In this tour, you will visit the world’s most contemporary city, Tokyo and old traditional towns like Tsumago and Matsumoto. You will enjoy nature walks, visit an ancient highway and well-preserved post towns, watch monkey bathe in a hot spring hole, and see deer roam freely on the streets. You will take a unique and spectacular route over the North Alps of Japan, which is traversed by various means of transportations up to a 2,450 meters (8,038 feet) high mountain peak and stay there overnight in a lodge. There will be trips to a farm, brewery, temples, shrines, castles, traditional restaurants and shops. And, you will have opportunities to experience Japanese culture and to meet with Deaf Japanese, too.
Number of Days: 13 days / 12 nights
Max: 6 ~ 10 participants
Travel: Japan Railway and public transportations
Tour Content: sightseeing, history, culture, and nature walks
Tour Guide: Peggy L. Prosser
Language Used: American Sign Language
Physical: medium (nature walks through woodlands, walking on pavement and concrete in cities, some climbing stairs, standing and using public transportation)
Arrive and be escorted to your hotel in Tokyo.
Go to the Tsukiji Fish Market, then to the Tokyo Skytree for a view of great Tokyo, and to Asakusa for the Senso-ji Buddhist Temple, Nakamise street, Asakusa Shrine and Ginza district for the nightlight.
Day 3 ~ Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Pay a visit to the Meiji Shrine and walk through Harajuku district from the Takeshita-dori to Omotesando before going to Shibuya to see the Hachiko dog statue and the famous crosswalk.
Take a scenic walk on an ancient highway from Magome passing through the Japanese countryside to Tsumago the best preserved post town and stay overnight at a Japanese inn with hot spring bath.
Arrive to Matsumoto City where Japan’s oldest and most beautiful castle is found, explore a former merchant district with old warehouses converted to artisan shops and galleries.
Go on a day trip to a wasabi farm to learn about how wasabi is grown and experience a wasabi theme food. Return back to Matsumoto City for Yayoi Kusama’s famous polka dot artwork and nightlife.
Travel on a local bus to the Jijokudani Monkey Park and walk pass an onsen resort into the woods, following a trail to the hot spring pool to where Japanese Snow Monkeys gather to bathe.
Ride on a variety of transportation through the Japan Alps, stopping at various stations for sightseeing on the way to the highest altitude station, 2,500 m./8,202 ft. and enjoy an afternoon walk on snow.
Get up early to watch the sunrise, then descend on a variety of transportation for your train to the shoreline for a rare panoramic view of the mountain range and the ocean together.
Depart to Kyoto, arriving the afternoon with a trip to the Higashiyama District to visit old temples and shrines and walk through Gion District, where the Geisha live and work.
Start at Ryoan-ji, the famous rock garden, move to the Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion and to Nijo Castle with an ostentatious construction.
Travel to Nara for the Great Buddha, meet and mingle with the deer and walk through a former merchant district where many old buildings are preserved.
*<> means round-trip day tour
Time to say sayonara, and be escorted from your hotel to the Shinkansen for your departure at either Narita or Haneda Airport.
- 14-day Japan Rail Pass
- 12-night accommodations (including all hotel taxes)
- Meals (12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners)
- Travel Passes (for subway, bus, ferry)
- Airport transfers
- Concierge services
- Admission fees to sites
- Sayonara dinner at the end of the tour
- Electronic handbook with lists of tips, suggestions and more
NOT INCLUDED in the tour package:
- International airfare
- Insurance for international air travel
- Insurance for travel in Japan
- All other meals not stated in the itinerary
- Alcohol, soft drinks, and desserts
- Other additional expenses such as laundry, Internet, and souvenirs