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8 DAYS RURAL CHARMS OF JAPANESE ALPS

Kiso Valley, Matsumoto, Kamikochi, Takayama, Shirakawa-Go & Kanazawa

Family Travel, Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture

Highlights

  • Hop on a rickshaw tour across Takayama’s ancient street
  • Scenic overnight in Kamikochi National Park for in-depth alpine trekking
  • Traditional Chaya teahouse experience with Geisha entertainment
  • Explore historic Nakasendo trail which connected Tokyo to Kyoto in Edo times
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed Shirakawa-go farmhouses
  • Option to stay in well-curated charming ryokans

Discover Central Japan’s mountainous interior, where traditional Japanese culture and panoramic scenery still reign supreme.

Walk the historical Nakasendo trail, hop on a rickshaw tour of Takayama, get acquainted with Nagamachi Samurai district and a tea with Geisha entertainment in Kanazawa. Your journey will be dotted with fantastic alpine scenery of Kamikochi, the rural farmhouses of Shirakawa-go and canoeing experience across Lake Ontake.

We have also selected option to stay in authentic ryokans, for those who would like to immerse even deeper in luxury Japanese living.

From

HKD 29,980 Per Person

8 Days 7 Nights
Suitable for Family

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Nagoya / Kiso Valley

Arrival in Nagoya / Kiso Valley
Kiso Valley
Dinner included

Arriving into Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport, you will then be transferred using private vehicle to Kiso Valley area.

Day 02 Kiso Valley

Kiso Valley
Kiso Valley
Breakfast & Dinner included

Follow the ancient Nakasendo trail (1-2h) across quaint villages and valleys from Tsumago-juku to Nagiso Town Museum. Continue Lake Ontake for canoeing experience and 1.5h Ontake Waterfall Trail loop, which feels like stepping into another realm with pilgrims’ ritual chanting.

Day 03 Kiso Valley / Matsumoto

Kiso Valley / Matsumoto
Matsumoto
Breakfast included (Dinner is also included if you stay at Hoshino Resorts KAI Matsumoto)

After your private transfer to Matsumoto, enjoy a 3-hour guided tour visiting the 16th century Matsumoto Castle and Nakamachi street with its traditional black-and-white kura storehouses.

Day 04 Matsumoto / Kamikochi

Matsumoto / Kamikochi
Kamikochi
Breakfast & Dinner included

You will be transferred on private vehicle for Kamikochi National Park trekking (5-6h, opens between Apr-Nov). There is a diverse range of alpine flora, monkeys and birds which you may be able to spot. The park is especially beautiful during autumn foliage season which peaks around mid-Oct.

Day 05 Kamikochi / Takayama

Kamikochi / Takayama
Takayama
Breakfast & Dinner included

Meet your private driver and head to Japan’s inland mountain cultural hub in Takayama. Enjoy a rickshaw tour of Sanmachi Historical Street followed by a visit to the Edo period Takayama Jin’ya. Conclude with sake tasting at Harada Sake Brewery before returning to your hotel.

Day 06 Takayama / Shirakawa-Go / Kanazawar or Kaga

Takayama / Shirakawa-Go / Kanazawar or Kaga
Kanazawa or Kaga
Breakfast included (Dinner is also included if you stay in Kayotei)

En route via Shirakawa-go (UNESCO) with a visit to the open-air museum (2h) for a closer look at the traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses with distinctive triangle roofs built to resemble the hands of praying Buddhist monks. Thereafter, we transfer to your accommodation.

Day 07 Kanazawa or Kaga

Kanazawa or Kaga
Kanazawa or Kaga
Breakfast included

We devote the entire day to explore Kanazawa’s bustling culture aboard taxi. Start the morning at Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s most scenic landscaped gardens. Continue to Edo-period Omicho Fresh Food Market and you may want to try Kaisendon sashimi assortment (own expense) before visiting Nagamachi Samurai district and Nomura Samurai House with its ancient artefact displays. Thereafter, we stop at Higashiyama Geisha district which preserves its 1820 feudal heritage and wooden latticework. We will visit Kaikaro teahouse to experience the traditional Chaya where Geisha still entertain their guests.

Day 08 Departure from Kanazawa or Kaga

Departure from Kanazawa or Kaga
Nil
Breakfast included

Today, you will be transferred to Komatsu Airport or Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport for your flight home.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$42,980
Minimum 4 Pax HK$29,980

Hotel Fuki no Mori in Kiso Valley • Hotel Kagetsu in Matsumoto • Goseniaku Hotel in Kamikochi • Oyado Koto no Yume in Takayama •  Hyatt Centric in Kanazawa

Kiso Valley

Kiso Valley

Hotel Fuki no Mori (Japanese Modern Twin)

A small boutique Japanese-styled hotel set between Nagiso town and Iida city with views of the lush forest and access to natural hot spring from your cypress bathtub.

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto

Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu (Standard Room)

Adorned with tasteful Mingei furnishings, high ceilings and clean white décor amidst peaceful atmosphere, this hotel offers both Japanese and Western-styled rooms.

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Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Kamikochi Lemeiesta Hotel (Superior Room)

A deluxe mountain resort famed for its bold Kamikochi French cuisine utilizing local seasonal ingredients and large baths fed from 100% natural hot spring.

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Takayama

Takayama

Oyado Koto no Yume (Japanese-Style Standard Room)

Stay in traditional Japanese rooms fitted with tatami mats, traditional futon beds and hot spring bath facility, with strategic location just 2 minutes’ walk from Takayama station.

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa (Standard)

Delightful international-standard hotel with modern amenities and clean contemporary design, just a walk away from Kanazawa station.

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$84,980
Minimum 4 Pax HK$72,980

ZENAGI Wellness & Expedition Hotel in Kiso Valley • Hoshino Resorts KAI in Matsumoto • Kamikochi Lemeiesta Hotel • Wanosato Ryokan in Takayama • Kayotei in Kanazawa

Kiso Valley

Kiso Valley

ZENAGI Wellness & Expedition Hotel (Luxury Room)

An all-inclusive luxury hotel converted from historical farmhouse, you will enjoy sumptuous Kiso slow food courtesy of Michelin-starred chefs and great outdoor explorations tailored to you.

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto

Hoshino Resorts KAI Matsumoto (Japanese-Style Room FA4)

An upscale ryokan with tatami mats, paper-sliding doors and regional Japanese crafts, with hot spring fed by the same Asama Hot Spring waters once used by the feudal lords of Matsumoto Castle.

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Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Gosenjaku Hotel Kamikochi (2nd Floor Twin)

A small heritage hotel from 1918 beautifully restored with modern comfort. Set right at the centre of Kamikochi on a protected National Park area by the Kappa Bridge with seasonal view of Mount Hotaka, it is within walking distance to Taisho pond, Myojin pond and Azusa riverbanks.

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Takayama

Takayama

Wanosato Ryokan (Japanese-Style Room)

Tucked in a secluded lichen-covered forest close to Hida-Takayama, this luxury hideaway is part of the Ryokan Collection and features centuries-old minka furnishings tributing back to its heritage past.

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Kaga

Kaga

Kayotei (Japanese Suite)

Part of the Ryokan Collection, this luxury ryokan occupies a quaint scenic area in Kaga which feels like it has remained untouched by times. This all-suite, tatami-matted property is arranged in traditional sukiya style of a tea ceremony pavilion.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Meals as stated
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local English-speaking expert guide
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Beverages where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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