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Explore the Japanese Alps

Semi-Escorted Tour

Discover this lesser known region

Using your Japan Rail Pass, gaze at the picturesque landscapes as you travel by bus and train between destinations on this tour of the Japanese Alps. Uncover the delights of Matsumoto and Takayama, discover the traditional Gasshou-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawago, and typical Samurai dwellings in Kanazawa.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • street Takayama- Jpan


    Enjoy a scenic setting and well-preserved Edo-style streets

    1 Day

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    Matsumoto, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Matsumoto with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • Kanazawa

    An intriguing city with a fascinating ancient samurai district

    1 Day


Explore the Japanese Alps

6 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Tokyo to Matsumoto

Take a train to Matsumoto. Perhaps visit the splendid castle in the afternoon.

  • Transport: Train
DAY 2 Matsumoto to Takayama

Catch a bus to Takayama, located in the mountainous Gifu prefecture.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Bus
DAY 3 Takayama

Day at leisure with an opportunity to explore Takayama independently. Maybe discover Takayama-Jinya, Hida Takayama Matsuri no Mori and the interesting Kamisannomachi Street.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Takayama to Shirakawago to Kanazawa

Travel by bus to Shirakawago. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the traditional Gasshou-zukuri farmhouses which are more than 250 years old. From Shirakawago, take a bus to Kanazawa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 5 Kanazawa

Day at leisure. Opportunity to explore Kanazawa at your own leisure. You may wish to wander around the renowned Kenrokuen Garden, visit the fascinating Kanazawa Museum or stroll through the charming old district to see the traditional Samurai houses.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 6 Kanazawa to Tokyo
Use your Japan Rail Pass to catch a train to Tokyo for your onward arrangements.
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    Japan: Tokyo Tsukiji Outer Fish Market

    Visit the Tsukiji Outer market and enjoy a fresh sushi breakfast from one of the many restaurants or food stands.

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    Ninja Wifi, Japan

    WiFi on the go in Japan to help you stay connected.

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Hotel Buena Vista, Matsumoto

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3★ Hoshokaku Ryokan, Takayama

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3★ Hotel Kanazawa, Kanazawa

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What's included:
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as stated
  • Transfers as stated
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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