Group Tours in the North Alps
Japan’s majestic North Alps boast some of the country’s most impressive landscapes and outdoor experiences, that can be enjoyed on convenient one day tours from Nagano, Hakuba and Matsumoto.
Heralded as one of Japan’s best experiences, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route traverses the North Alps from Nagano to Toyama, and in doing so, transport visitors to the ‘Roof of Japan’. Open from mid-April to mid-November, the Alpine Route is most famous for its immense snow walls which, at their peak, ascend 20 meters above the road below. The snow walls are at their best from the opening day in April until mid-June, after which outstanding hiking is available through summer and autumn, climaxing with stunning autumn colours in October until the route closes again in November.
Our 1-Day Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route Tour operates from April to June. Our tour operates to and from Nagano Station via Ogizawa Station including the option of pickup and drop-off in Hakuba.
Traversing the country’s highest mountain range, the Tatehyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is part of the expansive Chubu Sangaku National Park. Lying to the south within the same national park, Kamikochi is a pristine and beautiful alpine valley open to the public from mid-April until mid-November each year. The valley follows the Azusa River while some of Japan’s tallest mountain peaks rise to over 3000 meters above.
Considered the jewel of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, visiting Kamikochi is one of Nagano’s most memorable experiences – a truly special place of natural and spiritual importance.
Our 1-Day Kamikochi Alpine Valley Tour runs from May until November and combines a visit to the stunning mountain oasis with morning visit to rural Azumino. With pick-up available in both Matsumoto and Nagano – and the option of drop-off in Kamikochi, Matsumoto or Nagano – this tour takes you deep into Japan’s mountainous heartland.