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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
A High Alpine Adventure through some Japan's ski cities along the Northern Alps with a Rail Pass. Start in Tokyo (the capital city); and then, Toyama (nestled between the sea and the mountains, the city is widely known for inspiring and producing exquisite glass art, its fresh seafood); after that, visit; Hakuba (one of Japan's most popular ski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts); then, continue to Omachi (beautifully preserved historical town known for the centuries-old buildings and shops of the Bikan Historical Quarter); Shiojiri (famous for their Shinshu wine and lacquerware); and finally, Nagoya (center of the automotive industry in Japan, where big name factories such as Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi are set there). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 10 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Tokyo and out of Nagoya
  • 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 2 nights in Tokyo
  • Train from Tokyo to Toyama: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Toyama train station. Journey takes approx. 155 Min.
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Toyama
  • Train from Toyama to Hakuba: Go to Toyama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hakuba train station. Journey takes approx. 180 Min.
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Hakuba
  • Train from Hakuba to Omachi: Go to Hakuba train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Omachi train station. Journey takes approx. 40 Min.
  • Hotel for 1 night in Omachi
  • Train from Omachi to Shiojiri: Go to Omachi train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Shiojiri train station. Journey takes approx. 80 Min.
  • Hotel for 1 night in Shiojiri
  • Train from Shiojiri to Nagoya: Go to Shiojiri train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagoya train station. Journey takes approx. 120 Min.
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagoya

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Tokyo (130)     Nagoya (12)     Toyama (10)     Shiojiri (3)     Omachi (3)     Hakuba (1)    
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1. Tokyo
  167 hotels
2. Toyama
   (15 hotels)
3. Hakuba
   (34 hotels)
4. Omachi
   (4 hotels)
5. Shiojiri
   (2 hotels)
6. Nagoya
   (100 hotels)
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2 nights in 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 Fiji, the opportunities for adventure in Tokyo are endless.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
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!



2 nights in 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.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Fugan Canal Kansui Park, Ikeda Yasubei Shoten, Iwasehama Beach, Kurobe Gorge Railway, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ushidake Onsen ski resort, and so much more!



2 nights in Hakuba

Hakuba is comprised of 10 amazing resorts accessible with a single lift pass. Located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan's most popular ski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts to choose from. During the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba gained world wide recognition as it hosted several olympic competitions, including alpine (downhill, super g, and combination) and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events. Today some of the olympic facilities remain in use, such as the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. There is also the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall, a small but interesting museum, located within walking distance of the ski jump.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort, Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort, Mount Shirouma, Mount Karamatsu.



1 nights in 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..

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Mount Yari, Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort, Chubusangaku National Park, Lake Kisaki, Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route.



1 nights in 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.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Horiuchi Family Residence, Choko-ji Temple, Nakamura House, Nagano Prefecture Forestry Research Center, Yatsugatake-Chushinkogen Quasi-National Park.



2 nights in Nagoya

Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu Region, a manufacturing powerhouse and the birthplace of Toyota featuring cosmopolitan aspects such as incredible museums, significant temples, and its imposing castle. The city features an ideal location between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka which can easily be reached via the Shinkansen Bullet train. The city is full of vibrant green parks and offers visitors excellent shopping opportunities as well as a great food scene. span>

Recommneded Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Nagoya Castle, Osu, Botanical Garden, Atsuta Shrine, Midland Square, Nagoya City Science Museum, Noritake Gardem , Tokugawa Art Museum.





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Flexible Itinerary
Tokyo
Day 1
Arrive to Tokyo
Overnight in Tokyo   167 hotels offered
Optional   471 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Tokyo   167 hotels offered
Optional   471 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Tokyo
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Toyama
Day 3
Arrive to Toyama
Overnight in Toyama   15 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Toyama   15 hotels offered
Day 5
Departing from Toyama
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Hakuba
Day 5
Arrive to Hakuba
Overnight in Hakuba   34 hotels offered
Day 6
Overnight in Hakuba   34 hotels offered
Day 7
Departing from Hakuba
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Omachi
Day 7
Arrive to Omachi
Overnight in Omachi   4 hotels offered
Day 8
Departing from Omachi
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Shiojiri
Day 8
Arrive to Shiojiri
Overnight in Shiojiri   2 hotels offered
Day 9
Departing from Shiojiri
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Nagoya
Day 9
Arrive to Nagoya
Overnight in Nagoya   100 hotels offered
Optional   3 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Nagoya   100 hotels offered
Optional   3 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Nagoya

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Tokyo Hotels (167 total)
Toyama Hotels (15 total)
Hakuba Hotels (34 total)
Omachi Hotels (4 total)
Shiojiri Hotels (2 total)
Nagoya Hotels (100 total)


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Tours in Tokyo (471 total)
Tours in Nagoya (3 total)


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Japan

Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, is a very busy nation of over 120 million people, who live on a chain of islands roughly the size of California. Japan is a great place to experience modern technological marvels, often alongside or close to historical sights such as castles, temples, and archaeological exhibits. The four major islands of Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) offer varying experiences for the traveler, from relaxing hot springs to ski getaways to temple pilgrimages to some of the world`s best shopping and boutiques.
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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 Fiji, the opportunities for adventure in Tokyo are endless.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
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!
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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.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Fugan Canal Kansui Park, Ikeda Yasubei Shoten, Iwasehama Beach, Kurobe Gorge Railway, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ushidake Onsen ski resort, and so much more!
Sample Itinerary Hotel Zone FAQ Ryokan`s Getting Around Best Time To Visit Tipping in Japan
Hakuba
Hakuba is comprised of 10 amazing resorts accessible with a single lift pass. Located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan's most popular ski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts to choose from. During the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba gained world wide recognition as it hosted several olympic competitions, including alpine (downhill, super g, and combination) and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events. Today some of the olympic facilities remain in use, such as the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. There is also the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall, a small but interesting museum, located within walking distance of the ski jump.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort, Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort, Mount Shirouma, Mount Karamatsu.
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..

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Mount Yari, Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort, Chubusangaku National Park, Lake Kisaki, Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route.
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.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Horiuchi Family Residence, Choko-ji Temple, Nakamura House, Nagano Prefecture Forestry Research Center, Yatsugatake-Chushinkogen Quasi-National Park.
Nagoya

Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu Region, a manufacturing powerhouse and the birthplace of Toyota featuring cosmopolitan aspects such as incredible museums, significant temples, and its imposing castle. The city features an ideal location between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka which can easily be reached via the Shinkansen Bullet train. The city is full of vibrant green parks and offers visitors excellent shopping opportunities as well as a great food scene. span>

Recommneded Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Nagoya Castle, Osu, Botanical Garden, Atsuta Shrine, Midland Square, Nagoya City Science Museum, Noritake Gardem , Tokugawa Art Museum.

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