GLOBETROTTING IN JAPAN
This five day, four night horse riding trip is set in the rural village of Kobuchizawa a equine-loving hub north-west of Tokyo. Your guide and host, Tanaka san is passionate and knowledgeable about his country, is an accomplished endurance rider and has a stable of well-tuned Arabian endurance horses. Tanaka san is the perfect guide speaking fluent English and has a good understanding on what globetrotting guests seek in a top-notch horse riding holiday.
Guests will instantly fall in love with Kobuchizawa a chocolate-box village with family-owned Soba noodle and sushi restaurants tucked away in side streets and traditional Japanese arts and crafts. Don’t be fooled that Japan is second best when it comes to spectacular and varied riding scenery.
The beauty of the landscape will surprise from the get-go. Within minutes of riding out from the stables guests trot through ancient forests along narrow riding paths that snake through the trees. This five day riding itinerary has been tailored specifically to globetrotting guests who love riding and exploring different cultures on horseback paired with traditional Japanese food, accommodation and culture.
time in the saddle: four to five hours a day
breed of horses: Arabian and Arabian Cross – endurance horses that have originated from Australia.
pace: the pace can vary from a walk right through to a canter.
tack: endurance saddles and bitless bridles
riding ability: suitable for intermediate to experienced riders
accommodation: Guests stay at Lodge Keyspring which has both western-style and traditional-style rooms to choose between. Each western style room has its own bathroom and toilet. Guest who prefer to sleep in a Japanese style room use shared bathroom and toilet. Shared bathroom is Onsen hot spring spa.
season: April is spring time in Japan and where you’ll be mesmerised by the Cherry Blossoms. November is autumn time in Japan and guests ride through a portrait of amber, blood reds and buttercup yellow. Departure dates can also fall during the months of May, July and September
group size: minimum of two guests and a maximum of three guests.
ride length: five days, four nights.
weight limit: 85kgs
2018/19 departure dates:
August 27 to 31, 2018
April 22 to 26, 2019 – Cherry Blossom Ride – SOLD OUT
*Other departure dates available upon request for a minimum of 2 people. Please contact us here.
2018/19 ride price:
303,600 Japanese YEN (approximately $3700 AUD per person) for a minimum of three riders
349,140 Japanese YEN per person for a minimum of two riders
*The price includes all meals from first day dinner to last day lunch, accommodation and riding.
*The price does not include international flights and travel insurance, transfers to and from the ride, alcohol, and accommodation on day five of the itinerary.
*Prices may be subject to change.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case Japanese YEN, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in Japanese YEN?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country which in this case is Japan. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
For international guests we recommend arriving in Tokyo 1-2 days prior to the start of the ride. On day 1 of the ride itinerary, you will need to catch a train to Kobuchizawa at around 10am. Your guide Tanaka san will book your return tickets for this train journey and you will need to reimburse him upon arrival in Kobuchizawa.
Here are our Traveller’s Tips for globetrotting in Japan.
Check out this blog to read about our experiences in Japan.
Learn more about your wonderful guide, Tanaka san by reading our Q&A interview with him here.
Are you arriving in or departing from Tokyo and have some spare time? Click here to read our suggestions on what to see and where to eat.
Be inspired reading Laura White’s account of her horse riding holiday in Japan here.