Tokyo - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama - Matsumoto - Tsumago - Kyoto - Tokyo
Beginning with a stay in Tokyo's historical Asakusa district, your trip will take you west on the futuristic bullet train to Kanazawa. Here former geisha establishments and teahouses line roads lit by old-fashioned street lamps, and you'll have the chance to wander the atmospheric streets of the beautifully preserved samurai quarter.
Stays in the rural villages of Shirakawa-go and Tsumago offer lovely walks and scenic views, with accommodation in traditional, family-run minshuku inns. Shirakawa-go is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its steeply thatched gassho-zukuri farmhouses said to resemble the hands of monks pressed together in prayer.
The village of Tsumago, meanwhile, was once an important link on the ancient Nakasendo Highway, a trading route linking Kyoto with Edo (modern day Tokyo). Today Tsumago is a meticulously preserved post town and the ideal starting point from which to walk to the neighbouring hamlet of Magome - a lovely, leisurely trail that allows visitors to walk in the footsteps of the samurai.
Cap off your trip through the Japanese Alps with a stay in Japan's cultural centre and former capital: Kyoto. Here you will have the chance to explore the backstreets with your private local guide and experience a tea ceremony in a traditional machiya townhouse, in between visiting some of Japan's finest temples, shrines and gardens.
If you would like to upgrade or downgrade your trip, we offer Traditional Japan in a variety of different grades - from the budget to the deluxe. Just contact us or visit our website to find out how we can tailor your trip exactly to suit you!
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