Season: Autumn

Mountains of Central Japan

One of our original and most popular longer tours, one we’ve been running since 2014.

Starting in Tokyo, the tour route is to the North Japan Alps and Hida Mountains to Shirakawago where we stay in a mountain village farmhouse, then on to Kanazawa. One of our most popular itineraries, this trip will appeal to those who enjoy mountain hiking. In addition to great hikes, there is plenty of time to learn about and experience many aspects of Japanese culture along the way.

Highlights

Some of the finest mountain trails in the North Japan Alps.
Excellent onsen.
The rural side of Japan.
Great food - always important on our tours.
Forested Kamikochi Valley.
Kyoto, a city with many contrasting aspects. Overly crowded these days, we seek out the quieter quarters.
Zen.
Day 1

Meet Tokyo. Dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 2

Train to Matsumoto. Day sightseeing.

Overnight hotel.

 

Day 3

Travel up to the Kamikochi Valley to start trek. Approach trail is along a relatively flat path on the valley floor. Well-appointed mountain hut with baths tonight.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 4

From the Yarisawa the path climbs increasingly steeply on the long ascent to the pyramidal Yari peak. Large hut is dramatically sited on a shoulder below just the peak.

Overnight mountain hut

Day 5

Weather permitting, and for those able to do it, a short, steep climb to the peak using the fixed chains and ladders. We’ll then continue the trek, along a route with great views, to Sugoroku for the night.

Overnight mountain hut

Day 6

Turning south, the route now heads towards Shin Hotaka Onsen, descending via Kagamidaira and Wasabidaira. Well-deserved onsen natural hot spring baths!

Overnight mountain lodge.

Day 7

By road to a mountain village with gasshozukuri thatched roof farmhouses characteristic of the Hida Takayama area. Afternoon to relax and look around.

Overnight farmhouse

Day 8

Today we’ll head for Kanazawa on the Sea of Japan coast. Sightseeing in the afternoon.

Overnight hotel.

Day 9

A full day exploring Kanazawa, including a visit to the Nomura House, an Edo Period residence with traditional garden and tea room in the old samurai quarters, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

Overnight hotel.

Day 10

Heading south en route to Kyoto we’ll stop at the Soto School of Zen Eiheiji Temple. The temple is strict, emphasizing it is not a tourist attraction but a place to experience meditation and temple life. There are rules to follow!

Overnight temple lodging.

Day 11

Travel by train to Kyoto. Afternoon in Kyoto.

Overnight hotel.

Day 12

A second, full day visiting a number of important Kyoto sites. Farewell dinner.

Overnight hotel.

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"We really enjoyed meeting and travelling with you and had a great time. Had a lot of laughs. It was great." - Simon, Australia

"I enjoyed the trip to Japan. A superb walking route, fascinating sightseeing, friendly people, and our introduction to the Japanese way of life all made it a very special holiday. " - Eleanor, Scotland

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National Park Trails in Kyushu

An 11-night trip featuring hiking in Kyushu and the Kirishima Yaku National Park. Although not as high as the North or South Alps, the warmer southern island of Kyushu, and the Yakushima island, have opportunities for great hiking. With delicious food and drink, and warm people, the islands are highly recommend if you want to see another side of Japan and get well off-the-beaten track.

Highlights

Some of the best hiking routes on the southern island of Kyushu
Plenty of hot springs baths to soak away aches after walking!
Kyushu is renowned for its excellent local produce.
Beautiful, contrasting lush and volcanic landscapes in and around the Mount Aso caldera.
Day 1

Meet Osaka. Bullet train to Kumamoto in Kysuhu. Travel by road to Mount Aso area. Stroll before dinner at onsen ryokan.

Overnight Japanese-style mountain inn.

Day 2

Climb Takadake peak on Mount Aso (1,592m). A 5-hour hike around the volcanic formations at the centre of the world’s largest caldera.

Overnight Japanese-style mountain inn.

Day 3

Famous for its azaleas and hot springs, Kuju-san is a cluster of forested volcanic peaks. Start our 2-day hike. Hike to Hokke-in Onsen mountain hut with the highest onsen hot spring baths in Kysuhu.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 4

Continue hike to Makinoto Pass on the Yamanami Highway. From the end of the hike we’ll transfer by road south to our comfortable inn in Kirishima.

Overnight Japanese-style inn.

Day 5

A pleasant day hike, just 9km, on Ebino Kogen, with crater lakes, steaming vents, and old growth forest along the route.

