9 days, 6+ races, countless adventures!
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WHAT TO EXPECT
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Run with the Rising Sun
We're flying across the Pacific to a country with deep cultural roots, remarkable natural landscapes, and state-of-the-art technologies. Run through history and diverse landscapes as we explore peaceful autumnal forests, quiet bamboo groves, and reflections of Mount Fuji in the calm surface of Lake Kawaguchi. Marvel at magnificent shrines and temples that are intricately carved and colorfully painted.
Fill your heart with memories, your eyes with wonder, and your belly with delicious food!
See Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka in one trip.
Relax as you partake in a river float through the countryside.
Run at Kyoto's famous Fushimi Inari shrine.
Taste the flavors of Japan in the autumn.
Glimpse Mt. Fuji on your trail run.
Sleep like a local in a traditional ryokan room.
"...you're guaranteed to leave with tired legs and a full heart."
- 2022 Global Adventurer
Meet Your Host Country: Japan
At first, many of us associate Japan with next-gen technology and the neon landscape of mega-cities like Tokyo. However, Japan is also a natural wonderland with 34 national parks spread across its four main islands. As beloved for the snow-capped Mount Fuji as it is for serene forests and surfer-friendly beaches, there's no limit to what you can discover here.
A visit in October brings calm weather and the cultural significance of the harvest season! Outdoor excursions, harvest festivals, seasonal dishes, and arts and culture displays are in full force this time of year.
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Lush forests and soaring mountains
2020 Summer Olympics, Nintendo, and so much more
At a height of 12,389 feet, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and one of its "Three Holy Mountains".
It is will located outside of Tokyo and soars above an otherwise softly rolling landscape. This means you can see it from many angles and we're sure to catch a glimpse of the mountain whatever our trip holds in store!
No adventure is complete without a full stomach. Autumn in Japan means harvest time and the chance to indulge in seasonal items like Japanese sweet potatoes, wild mushrooms, and persimmons.
We'll take every opportunity we can to sample the comforting dishes of fall with you.
Pictured: Sukiyaki, a style of beef hot-pot with mushrooms and tofu, served with egg for dipping.
Running the Trails
We've collaborated with local guides and runners to put together trail runs that highlight Japan's natural diversity.
You can expect dirt and stone trails through dense forests, rolling hillsides, and around serene lakes. If we're lucky, you'll get to experience the vibrant fall foliage of Japanese maple trees as you run.
The Global Adventures Experience
The Best Dang Team On The Planet
Tireless travel directors, local guides, trail runners, photography gurus, and staff medics...we're all here to make your experience one for the ages.
Adventures Built for YOU.
Group travel can be daunting, so we're proud to offer community-first adventures with smaller group sizes and inclusive leadership.
Whether you're flying solo or bringing your BFFs, there's a place here for everyone.
All of The Fun, None of The Work
We've done the hard parts for you. Once you book your trip, our expert team handles all the details. From mapping out scenic runs to finding the comfiest beds and local grub.
Plus, we take care of that boring stuff like local transportation and even laundry.
All that's left is to book your flight and call in sick from work ;)
Please note that this is an example of activities and quality stays you will enjoy with us. Changes may occur based on weather, logistics, and new opportunities. We will always search for comparable alternatives when a change is made.
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What to Expect from Your Global Adventure
Get some insight on how a Global Adventure works from booking to farewells.
What to Expect From Us
After registration, you'll receive a welcome email with information to get ready for your Global Adventure! After this initial email, you can expect to hear from us regularly starting about 3 months before with further trip details, a packing list, a detailed trip itinerary, and more!
Keep an eye on your mailbox - we'll also send you a welcome packet with swag one month before your trip.
Your Pre-Trip Homework
boOK YOUR FLIGHT
Flights or other transportation to our host country are not included in the trip cost. You'll want to book these well in advance to get the best prices.
We recommend having travel insurance to keep you protected while you're out enjoying each day. Companies like Safety Wing offer flexible coverage for your trip.
While we no longer require participants to be vaccinated, we encourage you to understand the travel requirements of each country you will visit or pass through on a layover.
