Destination Galleries

The Nature of Japan

Take a moment now for a visual treat through our galleries of destinations. You will wish you had more time to spend with us on tours of the surrounding nature, countryside & coasts.
Over 15 destinations to choose from within 3hrs from Osaka, half of them within 1.5hrs. If you have more time, another 10 destinations are possible up to 4.5hrs away. Then there’re 10 or more other side excursions that are available, depending on the destination & season.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Hot Springs!
    Possible all year
    Outdoors, open to the air, natural, co-ed, tattoos ok!
    We recommend at least a day trip or overnight trip for the most comfortable experience.
    Half day trips are too short for these destinations so if you don’t have enough time for a longer trip just ask us to bring you to an excellent night time local option in downtown Osaka!
  • Beaches!
    Beginning of May to the end of October
    The south coast at the Pacific, and the north coast at the Japan Sea are both possible. However, we recommend visiting the beaches during the more pleasant months of May, June, September & October.
    During the high heat & extreme humidity of July & August it’s best to visit…
  • Mountains!
    July & August are most suitable
    Swimming, waterfalls, camps! High summer for most people means getting out of the cities & heading to the cooler comfort of the mountains.
  • Hiking!
    All year long
    There is always somewhere in the country that it’s possible to hike during any season. And there is almost always a hot spring nearby to sooth tired muscles or warm the body during cooler months.
  • Camping!
    Beginning of May to the end of October
    The camping season is long and suitably comfortable for most people. Either on the beach or in the mountains. Remember, you just show up (with your personal items) — we provide all of the necessary gear.
  • Combinations!
    More fun on one trip
    You have come all the way to Japan — take advantage of your time spent here to create the most amazing moments & memories.
    Especially on a 1-night or 2-night tour, it is possible to combine destinations & activities — we highly recommend this of course!

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(1.5hrs) Hike & Swim Deep in the Mountains of South Nara

An amazing ravine with beautiful rocks, falls & swimming holes. It's a popular destination but we know exactly where & when to go for the best experience.
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(1.5hrs) Waterfall Swimming in Nara

Only a 1hr drive from downtown Osaka, perfect for a day trip or even just a half day trip to cool off with a quick dip. During high summer — Jul, Aug, Sep — we recommend spending at least 1 night so that you can experience the Milky Way and a quick night swim under the waterfall.
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(2.0hrs) Seaside, Beach & Hotspring in Wakayama

A popular summer time destination — one of the most famous beaches in Japan. Crowded on the weekends & somewhat so during the weekdays as well in July & August (but that, too, is part of the experience). The season is long on this beach, from the beginning of May to the end of October. Can be conveniently combined with swimming in the mountains of Wakayama as well as the waterfall hike…
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(2.5hrs) Hot Spring Deep in the Mountains of Okayama

Our favorite 24hr coed outdoor natural hot spring destination and tattoos are absolutely not a problem. This hot spring & the town are very traditional — little has changed since its foundation. Can be combined with the sand dune of Tottori…
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(2.5hrs) Seaside, Beach & Hot Spring in North Kyoto

The top of Kyoto pref. borders the Japan Sea — an excellent destination for swimming & relaxing because… this beach features a free outdoor coed hot spring right on the beach! Under a pine forest! Swimsuits required, so it's a great opportunity for anyone who is bashful to enjoy mixed bathing.
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(2.5hrs) Seaside, Beach & Sand Dune of Tottori

The entire north coast of Tottori pref. borders the Japan Sea. Too many destinations to count, but the best is definitely the world class Sand Dune. Winter is great, too, especially for seafood lovers — crab season! Can be conveniently combined with the hot spring in Okayama…
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(2.5hrs) Swimming Deep in the Mountains of South Wakayama

The water flows so calmly in this deep cobalt blue river that you could easily mistake if for a swimming pool. So clear that even at 4 meters deep & you can still see every stone on the bottom. A superb destination during the high heat & humidity of the summer months. Can easily be combined with waterfall hiking in the box below as well as the Wakayama seaside, beach & hot spring…
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(2.5hrs) Waterfall Hike & Swim Deep in the Mountains of South Wakayama

Hike along an amazingly crystal clear mountain stream bordered by layers of moss covered rocks & jungle trees growing rooted into boulders. Final stop is a paradisiacal emerald green waterfall where we swim! Can easily be combined with swimming in the box above as well as the Wakayama seaside, beach & hot spring…
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(3.0hrs) Hike & Swim a Ravine Deep in the Mountains of Mie

A ravine that is really hard to believe. The only access is to hike in, and hike out. Absolutely no roads. Pristine nature. The water is amazing! Recommended to stay in the mountain lodge overnight for a real deep mountain experience — 4hrs in to the lodge and 4hrs back the next day.
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(3.0hrs) Hot Spring River Deep in the Mountains of Wakayama

Great destination all year round, but recommended during warmer months so that you have the opportunity to enjoy swimming in this amazing river. A secluded one lane town with only Japanese inns & a campground. Optionally hike deep in the mountains to an isolated waterfall as well visit one of the major shrines in Japan very nearby.
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(3.5hrs) Waterfall Swimming Deep in the Mountains of Shikoku

A superb destination with so much to do — at least 2 nites is necessary, 3 nites is best. High summer — Jul, Aug, Sep — are the months that are hot enough to take advantage of all that the trip has to offer, so it's a rare trip. This is the destination that has made Unbeaten Japan famous for what we do.
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(4hrs) Seaside, Beach, Swim & Hike in South Shikoku

The beach season is longest down in the south of Shikoku island — we usually visit this destination in the middle of October and the weather is perfect for it! Optionally drop by a nearby surfing beach for an afternoon, and hike around the lava island that forms a double beach with the mainland.
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(5hrs) Hot Springs in the Japan Alps

Visit the amazing Japan Alps anytime between July & October to take advantage of swimming & hot springs in a destination that is so remote there isn't even a proper town. Optionally stroll through the pristine nature of a national park at the top of the Alps where outside vehicles are not permitted to enter. Or visit 2 or 3 waterfalls (and get wet!), but mostly, lounge around in riverside outdoor natural hot springs.
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