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The Japanese Alps comprise much of east-central Honshu, and are situated across four prefectures: Gifu, Nagano, Niigata, and Toyama. The stunning mountain region is home to several magnificent locations filled with natural beauty including lush dense forests, vibrant traditional gardens, snow-capped peaks, and rivers. The region offers an abundance of outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding, hiking and biking amongst beautiful scenery and breathtaking landscapes.

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Cities and Towns of the Japanese Alps


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Regions of Honshu

  • Tohoku

    Just a three or four-hour shinkansen ride from Tokyo, Tohoku is a great place to explore the Japanese countryside. Rolling farmland and rice paddies make way for lakes and mountains, where there are traditional towns and villages with well-known hot springs and ryokans.

  • Kanto

    The Kanto region is largely comprised of the Kanto Plain, the largest plain in Japan, which fits a third of Japan`s population into an eighth of Honshu. Tokyo, the nation`s capital and one of the world`s major cities, is located in the middle of the Kanto Plain.

  • Chubu

    The Chubu region comprises much of east-central Japan. It is home to the majestic Japanese Alps, the legendary Mount Fuji, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and priceless and unforgettable vacation experiences, whether you decide on a city or a country stay.

  • Kansai

    The Kansai region (also called the Kinki region) is the historical heart of Japan, home to the country`s former capitals, Nara and Kyoto. Kansai is known in equal parts for its history and its great natural beauty, and it boasts five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Chugoku

    Chugoku means `the middle countries` in Japanese, and it was once the link Nara and Kyoto had with Asia`s mainland. Cut in two by the Chugoku Mountains, the south (Sanyo) is home to its two largest cities, and the north (San'in) is perhaps the most rural part of Japan.

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Experiences & Adventures

  • Japanese Cultural Experiences

    There are so many experiences you can enjoy that are unique to Japan, such as attending a kabuki theatre performance, being a spectator at a sumo wrestling match, watching geishas administer the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and the list goes on!

  • Skiing in Japan

    Over 500 ski resorts dot Japan, from Hokkaido all the way down to Kyushu. You will find the widest selection of ski resorts in the Japanese Alps, where the Winter Olympics took place, and in the Tohoku region, home to many of the country`s largest resorts.

  • Japan`s Ryokan and Onsen

    The most authentically Japanese accommodations that are offered are called ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn. Many ryokan also have onsen, a blissful and uniquely Japanese spin on the thermal spring.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  • Tokyo and Chubu Region with Rail Pass (Kanazawa - Takayama - Nagoya)
    8 nights from $1,857*
  • Amazing and inspiring Japanese Alps! Soaring mountain peaks, open-air hot springs, lush forests, quaint mountain villages and the incomparable landscape make of the alpine area a great escape. Arrive Tokyo, modern metropolis, a land of staggering skyscrapers. Visit Kanazawa with its temples and tearooms that served lords and housed geishas, and are beautifully preserved. Spend some time in Takayama riverside streetscapes that satisfy admirers from Japan and abroad. Continue to Nagoya, Japan's fourth largest city, and a gateway city famed for technical know-how. Travel with your Japan Rail Pass and use it as a jumping off point for all the area`s highlights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Nagoya
    • 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 Kanazawa: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kanazawa train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 154 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kanazawa
    • Train from Kanazawa to Takayama (via Toyama): Go to Kanazawa train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Takayama train station. Route operated by Shinkansen with one stop in Toyama to connect with JR Hida Limited Express Train to Takayama. Journey takes approx. 120 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Takayama
    • Train from Takayama to Nagoya: Go to Takayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagoya train station. This route is operated by JR Hida Limited Express. Journey takes approx. 144 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagoya


  • Tokyo - Nagano - Kanazawa - Nagoya - Shizuoka with Rail Pass
    10 nights from $5,644*
  • A great example of this beautiful Japan region: Chubu; with very different climates, landscapes and charming cities. Combine with a Rail Pass, and visit: Tokyo (capital city famous for Anime, electronics, manga, and video games); Nagano (one of the premium destination for ski resorts, as well of being home of The Zenkoji Temple -one of Japan's most popular temples-, and Japan's onsen-bathing snow monkeys in Yamanouchi); Kanazawa (that boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, like the Geisha and Samurai, and The Kenrokuen-one of the most beautiful landscape garden-); Nagoya (historical center and industrial powerhouses; center of the automotive industry in Japan, where big name factories such as Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi are set there); and Shizuoka (best known as home to Mt. Fuji, and for its green tea production, where Shizuoka City is the capital). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Shizuoka
    • 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 Nagano: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagano train station. Journey takes approx. 105 Mins.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Nagano
    • Train from Nagano to Kanazawa Go to Nagano train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kanazawa train station. Journey takes approx. 60 Mins.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kanazawa
    • Train from Kanazawa to Nagoya: Go to Kanazawa train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagoya train station. Journey takes approx. 160 Mins.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagoya
    • Train from Nagoya to Shizuoka: Go to Nagoya train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Shizuoka train station. Journey takes approx. 75 Mins.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Shizuoka


