This five day, four night ride is set in the rural village of Kobuchizawa, an equine-loving hub. Your guide and host is Tanaka san – he has a passion for his country, coupled with a love for endurance riding and a stable of well-tuned 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 an ancient forest along narrow riding paths that snake through 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.
- Horse Breed:Arabian and Arabian Cross endurance horses that have originated from Australia.
- Pace:The pace can vary from a walk right through to a canter.
- Weight Limit:Maximum of 90kg / 198lbs.
- Type of tack:Endurance saddles and bitless bridles
- Seasons: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 2 and a maximum of 4 guests
- Time in Saddle:On average 4 to 5 hours per day.
- 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. Guests who prefer to sleep in a Japanese style room use shared bathroom and toilet. Shared bathroom is Onsen hot spring.
- Ride Length:5 days, 4 nights
- Inclusions:The price includes all meals from first day dinner to last day lunch, accommodation and riding.
- Exclusions:The price does not include international flights and travel insurance (compulsory), transfers to and from the ride, alcohol, and accommodation on day five of the itinerary.
DEPARTURE DATES & RATES
|8th Jul 2019||12th Jul 2019||2 spots left|
|1st Oct 2019||4th Oct 2019||4 spots left|
Custom dates available on request
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes all meals from first day dinner to last day lunch, accommodation and riding.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include international flights and travel insurance (compulsory), transfers to and from the ride, alcohol, and accommodation on day five of the itinerary.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments.
Why is the price quoted in JPY?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.
10am: Arrive at Shinjuku-Station in Tokyo.
11am: Transfer to Kobuchizawa by Japan Rail train – it’s a two hour train trip from Shinjuku to Kobuchizawa. Bento Box lunch in the train.
1pm: Arrive in the equine loving village of Kobuchizawa. Tanaka san will show you around the village and point out the numerous horse stables, top-notch show jumping facilities, 3 star cross-country courses and designated horse trails that run like cattle pads through the town. You’ll check in at your hotel. In the afternoon you’ll be introduced to your horses and a enjoy a short introductory ride around the farm. Dinner at a traditional Japanese restaurant called ‘Ru’.
Guests will enjoy a thirty kilometre trail ride along the Yatsugatake Endurance Course today which will take approximately five hours. Riders will view Mount Fuji with her snow-covered hat on the horizon as you climb deeper into the forest that skirts the village. You’ll startle deer and stretch the horses legs out with some lovely, loping canters. The four-hour ride is a perfect introduction into the riding diversity that’s on offer. The ride will be split with lunch at a local restaurant where the horses are tied up outside. Dinner at a local restaurant in the town of Kobuchizawa.
This morning guests will ride (approximately 2.5 hours) the historic trail ride of ‘Bo Michi’ to the Metori-Yusui fountain. Bo-Michi which means straight road was built by Takeda Shingen, feudal lord of Yamanashi area in the early 16th century. There are lots of old stone Buddhas along the trail. Lunch will be enjoyed at a traditional Soba noodle restaurant called Teku Teku.
After lunch guests can enjoy a Japanese cultural experience either watching the soba (buckwheat) being made in a time old tradition or authentic Japanese pottery making. Dinner that night will be enjoyed at Restaurant Keyspring Steakhouse (next to Lodge Atelier). If guests would prefer to ride in the afternoon rather than participate in the cultural ceremony this is fine also.
This morning guests will ride to Morinoshiki guest house through old Japanese rural area. A traditional Japanese Tea ceremony will be performed at a tea house. Lunch at the Morinoshiki guest house and ride back to the farm. Approximately four to five hour ride today. Dinner to be enjoyed at a local Kobuchizawa restaurant.
This morning the guests have the option to shop or visit a traditional Misogi-Shrine. Lunch at a local restaurant.
2.30 pm: 2 hour train trip back to Tokyo.
4.30pm: Arrive at Shinjuku-Station.
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.
Please remember that the benefit of this ride being so intimate with only 3-4 guests on each departure date is you can custom-design your itinerary according to your travel and riding desires. If you would like to ride in the afternoon or ride for longer, please ask Tanaka san (your guide) and he’ll accomodate where possible. Due to cultural barriers guests need to ask Tanaka san rather than assume he’ll know what they need.
“An absolutely brilliant combination of wonderful riding against the background of stunning scenery and an immersion into Japanese culture.”
“I cannot think of better way to experience Japan and I’d go back in a heartbeat!”
“This was a truly unique experience!”
“Riding in Japan was a unique experience!”
“Worth every cent!”
“Would do it again in a heartbeat!”
“The Kobuchizawa ride in Japan is absolutely wonderful – brilliant horses, amazing riding, terrific food, incredible and very flexible hosts, cultural experiences and jaw dropping scenery each and every day.”
“Horse riding in Japan during cherry blossom season was more incredible than I could have imagined.”
“The kindness, communication and knowledge of the staff about the horses and the environment was first class.”
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