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Japanese Alps Adventure

Private Travel | General interest 17 Days & 15 Nights Lead-in price: £4995 Current prices from: £4995
Discover the Japanese Alps on this 15-night itinerary, with many mountains, valleys, forests and scenic trails to explore. Visit the alpine region of Kamikochi; journey into the Kiso valley; walk the famed Nakasendo Way; and see the historic Unesco-listed site of Shirakawago village, set beneath the peaks of the Hida mountains. Visits are also included to the temples of Kyoto and the busy metropolis of Tokyo, with a hike up Mount Takao nearby, to escape the busy city.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Hike in the scenic Japanese Alps near Kamikochi
  • Visit Tokyo & climb nearby Mount Takao
  • Walk the historic Nakasendo Way in the Kiso Valley
  • Discover the temples of Kyoto & the gardens of Kanazawa
  • Stay in 4- star accommodation

Hakone National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 541 541 846 1457 1864 2068 2475 2679 2272 1661 1254 846
Min temp (C)(F) -621 -621 -228 439 846 1254 1763 1864 1457 846 236 -327
Sunshine hours 6 6 6 5 6 4 5 6 4 4 5 6
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 612 823 1426 1787 1907 27211 2199 24810 28511 2229 1155 703
Rainy Days 11 12 18 16 15 19 20 16 20 16 12 8
Humidity M M H VH VH VH VH VH VH H M L
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kanazawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 745 1152 1763 2272 2577 2984 2170 2781 2170 1559 1050
Min temp (C)(F) 32 32 236 745 1254 1763 2272 2373 1966 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 2 3 4 6 7 5 5 6 5 5 3 2
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 29211 1938 1596 1486 1496 2048 24610 1737 24910 1928 2359 30512
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 16 17 18 16 20 19 23 27
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1254 1152 1152 1254 1559 1864 2272 2679 2475 2170 1864 1559

Kyoto

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 643 1050 1763 2272 2577 2984 3086 2679 2068 1457 846
Min temp (C)(F) -228 -130 134 745 1254 1661 2170 2272 1763 1152 541 32
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 5 5 6 4 5 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 783 833 1114 1345 1426 2289 2148 1265 1817 1114 783 653
Rainy Days 23 22 22 17 15 19 19 17 18 16 17 19
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mount Koya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 439 541 846 1457 1864 2170 2577 2679 2373 1763 1254 745
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -327 32 643 1050 1559 1966 2068 1661 1050 541 32
Sunshine hours 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 843 1496 2068 2209 33413 29111 25110 29712 1907 1144 663
Rainy Days 18 18 19 16 16 19 20 18 20 15 13 15
Humidity M M H VH VH E E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11/E 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Naoshima Island

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 1966 2373 2781 3188 3290 2882 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 32 134 337 846 1355 1864 2373 2475 2068 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 7 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 402 492 803 954 1134 1687 1677 883 1626 1014 592 381
Rainy Days 15 15 17 14 14 16 16 13 17 12 11 13
Humidity M M H VH VH VH E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1864

Okinawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 2170 2475 2781 2984 3188 3188 3086 2781 2475 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1661 1864 2170 2475 2679 2679 2577 2272 1966 1559
Sunshine hours 3 3 4 5 5 6 8 7 7 6 4 4
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1205 1175 1536 1667 25110 27311 1837 26811 1687 1596 1285 1165
Rainy Days 24 22 22 18 21 20 20 23 20 19 20 21
Humidity H VH VH E E E E E VH VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2373 2577 2781 2984 2984 2882 2781 2577 2475

Osaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 2068 2475 2781 3188 3391 2984 2373 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 134 236 439 1050 1559 1966 2373 2577 2170 1457 948 439
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 522 653 1024 1365 1416 2158 1707 1064 1837 1104 723 422
Rainy Days 17 18 19 16 15 18 18 16 17 14 13 14
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1661 1763 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1966

Sapporo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -130 -130 337 1152 1763 2170 2577 2679 2272 1661 846 236
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -425 236 745 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 134 -523
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 3 2
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1054 914 783 643 602 713 783 1466 1395 1175 1014 1024
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 18 17 17 18 18 20 24 27
Humidity N N N N N N L L N N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 7/H 8/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Shirahama

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1355 1864 2272 2577 2882 3086 2781 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 541 1050 1559 1966 2373 2373 2068 1559 1050 541
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 6 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 883 1355 2128 2289 32313 24510 2309 29712 1907 1456 632
Rainy Days 14 15 17 16 16 19 18 17 18 15 13 12
Humidity N N N N N L H H M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1864 1763 1763 1864 2170 2373 2679 2882 2781 2475 2272 2068

