World Masters Games
Kansai Region, Japan 2022
In May 2022, Japan will host the World Masters Games in the stunning Kansai Region.
Training for Trips have a number of adventure trip opportunities available in this region and will support your to train and prepare for BOTH your World Masters Games event and your adventure travel experience. Available for customisation and private groups you can swim, hike, ride or paddle your way around Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Koyasan. This is an opportunity to explore stunning natural landscapes while experiencing the culture, food and history of Japan.
Following the success of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this event looks like it will go ahead with confidence.
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Hike, Swim, Kayak, Cycle
Up to 12
14 years +
Low to High
The Kansai cycling route has everything - dramatic coast, traditional mountains, riverside paths, old village scenic rides and ancient burial ground views. Perfected over eons and just waiting to be discovered on our Kansai Japan bike trip. We offer high level equipment and support for an incredible adventure trip.
On scenic swims, explore Japan's "hidden shoreline," lined with fishing villages, terraced farming fields and rocky limestone formations. Exquisite Buddhist temple stays and Shinto shrines visits that stand the test of time, all waiting to be explored on your Japanese swimming expedition. This trip is also offered as a live aboard swimming retreat - perfect for a group that enjoys traveling in a unique style together on their swimming adventure.
Our unique multi activity Kansai expedition designed especially for the adventurous masters athlete or team includes hiking or trail running trails famous for the Marathon Monks of Hiei, cycling the Kyoto riverpaths and backstreets, sea kayaking the Inland Sea and its stunning coastline, rafting the Kansai countryside in ancient style, dawn zazen and temple stay experience and join a local dojo for some Japan traditional martial arts experiences.....and did we mention the food?
Our Kansai hiking trip is accessible to everyone. Start by experiencing the fine frenzy of modern Kyoto, then slip into the peace and tranquillity of rural Japan and ancient Nara. Stroll some of Japan's most breathtaking walking trails and step back in time. Visit centuries-old temples, soak in mountain hot springs, and marvel at the soothing stillness of the awe-inspiring countryside.
Paddle the tropical coastline of the volcanic Izu Peninsula and take on a section of the sacred Mt Fuji pilgrimage trail. In our multi-activity Tokyo adventure Kayak past Hagachizaki Bay, home to a troop of over 300 wild Japanese macaque monkeys. Bed down in traditional 'ryokans'; don your robe, roll out your futon and hop in a steaming ‘onsen’. Hit the backstreets of Tokyo in search of hidden ‘izakaya’ for the ultimate foodie dive bar experience.
Example itinerary - IZU Swimming Adventure
Day 1 - Arrive Kansai Airport Osaka, train to KyotoOn arrival into Kansai Airport Osaka, you will be met and transferred to the train station for the short train ride to Kyoto. Originally known as Heian-kyo, the capital of peace and tranquility, Kyoto was home to the Imperial Court for 11 centuries, before it moved to Tokyo in the late 19th Century. In its 1100 years as the Imperial home, Kyoto became one of the great cities of the world and the cultural heartland of Japan. After checking into your hotel, we will have lunch, then embark on a short tour of the Kinkakuji Temple and the Ryoanji Zen Garden. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight Palaceside Hotel or similar.
Day 2 - OjikaThis morning your ferry will arrive at the tiny island of Ojika. Ojika Island is a peaceful paradise with historical sites, scenic beaches and a rustic countryside life that will make you feel you have stepped back in time. The island is home to only 2500 people, most of who are farmers and fisherman living a simple life, in harmony with nature. Central to Ojika’s culture, is Omoiyari, a concept that revolves around showing consideration for others, and looking for ways to show kindness to those around you. This type of generosity means a fisherman might provide some fish for his neighbour, who in turn might reciprocate by leaving him some seasonal vegetables the following morning. The people of Ojika believe that generosity leads to greater happiness, and their lifestyle reflects this. Your local guide will show you around this tiny island and you will be able to witness it go about its traditional ways as it has done for so thousands of years. You will have the chance to explore by bicycle, visiting breathtaking view spots, stunning coastline, local fisherman’s homes and farmers’ fields. The friendly locals welcome any visitors with open arms, and your day will be spent basking in the local hospitality. Your accommodation for the next two nights, will be in a ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn), run by a local family. Here you will be treated to a seven-course feast of locally sourced produce, and you will learn the origins of this mouth-watering food and how it is prepared. In the evening after dinner, your group will head off to enjoy the only karaoke bar on the island – an experience not to be missed! (B,D) 2 nights in a local home – Ojika Goen-Ojika (small family run ryokan)
Day 3 – Ojika Island – Nozaki IslandEnjoy breakfast at your ryokan this morning before departing to visit the lively local fish market, where you can learn more about some of the fresh seafood you ate the previous evening. You will then take a ferry (approx. 45 min) to neighbouring Nozaki Island, a small uninhabited island where the only inhabitants are wild deer and Japanese wood pigeons. In the seventeenth century this island became a sanctuary for Christians fleeing persecution. It is the perfect place to explore on foot and you will be able to stretch your legs as you follow a gentle trail to Nokubi Church. In 1868, Japan lifted the ban on Christianity and the Christian community built this church as a permanent reminder of their faith. It is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the country. You will stay on Nozaki Island for about four hours, giving you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the natural beauty, and become acquainted with the wild Japanese deer who live here. You will then take the ferry back to Oijka Island. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at your ryokan and then have the evening at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Yanagawa - KagoshimaEnjoy breakfast at your ryokan before saying farewell your hosts and travelling by jet ferry to Sasebo (approx. 1.5 hours). Once in Sasebo, you will have a chance to experience the Japanese train system as you travel from Sasebo to Yanagawa (approx. 3 hours). Yanagawa is known as “the Venice of Kyushu” due to its large number or canals, originally part of an irrigation system, but later fortified into moats when the city was turned into a castle town at the beginning of the 17th Century. This was prior to the start of the Edo period at the beginning of the 17th century, and the castle was referred to as the ‘Water Castle’ due to all these canals that stretched across the town. Relax and enjoy the view as you take a canal cruise to get acquainted with this historical city. Next, you will enjoy an Unagi (eel) lunch. As you taste this local delicacy, you will learn about the history of this traditional food and its effect on the body (and soul). After lunch, you will continue to Kagoshima. Across the bay, the active volcano Sakurajima looms, creating a dramatic backdrop to this seaside city. This evening you will enjoy a night walk exploring Tsurumaru Castle wall and Shiroyama Observatory amongst some other hidden secrets. (B,L) Overnight Kagoshima JR Hotel or similar
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Individualised pre-trip training program
Mix of accommodation styles - beach camping to resort stay
All breakfast, lunches and dinners provided
Healthy snacks, fruit and water during activities
Expert local guides
Bikes & kayaks with safety equipment
All transport within trip included
International & domestic air tickets unless added
Meals and beverage not already mentioned
Early check-in and late checkout hotel charges
Personal travel insurance
Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tipping, etc.