Japan Off the Beaten Tracks

Fun activities to do all around Japan

If you're planning to go off the beaten track, to places less frequented, this section is for you. 

You'll find things to do in Matsumoto with its famous castle, Fukuoka on the southern Island of Kyushu, Nagano amongst the Japanese Alps, Mount Koya in Wakayama, Nagasaki, with its influence from China and the West, and Yakushima, an island that seems straight out of a Ghibili film. 

These destinations show the cultural variance throughout Japan, maintaining its authentic DNA while displaying the diverse set of things to do and see. From arts and crafts, to breathtaking nature, to historic monuments, and more! 

You'll find wilderness hikes, follow in the footsteps of endemic animal species, explore the lost world of samurais and ninjas, and see the amazing efforts of traditional pearl divers. 

These lesser-known destinations offer an authentic immersion into Japanese culture and history, away from the crowds of major cities. Each region has its own hidden treasures, from traditional festivals to unique local customs.

You might meet dedicated artisans practicing ancient crafts, discover sanctuaries nestled in remote mountains, or take part in local ceremonies that reveal lesser-known aspects of Japan's rich heritage. Exploring these off-the-beaten-path locations provides opportunities for deeply enriching experiences, often set amidst breathtaking natural beauty.

Exploring these regions also allows you to better understand Japan's geographical and cultural diversity. Landscapes vary from north to south, with majestic mountains, rugged coastlines, and ancient forests hosting distinct fauna and flora. Interacting with local residents, who may be less accustomed to foreign visitors, can be particularly warm and authentic, offering fresh perspectives on traditional Japanese lifestyles. Traveling to these less-traveled areas is also an excellent way to support local economies and contribute to the preservation of cultural and environmental practices.