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Charming Towns of the Japanese Alps with Rail Pass (Tokyo - Shiojiri - Azumino - Omachi - Toyama)

9 to 13+ Nights from $1,084*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 9/15/2024. Choose your own arrival dates.

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This 9 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
  • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
  • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
  • Train from Tokyo to Shiojiri: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Shiojiri train station. Journey takes approx. 170 Min.
  • Hotel for 1 night in Shiojiri
  • Train from Shiojiri to Hotaka (Azumino) Go to Shiojiri train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hotaka (Azumino) train station. Journey takes approx. 50 Min.
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Azumino
  • Train from Hotaka (Azumino) to Kitaomachi (Omachi): Go to Hotaka (Azumino) train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kitaomachi (Omachi) train station. Journey takes approx. 40 Min.
  • Hotel for 1 night in Omachi
  • Train from Kitaomachi (Omachi) to Toyama: Go to Kitaomachi (Omachi) train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Toyama train station. Journey takes approx. 175 Min.
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Toyama

Get away from it all with this package that lets you visit Japan with a Rail Pass. Start this trip in Tokyo (Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples). After that, catch the Rail Pass Train and discover these cities along your way through The Japanese Alps, like: Shiojiri (famous for its wineries (Shinshu wine). The area preserves the atmosphere of olden Japan, with its traditional houses and food); Azumino (known as the ‘gateway’ to the Japanese Alps, hikers and snow sports enthusiasts flock to these mountains annually to sample their world-class trails and slopes); Omachi (famous for its delicious soba -buckwheat noodles -); and Toyama (with The Toyama Castle Park - a restored castle dating to the 1500s- , plus small museums of history and art). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Flexible Itinerary

  • Tokyo

  • Shiojiri

  • Azumino

  • Omachi

  • Toyama

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Trip Summary

  • Tokyo

    Tokyo is Japan's energetic capital, and one of the largest, busiest cities in the world! This bustling city combines historical places, such as the Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, and Sensoji temple, to the ultramodern Skyscrapers and the Tokyo Tower along with the world's tallest tower, the Skytree. The city consists of 23 different wards, each with its own individuality and unique attractions; Ginza is the most expensive and fashionable shopping district, Shibuya consists of the busiest crosswalk in the world and the busiest train station, while Shinjuku is the largest district in the heart of the city with hundreds of skyscrapers and Shinjuku Gyoen Park featuring hundreds of cherry trees, with their magnificent blooms during March and April. Check out the world's largest fish market and dine at one of the 160,000 eateries or capture a glimpse of the sacred Mount Fuji, the opportunities for adventure in Tokyo are endless.

    Explore the amazing Sony building, Imperial Palace, temples of Asakusa, Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Meiji Shrine, Korakuen Garden, Ueno Park, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and so much more!

  • Shiojiri

    Shiojiri is located in the approximate center of Nagano Prefecture, at the southern end of the Matsumoto basin. Since ancient times it, has been an important junction on the transport routes linking the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean. The post town of Narai-juku is a popular place to visit, where buildings hundreds of years old still line the ancient highway. Now, a major rail line passes through and the town's station has become a major rail junction. Visit and explore the Horiuchi Family Residence, Choko-ji Temple, Nakamura House, Nagano Prefecture Forestry Research Center, Yatsugatake-Chushinkogen Quasi-National Park and so much more.

  • Azumino

    Azumino is a picturesque valley, settled below the strikingly beautiful mountains of the Japanese Alps lies Azumino, in the heart of the countryside of Honshu, the central island of Japan. It's seen by many as the ‘gateway’ to the Japanese Alps, and hikers and snow sports enthusiasts flock to these mountains annually to sample their world-class trails and slopes. Visit and explore the Japanese Alps, Daio Wasabe Farm and Restaurant, Kaiun Cave, Nakabusa Hot Spring, Hotaka Shrine, Mount Teubakuro and so much more.

  • Omachi

    Omachi a land of scenic beauty, is located at the foot of the Northern Alps, and is home to the Nagano side entrance to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Areas such as Omachi-Onsenkyo have plentiful accommodation and an abundance of natural hot springs. Visit and explore the Mount Yari, Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort, Chubusangaku National Park, Lake Kisaki, Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route and so much more.

  • Toyama

    Toyama's backdrop is filled with a series of 3,000 meters of peaks belonging to the Northern Japanese Alps. Known for its hot springs, folk villages and ski areas, it is the starting point for the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gokayama valley. It is a former castle city and historically is the center of medicine, filled with ancient authentic streets and buildings, old shops, interesting museums, and delicious fresh seafood and sushi. Visit and explore the Fugan Canal Kansui Park, Ikeda Yasubei Shoten, Iwasehama Beach, Kurobe Gorge Railway, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ushidake Onsen ski resort, and so much more.

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