Travel across the “Roof of Japan” on this gorgeous Japanese Alps tour. You’ll drink in the lush forest scenery from trains and cable cars, and spend the night in beautifully preserved castle towns. Touring Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, famous for its natural hot springs, will offer glimpses of snowcapped Mt. Fuji. With our guided and self-guided bespoke tours, you’ll discover cosmopolitan Tokyo, charming Kyoto, beautifully preserved Takayama and little-seen cultural wonders in the Japanese Alps.
Begin this epic 12-day tour with a visit to Tokyo’s iconic sites and highlights with the aid of a private guide. An additional day of self-guided exploration through Tokyo’s fascinating enclaves or an optional daytrip to Kamakura or Nikko gives you the flexibility to soak in the capital’s cosmopolitan culture or explore its beautiful surroundings.
A journey through craggy peaks and forests to the castle town of Matsumoto will reveal an original, wonderfully preserved 16th-century castle. In nearby Jigokudani Park, the famous snow monkeys will keep you company before you continue by train through mountain passes to Takayama, a remote mountain village with a distinct culture. Here, you’ll indulge in a kaiseki meal and soak in an onsen at a traditional Japanese ryokan. Over the next three days, explore the Roof of Japan, visiting gorgeous and historical towns such as Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Kanazawa, a hidden gem often overlooked by international tourists.
On day 8 of your discovery of the Japanese Alps, a bullet train will whisk you to Kyoto, where you’ll see Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites by bicycle. But before you end your trip, you’ll come to the foot of Mt. Fuji with a trek through Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park’s other-worldly landscape of bubbling, sulfurous pools. If the weather is fine you’ll get some glorious views of the famous volcano before heading back to Tokyo to spend one last night before your onward journey, or your departure from Japan.