  • Tokyo - Japanese Alps - Osaka with Rail Pass (Toyama - Kanazawa)
    7 nights from $1,945*
  • Combine Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis, also home to the Imperial Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament. One of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. It is famous for their amazing history, Mt. Fuji, unrivaled technology and Samurais), Toyama , Kanazawa and Osaka (Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, known as the “Nation's Kitchen,” and its well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyak. Osaka its also a historical site, with the Osaka Castle as an example as well as its beautiful grounds, specially during cherry blossom season) with the Rail Pass. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Osaka
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 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. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 155 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Toyama
    • Train from Toyama to Kanazawa: Go to Toyama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kanazawa train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 25 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Kanazawa
    • Train from Kanazawa to Osaka: Go to Kanazawa train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 120 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka


  • Tokyo to Osaka via Japanese Alps with Rail Pass (Shiojiri - Azumino - Nagano - Kanazawa)
    12 nights from $2,176*
  • Get away from it all with this customizable package that lets you visit Japan, for a trip that won't be forgotten. Start your trip in Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. Then, take the bullet train to Shiojiri, Azumino, Nagano (capital city of Nagano Prefecture, known as one of the premium destination for ski resorts, as well of being home of The Zenkoji Temple and Japan's onsen-bathing snow monkeys in Yamanouchi) and Kanazawa.Lastly take the train to Osaka! A large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu, known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Osaka
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 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. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 170 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 nights 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. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 50 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 night in Azumino
    • Train from Hotaka (Azumino) to Nagano: Go to Hotaka (Azumino) train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagano train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 115 Min.
    • Train from Nagano to Kanazawa: Go to Nagano train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kanazawa train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 90 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kanazawa

    • Train from Kanazawa to Osaka: Go to Kanazawa train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 160 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka



  • Tokyo to Kyoto via Japanese Alps with Rail Pass (Kanazawa - Takayama)
    8 nights from $2,265*
  • Cities of Tradition!!!... Fly into Tokyo, Japan's most lively capital, which mixes the ultramodern with the traditional, featuring neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. This city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its trendy and fashion districts of Shibuya and Harajuku. Next is Kanazawa, a magical place that features the Tera-Machi, where 70 temples are gathered together, and also the Kenroku-en Garden. Up next, get on the famous bullet train and go to Takayama, a picturesque town that houses three of the most beautiful festivals in Japan. Then take the train to Kyoto, known as the City of the Ten Thousand Shrines for a reason, since it holds about a quarter of Japan's National Treasures and popular festivals. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Osaka
    • 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 Kanazawa: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kanazawa train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 154 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kanazawa
    • Train from Kanazawa to Takayama (via Toyama): Go to Kanazawa train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Takayama train station. Route operated by Shinkansen with one stop in Toyama to connect with JR Hida Limited Express Train to Takayama. Journey takes approx. 120 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Takayama
    • Train from Takayama to Kyoto (via Nagoya): Go to Takayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. This route is operated by JR Hida Limited Express and Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 200 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka Airport: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka station.** YOU MUST TAKE A BUS FROM OSAKA STATION TO AIRPORT** Journey takes approx. 70 Min.


  • Tokyo - Kanazawa - Kyoto with Rail Pass
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  • Gems of Japan!!!... Fly into Tokyo, Japan's most lively capital!, which mixes the ultramodern with the traditional, featuring neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. This city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its trendy and fashion districts of Shibuya and Harajuku. Next is Kanazawa, a magical place that features the Tera-Machi, where 70 temples are gathered together, and also the Kenroku-en Garden. Then take the train to Kyoto, known as the City of the Ten Thousand Shrines for a reason! Since it holds about a quarter of Japan's National Treasures and popular festivals. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Osaka
    • 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 Kanazawa: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kanazawa train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 178 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kanazawa
    • Train from Kanazawa to Kyoto: Go to Kanazawa train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka Airport: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka station.** YOU MUST TAKE A BUS FROM OSAKA STATION TO AIRPORT** Journey takes approx. 70 Min


  • Tokyo - Nagano - Kanazawa - Toyama by Rail
    7 nights from $1,813*
  • Japan with a Rail Pass Combine Tokyo (with its contrasts between the old and the new, the traditional and modern, an exciting place for travelers to visit the world over), Nagano, Kanazawa and Toyama (a coastal city on Japan’s main island, Honshu) with flights between cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Toyama
    • 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 Nagano: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagano train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 90 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagano
    • Train from Nagano to Kanazawa:Go to Nagano train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kanazawa train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 90 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kanazawa
    • Train from Kanazawa to Toyama: Go to Kanazawa train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Toyama train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 20 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Toyama


  • Northern Alps of Japan with Rail Pass (Tokyo - Toyama - Hakuba - Omachi - Shiojiri - Nagoya)
    10 nights from $3,623*
  • 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.
    Included:
    • 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


  • Tokyo - Niigata - Nagano - Toyama - Nagoya with Rail Pass
    10 nights from $1,913*
  • A vacation package in Japan sure to leave you breathless!, combining these destinations with the Rail Pass!. There will be plenty to do and to see when you travel to: Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. One of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. It is famous for their amazing history, Mt. Fuji, unrivaled technology and Samurais), Niigata, Nagano, Toyama and Nagoya (fourth largest city in Japan and one of the nation's most important transportation hubs, historical centers and industrial powerhouses, center of the automotive industry in Japan, where big name factories such as Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi are set there). This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Nagoya
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 14 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 Niigata: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Niigata train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 130 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Niigata
    • Train from Niigata to Nagano:Go to Niigata train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagano train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 135 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagano
    • Train from Nagano to Toyama:Go to Nagano train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Toyama train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 45 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Toyama
    • Train from Toyama to Nagoya: Go to Toyama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagoya train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 200 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagoya


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