From the finish of the hike we’ll transfer to Kagoshima.

Overnight hotel.

Day 6

A day in around this pleasant city situated at the southern end of Kyushu on Kagoshima Bay. We’ll take a trip down to Ibusuki where we’ll get shovelled into hot black sand steam baths! A tonic for tired limbs.

Overnight hotel.

Day 7

Jet hydrofoil ferry across to Yakushima, a trip of a couple of hours. There’ll be time to see some of island before we check-in.

Overnight   Inn with cottages

 

Day 8

All day mountain hiking. A long hike exploring the forests and peaks towards the centre of the island.

Overnight   Inn with cottages

Day 9

A second day on trails through the cedar forests on a different part of the island. Outdoor hot spring baths beside the sea after the hike.

Overnight   Inn with cottages

Day 10

Return flights to Kyushu or Osaka, timing depends on the season as certain flights only operate in summer and early autumn. Tour ends. Onward travel to other parts of Japan.

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"What a wonderful time I had on my travels in Japan. The entire trip was exceptional. Thank you for your expertise in designing and running such a fascinating tour." - Lorna, Scotland

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Autumn Gold

Exceptional experiences and a real touch of luxury as you travel through the mountains of central Japan on this plush 7-night autumn tour. Most comfortable lodgings at traditional ryokans on natural hot spring onsen, and excellent Japanese food. One night in a Zen temple in the mountains. The itinerary includes several walks.

A haiku poem written by a traveler with us about what she felt – Food fit for a king, Forgetting the techno throne, Five senses delight, ‘ Steve Brown, 2012

Highlights

Beautiful countryside in the Matsumoto Valley with peaceful farming communities and apple orchards.
Ryokans and restaurants in Kanazawa and Kyoto known for their fine food.
Travelling through the North Japan Alps in autumn colour.
Kanazawa, 'Little Kyoto', home to the formerly powerful Maeda Clan, as well as exploring Kyoto itself.
Day 1

You’ll be met in Tokyo. Train to Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. Lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and dishes.

After lunch there’ll be a walk in the countryside in the Matsumoto Valley, during which we’ll meet locals, getting insights into the farming communities and learn about local rural culture and produce. The Alps provide an inspiring backdrop to simply being in and around Matsumoto.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 2

A longer excursion today to the Kamikochi Valley. There are many hiking trails through the woods in this lovely area dominated by alpine peaks.

Return for onsen hot spring baths before dinner.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 3

A journey over the roof of Japan today as we travel over the amazing Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Connecting Nagano  and Toyama Prefectures, visitors travel through and over the mountains by bus, trolley bus, cable car, ropeway, and on foot. The route was developed around access tunnels to the great Kurobe Dam.

From the TKAR we travel to Kanazawa via Toyama.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 4

A day exploring Kanazawa, including a visit to the Nomura House, an Edo Period residence with traditional garden and tea room in the old samurai quarters, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Kenrokuen Garden.

Kanazawa, on the Sea of Japan, is known for its excellent seafood, a highlight of dining here.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 5

Eiheiji is a temple in the forested mountains near Fukui City. The temple belongs to the Soto Zen School of Buddhism. Following the teaching of Zen master Dogen, sitting meditation is an important part of the spiritual training of monks and other practitioners here. Staying one night, you’ll have an opportunity to touch the no-mind/mindfulness spirit of Zen.

Overnight temple accommodation

Day 6

This morning we travel by train to Kyoto. Private lunch and entertainment with a maiko. A trip out to the Western suburbs in the afternoon to see one of the many beautiful Japanese temple gardens, and quieter bits of Sagano.

Overnight hotel.

Day 7

Today’s plans will depend on whatever interests you may have, be it arts, crafts, gardens, markets, museums, walking … It would take many years to get to know Kyoto well, but we’ll arrange things to that hopefully you’ll get glimpses of what makes it rather a special place. Celebration farewell dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 8

Tour ends after breakfast. Onward travel.

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"In another life, A colorful kimono, Draped my peaceful soul " - Laurie, USA

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Japan Sea Coast

On local trains, starting from Kyoto, along the Japan Sea coast of Western Honshu. The journey explores quieter towns and villages on a side of Japan less visited than along the overly busy ‘bullet train’ route connecting the cities on the Pacific Coast. We’ll explore the Sanin Kaigan National Park, which embraces the pretty coastline, and climb Mount Daisen.

