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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

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See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this full-day excursion. Explore the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Enjoy a sake tasting and lunch before heading down a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$165.97
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$165.97
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Karuizawa Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Karuizawa Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Karuizawa! Karuizawa is a quaint mountain resort that’s rich in nature and a prime leisure destination. From stunning natural landscapes to fun filled man made attractions, there’s always something to see and do in the place John Lennon loved to escape to. In this guide, we’ll introduce some of the best things to do when you visit, so you can pick what suits you, without the stress. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hours tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.26
Price varies by group size
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$98.26
Price varies by group size
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Karuizawa Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Karuizawa Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Karuizawa! Karuizawa is a quaint mountain resort that’s rich in nature and a prime leisure destination. From stunning natural landscapes to fun filled man made attractions, there’s always something to see and do in the place John Lennon loved to escape to. In this guide, we’ll introduce some of the best things to do when you visit, so you can pick what suits you, without the stress. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.82
Price varies by group size
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$122.82
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Magome & Tsumago Nakasendo Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Magome & Tsumago Nakasendo Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way toexplore both of the ancient post towns! You can travel between Magome and Tsumago by infrequent direct bus. Nakasendo was one of the two highways during the Edo period connecting Tokyo with Kyoto, running through the Kiso Valley. Travelers at that time walked along the highway, stopping at "post towns" for rest. Some of those post towns have been well preserved and show tourists today exactly what Japan was like hundreds of years ago. Stunning forests, beautiful villages and traditions, we would love to recommend it to everyone interested in Japanese nature and history. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.82
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$122.82
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Matsumoto Half-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

Matsumoto Half-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally/state licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Matsumoto! Matsumoto is an attractive, cosmopolitan city featuring a superb castle, pretty streets, galleries, and cafes. Matsumoto is a great stepping stone on your way to the Northern Alps, or you can simply enjoy the city's fresh air and dramatic scenery of the nearby mountain peaks. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.26
Price varies by group size
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$98.26
Price varies by group size
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Matsumoto Full-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

Matsumoto Full-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally/state licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Matsumoto! Matsumoto is an attractive, cosmopolitan city featuring a superb castle, pretty streets, galleries, and cafes. Matsumoto is a great stepping stone on your way to the Northern Alps, or you can simply enjoy the city's fresh air and dramatic scenery of the nearby mountain peaks. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.82
Price varies by group size
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$122.82
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Nakasendo self-guided walking tour 2 days

Nakasendo self-guided walking tour 2 days

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Over the course of two days of an easy walk (self-guided tour) along the Nakasendo road and one overnight stay at a Minshuku (family run lodging), immerse yourself in Japan's folkloric landscapes between the villages of Nakatsugawa and Tsumago. During Japan's feudal period (1603-1868), the Nakasendo road was one of the five routes that linked the economic hub, Tokyo, to the imperial capital, Kyoto. Unlike the Tokaido road, which was replaced by today's Shinkansen train, the Nakasendo was saved from rampant modernization and still upholds an old-fashioned charm. Created by general Tokugawa in order to assert his political domination, the route spans a distance of 534 kilometers and includes 69 rest stops. Its name literally means "mountain road" and is a means of communication in case of a large flood on the Tokaido: the coastal road. Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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  • 2 days
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$196.27
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$196.27

Awesome LIVE ZOOM Tour of Kyoto, Osaka or Nara

Awesome LIVE ZOOM Tour of Kyoto, Osaka or Nara

This is a ZOOM TOUR. No one can do this tour like me. It is the next best thing to being here. Please disregard the stupid licensing thing as no one is required to be licensed. I am authorized to do tours and I have 22 years of experience as a professional, interpretive, guide, and pretty much no one, can provide these tours like I can. I am also a native English Speaker. I also tell bad jokes..... My tours are interactive, you get to relax at home while I do all the walking and you get to explore this area I am in of Japan in the comfort of your own home. Since a lot of people either will not be able to come to Japan or will not be able to afford to bring the fam here for a while because of this crazy virus thing going on, this is the next step. Make a sushi party at home and you guys relax and let me do the leg work. You will love it!
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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$294.78
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$294.78
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Nagano Private Two Day Tour

Nagano Private Two Day Tour

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Discover Nagano’s many highlights on this private 2-day tour. Save time planning transport, as a driver and private vehicle is included. You’ll have a guide to show you around on the first day, and then free time to explore on the second day. Overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan, entrance fees to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, and a private onsen experience is included, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$389.11
Price varies by group size
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$389.11
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Matsumoto Private One Day Tour

Matsumoto Private One Day Tour

This action-packed private day tour to Matsumoto combines a visit to the historic Matsumoto Castle, the foodie experience of going to one of Japan’s biggest wasabi farms, and Hotaka Shrine too. Going on a guided tour saves time navigating and uncovers hidden gems you might not discover alone such as the quirky “Frog Street” which is known for its abundance of frog products.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$259.41
Price varies by group size
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$259.41
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Matsumoto Private One Day Tour from Nagano with Tour Guide and Private Vehicle