COMPLETE YOUR TRAVELER PROFILE
Once registered, you'll have a traveler profile with us in RunSignup. Leading up to the trip, we will ask you to complete this profile with information about your flights, dietary needs, etc. This information is private to our event directors and is used to coordinate nitty-gritty trip logistics.
Want to chat with other Global Adventures runners?
Join our community of travelers on Facebook!
While each adventure is unique, the info below captures the daily schedule of a typical Global Adventure.
MORNING Run (~7:00 am)
Ok, we know you're on vacation, but starting the day early means we get to show you so much more. You didn't think we'd be sleeping on this trip...right?
We'll have breakfast at the hotel before departing for a 7-12K trail run. Pack your day bag (included as trip swag!) with a fresh outfit and an activity for the journey.
After the race we'll regroup to shower (when available) and refuel with lunch.
AFTERNOON activity (~11:00 AM)
After our run, each day brings something new! We'll have lunch and then head out for a range of activities depending on your Global Adventure.
Active Adrenaline - These trips keep your heart racing with more active fun like glacier treks, rock-climbing, kayaking, and more.
Culture Kick - These trips focus on giving you a backstage pass to each country's culture. We'll tour historical sights, learn traditional skills, and taste the local fare.
Expect to have a few hours of free time each afternoon to explore the towns we visit and take in the grandeur of the landscape. Our goal is to have enough adventure to fill your days without feeling rushed from location to location.
Evening wind down (6-8:00 PM)
It's time to wind down and enjoy the night! We'll have dinner together as a group at a local restaurant or at the hotel. Dinners typically include set menu options and wine or beer.
For two of the evenings you will be free to explore and find dinner on your own (not included in trip cost). Ask our local team for recommendations...or grab some food at the hotel, turn your phone on silent, and enjoy hotel amenities to re-coop from an active day. The night is yours!
We got you! Expect a team text before bed with details on tomorrow's race, weather conditions, and packing suggestions.
Japan is home to an abundance of seasonal and regional dishes - some known the world over and others that may be new to you! We'll introduce you to some of the most popular dishes in each area we visit, but there's too much food to try it all together. Here's a quick guide to some dishes you might try on your own while running through Japan:
sashimi / sushi
Sashimi and sushi are prepared differently in each region to highlight the local ingredients. Expect a range of fresh seafood, vegetables, egg, and more.
Popular: toro (fatty tuna), maguro (tuna), ebi (shrimp), and samon (salmon)
Vegetarian: kappa-makie (cucumber), takuan-maki (daikon radish)
Ramen comes in every form imaginable - from 7-11 to Michelin star restaurants. In it's most basic form, ramen is a soup of egg noodles in a pork, seafood, or miso broth.
Popular: Shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt & chicken), tonkotsu (pork)
Vegetarian*: Miso (soybean paste)
*Some vegetarian dashis, or broths, will still have meat in the dish. Always ask your server before ordering!
Katsu refers to breaded cutlets, often served with cabbage or over a bowl of rice. This is a classic comfort food and perfect for a post-trail run meal.
Popular: Tonkatsu (pork), torikatsu (chicken)
Vegetarian: Yubakatsu (tofu skin)
Yakinuki refers to any Japanese grilled meat. These are usually skewered, cooked over a charcoal fire, and covered in a sweet and savory sauce.
Popular: Yakitori (chicken) is by far the most popular and comes in many forms
Vegetarian: Many izakayas will have seasonal vegetables, so don't be afraid to ask!
Local to Osaka, okonomiyaki is a layered egg, cabbage, and seafood masterpiece. Okonomiyaki are often prepared on a flat-top grill and served hot and fresh - don't expect to stay clean eating it!
Takoyaki are made with fresh octopus cooked in a delicious batter, similar to a pancake consistency. You'll see these spherical bites prepared on the streets using a special pan that takes real skill to master!
Our trail runs will take you into the countryside, where you'll feel like part of the iconic landscapes that drew us here. We'll have crew on course to mind you, markings to guide you, and finish line food to revive you.
