Talk Japan

Talk Japan: An online exploration of Japan

Walk Japan is pleased to introduce its Talk Japan series of online events providing in-depth and fascinating insights into a plethora of aspects of Japan, its history, culture and society drawn on the personal experience and expertise of Walk Japan's Tour Leaders and some of our friends, who also have deep knowledge about the nation. These talks, which are based on a series we have been running for our staff since the early days of the pandemic, provide an opportunity to enjoyably explore and connect with Japan from the comfort of your home. Whether you are looking forward to travelling with us in the future, or are simply interested in the Japan, all are welcome to join us.

Walk Japan talks and seminars are delivered on a not-for-profit basis. When charged for, the cost of attendance helps us to pay presenters and sustain our Community Project during the pandemic period. Additionally, any attendance fees paid are redeemable against currently booked or future Walk Japan tours. 

Upcoming Events

The Kiso Road: On tour with Diane

Friday 16th December, 11:00AM Japan Standard Time

This webinar will be recorded and available to view on our Vimeo Channel. 

The Kiso Road, which threads its way through the bucolic mountainous region of central Japan, forms part of the Nakasendo Way, one of five main thoroughfares of the Edo Period (1603–1868). Strategically vital to the ruling shogunate, these roads were once busy with travellers including hikyaku messengers, grand imperial and daimyo baron processions, pilgrims and everyday folk. Today, while many of these historic routes have developed into modern arteries the Kiso Road was overlooked by modern Japan becoming a charming backwater, a delightful trail to explore on foot.

This vicarious journey along the Kiso Road is in the company of Diane, an avid student of Japan’s history and its fables, and an expert Walk Japan Tour Leader. She leads us through Japan’s past and present along forested trails and country lanes, over ancient ishidatami cobblestone paving, past waterfalls, aside rivers and rice paddies, through homely hamlets, and into family-run inns, where the welcome is always generously warm. Along the way, Diane introduces us to fabled characters of the past, and to the delightful locals of the present, their traditions, daily life and sumptuous cuisine.

Diane’s talk will be of interest to anyone interested in Walk Japan in general, the Kiso Road tour, and Japan at large.

This webinar will be around 90 minutes long including time for a Q&A section.  


Talk Japan On Demand

Should you be unavailable at the time of the live talks, or wish to watch at another time, recordings of talks can be viewed below and via our Vimeo page here.