National Park Hiking on the Main Island

A journey in a broad sweep through the mountains west of Tokyo in the centre of Honshu, the main island, with great hikes in the Oze and the Joshin’etsu National Parks. The trip features Nikko, the Oze upland marshes, Minakami Onsen, and Matsumoto, before returning to Tokyo. Superb accommodation en route.

Highlights

Journey by train through the mountains of central Honshu.
Forested mountains.
Stays in ryokan on excellent onsen.
Gourmet food.
Day 1

Meet in Tokyo and travel by train to Nikko. We’ll visit the Toshogu Shrine before heading for the trailhead at the start of the hike from Ryuzu Falls across Senjogahara upland marshes to Yumoto Onsen.

Overnight ryokan

Day 2

After breakfast we’ll travel by road around to Oze, also in the Nikko National Park. From the trailhead we being our hike, with an overnight stop, around Japan’s largest marsh. Walkways are in place to help protect the flora.

Overnight mountain hut.

 

Day 3

We continue the Oze hike through wetlands and over passes. From the end of the trail we’ll travel by road to Minakami Onsen and our comfortable ryokan on an onsen natural hot spring.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 4

Today we’ll climb Tanigawadake, one of Japan 100 Famous Mountains with its summit at Oki-no-mimi (1,977m). Some of the strenuous climb is avoided using the Tanigawa cable car. There are great views of the rugged mountains along the way. Return to the same ryokan, with its lovely hot spring tubs, as you stayed last night.

Overnight at ryokan.

Day 5

We’ll travel on to Matsumoto this morning. In the afternoon we’ll have a guided tour of Matsumoto Castle before heading to our luxurious lodging in the hills.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 6

A relaxing day with a guided cycle ride around Azumino in the Matsumoto Valley in Nagano. You’ll have free time in the afternoon to look around the pleasant city of Matsumoto before dinner at our onsen ryokan.

Overnight ryokan

Day 7

By train, after breakfast, from Matsumoto to Tokyo. Onward travel.

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