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Japanese Alps

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Japanese Alps Tour

15 days

This tour helps you discover a less touristy, deeper and more traditional Japan. Enjoy an authentic stay in the heart of the Japanese Alps without missing out on the essential parts of Japan: Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Kyoto.

Must-see + Japanese Alps:
- Tokyo (3 nights),
- Kawaguchi-ko - Mount Fuji (1 night),
- Japanese Alps (6 nights),
- Kyoto (3 nights)
 

Included :


- Round-trip flight tickets from/to Los Angeles, Sydney or Paris

- 13 nights in 3* equivalent hotels, including 2 nights with dinner in a ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel)

- Breakfast at Kawaguchi-ko and in the Japanese Alps

- Airport transfers

- 1 prepaid travel card to travel around Tokyo and Kyoto, already loaded with ¥1,500

- 1 14-day Japan Rail Pass for travelling by train and shinkansen (high speed Japanese train) for your journeys to the next stop in the circuit.

- 1 Pocket wifi (with unlimited internet access) for the duration of the trip

- 1 mini travel guide, sent to you at least 20 days before your departure, detailing the tour itinerary, how to get to your hotels, and the tourist sights not to be missed.

- Helpline assistance 24/7 in English
 

Not included :

- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Public transportation in cities*
- Tourist tax in Kyoto and Kanazawa**
- Anything not listed in the "included" section above


Customization:

Contact us
for:
- Flights from London, New York or any other city required
- Direct flights
- Flight upgrades to premium-economy or business class
- Upgrade to a 4* hotel
- Traditional accommodation
- Child price (11 y/o or younger)
- Extending your stay before or after the tour
- Guided activities
- Other activities (Disneyland, Hello Kitty theme park, robot restaurant, tea ceremony, sake tasting…)


Flights:

The departure and end dates of the tour include your flight and arrival from/to your departure country.

Most flights will require one transfer (less than 5 hours) in Asia or the Gulf States before landing in Tokyo.

Examples of airlines we use:
- Air France
- All Nippon Airways
- Finnair
- Korean Air


Accommodation:

The basic price includes one room for 2 adults in 3* equivalent hotels.

Single room: If a triple room is not available, a single room supplement may be required for any booking with an odd number of participants.
Please note that in case of a single supplement, it will be applied to all accommodation except the ryokan in Kawaguchi-ko and Tsuwano, since in traditional accommodation like this there are no single rooms. However you will find spacious rooms that can welcome up to 5 people. To learn more about what a stay at a ryokan entails, see the "Kawaguchi-ko" step of our "Detailed Itinerary" below.

In Japan, a high-density country where everything is more compact, the 3* hotels are good quality but the rooms can be quite small (12 to 24m2) depending on the hotel. For more comfort and space, don't hesitate to contact us for a quote with 4* hotels. Please note that there is no 4-star accomodation in Tsumago.

The rooms for 2 people in western-style hotels have 2 separate single beds (twin rooms) as standard. Contact us to request a double bed; there is no supplementary charge but we cannot guarantee availability. Note that double bed rooms are smaller in size than twin rooms.


Terms of payment:
- 35% deposit paid upon booking
- Balance paid 35 days before departure


Note:
This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

*transportation not covered by the JR Pass (about 80% of public transport within most cities) and after using up the ¥1,500 pre-loaded on your travel card

**$1.70 USD/person/night to be paid directly to the hotel in cash  

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - KAWAGUCHIKO - MATSUMOTO - TSUMAGO - TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo. 

Overnight on the aeroplane, arrive the next morning at Tokyo. 

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrive at Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport.

Transfer to Tokyo by train covered by the JR Pass. Detailed explanations in your travelogue.

If you wish to be met personally at the airport you can choose our "airport reception" service as an option.

Check in to your hotel. 

TOKYO

Night in your 3* hotel in the Akasaka or Ikebukuro district.

Example of 3* hotels (depending on availability):
- Monterey Akasaka Hotel
- The B Akasaka Hotel
- The B Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel

Examples of 4* hotels: (optional, contact us to upgrade)
- Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi Hotel
- Keio Plaza Hotel
- Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel


Note: Breakfasts are not included in the package, but can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo and Kyoto, you will find many cafes near your hotel serving generous (and often tastier) breakfasts menus.

Day
2

TOKYO

Visit Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Among the various options open to you, here are a few suggestions:
- The Asakusa district and Senso-ji temple
- The Tokyo Skytree, 634 metres high, and Tokyo Tower, a symbol of the city
- Ueno Park and its many museums
- The party districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku

Or why not try a guided tour of the city with one of our guides? (optional, contact us)

TOKYO

Discover Japanese gastronomy in the most Michelin-starred capital in the world.

Day
3

TOKYO

A few examples of day trips possible from Tokyo:
- The temples and shrines of Nikko, in the heart of the forest (approx. 2hrs one way by train).
- The city of Kamakura and its monumental bronze Buddha statue (approx. 1hr one way).

TOKYO

For your last dinner in Tokyo, try "Kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi) for a fun and tasty meal!

Day
4

TOKYO - KAWAGUCHIKO

Transfer to Tokyo by train covered by the JR Pass. Detailed explanations in your travelogue.

Transfer to Tokyo station (not included). Train journey to Otsuki station (around an hour and a half journey covered by JR Pass), then local train to Kawaguchi-ko (1 hour, an addition $12 USD to be paid on site).

Check into your Ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel).

