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Custom Tours / Trip Idea Japan Alps to Japan Sea 7nights/8days

Custom Tours / Trip Idea
Japan Alps to Japan Sea 7nights/8days

This trip takes you to the Japanese alps to Japanese Sea area which is less visited by tourists by hopping traditional towns.
We recommend to rent a car to get around Noto area.

Highlights

Okuhida: one of the most remarkable Onsen (hot spring) villages. You can enjoy open-air bath while listening to the murmur of the river. Stay in one of the best Ryokan in the area.
Hida Satoyama Cycling: Casual bike ride through the Japanese countryside, Satoyama, and meet locals
Shirakawa-go/Gokayama: You will be inspired by traditional wooden architectures “Gassho-zukuri” which only exist in this snowy area.
Noto Peninsula: Beauty and peace flourish on the peninsula, where you can explore its wild natural beauty and its old fishing village lined with black roof tiles.

Itinerary

Notes

This itinerary is an example to give you an idea of your journey. Please let us know your interests and preferences for your trip, (e.g. theme of the trip, place to visit, things to do, number of days), and we’ll send you a proposal of your unforgettable trip in Japan.

Day 1

Travel from Tokyo to Okuhida Onsen

Travel to Okuhida Onsen from Tokyo.(4.5h)
Okuhida Onsen-go area is situated at the base of the Japan Alps, the onsen here have some of the most dramatic settings you will find anywhere.
Stay in modern Japanese Ryokan and enjoy dinner set by irori fireplace.

(Overnight in Okuhida Onsen)

Day 2

Enjoy Takayama

Enjoy morning bath and go to Takayama.(1h) Hida Takayama in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture is a castle town surrended by mountains. Takayama is best known for its carpenters, who worked on the imperial palace in Kyoto and on many of the temples in Nara. Like a few cities, Takayama has retained is full atmosphere of the Edo period thanks to its preserved old districts, temples, shrines, antique shops and sake breweries.

(Overnight in Takayama)

Day 3

Cycling through the countryside

The 3.5-hour bike trail will give you the exposure to the country life in Hida.
Get off the regular tourist route and try out our special trails!
Before and after cycling, why don’t you walk around cozy town Hida Furukawa?

  • Cycling details: go to Hida Satoyama Cycling

(Overnight in Takayama)

Day 4

Travel to Kanazawa via Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1h from Takayama) are the only places in Japan to enjoy traditional masterpieces called Gassho-zukuri houses.
After walikng in the Shirakawa-go, travel to Kanazawa.

(Overnight in Kanazawa)

Day 5

Kanazawa

Kanazawa was a prosperous castle town for over 300 years and the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country. Since the city has not suffered from any war devastation or big natural disaster, it maintains rows of historical houses and inherits traditional handicrafts and traditional performing arts. In kanazawa, you can see a lot of kinds of Japanese sweet affected by tea culture flourished since ancient.

(Overnight in Kanazawa)

Day 6

Noto Peninsula

The Noto Peninsula is extending north and south.The northern part of the peninsula is called Oku-Noto, whose center is Wajima, noted for its production of a traditional Japanese handicraft, Wajima-nuri lacquerware. Along the north coast, there are a few traditional salt farms in practice and you can experience how to make salt by seawater.Another must-see is Senmaida (means thousands of rice field), which is one of the most beautiful rice terrace in Japan located along the Japan sea.

  • There are very limited public transportation in Noto peninsula. We recommend to rent a car in Kanazawa to get around in Noto.

(Overnight in Wajima or other remote area)

Day7

Explore Oku-Noto

“Oku” means “Deep”. We call Oku-noto as the most northern part of Noto peninsula.

(Overnight in Wajima or other remote area)

 

Day 8

Travel to your next destination via Kanazawa

Back to Kanazawa and go on to your next destination!