Tokyo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 438 440 745 1355 1763 2169 2576 2679 2272 1762 1152 643
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 70 110 131 141 181 141 151 221 191 100 50
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Yudanaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 134 236 643 1355 1966 2170 2577 2781 2170 1661 1050 439
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -523 134 643 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 32 -523
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 4 4 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 733 773 914 1084 1687 1887 1596 1777 1315 773 753
Rainy Days 24 22 22 17 17 20 22 20 21 16 17 21
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo

(N)

Day 2: Tokyo

Arrive and transfer to The Park Hotel in Tokyo for a 3-night stay, located close to the Shiodome subway station and only a 10-minute walk from the peaceful Hamarikyu gardens. (N)

Day 3: Tokyo

Full-day private guided city tour using public transport, visiting the Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum’s Japanese gallery, the Imperial East Garden and the tranquil Meiji shrine. (B)

Day 4: Hike on Mount Takao

Today we recommend a self-guided excursion to sacred Mount Takao, part of a range of wooded mountains an hour’s journey from Tokyo. Here there are numerous clearly marked hiking trails up to the summit, taking 2-3 hours. On a clear day you can also enjoy views of Mount Fuji. (B)

Days 5-6: Kanazawa

Morning departure by shinkansen (bullet train) to Kanazawa. Stay 2 nights at the Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa. Spend the following day on a self-guided sightseeing tour, visiting the Kanazawa castle park and the Kenroku-en garden. (B)

Day 7: Shirakawago - Takayama

Take the bus to Shirakawago to see the Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses and their unique architectural style. After some time to explore the area, continue by bus to Takayama. Stay for 2 nights at the traditional Tanabe Ryokan, where the owners Mr & Mrs Tanabe are gracious hosts and will do their very best to ensure you have a fabulous stay. (B, D)

Day 8: Takayama

This morning you will be escorted on a food and culture walk around Takayama, an ideal opportunity to sample some of the region’s famed Hida beef, various hoba miso-based products, and the delicious mitarashi dango – rice balls dipped in soy sauce and roasted on skewers. End the morning with a visit to the Harada Sake Brewery and browse the lively Miyakawa Morning Market. (B, D)

Days 9-10: Kamikochi

Travel by bus through the Japanese Alps to Kamikochi, a remote valley carved by the Azusa river with some of Japan’s highest peaks rising on up on either side. Stay 2 nights at the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel, a European-style mountain lodge that has been welcoming guests since 1933. Spend the following day walking in the surrounding mountains, which offer numerous walking trails ranging from easy rambles along the valley to more challenging hikes to the tops of the nearest peaks, with the chance to spot a range of flora, birds and monkeys along the way. (B)

Day 11: Matsumoto

Travel by bus and train to Matsumoto, which is home to a fine feudal castle with the oldest existing donjon (keep) in Japan, as well as an outstanding woodblock-print museum. Stay overnight at the Hotel Buena Vista Matsumoto. (B)

Day 12: Into the Kiso Valley

Travel by train into the Kiso Valley, an area known for its mountains, forests, hot springs and hiking trails, and also for its position on the historic Nakasendo Way, an ancient highway that once linked Kyoto with Tokyo. Stay 2 nights at Komanoyu, a ryokan-style hotel with its own hot spring baths, known as onsen. (B, D)

Day 13: Hiking the Nakasendo Way

Travel by train and bus to the small town of Magome, from where you will begin a gentle hike of 8km along the Nakasendo Way, to Tsumago. The trail is well-signposted and passes through some beautiful countryside. In Tsumago you will have some time to explore the town and wander the flagstone streets lined with traditional buildings, before being met and driven back to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 14: Kyoto

Take the train to Nagoya, then continue by shinkansen (bullet train), to Kyoto. Stay at the Rihga Royal Kyoto Hotel, located near Kyoto station, for 3 nights. This evening, you will be escorted by a local guide through the Gion, Kyoto’s famous Geisha district. (B)

Days 15-16: Kyoto

Full-day private guided city tour using public transport. Recommendations include the Ryoanji temple with its famous zen rock garden and Kinkakuji temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The following day is at leisure – a trip to the Arashiyama district in the north-west of the city is recommended, a peaceful area of gardens, quiet backstreets and bamboo forests. (B)

Day 17: Fly home

Take a shuttle bus from your hotel to Kansai airport, located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, then board your flight home. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Locally escorted & self-guided tour

This tour is led in certain destinations en route by a local tour escort, while in others it is self-guided.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation, with some nights in traditional Japanese inns known as ryokan.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Private travel in Japan