You can take these runs at your own pace - or go for gold! At the end of the week everyone earns a Global Adventures finisher medal, plus special awards for our fastest racers.
run difficulty & training
A typical Global Adventures trip includes 6 trail runs ranging from 7-12K in length. Most of these runs will have a decent amount of elevation gain. It is not uncommon for us to walk the uphill portions and run when the terrain is flat or downhill. If you want to train, we recommend working up to back-to-back trail runs with varied elevation gain.
We ask runners to maintain at least a 20-minute trail pace on these runs.
Japan trail runs
Exact trail runs may change based on permitting, weather, and the needs of our group!
Arriving early? We'll have an optional Saturday run at 3:00pm in Tokyo for anyone who wants to join! Your race director will send more details shortly before the event.
Nikko Run (10.5K)
Route: Flat loop
Terrain: Wooden boardwalk and trail with some mud and roots
Boardwalk run with sections of trail and tree roots. We'll see beautiful foliage!
Lake Kawaguchi Run (~8.5K)
Route: We'll customize this for each trip!
Terrain: Flat paved and trail route
Level: Easy to moderate
This lakeside route is a great sunset run. On a clear day we may get views of Mount Fuji!
Lake Ashinoko Run (11K)
Route: Flat point-to-point
Terrain: Single track dirt trail and paved sections
You'll get road, trail, bamboo, and colorful foliage - plus, some mud! - on this atmospheric run.
Kyoto Bamboo Forest (6K)
Route: Flat loop
Terrain: Paved track
Level: Easy to moderate
We'll run through villages and past forest shrines on our way to the river.
Fushimi Inari Hike (7.5K)
Route: Inclined point-to-point
Terrain: Stone stairs
Level: Challenging - we'll mostly hike this route!
This shrine route will take us up ancient stairs and through 1000 wooden gates.
Footing is tricky, so we'll take it slow and enjoy our surroundings.
Nara Deer Park Run (5K)
Route: Inclined loop
Terrain: Single-track stone trail and stairs
This is short but has some challenging elevation through the trees. If we're lucky, we'll meet some deer along the way!
Osaka Castle Run (5K)
Terrain: Paved path
Our final run is in the city! Let's people watch like the locals do as we wind through the park and circle the famous Osaka Castle.
Plan Your Travel
Now that you're as excited as we are, let's get down to the gritty details of your adventure.
Packing & Prep
Coverage: You may want to consider travel insurance for such an epic adventure! Companies like Safety Wing offer flexible coverage for your trip.
Packing List: These are fast-paced events. We'll send you a packing list before the trip to help you feel ready to tackle...well, just about anything!
Training: Adventurers of various skill levels can enjoy our running adventures. If you want to train, we recommend working up to back-to-back trail runs with varied elevation gain.
Upcoming Trip Dates
Registration opens: February 22nd @ 8am M.T.
Oct 7-15, 2023
9 Days | 8 Nights
Based on double-occupancy rooms. Flights not included.
only a $500 refundable deposit due at registration!
9 Days | 8 Nights
If the first trip sells out and we get enough demand, we'll open a second date in fall 2023.
Included in all Global Adventures
Payment & Policy Info
$4,800 (double occupancy room)
$6,000 (single occupancy room)
$500 (Refundable until 5 months before the event!)
Trips are refundable minus a fee until 3 months before the event. Please read the Registration Policy for more info.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Registration & Trip Planning
This is an international running adventure. A valid passport is required for participation. Though every country is different, a good rule to follow is that your passport should not expire within 6 months of your planned travel.
We do not anticipate that you will need a visa. However, visa requirements vary by country and by nationality. If you are unsure, please reach out to us and we will help you determine whether you will need to apply for a visa at all, in advance, or on arrival.
We do not currently offer any discounts for Global Adventures trips.
We typically have 3-star lodging booked for you. Rooms will be comfortable, clean, and safe, but no frills; a place that you would feel ok relaxing in!
On some adventures, we have alternative lodging like glamping tents. Check your itinerary and the photo gallery for pictures and additional information.
