Your Journey to Japan's Heartland starts here.
Aso Walking Tour
Visit the “land of fire” and learn how the locals live in the shadow of Mt. Aso volcano
Tsuwano & Hagi-Okan Walk
Visit Tsuwano, known as the “Little Kyoto” of Shimane Prefecture, and head to Yamaguchi Prefecture to enjoy its coastal life.
Izumo, Iwami Ginzan & Gonokawa River Trail
Immerse yourself in the mythological Heartland of Japan.
North of Tokyo – Sawara’s riverside district, Narita and Choshi
Narita, Sawara, Chosh
Two castle towns known as “Little Kyoto”: Hagi and Tsuwano tour
Visit the historical castle town known as “Little Kyoto” and take in the stunning World Heritage coastline of Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Coastal Villages and “Little Kyoto” Castle Town Tour in Hagi, Tsuwano
Explore coastal villages and castle towns while immersed in Japanese culture and history.
Gonokawa Riverside Towns and Mountain Communities Trail Tour
Enjoy the outdoors and interact with locals in the deep country villages and beautiful rice paddies of the Shimane Prefecture.
Izumo, Iwami-Ginzan, Yunotsu Mythological Trail Tour
Delve into the myths and legends of Japan as you immerse yourself in the local culture.
Plan with us your Journey to the Heartland of Japan
Here at Heartland Japan, we are passionate about rural Japan and are excited to share this land’s unique and hidden cultures and customs with you. As locals we have a strong understanding of the regions in which we offer tours, and feel that this local knowledge will help you appreciate the spectacular sights that can only be found here. We warmly welcome you to the Heartland of Japan!
Deep into the Culture
There’s so much more to this country than just shrines, sushi and sumo. Discover Japan’s fascinating culture and traditions by taking part in hands-on experiences, exploring roads less-travelled and learning about the country from those who know it best: the locals.
Every year millions of people visit Japan, but how many leave with a true understanding and appreciation of Japanese life? Spend time with local communities, make unforgettable memories and build special bonds that will last a lifetime.
Sustainable and sustaining
We’re passionate about the beautiful country that we call ‘home’, and love to help foster a sense of local pride within the communities that we work with. Our tours aren’t just enjoyable for visitors – they’re also beneficial for the people and locations that host them.
Your adventure starts here. Let us guide you!
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The best way to see true Japan is to get out of the major cities. Go to the places where people live a simpler, traditional way of life, away from established tourism. For this, Heartland Japan is creating adventure destinations with local DMOs, governments and venders called destination partners. Find your hidden gems with our partners.