Highlights

Japan Sea Coast by rail.
Mount Daisen.
Lovely hot springs.
Excellent seafood.
Important historical sites including Izumo.
Day 1

We’ll meet at Kyoto station before getting the train to Kinosaki Onsen. On arrival, there’ll be time to look around the time and enjoy one of several natural hot spring public baths in this famous onsen town.

Overnight ryokan

Day 2

Today we’ll travel to the small castle town of Izushi. An important town during the feudal period, Izushi is famous for its porcelain and buckwheat soba noodles. We’ll have a soba-making masterclass and enjoy the results for lunch before taking a leisurely stroll around this quiet town.Return to Kinosaki later in the afternoon.

Overnight ryokan

Day 3

Our journey continues, on slow trains, along the Japan Sea Coast. There are lovely views as we travel towards our destination, Matsue.

After checking-in, we’ll visit the Shimane Art Museum situated on Lake Shinjiko.

Overnight Japanese-style hotel.

Day 4

We’ll take a local train, after breakfast, to the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. One the most important shrines in Japan, visits are particularly propitious for ensuring happy relationships. Eight million Shinto deities from across Japan are believed to meet here once a year.

On return to Matsue we’ll stop at the old house where Lafcadio Hearn, who loved this part of Japan, lived for a while.

Overnight Japanese-style hotel.

Day 5

Today we’ll climb Daisen (1,729m). The beech forest foliage on the volcanic peak are brilliant green in May and the forests are a fine sight in their autumn foliage. Daisen is an important pilgrimage site and has several temples and shrines on its lower slopes.

If there’s time, we’ll visit the nearby Adachi Art Museum with its perfect Japanese garden which exploits the surrounding local scenery to enhance a sense of space and perspective.

Overnight Japanese-style hotel.

Day 6

By train to Hiroshima today. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Park.

Overnight hotel.

Day 7

Local train and ferry to Itsukushima Jinja Shrine on Miyajima Island. There are a number of pleasant walks which allow visitors to get away from the crowds which often flock to Miyajima.

Return to Hiroshima in the afternoon.

Celebration farewell dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 8

Tour ends after breakfast. Onward travel.

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Roof of Japan "For it is possible in a few short hours to pass from the beaten tracks of tourist traffic into what is virtually another state of existence." Walter Weston

This mountain hiking trip is a classic trek, one of the finest long distance hikes in Japan. It’s rated strenuous. You need to be experienced and prepared to hike long, tough mountain days. It’s hut-to-hut, off road. There’s no need to carry food, bedding, or tents, as we’ll use the amazing network of mountain huts in the North Japan Alps. If there’s one challenging, long-distance hike you’d like do in Japan, this is it! Many of our clients have hiked around the world, but not considered Japan or even considered a trek like this here possible.

Highlights

The finest long distance trek in Japan - the Roof of Japan trek from Tateyama to Kamikochi in the North Japan Alps.
North Japan Alps.
Day 1

Meet in at hotel Tokyo, and briefing where we’ll check you’ve got the gear you need for the trek. Dinner. Overnight hotel.

Day 2

Travel to North Japan Alps. Early morning train from Shinjuku, via the Tateyama Kamikochi Alpine Route, to Murodo. Stay first night in mountain hut at the base of Tateyama. Overnight mountain hut.

Day 3

Day one on trek. First day heading south on the trek. The routes in the North Japan Alps, although generally well-defined, can be steep, rocky, and sometimes exposed (chains and ladders are usually in place to help hikers over these sections). Overnight mountain hut.

Day 4

Day two on trek. We continue south along the trail. Great vistas open up as we head towards the wilderness in the centre of the North Japan Alps around Yakushidake. Overnight mountain hut.

Day 5

Day three on trek. Our legs should by now be getting used to the ups and downs! There are also ridge walks today as we head into the heart of the Alps around Tarobei. The alpine flowers are lovely in summer, and we’re likely to encounter ptarmigan and other wildlife. Overnight mountain hut.

Day 6

Day four on trek. We follow the route to Kurobegoro. Yarigatake’s pyramidal peak, which we’ll climb later on our route, can now be seen to the south. Overnight mountain hut.

Day 7

Day five on trek. To Yarigatake via the well-appointed Sugorokugoya hut. Ridges and a final 300m ascent takes us to the large Yarigatake Sanso hut perched dramatically on a shoulder below the peak. Overnight mountain hut.

Day 8

Day six on trek. We may be lucky with the weather and climb ladders to the peak before breakfast. Stunning views from the summit. The trail then descends all the way to the top end of the Kamikochi Valley and our well-appointed hut. Overnight mountain hut.

