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Japanese Alps explorer

15 days from $6,770pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Tokyo
  • Yudanaka
  • Kamikochi
  • Matsumoto
  • Murodo
  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • 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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What our specialists say...

The central Japan Alps region is one of the most beautiful in the country. In the summer walking, hiking and outdoor activities can be enjoyed, whilst the winter brings ample opportunity for skiing and snowboarding. Relaxation comes in the form of hot spring baths and onsen, many of which overlook the majestic mountains that ring the area. The famous snow monkeys also make their home here and a visit to see them can be easily incorporated into a trip to the area. Combined with breathtaking scenery as a backdrop; the Alps really do make for an excellent itinerary in Japan.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Tokyo
  • Yudanaka
  • Kamikochi
  • Matsumoto
  • Murodo
  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Tokyo

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.

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Day 2 Tokyo

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.

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Day 3 Yudanaka

Tokyo , 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.

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Day 4 Yudanaka

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.

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Day 5 Kamikochi

Yudanaka , Kamikochi

Travel by private line train and local Alpine bus to Kamikochi; a scenic journey through the mountains to the heart of the Alps region.

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Day 6 Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Take a full day to enjoy the glorious scenery and walk some of the trails here. For the more adventurous, it's possible to hike up one of the surrounding imposing mountains too.

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Day 7 Matsumoto

Kamikochi , 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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 10 Kanazawa

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.

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Day 11 Kyoto

Kanazawa , 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.

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Day 12 Kyoto

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.

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Day 13 Kyoto

Kyoto

Just west of Kyoto is the secluded area of Arashiyama, home to a wonderful bamboo forest, some gentle hiking, river scenery and little teahouses with rickshaw outside.

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Day 14 Tokyo

Kyoto , Tokyo

Take the bullet train up to Tokyo and have the final afternoon at leisure in the capital.

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Day 15 Return home

Tokyo

Take the airport shuttle bus from the hotel lobby to the airport in time for your flight onwards.

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