Hokuriku Golden Arch

Experience travelling throughout the scenic Hokuriku Area visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Castles and the famous Snow Monkeys of Nagano. Explore Japan like never before with the Hokuriku Golden Arch Tour.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Narita Airport – Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! For your convenience, after arriving, you’ll be met at Narita Airport by an assistant holding a nameboard. You will then transfer via shared shuttle service to your accommodation.

Hotel: Shiba Park Hotel or similar

Day 2: Tokyo – Nagano

After breakfast, use your JR Hokuriku Arch Pass to transfer to Nagano where you will begin a two-day tour starting in Nagano. This tour will begin at JR Nagano station, taking you to see the famous Snow Monkeys that bathe in the natural hot springs in Jigokudani Park. The tour continues with lunch at a nearby restaurant before heading to Zenko-ji Temple, one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. Your guide will take you through the temples complex – explaining its legends and myths – before leading you through a guided sake tasting experience. After indulging in some of Nagano’s sake, you will be dropped-off at your hotel.

Hotel: Metropolitan Nagano or similar

Day 3: Nagano – Matsumoto – Takayama

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transported to Matsumoto to see its iconic 400-year-old castle. You will be free to explore the castle until it is time for your tour of the Miso Factory. Learn the process of making Miso and the many products made from it. After your tour, enjoy lunch at the Factory. From Matsumoto, you will head towards the Edo like town of Takayama, and the mountain ranges of the Northern Alps. Once arrived in Takayama, your two day tour concludes, and you are free to spend your afternoon and night at your leisure.

Hotel: Hida Hotel Plaza or simila, 2 nights

Day 4: Takayama

Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be guided along a Food & Culture Walk through Takayama. This culinary tour will introduce you to the rich culture and history of Takayama. Along the way, meet some of the local food heroes found throughout the many authentic and traditional shops. This morning tour visits: Harada Sake Brewery, Miyakawa Morning Markets, Koji-ya and coffeehouse. Following this tour, you will have two hours until an afternoon cycling tour led by a trained and experienced guide. This tour will take you away from the tourist spots, visiting natural havens and local markets. You will come away from this tour with a full stomach and fascinating stories to share with family and friends.

Day 5: Takayama – Toyama

Have breakfast at your hotel before the Gokayama Ainokura and Shirakawago Sightseeing Bus Tour. Stroll around the Ainokura Village in the World Heritage site Gokayama. Enjoy lunch at Shirakawago with its panoramic views. While in Shirakawago, see over 100 thatched roof houses surrounded by breathtaking scenery. As the tour concludes, transfer from Shirakawago to Toyama via the Nohi Bus service.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Terrace Toyama or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Toyama

Your luggage will be forwarded ahead to your Day 7 Hotel, so prepare an overnight bag for your last night’s stay in Toyama. After breakfast at the Hotel, join a half day tour of Toyama. Start with a sushi lunch with delicious raw fish, then visit Toyama Castle where you will be guided through the castle and a Tea House by an English-speaking Tea Ceremony Instructor. After being taken through the Tea House, continue with a short Tea Ceremony led by your Instructor. After the tour, head back to your hotel and spend the afternoon and night at your leisure.

Day 7: Toyama – Fukui – Osaka

After breakfast, take the train from Toyama to Fukui Station and spend the day at your leisure exploring Fukui before heading to Osaka. Upon arrival at Fukui Station, purchase a ticket for the Eihei-ji Liner Bus to Eihei-ji Temple, ‘The Temple of Eternal Peace’. One of the two head temples of Soto Zen, it is located deep in the mountains near the northwest coast of Japan. This temple was founded by Zen Master Dōgen in 1244. He was offered land and other help for this by Yoshishige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay followers. Dōgen thus founded Eihei-ji, where he devoted himself to training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice. Dōgen Zenji’s authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed and passed down by his successors. Today, more than 100 monks devote themselves to his practice of shikantaza (single-minded sitting). Head back to Fukui Station by the Eihei-ji Liner Bus and use your Hokuriku Arch Pass to head to Osaka.

Hotel: Hotel Vischio Osaka or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Osaka

Spend the day at your leisure until the afternoon when you will participate in an Evening Street Food Tour of Osaka’s Shinsekai. Walk around the bustling Shinsekai and explore the downtown streets with an English-speaking guide. Listen to the stories from the guide and try 10 or more local foods and a drink.

Day 9: Osaka – Kansai Airport

After breakfast, spend the day at your leisure until it is time to make your own way to the airport via airport train for your departure from Japan. Sayonara!

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Daily from Tokyo:From $3,699.00Price on Application
Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Transport:Airport Transfer & air-conditioned vehicles while touring
Rail:7 Day Hokuriku Arch Rail Pass
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:English Speaking guide included on day tours only
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Journey Through Japan

This 12 Day Journey Through Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start in Tokyo, end in Osaka, and overnight along the way in Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, Matsue, and Hiroshima. You’ll have the opportunity to see many famous shrines, castles and UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1:  Arrive Tokyo

Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for midafternoon check-in.

Hotel: Shiba Park Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo

Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterward, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city.

Day 3: Tokyo

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Here, take a Cable-Car Ride (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. Return to Tokyo and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 4: Tokyo-Azumino – Matsumoto

Journey to the Nagano prefecture and stop at a Wasabi Farm for a glimpse into how wasabi is grown. Tour the beautiful grounds and perhaps sample some of the unique offerings like wasabi noodles or wasabi chocolate. Then, it’s just a short drive to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous Matsumoto Castle, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the Matsumoto City Museum.

Hotel: Alpico Plaza Hotel

Day 5: Matsumoto – Takayama

Continue through Japan’s beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country’s most remote regions, Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found here. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time.

Hotel: Associa Takayama

Day 6: Takayama – Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan. The remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense).

Hotel: Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma, 2 nights

Day 7: Kyoto

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city’s temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit the Temple Of The Gold Pavilion and the Heian Shrine And Garden.

Day 8: Kyoto – Matsue

This morning travel the to the coast of the Sea of Japan. Visit the Adachi Museum Of Art to view Japanese- style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters, Yokoyama Taikan. Then, continue to Matsue to see Matsue Castle and Buke Yashiki, a former samurai residence.

Hotel: Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu

Day 9: Matsue – Hiroshima

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous Floating Torii Gate. Then, arrive in the city to visit the Shukkei-En Garden, which dates back to 1620.

Hotel: Hiroshima Tokyu, 2 nights

Day 10: Hiroshima

Hiroshima bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the Peace Memorial Park to see the Peace Memorial. Commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing.

Day 11: Hiroshima – Osaka

Your fascinating journey to Osaka, aboard one of Japan’s famous Bullet Trains, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Japan’s second largest city.

Hotel: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu

Day 12: Depart Osaka

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 24, 31$4,959.00$5,981.00
April: 07, 14$4,959.00$5,981.00
May: 05, 26$4,959.00$5,981.00
August: 25$4,959.00$5,981.00
September: 01, 22, 29$4,959.00$5,981.00
October: 13$4,959.00$5,981.00

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Bullet Train Ticket: Hiroshima - Kyoto
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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