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1-DAY NAGANO TO TOKYO: JAPAN'S ICONIC MT FUJI

1-DAY NAGANO TO TOKYO: JAPAN'S ICONIC MT FUJI

Period

Mon, Thu / Mid-May - Late-Nov

Time

08:30 - 19:30

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board

Price

Adult (13+) 35,000 JPY
Child (6-12) 30,000 JPY

Highlights

  • Experience the majesty of Mt. Fuji, Japan’s tallest and most iconic mountain, on a route designed to give you the most protracted, beautiful views of the stunning volcano
  • Tour the Suntory Hakushu Distillery and sample their acclaimed whiskies, produced using the pristine waters of Japan’s Southern Alps
  • Explore the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, home to one of Japan’s most beautiful kimono collections and blessed with a spectacular view of Mt Fuji
  • Visit the Arakurayama Sengen Park, a second renowned viewing point for Mt Fuji and home to the charming Arakura Fuji-Sengen Shrine and pagoda

 

Description

 

As Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt Fuji is the most iconic and powerful destination in the country. A source of great national pride, no visit to Japan is complete without viewing the grandeur and beauty of the great volcano. This 1-day tour takes you from Nagano to Mt Fuji and onto to Tokyo, via a circuit designed to provide guests a prolonged and stunning view of the mountain as you approach from the north. Combining stops at the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum – home of one of Japan’s great kimono collections – and Arakurayama Sengen Park – a renowned pagoda and viewing spot for Fuji – this tour shows you a side of Mt. Fuji and Japan that others miss – the timeless grandeur, beauty, and seduction of the great mountain and culture it has inspired for centuries!

 

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Starting at JR Nagano Station at 8:30 (the guide will be there from 8:20), your guide will quickly have you onboard the tour bus and on your way. Central Japan is known for its many mountain ranges, and as you head south you will see peaks rising either side of the valley, building anticipation for your ultimate destination, Mt Fuji.

 

At approximately 10:45 you will arrive at the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, located in the picturesque Hakushu. Japan is now well-established as one of the world’s premier whisky producers, with the Hakushu Distillery among the best. Blessed with an abundance of underground water, the mineral balance and sharpness in taste lends itself to the production of an acclaimed and wide variety of whiskeys at the distillery.

 

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You are free to tour the distillery and on-site museum – with English audio included in the tour* – followed by a tasting. For guests less interested in whiskey, Hakushu has been chosen for its beautiful location and surrounding walking trails. Known for an abundance of birds and other wildlife, these easy paths are ideal to wander through and really soak in the pristine atmosphere of the region, before joining your guide and other guests for lunch – a seasonal Japanese menu – at the on-site restaurant.

 

It’s then time to continue your journey. Heading south you will soon have your first view of Mt Fuji, as the stunning slopes of the mountain come into view. While the classic appearance of the volcano is known throughout the world, its size and unquestionable beauty takes visitors by surprise, an effect which only grows stronger as draw nearer.

 

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Around 14:00 the tour will arrive at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Established in 1994, the museum was positioned to afford visitors a spectacular view of Mt Fuji and houses the permanent collection of dyeing artist Itchiku Kubota – including his Fuji-inspired series, ‘Symphony of Light’ – and one of Japan’s most stunning kimono collections.

 

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This is Japan at its best, with the pyramid-shaped main building – constructed with wooden beams over 1000 years old – and Gaudi-esque New Wing imbuing the location with a sense of the serene and surreal.

 

From the museum, it’s a short journey to your final stop, Arakurayama Sengen Park. Arriving around 15:45, the park is regarded as one of the most advantageous spots to view Mt Fuji and home to Arakura Fuji-Sengen Shrine and pagoda. Positioned halfway up Mt Arakura, this is the perfect location from which to breathe in the beauty of Fuji and a panoramic view of the fabled mountain.

 

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Boarding the tour bus around 17:00, it’s time to relax as you are transported on the final leg of your journey to Tokyo, where the tour concludes at JR Ueno Station at 19:30.

 

*Use of Suntory Hakushu’s English audio guide requires each guest to have a smart phone with which to connect it. The minimum age to participate in the tour is 20 years of age.

ITINERARY

08:30 Meet up with your guide at JR Nagano Station and begin your journey south toward Mt Fuji (the guide will be waiting from 08:20 onward).
11:00 Arrive at the Suntory Hakushu Distillery and enjoy a tour (including whisky sampling) or free-time.
12:15 Lunch at the the distillery's restaurant.
13:00 Depart the distillery and head toward the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum with Fuji rising into view.
14:30 Arrive at the museum and explore the collections or beautiful museum settings, including view of Fuji.
16:00 Depart the museum and make the short journey to Arakurayama Sengen Park.
16:20 Arrive at the park and enjoy freetime to take in one of the most renowned panoramic views of Fuji, along with the shrine and pagoda.
17:30 Board the tour bus and begin your the final leg of your journey to Tokyo.
19:30 The tour conludes at JR Ueno Station.

NOTES

Included

  • Transportation fee from Nagano to Tokyo and between activities/attractions
  • Suntory Hakushu Distillery Tour
  • Lunch
  • Entry to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
  • English-speaking guide

 

Excluded

  • Shinkansen/bullet train tickets
  • Accommodation

 

Other Information

  • Views of Mt. Fuji can be affected by weather and there are days of low visibility. This is outside of our control and weather on the mountain can change quickly, therefore tours will proceed even if weather/visibility is forecast to be poor.
  • This tour does not take guests on to Mt. Fuji. This is intentional and caters to guests who wish to view and photograph the mountain rather than climb it.
  • The minimum age to participate in the Suntory Hakushu Distillery tour is 20 years of age.
  • The tour application deadline is 2 days before the tour date at 17:00.

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board

Kurita, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 380-0921, Japan

FAQ

Which shinkansen/bullet train service shold I ride to arrive in Nagano on time? 

The start of the tour is arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. The following shinkansen services will have you in Nagano on time to join the tour:

 

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:

 

Tokyo: 06:16 – Nagano: 07:38 – Kagayaki (Reservation only)

Tokyo: 06:28 – Nagano: 08:06 – Hakutaka

Tokyo: 06:44 – Nagano: 08:26 – Hakutaka*

 

* You can still take 06:44- 08:26 train since JR Nagano Station isn’t big at all and there is only one Shinkansen ticket exit. The tour meet-up is just after the Shinkansen ticket exit so please come straight up to there.

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