show you the unchartered lands. Come explore Japan with us!
Good Old Days of Atami – Geisha Style Performance
This tour offers a rare opportunity to see the training and practice involved in putting together a show in the traditional style of the geigi-shu. Feel the atmosphere of the charming hot springs resort town of Atami, so beloved by generations of literary scholars. The good old days of Atami are still here today in its splendid villas and gardens.
Getting to Know the Mt. Fuji Region
Here in the Mt. Fuji area, you can feel the elements in a simulation of the mountaintop’s weather at the Radar Dome Museum. The Fujisan Museum offers both an insight into the spiritual traditions of the mountain and a visually stimulating projection mapping light show with Mt. Fuji as its theme.
Majestic Landscape of Hokkaido
This trip takes in some of Japan’s Northern Island’s splendid scenery. Highlights include the head of a Great Buddha Statue peeping over the edge of a lavender covered hill.
Mountain Temple – Inspiration for a Haiku
Your chance to set foot in the land known and loved by haijin – composers of famous haiku – such as Matsuo Basho.
This day trip starting at Sendai Station includes the splendid scenery of the Mountain Temple Risshaku-ji and the ornately decorated mausoleum of a famous feudal lord of the Daté clan.
Cycling and History in the Kunisaki Peninsula (1N2D)
An invigorating cycle on a route taking in the splendid scenery of the Yabakei Gorge area; the vibes of Japan from decades ago in a retro district and a guided insight into a unique fusion of Buddhism and Shinto found on the island of Kyushu.
Naoshima & Mitoyo - Art Lovers Tour (1N2D)
Do some art island hopping around the Seto Inland Sea and see some Instagrammable spots along the way.
Spirit & Culture of the Aynu People
Be a part of the celebration of Aynu Culture – passed down by the indigenous people who remain in Hokkaido. This trip allows you to feel the Aynu Spirit and understand what is held sacred in this culture which is entirely distinct from Japanese culture.
Captivating World Heritage Temple in Tohoku (2N3D)
Our introduction to special places in the Tohoku Region in Japan’s North East. The UNESCO World Heritage temple of Chuson-ji and the mountaintop views from Yamadera are sure to create an unforgettable experience.
Hayama Day Tour – Elegant Resort Town
Known for both its lavish summer residences owned by celebrities and as a historical summer palace for the Imperial Royal Family, Hayama is stylish, historical and within easy reach of Tokyo. This trip takes in an art museum with breathtaking views of the ocean and a short sightseeing cruise around the nearby island of Enoshima. It’s a trendy and chic day out including lunch in a retro eatery. It even includes a little souvenir gift to take him with you. Let’s head to Hayama!
Day Trip to the Mysterious Iya Valley
This trip helps you discover the heart of the Iya Valley on the island of Shikoku. The depths of the valley are full of fascination and lore. One nickname for this location is Sen-nen no Kakurenbo. It means 1000 year game of hide-and-seek, which should give you a good idea of how unexplored and mysterious the forests and valleys are here. What kind of secrets do the trees hold?
Art World of Kawaguchiko
Immerse yourself deep into the world of art and traditional folk crafts in the Lake Kawaguchiko Region near Mt. Fuji.
Iya Valley and Great Shrine at Konpira (1N2D)
Our introduction to great sights in the island of Shikoku.
Katsuura Fishing and a Stroll Around Otaki Castle (1N2D)
Within reach of the Tokyo area, Katsuura City is known for its fresh seafood and vegetable market. It is one of Japan’s Great Morning Markets. The ports of Katsuura are famous for their big hauls of katsuo, a kind of skipjack tuna. This fish along with the local favorite called kinmedai (sometimes translated as Splendid alfonsino) are caught and brought to port every day by the local fishermen.
Those with a keen interest in fishing will enjoy a visit to Katsuura.
Gokayama Crafts Experience
The beautiful thatched rooves of Gokayama have endured for more than 350 years – and so have some unique traditions that can only be found in this area.
Vivid Red Mining Town Day Trip in Okayama
The town of Fukiya in Okayama Prefecture prospered thanks to the copper mines in the area. It became a key center of production of a vermillion pigment called bengara. This pigment is made from iron oxide and was used to add deep hues to paint, glazes, and enamels for centuries. The word for the pigment comes from the place name, Bengal. Fukiya has a very striking appearance because the buildings are all painted in this Bengal shade of red.
Scenery of West Izu & Geisha Style Performance (2N3D)
Course combining the rich history of Atami hot springs resort town with the breathtaking scenery in the Izu peninsula region.
Horse Riding at Lake Kussharo
The world renowned natural beauty of Japan’s largest caldera lake, right in front of you. Ride a horse near the shore of the lake.
Imperial Villa & Clear Water of Kakitagawa River
On clear days, the Numazu area offers some of the most impressive views of Japan’s sacred mountain, Fuji-san. An expert local guide will introduce you to a cobalt blue river which runs from under Mt. Fuji and the impressive view of Suruga Bay from a former residence of the Japanese royal family.
Gujo Hachiman - Replica Food Sample Making
A day tour from Nagoya to a location famed for its pure water. Join a guide to learn about Gujo Hachiman and its waterways and pocket parks.
Rich Culture of Yamaga in Kumamoto
A chance to feel the old fashioned spirit of Yamaga in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Noren Kaido Shop Fronts & Vivid Red Village (1N2D)
The town of Fukiya in Okayama Prefecture prospered thanks to the copper mines in the area. It became a key center of production of a vermillion pigment called bengara. Fukiya has a very striking appearance because the buildings are all painted in this Bengal shade of red. This trip also takes in an incredible castle situated high in the hills and a charming town where each shopfront is adorned with a traditional noren-style curtain.
Lake Kussharo Canoeing
The world renowned natural beauty of Japan’s largest caldera lake, right in front of you. Ride a bicycle near the shore of the lake.
Setouchi Island Hopping & Sculpture Garden (2N3D)
Our introduction to the inspiring Setouchi Triennale. A combination of the popular Naoshima with lesser known Inujima island and our favorite art locations in the Sakaide/Takamatsu area on the coast of Shikoku island.
Back to Nature - Aomori Adventure (1N2D)
Venture into the mysterious depths of peaceful forests with a local Nature Guide.
Hidden Side of Enoshima Island
Learn about the history of Enoshima and its fellow island shrine sites found in other parts of Japan from a friendly local English-speaking guide.
Wear Warrior’s Armor in Tatsuno, Hyogo
Tatsuno City still has its old castle town atmosphere from centuries ago. It is a kind of Little Kyoto full of charm. Try on some traditional costumes and get into the Samurai spirit!
An interpreter guide will help you understand the history of the costumes and show you some highlights of the Castle Town.