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Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Excellent value for money
Led by a local guide
Day 1: After meeting with your tour conductor, you will head to Hida Takayama by bus. It will take almost 3 hours but it will be a comfortable ride. You will have around 2 hours to explore the quaint old streets of the merchant town from the Edo period, which is also known as "Little Kyoto". Also have lunch independently in a local restaurant while strolling, as lunch is not included.
If you want to save time for more sightseeing, a lunch box is available if ordered at least 7 days in advance, for an additional fee (JPY 1,000 tax included). Please pay the lunch box fee to a tour conductor in cash on the tour day.
The next destination is Shirakawago, a place that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shirakawago is famous for the farmhouses that represent Japanese traditional architecture. The structure of the houses is called “Gassho-zukuri”, which refers to the shape of the roof that looks like a person's hands put together for praying. You will spend about 90 minutes there walking around and taking pictures before heading to your accommodation in Toyama prefecture. Your accommodation will be at APA Hotel Toyama. After arriving, enjoy your dinner individually in one of the local restaurants of your choice near Toyama Station, as the dinner is not included in the tour fee.
Day 2: After your breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Nagano prefecture, where you can enjoy snow even during the spring in Japan. The first stop in Nagano prefecture is Tateyama; from here, it takes you only 7 minutes by cable car to go to Bijodaira. Once you arrive at Bijodaira, you will ride on another highland-exclusive bus to go to Murodo, where the Snow Wall Otani is located. You will be able to see the snow wall from late April to middle of June (until 22nd June in 2018).
After taking your time to feel the cold, brisk air and walk around at the Snow Wall, you will ride on a bus to head to Daikanbo. At Daikanbo, you will take the rope way for about 7 minutes to get to Kurobedaira. Then, you will change to a cable car for 5 minutes to go to lake Kurobe. At lake Kurobe, you will have the opportunity to walk around and see Kurobe dam, a giant hydropower plant, which is very popular for its extraordinary view. After 15 minutes of strolling at Kurobe dam, you will be taken to Ogizawa and then Azumino by bus. Azumino, where you will be able enjoy shopping, is the last destination of the tour.
At the end of the tour, you will go back and stop at Nagoya station at around 20:20.
Transportation by coach
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Transportation on the Alpine Route
English-speaking tour conductor/staff
Breakfast on the second day
Food and drinks, unless specified
Lunch box for day-1 is available for purchase for JPY 1,000 in cash on the tour day (needs to be ordered at least 8 days prior to the departure date)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bed arrangement in the hotel for child (3-5yo)
National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Infant (0-2 years old) are free of charge with no arrangement.
Child (3-5 years old) rate includes bus seat only.
Delays or omissions made to the itinerary due to traffic, weather or other circumstances that are beyond the control of the tour operator are not subject to refund
According to traffic conditions etc, the order of the itinerary may be changed and the bus arrival may be delayed
If the tour operator has to cancel the tour because of a typhoon, heavy snow or other circumstances beyond their control, this will be decided by 3pm the day before tour departure; you will be informed by e-mail and suggested a new departure date or receive a full refund
This tour is operated for both Japanese and foreign customers. A Japanese tour conductor with an English-speaking staff will be accompanied with the tour and will provide you with some necessary information during the trip, but he/she is not responsible for providing any detailed introduction of attractions.
On the Alpine Route, you will use different types of vehicles to travel through the mountains. Wearing comfortable and thick winter clothes (as visiting spots might be very cold) and walking shoes, also using a backpack for putting your belongings necessary for strolling are strongly recommended.
Traveling along the Alpine Route might have to be discontinued in the case of bad weather or other conditions. In such a case, vehicle fares for the non-traveling zone will be refunded.
Snow Wall Walk is available between around 15 April and 22 June. It may be cancelled in case of dangerous situations such as snowstorm, snow removal work, etc.
You may use a bus instead of the Tateyama Cable Car between Tateyama and Bijodaira
Lunch box on day-1 is not included to the tour fee. It is available if ordered at least 7 days in advance, for an additional fee (JPY 1,000 tax included). Please pay the lunch box fee to a tour conductor in cash on the tour day. If you do not order it you will need to buy lunch by yourself at the service area etc. on the way
If the departure time on the second day will be early in the morning (6:00～7:00) due to the congestion and reservation at the Alpine Route, boxed meal may be be served for breakfast.
The accommodation is planned to be in "APA Hotel Toyama". Mainly this hotel has single rooms. Depending on the availability of the rooms in the hotel, a twin room or all single rooms might be provided for even for youth age group. Any room requests cannot be accepted
The water discharge at Kurobe Dam may be stopped due to the weather or for other reasons.