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.
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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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs Daily from Tokyo:||From $3,699.00||Price 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.