A large part of Central Japan is characterised by rugged mountains as high as 3000 meters and due to this mountainous landscape it is often called the ‘roof of Japan’. These ‘Japan Alps’ divide the country into the Pacific side, bathed in sunshine in winter, and the Sea of Japan side, covered in powder snow in winter.
The Central Explorer will take you to the Kanto region and the Chubu region, lying between Tokyo and Kyoto in the middle of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The new Hokuriku shinkansen provides easy access to the area and is perfect for the first time visitor, experienced travellers or for those on a brief stopover.
Central Japan is full of destinations awaiting your discovery including Jigokudani Onsen where the snow monkeys bath in hot springs, the historical streets of feudal Kanazawa and Takayama and the UNESCO listed villages of Shirakawago and Gokayama. During the warmer months, you can cross the ‘Alpine Route’ between Nagano and Toyama, where you will not only be astounded by the breathtaking nature, but also impressed by the amazing transportation system through the mountains. The great snow wall, where the road is carved into metres of snow is a sight not to be missed.
*These packages are self-guided, so you can start whenever you like and you can add or reduce days as desired. We can re-arrange the plan to create a unique package for your individual needs!
Exotic Tokyo 4/5/6 Days
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolis in the world. It is the centre of Japanese government, economy,
entertainment and culture. Tokyo is also a gateway for sightseeing in Japan.
With an overwhelming number of people, thousands of restaurants, cafes and shops, night clubs, art galleries, amazing train system, there will always be something to amaze you!
Tokyo is ever-evolving and there is something new around every corner. The changing style, fashion and cityscape will ensure there is something new to see every time you visit.
Discover the charm of exotic Tokyo.
A Feeling of Nostalgia 10 Days: Tokyo, Nagano, Kanazawa, Takayama
Nagano is the base for touring the Japan Alps mountain range, but it is known for more than just a gateway to the snow. This area is equally famous for onsen (hot springs), temples and castles, with a rich samurai heritage.
Takayama is a small town in the middle of the Japan alps, full of culture and seemingly lost in history. A day trip away is Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at Japan’s picturesque scenery in the village famous for its thatched roof farmhouses.
The towns and the nature in Central Japan change face with the change in seasons. It will enchant you whichever season you visit.
Route: Tokyo, Nagano, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawago
Dynamic and fascinating Japan 14 Days: Tokyo, Nagano, Kurobe Alpine Route, Kanazawa, Omi-hachiman
This package will provide a new and unique experience for seasoned visitors to Japan.
Be captivated by the dynamic nature of Mt Tateyama as you venture across the scenic Kurobe Alpine Route. Once through the Alps, visit the fascinating historic castle towns of Kanazawa, Hikone and Omi-hachiman.
The Alpine Route is only open from Spring to Autumn. In the early spring, the lingering snow sets an amazing scene as you walk along the snow corridor! In Summer, the new green is stunning and there are plenty of hiking opportunities to make the most of the nature.
Route: Tokyo, Nagano, Matsumoto, Kurobe Alpine Route, Toyama, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Hikone, Omi-hachiman