WALK Japan, an agency that specialises in walking tours led by guides familiar with Japan’s history, nature and current affairs, has halted all operations following the natural disasters and nuclear crisis in the country.
Its star product, the Nakasendo Way tour that takes participants from Kyoto to Tokyo, has been discontinued together with all other tours until May 4.
Paul Christie, Walk Japan ‘s managing director and CEO, said the decision to stop the tours was made to ensure the safety of clients and staff, although the walking routes are far from affected locations.
Clients impacted by the cancellations have been contacted and fully reimbursed.
Christie said the company would take this non-operational period to “review all current tours, with the aim to improve them and create new, shorter tours, especially for clients from Singapore and Hong Kong”.
Prior to the crisis, Walk Japan was looking to launch new walking tours around Okinawa, themed around legendary Haiku poet Matsuo Basho’s own walking experiences.