From solo travelers to groups, teens to the silver-haired, seasoned thrill-seekers to those ready to step out of their comfort zone for the first time - these trips offer an experience for everyone. Our past adventurers come from all walks of life but all share a love of life and a willingness to challenge themselves.
Seriously. Don't be afraid to come alone. You are sure to leave with new friends, new confidence, and approximately 800 photos of moments that took your breath away!
Our days start between 6:30-7:00 am for breakfast before we head out run the trails. Expect to have a few hours of free time each afternoon to explore the towns we visit and take in the grandeur of the landscape. Our goal is to have enough adventure to fill your days without feeling rushed from location to location.
In addition, all Global Adventures will have 2 free evenings- you'll be able to walk around town and maybe stop by that cute pub you passed earlier in the day for dinner!
If you have a particularly specific or complex dietary requirement, please reach out to us. While we cannot guarantee full accommodations, we'll always try our best!
There are no age restrictions for attending these running trips. As long as you are comfortable with the runs and activities, we'll be glad to have you whether you're 12 or 112 years old!
Some of our Global Adventures trips do involve alcohol-oriented events like whiskey tastings, so please keep this in mind. For activity-specific restrictions, read below:
Patagonia Trips: The glacier hike is restricted to ages 64 and under. Individuals 65 and older are not permitted to participate, but we will try to find an alternate activity for them.
Ireland Trips: The whiskey tasting event is 21+
While much of these trips is spent in the great outdoors, there's still a level of risk with any travel. Here's what we can do to limit that risk:
First, While we will no longer require the vaccine, we strongly encourage everyone traveling with us to make sure you're aware of the Covid-19 travel restrictions of each country you will visit or pass through on a layover.
Second, we have a staff medic on each trip. Please let us know right away if you have any symptoms or just need a test for travel purposes. They will be able to help you locate and schedule Covid testing as needed. We will also have rapid tests and masks on hand.
Lastly, staying healthy is a group effort. We ask all our adventurers to respect each others boundaries and preferences. If you remain unsure of the risks, we encourage you to wait to take a Global Adventures trip until you feel confident joining us!
The Races & Activities
Global Adventures are meant to challenge you. That being said, we welcome runners of various levels and will support you towards the finish line.
Each day we’ll be running/hiking between 7-12K (approx. 3-6 miles). Most of these runs will have a decent amount of elevation gain. It is not uncommon for us to walk the uphill portions and run when the terrain is flat or downhill.
We plan for runners to maintain at least a 20-minute trail pace on these runs. If we believe this pace becomes too difficult for a runner, we may ask them to sit out a run or offer a shorter course for them.
This is your vacation- you should do what you want!
If you want to take a break for a day or two, then by all means do it. Our goal is to make sure you have the best possible experience on the trails, whatever that means for you.
There are no aid stations in these trail runs.
Most adventurers choose to wear a hydration backpack or carry a water bottle in hand (along with a few gels or other snacks as needed).
You are required to bring your own hydration system. Our team loves the hydration options developed by Nathan Sports. Give them a look!
If you are lucky, you’ll get to see some local wildlife (Moose, goats, whale, oh my!) We will be visiting wild places and encounters with animals are always a possibility. However, we will be on well traveled trails which tend to keep the animals away.
All Global Adventures trips partner with expert guides from the area to provide tips on staying safe on the trails. Mosquitos will vary greatly with the climate and even changes year-to-year. We recommend packing mosquito repellent.
If you want to bring a partner to the event that doesn’t want to participate in the runs, that’s totally fine. They'll still get to join in the daily activities and explore the destination - just not on the trails.
Just sign up for the event as a regular participant, but let us know in the registration notes that your partner is not running.
Each Global Adventure is different - expect a range of activities like historical tours, boat cruises, hands-on workshops, and more!
For activities specific to this trip, check out the itinerary. You'll also receive a detailed daily itinerary a few weeks before your arrival date.
Not passport ready? Join the email list.
We'll send you updates about registration opening, price jumps, and future trip dates to keep you on track!
Still have questions? Our team loves to talk to new adventurers! Schedule a chat with us.