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1-DAY TOUR NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA: HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL JAPAN

1-DAY TOUR NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA: HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL JAPAN

Period

Mon & Thu / Mid-Apr - Late-Nov

Time

08:30 - 17:45

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board

Price

Adult (13+) 29,000 JPY
Child (6-12) 25,000 JPY

Highlights:

 

  • Explore the stunning alpine valley of Kamikochi, renowned for its beauty and pristine natural state
  • Walk its trails and discover its highlights including Asuza River, Taisho Pond, Kappa Bridge and the spectacular mountains above
  • Explore Takayama and its beautiful old town, acclaimed for its beauty and historic preservation
  • Be transported from Nagano to Takayama across the dramatic Hida Mountains, all led by an English-speaking guide

 

*This tour is limited to groups of 2 people and more.

 

Description:

 

Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This 1-day combines a visit to the spectacular alpine oasis of Kamikochi and historic Takayama, one of Japan’s most picturesque and best-preserved Edo Period townships. With a convenient starting point of JR Nagano Station and led by an English-speaking Japan, this tour captures the essence of Central Japan by combining two of its most renowned destinations in a spectacular day of discovery.

 

Starting at JR Nagano Station at 8:30 (the guide will be there from 8:20), your guide will quickly have you on your way toward Japan’s mountainous heartland and the stunning landscape of the Japanese Alps. Taking approximately 2 hours, you will arrive at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal by 10:45 with a brief stop, before heading into this true mountain oasis. The majority of this drive is through the southern end of Japan’s Northern Alps, a stunning landscape of high mountain peaks rising above the road, rivers, and lakes below. At its heart, Japan is a mountainous country and this spectacular region is often missed by visitors using the train lines along the coast.

 

Situated 1500 meters above sea level deep within the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi is famous for its pristine natural state, beautiful rivers and ponds, lush forests, and dramatic mountain peaks rising to over 3000 meters.

 

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Your guide will accompany you into Kamikochi and make you familiar with its many walking trails and highlights, before setting a meet-up point and time and setting you free to enjoy the next few hours for yourself. Asuza River, Taisho Pond, and the iconic Kappabashi (Kappa Bridge) are among Kamikochi’s most famous sights are easily accessed within the available; and of course, should you prefer to stroll with your guide, they’ll be more than happy to show you these spectacular places.

 

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At approximately 13:45, you’ll meet-up with your guide and board the tour bus for the journey to Takayama. This is one tour in which the journey itself is as much a highlight as the destinations you will visit, and as you pass by the alpine landscape around you and descend toward Takayama, you’ll be witnessing some of Japan’s most stunning scenery and dramatic mountains.

 

Arriving in Takayama by 15:30, you’ll be dropped-off in old town with your guide to explore the historic streets in the late afternoon. Known as ‘Sannomachi’ in Japanese, the distinctive black facades of the Edo Period buildings preserve the historic character of the old town, a glimpse of a world that once existed. The old merchant buildings now house museums, sake breweries, restaurants, traditional craft stores, and are home to local families, giving the town a lively and authentic atmosphere.

 

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Setting a meeting point, your guide will set you free to explore the town (or again, you are free to stroll with them). Often referred to as Hida-Takayama, the town is equally famous for its locally produced Hida ‘wagyu’ beef – famous throughout Japan and beyond! Takayama is replete with numerous restaurants serving the region’s most well-known produce in many forms, including Hida beef sushi. Wagyu is some of the most desired beef in the world and beef produced in Hida is known for its intense marbling and outstanding flavor – a must try when in Takayama!

 

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Around 17:30 your guide will collect you and have you board the tour bus for the short journey to Takayama Station, where the tour concludes at 17:45.

 

 

ITINERARY

08:30 Meet up with your guide at JR Nagano Station and begin your journey toward Kamikochi (the guide will be waiting from 08:20 onward).
10:45 Arrive at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal and have a brief stop before heading into the beautiful river valley.
11:15 Arrive in Kamikochi and explore the stunning alpine valley over the next few hours, independently or with your guide.
13:45 Meetup with your guide and board the tour bus to begin your journey toward Takayama.
15:30 Arrive in the historic old town and explore the area independently or walk with your guide.
17:30 Meetup with your guide and board the tour bus.
17:45 Tour concludes at Takayama Station.

NOTES

Included:

  • Transportation fee from Nagano to Takayama and between activities/attractions
  • English-speaking guide

 

Excluded:

  • Lunch and other food, snacks, and drinks
  • Bullet train tickets

 

Other Information:

  • Please wear suitable shoes and clothing for alpine walking in Kamikochi
  • Kamikochi is located at 1500 meters above sea level and weather can change quickly. Please ensure you have clothing suitable for changing conditions including rain and cooler temperatures (7 to 22℃)

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board

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

FAQ

What time of the bullet train should 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 services listed below from Tokyo to Nagano will arrive in 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.

 

Does the tour include accommodation?

This tour does not include accommodation. Takayama is a popular destination with numerous accommodation options. This tour allows our guests the flexibility of selecting their own accommodation based on their specific needs.

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