They are women who practice free-dive fishing - they dive without oxygen tanks or other mechanical help - to collect seafood or pearl oysters. You should be in good physical condition where you are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking manicured nature trails, or kayaking calm waters. In late March 2018, Adventure Women heads to Japan to hike along sacred paths exploring the roots of Japanese culture.
The Japanese culture, at its core, is centered around beauty as it fosters the pursuit of perfection and spiritual enlightenment.
In Ise, you’ll have a true “women-to-women” experience meeting the Ama divers, women who practice free-dive fishing as they dive without oxygen tanks or other mechanical help to collect seafood or pearl oysters.
This traditional Japanese lifestyle is under threat and slowly dying out, as a younger generation of women choose not to follow in their mothers’ footsteps.
Stroll along the Philosopher’s Path, with craft shops, cafes, shrines, and temples beside the clear waters of a small canal.
This area of Japan is home to shrines associated with the creation myths of Japanese culture in the Shinto tradition with a history stretching back over a millennium.
As you hike from village to village, you’ll stay in traditional Japanese inns called ryokans, which feature communal baths using water from local hot springs.
Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan, with a population close to 1.5 million.
It is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the 10th to the 19th century, and each is representative of the period in which it was built.
You will hike in and around Hongu, Japan one of the sacred shrines of pilgrimage on the Kumano Kodo.