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From Nagano: Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

1. From Nagano: Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

Meet your guide at JR Nagano Station and board the tour bus to begin your journey to the fabled Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Arriving at Ogisawa Station around 10:15, prepare for your ascent before boarding the Kanden Tunnel trolley bus at 11:00, the first of a variety of mountain transports you will utilize to reach the summit. Your first stop is the Kurobe Dam. Constructed between 1956 and 1963, this immense structure required the labor of up to 10 million people and is Japan's highest dam. A source of national pride and emblematic of man's attempts to conquer nature, enjoy some time to admire the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains before starting the next leg of your journey toward the summit. Next, head to the Tateyama Ropeway. Spanning 1700 meters, you will be transported upward to the final stop of Daikanbo, before taking the final trolley bus to Murodo. At 2450 meters, this is Japan's highest station – an isolated outpost in an inhospitable, dramatic landscape. Stroll through the iconic snow corridor which rises up 20 meters above you. Enjoy 1.5 to 2 hours of free time to stroll around the area, with enough time to visit the museums before beginning the journey back to Nagano.

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Takayama: One-Way Bus Transfer to/from Kyoto or Osaka

2. Takayama: One-Way Bus Transfer to/from Kyoto or Osaka

Enjoy a hassle-free transfer by comfortable bus between Takayama and Kyoto or Osaka. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the journey, including some free time in the city of Kanazawa. There are 3 transfer options to choose from: Osaka to Takayama Route Depart from Osaka at 7:15 AM. Arrive at the city of Kanazawa where you can enjoy some free time. Take the opportunity to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and see Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool" art installation. Afterward, the bus takes you to the Observation Deck where you can enjoy beautiful views of Shirakawago village. Arrive in Takayama city center at about 6:05 PM. Kyoto to Takayama Route Depart from Kyoto at 8:15 AM. Arrive at the city of Kanazawa where you can enjoy some free time. Take the opportunity to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and see Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool" art installation. Afterward, the bus takes you to the Observation Deck where you can enjoy beautiful views of Shirakawago village. Arrive in Takayama city center at about 6:05 PM. Takayama-Kyoto/Osaka Route Depart from Takayama at 9:00 AM. Stop in the city of Shirakawago and enjoy some free time. After Shirakawago, continue the journey with a stop in the city of Kanazawa. Explore Kanazawa freely until departure time. The bus will reach Kyoto around 7:00 PM and Osaka around 8:00 PM.

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One-Way Bus Transfer between Takayama and Tokyo

3. One-Way Bus Transfer between Takayama and Tokyo

Enjoy a hassle-free trip by comfortable bus between Takayama and Tokyo. Admire the beautiful views throughout the journey, with a rest stop at the scenic Mt.Fuji 5th station. There are 2 transfer options available: Takayama-Tokyo Route Depart from Takayama Station at 9:00 AM. Relax on your way to Tokyo with several rest stops along the way. You can bring your own lunch or buy it in the Service Area. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station where you can enjoy panoramic views from the tallest mountain in Japan. The bus will reach Tokyo around 6:45 PM. Tokyo-Takayama Route Start with pickup at Tokyo Kajibashi Bus Station at 8:00 AM. Depart the city and reach Mt. Fuji 5th station at 11:00 AM. Here, enjoy panoramic views from the tallest mountain in Japan. Bring your own lunch or have lunch near Fuji-Q Highland. Reach Takayama around 6:20 PM, with drop-off at the bus station.

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From Kanazawa: Shiakawago, Hida-Furukawa and Takayama Visit

4. From Kanazawa: Shiakawago, Hida-Furukawa and Takayama Visit

Be picked up by your English-speaking guide at your accommodation in Kanazawa and head to the UNESCO village of Shirakawago. Spend 2.5-hours in Shirakawago exploring the village. Walk across the Sho River on the pedestrian bridge and take in the sights of this fairytale village. Head to the canal-lined streets of Hida-Furukawa. Spend 1-hour in Hida-Furukawa exploring the town and enjoying lunch. Hida-Furukawa is famous for its timber craftsmanship and festivals. Your last stop is Takayama. Spend 2-hours in this preserved town famous for carpentry and sake brewing. Takayama village is a preserved village, with buildings dating back to the Edo period. From Takayama, your driver will take you back to your accommodation in Kanazawa.

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Takayama: Food and Sake Tour

5. Takayama: Food and Sake Tour

Discover the history and culture of Takayama through its gastronomy on this walking tour with a local guide. After meeting your guide, head to the morning market. Here, smell and taste the local herbs, vegetables, and seasonal products. Next, walk to your next stop where you will sample fried tofu. Then visit a sweet shop where you can try some delicious sweets. Don't miss the cute cat-shaped sweets. Afterward, visit another morning market where you can see traditional local products. Purchase some unique souvenirs and get the chance to interact with the locals. Finally, visit a sake brewery and learn why this area is so famous for sake production. Sample 5 different types of sake and discover the process behind their production.

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Takayama: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

6. Takayama: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Takayama’s most vibrant neighborhoods on a walking tour of the Old Town alongside a local guide. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide in the city center. Make your way through the Old Town and learn about the local people's lifestyle and culture from your local guide. Discover why Takayama was listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage site. Turn the corner towards Nakabashi bridge and snap photos with this famous red bridge. Stroll to Takayama Jinya, the former government office. Witness the hustle and bustle of the Jinya morning market and grab a bargain with the help of your guide. As you stroll, your friendly local guide will tell you interesting facts and anecdotes about the city’s past and the people who have lived here.   Finally, arrive at Yamazakura shrine, your last stop, where you can learn about Japanese religion. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of the nearest subway station or bus stop. Or feel free to ask them for local recommendations on great places to eat or drink nearby.

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Takayama: 30-Minute Sake Brewery Tour

7. Takayama: 30-Minute Sake Brewery Tour

Taste the best Sake in Takayama and learn all about why this area is so well known for sake production. More than 300 years ago, there were 56 sake breweries in Takayama city and today, seven sake breweries remain active. Learn all about the history and culture of the city from your local guide. Visit the oldest sake brewery in the region, a totally exclusive experience. Once there, experience the ambiance and, best of all, taste five different types of sake and see how different they are from one another.

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