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  1. Japan
  2. Nagano Prefecture
  3. Nagano
  4. Day Trips

1-Day Tour Nagano To Takayama: Highlights Of Central Japan

Product ID: 239562
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Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors.
About this activity
Duration 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the stunning alpine valley of Kamikochi, renowned for its beauty and pristine natural state
  • Walk its trails and discover its highlights including Asuza River, Taisho Pond, Kappa Bridge, and the spectacular mountains above
  • Discover Takayama and its beautiful old town, acclaimed for its beauty and historic preservation
Full description
Starting at JR Nagano Station, your guide will quickly have you on your way toward Japan’s mountainous heartland and the stunning landscape of the Japanese Alps. Drive towards a true mountain oasis; the majority of this drive is through the southern end of Japan’s Northern Alps, a stunning landscape of high mountain peaks rising above the road, rivers, and lakes below. At its heart, Japan is a mountainous country and this spectacular region is often missed by visitors using the train lines along the coast.

Situated 1500 meters above sea level deep within the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi is famous for its pristine natural state, beautiful rivers and ponds, lush forests, and dramatic mountain peaks rising to over 3000 meters. Your guide will accompany you into Kamikochi and make you familiar with its many walking trails and highlights, before setting you free to enjoy the next few hours by yourself.

Later, you’ll meet up with your guide and board the tour bus for the journey to Takayama. This is one tour in which the journey itself is as much a highlight as the destinations, and as you pass by the alpine landscape around you and descend toward Takayama, you’ll be witnessing some of Japan’s most stunning scenery and dramatic mountains. Arriving in Takayama, you’ll be dropped-off in old town with your guide to explore the historic streets in the late afternoon. Often referred to as Hida-Takayama, the town is famous for its locally produced Hida 'wagyu' beef - famous throughout Japan and beyond.
  • Transportation fee from Nagano to Takayama and between activities/attractions
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch and other food, snacks, and drinks
  • Bullet train tickets

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Meeting point

Your guide will be waiting in front of the Information Board, directly across from the shinkansen (bullet train) ticket gates at 8:30am (the guide will be there from 8:20am); Nagano Station, Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59.

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Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 239562