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  • 4 days (Approx.)
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Nagano and the mountainous region of Central Japan are in many ways the literal heart of this fascinating country and culture. Starting from Nagano City and ending in Tokyo, this exciting 4-day tour takes in many of the region’s most iconic destinations and unique experiences including hiking the historic Nakasendo Trail via the old post towns of Narai, Magome, and Tsumago (Days 1-2), the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Zenko-ji Temple (Day 3), before the tour heads south toward Tokyo via Japan’s most iconic sight, the majestic Mt Fuji (Day 4). Including visits to the Suntory Hakushu Distillery and Itchiku Kubota Museum, this tour captures the essence of Central Japan and the beauty of the culture it has inspired.

Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • 3x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Accommodation in Magome on Day 1
  • Accommodation in Nagano City on Day 2 & 3
  • English-speaking guide on all days including along the Nakasendo Trail on Days 1 & 2
  • Entry fee for Snow Monkey Park on Day 3
  • Entry to Suntory Hakushu Distillery including tour on Day 4
  • Entry to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum on Day 4
  • Sake tasting on Day 3
  • Transportation costs between all stated destinations and activities
  • Entry/Admission - Magome Chaya
  • Entry/Admission - Zenko-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
  • Entry/Admission - Suntory Distillery・Suntory Hakushu Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Exclusions
  • Accommodation on Day 4
  • Dinners on Days 2-4
  • Additional food, snacks and drinks
  • Entry to addtional/paid attractions at Zenko-ji Temple
  • Shinkansen/bullet train tickets
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Nagano Station, Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59

Return Details

Ueno Station, Japan, 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Ueno, 7-chōme−1, 7 丁目

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Day 1: Nakasendo Trail

Stop At: Naraijuku, Narai, Shiojiri 399-6303 Nagano Prefecture
Known as ‘Narai Senken’ or ‘Narai of a Thousand Houses’, this beautifully preserved town marked the midpoint of Nakasendo – the thirty-fourth of sixty-nine stations which monitored, controlled, and taxed traffic along the road. Today the remaining historic town runs approximately 1km in length and is 200 meters wide, home to numerous shops, restaurants, traditional accommodation and peoples’ homes.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ochiai Honjin, 840-1 Ochiai, Nakatsugawa 508-0006 Gifu Prefecture
At approximately 13:30 it’s time to board the tour bus and follow the beautiful Narai River toward your next stop, Ochiai. Well-filled by lunch, it’s the perfect chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax, as you are whisked toward Ochiai, from where you will enjoy the first walking segment of the tour.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Magome Chaya, 4296 Magome, Nakatsugawa, Gifu 508-0502, Japan
Overnight at accommodation
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Traditional Japanese inn including futon (on-floor) bedding and shared bathrooms.

Day 2: Nakasendo Trail

Stop At: Magome Observatory, Makago, Nakatsugawa Gifu Prefecture
You’ll have time to explore the town which has been extensively restored including a broad stone walkway lined by museums, traditional stores, and restaurants interspersed with regular homes.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tsumago Tourism Association Tourist Information Center, 2159-2 Azuma, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun 399-5302 Nagano Prefecture
As the forest thins and the landscape opens up, you will arrive in Tsumago – the 42nd post town and your final destination. Your guide will first take you for a well-deserved lunch followed by time to explore perhaps the best preserved and enchanting of the post towns for yourself.
Duration: 5 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nagano City including Western-style bedding and private bathroom/shower.

Day 3: Zenkoji-Temple - Snow Monkey Park

Stop At: Zenko-ji Temple, I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851 Nagano Prefecture
As a registered National Treasure, the temple is the most important cultural site in Nagano and one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in the entire country!
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, 6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401 Nagano Prefecture
Home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs, there are no barriers separating you from the wild monkeys, making this a unique and memorable experience
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nagano City including Western-style bedding and private bathroom/shower.

Day 4: Suntory Hakushu Distillery - Itchiku Kubota Art Museum - Arakurayama Sengen Park

Stop At: Suntory Distillery・Suntory Hakushu Distillery, 2913-1 Torihara Hakushucho, Hokuto 408-0316 Yamanashi Prefecture
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.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, 2255 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun 401-0304 Yamanashi Prefecture
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.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Arakurayama Sengen Park, 3353-1 Arakura, Fujiyoshida 403-0011 Yamanashi Prefecture
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.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

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Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing for hiking through varying terrain. The trail is well-maintained and paved in some areas with other sections being more challenging. The trail is undulating with some steeper climbs however it is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness. During days of rain, paving stones on the Nakasendo Trail can become slick therefore please ensure that you are wearing good quality walking boots/shoes and carry walking poles (if required).
  • Please be prepared for changing weather conditions including rain (anytime of year but especially in June and July) and hot, humid condition from late-June until September. Kiso Valley is a mountainous region therefore weather can change quickly.
  • Guests are required to follow the Snow Monkey Park rules at all times. Guests are not permitted to touch, hold, feed or bathe with the monkeys at any time. There are no barriers separating the monkeys from visitors to the park. Please ensure you keep a minimum distance of 1 to 2 meters between yourself and the monkeys. Your guide will explain the rules prior to entering the park.
  • During the winter it is common to see the Snow Monkeys enjoying the hot spring bath, however from spring up to autumn there will be times where the monkeys play or eat in the water, however please note that the monkeys are wild animals and there is no guarantee that there will be monkeys in the bath.
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case we will provide an alternative activity.
  • 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.
  • Accommodation in Magome is at a traditional guesthouse with Japanese-style futon (on-floor bedding) and shared bathrooms.
  • Accommodation in Nagano City is at a full service hotel with rooms including Western-style bedding and private bathrooms.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

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