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
From JPY 8,000
Day trip in Shizuoka Prefecture to see the training and practice involved in putting together a show in the traditional style of the geigi-shu. The good old days of Atami are still here today in its splendid villas and gardens.
Getting to Know the Mt. Fuji Region
From JPY 7,000
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
From JPY 21,000
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
From JPY 14,000
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)
From JPY 37,000
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)
From JPY 33,000
Do some art island hopping around the Seto Inland Sea and see some Instagrammable spots along the way.
Spirit & Culture of the Aynu People
From JPY 21,000
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)
From JPY 57,000
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
From JPY 11,000
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
From JPY 27,000
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
From JPY 18,000
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)
From JPY 40,000
Our introduction to great sights in the island of Shikoku.
Symbols of Osaka – Tower of the Sun & Expo Park
From JPY 13,000
A chance to see the interior of one of the true, iconic landmarks of Osaka – The Tower of the Sun. This itinerary includes the expertly curated Minpaku Museum and the increasingly popular Church of the Light which was designed by Tadao Ando.
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
From JPY 20,000
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
From JPY 17,000
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)
From JPY 105,000
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
From JPY 12,000
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
From JPY 10,000
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
From JPY 13,000
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
From JPY 21,000
A chance to feel the old fashioned spirit of Yamaga in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Noren Kaido Shop Fronts & Vivid Red Village (1N2D)
From JPY 33,000
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
From JPY 12,000
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)
From JPY 68,000
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)
From JPY 39,000
Venture into the mysterious depths of peaceful forests with a local Nature Guide.
Hidden Side of Enoshima Island
From JPY 6,000
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.
Zen Meditation Experience at the Last Samurai Temple
From JPY 5,000
Real introduction to Buddhist practices from the jushoku (chief priest) of this special temple.
Learn about zazen meditation and copying out sutras by hand. This mountaintop temple is famous for being in the Tom Cruise movie The Last Samurai.
Japan Toy Museum - Featured in the Michelin Green Guide
From JPY 900
・Toys from 160 countries and territories around the world with about 5,000 items on display ・Toy making workshop in this Michelin Guide-recommended museum – learn how to make a magic toy modeled on a traditional byobu style folding screen.
Wear Warrior’s Armor in Tatsuno, Hyogo
From JPY 17,200
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.
Make a one-of-a-kind knife with your name on it at Swordsmith Kikyo Hayamitsu
From JPY 47,300
One hour from Shin-Osaka on a bullet train or one hour from the World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle, by car, is an area rich in nature. A swordsmith craftsman certified by the Agency of Cultural Affairs will welcome you and teach you carefully how to make a Samurai knife there. Also, the knife will have your name engraved on it. What a great way to remember your trip. You will be able to bring back the knife to your country in checked baggage.