Free time to explore Kawaguchi-ko, at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Things to do:
- See Mount Fuji from many viewpoints in the region
- Take the Kachi Kachi Ropeway funicular to see an incredible panoramic view with the lake on one side and Mount Fuji on the other.

KAWAGUCHIKO

Dinner and overnight in your ryokan (traditional rooms with shared baths and toilets).

In a 3* ryokan you'll sleep on comfortable futons on top of traditional tatami mats. The bathing facilities, onsen, are shared.

In a 4* ryokan you'll sleep on either on futons or beds in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms are private, with access to the shared hot springs also available.

Day
5

KAWAGUCHIKO - MATSUMOTO

Breakfast at the ryokan. 

Depart for Matsumoto on a local train (1 hour, extra €10), then express train (around an hour and a half, covered by the JR Pass).

Check into your 3* hotel.

Located on the doorstep of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto is famous for its castle known as the “black crow”. This incredibly preserved castle is among the most beautiful in Japan.

Opt for a guided tour of the city with one of our guides (optional, subject to availability, contact us).

MATSUMOTO

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
6

MATSUMOTO - TSUMAGO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Depart for Nagiso on train (around 2 hours, covered with your JR Pass), then bus transfer (7 minutes, €2.50) to Tsumago.

Tsumago
will take you back in time: cables are buried, cars are banned, and the wooden houses still line the streets of this Japanese village from yesteryear.

TSUMAGO

Dinner (included) and night in your ryokan.

Day
7

TSUMAGO - TAKAYAMA

Breakfast at the ryokan.

Bus transfer to Nagiso (not included), then travel by train to Takayama (around 4 and a half hours, covered by your JR Pass).

We recommend that you stop at Gero Onsen on the way and enjoy the hot springs and its “natural beauty”. You can relax in the free onsen along the village river.

Check into your 3-star hotel. 

In Takayama, don’t miss:
- The Sanmachi-suji district dotted with traditional stalls, restaurants and sake distilleries.
- Kokubun-ji, the oldest temple in Takayama
- The old merchant residences
- Hida-no-sato, Hida's folklore village

Or discover Takayama in another way thanks to one of our activities (optional, contact us). 

TAKAYAMA

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
8

TAKAYAMA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Example day trips from Takayama:
- Hike to Kamikochi, an alpine valley located in the heart of Chûbu Sangaku National Park.
- Hida Furukawa: a hidden treasure in the region where a little river flows in the middle of a street with traditional houses

TAKAYAMA

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
9

TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Depart for Kanazawa by local train and shinkansen (around 3 hours, covered by the JR Pass).

Or you can choose to travel by bus and stop at Shirakawa-go, a village museum with typical thatched roofs. (supplement, not included in JR Pass).

Check into your 3-star hotel. 

KANAZAWA

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
10

KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Explore Kanazawa and the surrounding area. Some unmissable sights:
- The Kenrokuen Japanese garden, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan
- Kanazawa castle
- The Higashi-Chaya district (Geisha district) and the Nagamachi district (Samurai house district including Nomura house)

Or let yourself be guided by one of our guides to discover the most beautiful hidden sights in the region (optional, contact us).

KANAZAWA

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
11

KANAZAWA - KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel. 

Depart for Kyoto on express train (around 2 hours, covered by the JR Pass).

Check into your hotel. 

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your 3* hotel in the city centre, Gion district or near the central station.

Examples of 3* hotels (depending on availability):
- Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo
- Hedistar Hotel Kyoto Nijo
- Hokke Club Kyoto Hotel

Examples of 4* hotels: (optional, contact us)
- Monterey Kyoto Hotel
- New Miyako Hotel
- Kyoto Okura hotel  

Day
12

KYOTO

Visit Kyoto and the surrounding area.

Don’t miss:
- Gion, Geisha district
- Strolling through the small shopping streets to the Kiyomizu-dera temple which overlooks Kyoto.
- The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji famous for the great Japanese author Yukio Mishima.
- The Path of Philosophy to recharge your batteries as you walk along the canal
- The Arashiyama bamboo grove, west of Kyoto

Or enjoy a new experience with one of our many activities. (optional, contact us)

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
13

KYOTO

Possible day trips from Kyoto:

- The city of Kobe, between ocean and mountains. Visit the port, then catch the cable car up Mt. Rokko and admire the view over the inland sea. (45 minutes).

- Nara, the first capital of Japan. Visit its ancient buildings, classified as Unesco World Heritage sites, such as Todaiji temple or Kasuga Taisha shrine, and buy some shika-sembei, crackers for the fallow deer that roam freely within the city park. (30 to 45 minutes).

- Fushimi-Inari Taisha, a must-see shrine in southern Kyoto. Wander through the tunnels made of hundreds of red torii gates found at this incredible shrine. (approx. 5 minutes).

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Or why not enjoy the unique experience of a night walk in Kyoto's traditional district? (optional, contact us)

Day
14

KYOTO

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Kyoto by shuttle bus.

Return flight.

KYOTO

Arrive back home.

Day 0
Day 1 Tokyo TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO, KAWAGUCHIKO
Day 5 Château de Matsumoto KAWAGUCHIKO, MATSUMOTO
Day 6 MATSUMOTO, TSUMAGO
Day 7 TSUMAGO , TAKAYAMA
Day 8 TAKAYAMA
Day 9 TAKAYAMA, KANAZAWA
Day 10 KANAZAWA
Day 11 KANAZAWA, KYOTO
Day 12 KYOTO
Day 13 KYOTO
Day 14 KYOTO