Japan Walking & Hiking Tour
Imperial Kyoto & the Alps
From $8,999 - $9,449 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights
(+$2,440 for sgl. occ.)
In Japan, the line between ancient and modern is often so blurred that one becomes a traveler through time. Seventh-century shrines and vibrant traditional markets. Alpine mountain ridges covered in thousands of cherry trees. A world of natural beauty combined with ancient culture—grace and tradition unlike anywhere else.
- Visit ancient shrines, sacred temples, historic mountain villages and the sublime Kamikochi Valley
- Dive deep into Japanese culture and history with local friends and off-the-beaten-path walking routes
- Savor the delicate flavors of fresh edamame, green tea, mochi, soba noodles, sushi and sake
- Admire the stunning Alps and stay in a traditional ryokan with open-air hot tubs and tatami-matted flooring
Days 1-2 Walk through quiet forests, visit ancient shrines and pass by bright orange torii, the iconic gates found at the entrance to sacred Shinto sites | Behold views of Kyoto from a summit above the city | Discover the Philosopher's Walk, a tranquil tree-lined path | Be welcomed and entertained by a maiko (apprentice geisha) during a truly Japanese lunch | In Wazuka, hike amid lush plantations of matcha and kabuse sencha, then delve into their flavors with a tea tasting | Stroll to Nara's deer-strewn city park and visit the World Heritage Tōdai-ji temple.
Days 3-4 Embrace Japanese culture with a traditional water blessing | Follow a 7th-century road through quaint villages and bucolic terrain dotted with temples, imperial burial mounds and shrines | Take a scenic journey to the Japanese Alps aboard a bullet train | Explore 17th- and 18th-century merchants' houses and shops in Takayama's old quarter | Experience unique hospitality and atmosphere at a superb ryokan.
Days 5-6 Peruse Takayama's bustling street market stalls for a unique souvenir | Take in the gorgeous setting of traditional mountain villages | Explore Chūbu-Sangaku National Park's breathtaking alpine landscape, keeping an eye out for antelope, monkeys and bears | You're in for a treat with a private sake tasting | Enjoy a relaxing soak in an open-air hot tub.
Days 7-8 Hike amid the ever-changing scenery of the Northern Alps in the beautiful Tateyama Mountains | Along the forested trail, stop in at a charming century-old folk house | Sip green tea during a time-honored tea ceremony | Marvel at a mesmerizing array of glasswork at Toyama Glass Art Museum.
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
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- 10 or more guests: from $8,999 pp dbl occ
- 8 - 9 guests: from $9,899 pp dbl occ
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