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Hiking Japan's Ancient Buddhist Trails, Rainforests, and Volcanoes, Kyushu

Join us for an unforgettable trek through widely varied terrain, in a much less-traveled part of

Japan. Our hikes will take us through verdant forests, alongside volcanic mountains, and into breathtaking valleys. We begin our journey by hiking ancient forested Buddhist pilgrim paths on the Kunisaki Peninsula in Kyushu, Japan's southernmost large island. Mine-iri, a monk’s practice of traversing sacred mountain paths in prayer, has been part of the religious life of Kunisaki since the ninth-century. Even today, monks occasionally make use of these trails. At times we'll put on our gloves, so we can use placed chains as climbing aids up steep volcanic ridges, before invariably heading down again into lush green valleys. The trails lead us to temples and shrines along the way - we even spend one night in a temple nestled in a cliff-side! If our timing is ri
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