Dramatic and beautiful mountainous scenery.
Hiking, light walking and serious mountaineering opportunities.
Winter sports on excellent powder snowfall until May.
Hot spring bathing, onsen and traditional accommodation.
Snow monkeys at Yudanaka Onsen.
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Day 1 Tokyo
Once in Tokyo, there will be an airport representative to help with validating your rail pass and seat reservations before escorting over to the airport shuttle bus directly to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to acclimatise and recuperate from any jet-lag.
Day 2 Tokyo
Have a day in Tokyo to explore at leisure. One of our recommendations is to visit the Hamarikyu gardens close to the Sumida river where it's possible to board a passenger ferry to the older part of Tokyo, Asakusa, and the beautiful Sensoji temple.
Day 3 Yudanaka
After a relaxed morning, using your included rail pass, it will be the first journey by super-fast bullet train to the city of Nagano before heading deep into the Alps to the small town of Yudanaka Onsen, home to the snow monkeys.
Day 4 Yudanaka
Explore Yudanaka's hot springs and watch the snow monkey's bathing in the warm waters. A short train ride away is the artisan town of Obuse famous for its Hokkusai paintings.
Day 5 Kamikochi
Day 6 Kamikochi
Day 7 Matsumoto
Return to Matsumoto by bus and train. Our recommendation for your time in Matsumoto is to spend the afternoon looking around the city and the Crow Castle, one of the oldest remaining in Japan dating back to the 1500s.
Day 8 Murodo
Matsumoto , Murodo
Take the train north to Shinano-Omachi, where you can begin your traverse across the mountains towards Kanazawa. This area is about the stunning mountain scenery, fresh air and walks/hikes.
Day 9 Kanazawa
Murodo , Kanazawa
Take the morning to enjoy a little more of the surrounding area. From the afternoon, head by train to the city of Kanazawa, often dubbed "The Little Kyoto" by the locals for its old geisha district and samurai quarters.
Day 10 Kanazawa
Visit the beautiful Kenrokuen garden this morning, one of Japan's top three gardens. Later there's time to explore some more of this interesting and artisan city.
Day 11 Kyoto
Take the limited express train to Kyoto, Japan's cultural heartland. After checking into the hotel, a private guide will take you to a local home to try your hand at a cultural pastime of your choice, such as tea ceremony or calligraphy.
Day 12 Kyoto
Take in the temples, shrines and gardens of Kyoto at one's own pace today. In the evening there is a visit to the geisha district of Gion with a private guide, in order to spot some of these elusive ladies scurrying to and from their appointments.
Day 13 Kyoto
Day 14 Tokyo
Day 15 Return home
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