Please note that tailor-made travel in Japan is unlike travel in any other country in the Far East due to the high costs of vehicle hire, drivers and guides. This means that engaging the services of a private guide and driver on a tailor-made journey is not always feasible and, as a result, sightseeing and travel between cities may involve public transport or shared services that are not exclusive to Cox & Kings. Furthermore, as English is not always spoken in areas away from the main tourist destinations, a degree of independence and self-guiding may be required. A comprehensive information pack is provided before departure, with transport instructions and bilingual timetables, hotel addresses and maps, and a guide for each destination covering a wide range of topics from eating out to enjoying a hot spring bath.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Tanabe Ryokan
    Tanabe Ryokan

    The Tanabe Ryokan is situated in the old town part of Takayama close to the temple area, the morning markets and a short walk from Takayama Station. The ryokan is an excellent place to experience traditional Japanese hospitality.

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  • Rihga Royal Hotel
    Rihga Royal Hotel

    The Rihga Royal Kyoto is situated near Kyoto station and provides a regular shuttle service to and from the hotel. The hotel has a range of dining options, including the Top of Kyoto restaurant on the 14th floor, serving French cuisine with views over the city. Rooms are well appointed with a stylish, contemporary decor. Features: 489 rooms, 6 restaurants, heated indoor pool (charges apply), souvenir shop, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, fridge, minibar, kettle & Japanese tea, hairdryer, safe.

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  • Park Hotel Tokyo
    Park Hotel Tokyo

    The Park Hotel, a member of the Design Hotels portfolio, occupies the top floors of the Shiodome Media Tower in Tokyo's Minato ward, close to the Shiodome subway station and only a 10-minute walk to the peaceful Hamarikyu gardens. The hotel has a modern, artistic ambience, and is centred around a high atrium with Japanese art on display in the lobby lounge and communal areas. The property features a unique 'Artist in Hotel' project, where a small number of the standard category rooms have been transformed by local artists who have decorated the room walls with their original artwork. These rooms are all different and can be booked on request at an extra cost.Features: 273 rooms, 2 restaurants, wine bar, cafe, Thann Sanctuary spa, Wi-Fi, business centre.<br>Room amenities: Minibar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safe, tea and coffee facilities, television.

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  • Komanoyu
    Komanoyu

    Komanoyu is a traditional ryokan-style hotel, located along a mountain road that connects the town of Kiso-Fukushima and Mount Kisokoma in the Japanese Alps. Kiso-Fukushima Station is approximately 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. Hot spring baths, known as onsen, are available within the hotel and are ideal to relax in after a day of walking. Dinner is included in your stay, and includes speciality dishes made using local ingredients. Features: 16 rooms, hot spring baths (onsen), dining room, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Japanese futon bed, television, en suite bathroom, air conditioning.

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  • Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel
    Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

    The Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel has a great location for sightseeing, just a10-minute walk from both the Kenrokuen Garden and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Rooms are bright and modern, and available in a range of categories spread across the hotel's 15 floors. Features: 236 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities.

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  • Kamikochi Imperial Hotel
    Kamikochi Imperial Hotel

    The Kamikochi Imperial Hotel is an Alpine lodge-style property, which has been welcoming guests since 1933. The focal point of the lodge is a spacious lounge with low wooden beams and a large open fire - an ideal place to relax after a day of hiking in the surrounding mountains. Rooms are available in a range of categories, all with attractive woodwork and some with verandas offering views of the forests and mountains. There are three dining options, serving French, Japanese or international cuisine. The hotel is located within the Chubusangaku National Park, where private cars are prohibited, allowing for a peaceful stay, although with a bus stop outside it is still easy to get to. Features: 74 rooms, 3 restaurants, lounge, bar. Room amenities: Television, small refridgerator, hairdryer, heater, fan, Wi-Fi.

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  • Hotel Buena Vista Matsumoto
    Hotel Buena Vista Matsumoto

    Conveniently located close to the city centre and 7 minutes walk from JR Matsumoto train station, the Buena Vista is one of the best in Matsumoto and ideally suited for guests wishing to visit the famous Matsumoto Castle. Facilities include 6 restaurants and bars, offering a variety of Japanese, Chinese and Western food.

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Dates & prices

JAA2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £4995 per person

High season from £5995 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Tokyo

    The huge, energetic and fascinating city of Tokyo has been the capital of Japa...

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  • Kanazawa

    Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture beside the Sea of Japan. Its...

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  • Takayama

    Takayama is located in the heart of the Japanese Alps. It retains much of the...

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  • Kyoto

    Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...

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