Day 9

Day seven on trek. A challenging ascent this morning to the Hotaka Ridge via the broad Karasawa col. Once on the main ridge it’s not far to the Hotaka Sanso hut. This route means we can avoid the exposed Daikiretto section of the Hotaka Ridge. Overnight mountain hut.

Day 10

Day eight on trek. After initially climbing to Oku Hotaka and Maehotaka-dake peaks, the trail descends 1,600m all the way to the finish in the Kamikochi Valley. From Kamikochi we’ll go by road to Matsumoto, where we’ll enjoy a celebration dinner and drink. Overnight hotel.

Day 11

We’ll take the train from Matsumoto to Tokyo after breakfast, arriving Tokyo about lunchtime. Tour ends. Onward travel.

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Walks in the Heart of Japan (2)

A guided walking tour including a wonderful, quite challenging climb up the Osugidani valley to the Odaigahara Plateau, described by LP as a ‘stunning hike’. We then visit some of the culturally and historically most important sites in Japan: Yoshinoyama, Asuka, and Nara and hike the Yamanobe no Michi connecting Miwa Jinja Shrine and Isonokami Jingu Shrine.

It was here that early Japanese culture flourished under a succession of emperors and empresses as their centres of power moved from Fujiwarakyo (today known as Asuka), to Heijoykyo (today known as Nara), and then to Heiankyo (Kyoto).

Highlights

The pilgrimate routes to Kumano and routes used by Shugendo monks focused on Yoshinoyama.
The Kii Mountains and Odaigahara.
Many onsen and one of the oldest hot spring villages in Japan - Yunomine Onsen.
Country walks in lovely countryside.
Cultural capitals of Asuka, Nara, and Kyoto, as well as the historical pilgrimage routes.
Osaka and Kyoto.
The deeply forested Kii Peninsula, shimmering green in summer, ablaze in autumn.
Fine regional food.
Day 1

The group will meet in Nagoya where we’ll spend the first night. Dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 2

Earlyish start by train from Nagoya and then a drive to the trailhead. The hike to our lodgings, a hut nestled in the Osugidani gorge, will take about 5 hours. Today and tomorrow we’ll pass a succession of waterfalls and pools along the heavily forested gorge.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 3

The hike continues, the climb to the highest point on Odaigahara Plateau taking about 7 hours. We’ll take the steep ascent through the forested slopes steadily. There’s no hurry on our hiking tours!

From Odaigahara we’ll transfer by road to Yoshinoyama village. Dinner at ryokan.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 4

We’ll spend today exploring the village, hiking to the great Zaodo Hall at Kinpusenji Temple.

Delicious lunch featuring local kuzu starch noodles. Some free time to stroll around in the afternoon before baths and dinner.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 5

A short drive, after breakfast, to Asuka. We’ll spend the day exploring this rural village and its very important cultural and historical sites, including the excavated imperial tombs. There’ll also be an opportunity to experience the meditative practice of sutra copying at a temple. We’ll get around Asuka using hired bicycle or two-seater electric vehicles.

Dinner at our lovely lodgings.

Overnight modern inn.

Day 6

There’s a 12km gentle hike today through fairly flat countryside with short hill or two, from Miwa Shrine to Isonokami Jingu Shrine. The path goes from village to village, passing a number of sacred sites and several large imperial tomb mounds known as kofun.

At the end of the hike we’ll travel by road into Nara.

Overnight hotel.

Day 7

A full day with an expert local guide who’ll introduce the history and culture of Nara, taking us to the most important sites. During the day we’ll also have a sushi-making class, and take part in a Japanese tea ceremony. A most interesting day.

Overnight hotel.

Day 8

The journey continues by train, after breakfast, from Nara to Kyoto, a short hop of about 50 minutes. Places we’ll visit include the Nishikikoji covered market, and the old imperial palace and gardens.

Overnight hotel.

Day 9

The whole day dedicated to discovering more of Kyoto. The itinerary will depend partly on the season the group happens to be visiting. There should be time at the end for some shopping in the bustling heart of the city. The department stores are worth checking out.

Farewell celebration dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 10

Tour ends. Onward travel after breakfast.

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Peak Challenge

If you’re interested in a couple of strenuous climbs, but only have a few days during your Japan trip to do them, we’d recommend this plan. The first ascent is of magnificent Kaikomagatake (one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains) and Senjogatake, and the second Mount Fuji. Start and finish in Tokyo, with a night in Matsumoto between the mountain hikes.

