Travel through one of the most beautiful natural scenic areas in Japan. Visit Kamikochi with its spectacular mountain scenery. The historic town of Takayama and World heritage site Shirakawa-go.
Depart Tokyo by express train and coach Kamikochi. There are many hiking trails with easy going flat terrain to explore the vast virgin forests of birch and Japanese larch trees and spectacular mountain views.
Visit Takayama’s morning markets, before taking a scenic bus ride to Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its traditional, thatch-roofed farmhouses and remote mountainous scenery.
Takayama is famous for its well-preserved old town with Edo style streets and traditional buildings. This morning visit Yatai Kaikan Hall which displays some of the colourfully decorated festival floats used in the famous Takaya Festival and the Kusakabe Heritage House. Lastly you can enjoy time in the old town which has been beautifully preserved with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868). Depart Takayama by train this afternoon. The tour concludes on arrival at Kyoto station.
Departures on selected dates
1/ This is a locally guided tour with different local guides provided for you in each city. The tour operates on a modular basis and you may be travelling with different passengers each day.
2/ Trains in Japan do not have adequate space for luggage storage. If you are returning to Tokyo at the completion of this tour we recommend leaving your main luggage at your Tokyo Hotel and traveling with a small overnight bag. Alternatively you can contact the hotel concierge in Takayama who can assist in delivering your main luggage to Kyoto.
3/ Sightseeing tours, particularly in Tokyo will often disband at the completion of the tour or at a centrally located railway station where you are then free to explore further at your leisure, shop or return to the tour hotel. Your local guide will ensure that you have clear directions and are confident to make your own way back to the tour hotel.
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