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Off the beaten track tours of Japan launch

Date Posted: 26/10/2014

Bucket lists are about to get a little longer thanks to the launch of some new Japanese walking tours.

Walk Japan has just announced the launch of a series of new walking tours that showcase a lesser-seen side of Japan.

Designed for small groups of 12 people at a time, the Yaeyama: Okinawa Voyage trips will start running in June 14 next year.

Each trip lasts for seven days, and takes groups around the lesser-trodden islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote at Japan’s most southern point.

The itinerary explores the sub-tropical environment of the region, including the mangroves, slow-flowing rivers, sub-tropical jungles, coral reefs, deserted sandy beaches, cays and a village rarely visited by outsiders.

It also offers the opportunity to encounter one of the world's rarest felines, the Iriomote cat. Kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkelling all feature on the tour, too.

This isn’t your cheap and cheerful kind of group tour, by any means. Prices start at £2,010 per person. However, if you’re looking to organise a once-in-a-blue-moon experience for your group, this fits the bill.

Walk Japan can also create tailor-made itineraries especially for individual groups. And, since the pound is particularly strong against the yen at the moment, there’s never been a better time to seize the day.

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