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Tour details - Japan Alps Foothills Walk & Cycle (short)



  • Walk sections of a historic trail in the beautiful foothills of Japan Alps and stay in traditional family- and community-run accommodation in picture-perfect non-tourist country villages

  • Enjoy an uplifting day of cycling on the foothill plains, learning about wasabi growing, visiting rustic country shrines, discovering arts and traditional crafts, and savouring local specialities such as the renowned Shinshu soba noodles or buckwheat galette

  • Explore some of the world-renowned sights of Kanazawa, Hokuriku’s historic and refined cultural capital, such as the Kenrokuen gardens or the Nagamachi Samurai residence district

A short version of the 'Japan Alps Foothills Walk & Cycle' itinerary, this predominantly walking-based itinerary provides you with a taste of the landscapes and country life in the picturesque foothills of Northern Japan Alps. Your travel experiences centre on the ‘Salt Road’, an ancient trading route of prehistoric origin running along the alpine foothills named after one of the main commodities carried along the route. The itinerary provides you with an exciting variety of easy-grade activities including walks along country roads in the Arcadian scenery framed by the Japan Alps, retracing history on cobblestone trails dotted with ancient country shrines and monuments, and cycling on the Azumino Plains to explore galleries, local cuisine and history. You will be staying in several non-tourist villages for an authentic experience of rural life in the Japan Alps foothills, including beautifully restored traditional country houses. The finale to your tour will be an afternoon spent exploring the world-famous sights of Kanazawa.

MAIN DESTINATIONS COVERED: Azumino, Omachi, Hakuba and Otari areas (Nagano Prefecture), Kurobe (Toyama Prefecture), Kanazawa


TOUR LENGTH: 6 days (5 nights)




SEASON: mid-May to mid-July, mid-October to mid-November


BOOKINGS CLOSE: 120 days before agreed departure date


START LOCATION: JR Shinjuku Station, Tokyo [MAP]


END LOCATION: JR Kanazawa Station [MAP]




CULTURAL TOLERANCE: high (must be able to sleep on traditional futon bedding on all nights)


COST: from AUD $2700/person (5 persons) to $4300/person (2 persons) including ALL ground transport, accommodation, meals, tour guiding, fees and charges

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