You must be experienced and prepared for strenuous mountain hiking.

Highlights

A short, challenging mountain hike over a peak in central Japan.
Day 1

Meet midday Tokyo, then travel by train and road to the South Alps. Stay at lodgings close to trail head for start of climb tomorrow.

Overnight lodge.

Day 2

Start climb of Komagatake. The ascent starts more or less immediately and it’s all steep uphill for 6 to 7 hours through the heavily forested slopes of Komagatake. The autumn colours in late September are wonderful.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 3

Continue climb to the summit of Komagatake (2,967m). The white granite peaks is now visible rising above the treeline. After summiting, we’ll descend through forests before climbing to the second main peak of Senjogatake (3,033m). From Senjogatake the path descends via a broad col to the Odaira Sanso hut on the Kitazawatoge Pass. Be prepared, on both nights, to sleep on futon in shared space in well-managed huts. As is normal at most staffed Japanese mountain huts, meals are provided, so there’s no need to carry heavy food and cooking utensils, or tents or sleeping bags.

Overnight mountain hut

Day 4

After breakfast we’ll travel out of the mountains to Matsumoto. We’ll do some sightseeing in the afternoon, taking in the ‘Crow Castle’. Dinner at a very nice Japanese restaurant with menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Overnight hotel

Day 5

We’ll travel south to Mount Fuji where we’ll start the climb one of the higher stations. Overnight will be in a mountain hut before and early rise to hopefully see the sunrise from 3,776m).

Overnight mountain hut

 

Day 7

After descending to the 5th station, we’ll stop at a natural hot spring onsen for a relaxing bath, before continuing to Tokyo where we’ll have a well-earned drink and dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 8

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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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The Old Salt Road

A new itinerary featuring an old road or kaido, a Shio no Michi routes which connected the Sea of Japan to the north, and the Pacific in the south, to the province of Shinano (present-day Nagano Prefecture). Salt for preserving foods was carried along these roads for processing in the Nagano area.

The routes in Northern Nagano are called the Chikuni Kaido.

Highlights

Walking adventure along a historical trail.
Mountains in Northern Nagano Prefecture.
Excellent natural hot springs.
Country walks.
Forests in summer and autumn.
Historical trade route.
Delicious regional food and cooking.
Day 1

Meet and train to Northern Nagano. By road to our base in the Hakuba area for the next few nights.

Overnight lodge.

Day 2

First day hiking along a section of the Old Salt Road.

Overnight lodge.

Day 3

Second day hiking along the Old Salt Road.

Overnight lodge.

Day 4

Third day hiking along the Old Salt Road. Overnight lodge.

Day 5

Short drive to our next base, with a short country walk on the way. Our accommodation has natural hot springs baths.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 6

A 5-hour hike over mountain peaks and passes with great views of the North Alps on clear days. Our accommodation has natural hot springs baths.

Overnight mountain lodge.

Day 7

Drive to Matsumoto. Sightseeing after a delicious lunch featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients including buckwheat soba noodles. Fine dining at our comfortable lodging.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 8

Train back to Tokyo where the tour ends. Onward travel.

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North Japan Alps

The Japan Alps have excellent mountain hiking routes. This short trip follows one of the best in the North Japan Alps. Starting from the Kamikochi Valley, the trail climbs steeply to follow ridges and peaks along what the Japanese call the Omote Ginza route.

Accommodation is in mountain huts on trek days.

Highlights

Great hiking in the North Japan Alps.
Onsen hot spring.
Day 1

Meet in Tokyo and take train to Matsumoto and then on to the Kamikochi Valley. After a light lunch at the trail head, we’ll hike along the valley to our first overnight hut, a relatively comfortable mountain lodge (with baths).

Day 2

Early start (normal in Japan) for a steep climb to the Chogatake and the ridge trail to Jonen, a pyramidal mountain with views across to Yarigatake Peak.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 3

Continue trek along the Omote Ginza route via Daiten Peak to the Tsubakurodake Hut. On a clear day there are lovely views of the North Japan Alps. This route has a few short ladders which are in place to assist hikers.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 4

After breakfast, a descent through forests to Nakabusa Onsen, then transfer by road to Matsumoto. Time to relax before dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 5

Today we’ll visit Matsumoto Castle and other interesting sites around town, and there will be time to wander and explore by yourself.

Celebration farewell dinner.
Overnight hotel.

Day 6

Return train to Tokyo after breakfast, arriving about lunchtime. Onward travel.

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