Matsumoto Private One Day Tour from Nagano with Tour Guide and Private Vehicle

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Explore Matsumoto at your own pace and to your own interests on this full-day private guided tour from Nagano. Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's best-preserved castles, then explore surrounding streets, including quirky "Frog Street," known for its abundance of frog products. Afterward, visit tranquil Hotaka Town, home to Japan’s largest wasabi farm where you can try wasabi ice-cream and visit nearby Hotaka Shrine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$335.07
Price varies by group size
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$335.07
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Matsumoto Castle Tour & Samurai Experience

Matsumoto Castle Tour & Samurai Experience

Become the star of your own samurai story! There's no better place to have your Samurai Experience than in a city with a real castle from the feudal era! First take a tour of Matsumoto Castle, one of only five castles designated a “National Treasure” of Japan! The castle walls contain the oldest original five-tiered, six-story castle tower that still exists in Japan today. During your visit, discover Matsumoto city’s ancient Samurai history! Then experience a live hands-on Samurai Sword Fighting activity! Choose the colors of your own outfit that consist of a Yukata (light kimono), Hakama (wide-leg pants), and Obi (belt). Then select your swords! The staff will dress you like a real Samurai Warrior. After covering the moves, you can have your stage combat recorded. With the decoration and atmosphere you'll think you set foot onto a movie set! Activity available in English and French.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.91
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$117.91
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BTF Rural Japan

BTF Rural Japan "FURUSATO" Cherry Blossom Cycling Tour

Missed cherry blossoms in Tokyo? If you arrived in Tokyo too late for the cherry blossoms, don't give up yet. Cherry blossoms tend to bloom here in northern Nagano about two weeks later than those around central Tokyo. It only takes about 100 mins to be here from Tokyo station by Hokuriku Shinkansen. Cycling tour is a great way to experience a beautiful countryside of Japan and visit popular sightseeing spots around Iiyama city. The rural landscape with lush mountain scenery is dotted with traditional old houses. Let's go find a simple life of local people in Japan countryside with us! - Friendly and informative local guide. - Stopping at cherry blossom spots during the blossoming season. - Exploring beautiful, yet completely different scenery with Japan's distinct four seasons. - Total cycling distance is 15km/9.3miles - Mostly flat route, easy for riders of basic fitness. - Discover unique traditions and life styles in a harsh winter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.96
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$58.96
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Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half day course / Japanese guide)

Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half day course / Japanese guide)

We recommend visiting Karuizawa sightseeing spots for those who want to go around sightseeing spots in Karuizawa efficiently in a short time, or for the first time in Karuizawa. A local taxi driver guides you through the sights. Karuizawa is a course where you can experience the history, culture, and nature of Karuizawa, starting with the former Karuizawa area, which is the birthplace of Karuizawa, to the power spot "Kumano imperial shrine" and the scenic spot "Kumoba Pond".
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.90
Price varies by group size
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$115.90
Price varies by group size

Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half-day course / English / Chinese guide)

Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half-day course / English / Chinese guide)

We recommend visiting Karuizawa sightseeing spots for those who want to go around sightseeing spots in Karuizawa efficiently in a short time, or for the first time in Karuizawa. A local taxi driver guides you through the sights. Karuizawa is a course where you can experience the history, culture, and nature of Karuizawa, starting with the former Karuizawa area, which is the birthplace of Karuizawa, to the power spot "Kumano imperial shrine" and the scenic spot "Kumoba Pond".
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.05
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$136.05
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Old Nakasendo trekking from Karuizawa-Beyond Sugahi Pass to Sakamoto Hotel-

Old Nakasendo trekking from Karuizawa-Beyond Sugahi Pass to Sakamoto Hotel-

Walk past Karuizawa inn from the former Nakayama Road to the Sakamoto inn. Sui Hui is a place that was once said to be the most difficult place in Zhongshan Road. At the top of the Usui Pass, you can see the view point of the Kanto plains panoramic view and the Kumano Imperial Shrine, which is famous for its power spots. After that, while going down the borge weir, we aim for Sakamoto inn while passing "Yamanaka teahouse ruins", "Sakamoto inn" with a panoramic view "Nagi". At the end of the trekking we will stop by and guide you to the hot spring "Kotonoyu". Slowly bathe in the hot spring, but if you are on your way back to Yokogawa Station, return to Karuizawa by bus.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.97
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$125.97
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Registered tangible cultural property

Registered tangible cultural property "Abusu Sanso" special tour and Karuizawa sculpture experience! A trip to experience Karuizawa's architecture and traditional crafts

A trip to experience the history of Karuizawa and traditional crafts. The owner of Karuizawa Carving will guide you through the history and traditions of Karuizawa while visiting historical buildings such as the Volleys architecture in the former Karuizawa area. With a special tour of "Abusu Sanso" which is not open to the public. After the walk, you will experience the Karuizawa carving star making and create the original Karuizawa carving card stand. Please use the Karuizawa carving card stand you made as a souvenir. This is a premium experience tour where you can experience the history and tradition of Karuizawa.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.70
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$90.70

A tour of Karuizawa's Power Spots & Amazing Views A bowl of rice bowl

A tour of Karuizawa's Power Spots & Amazing Views A bowl of rice bowl "Shigenoya" with a bowl of rice bowl lunch set

It is a recommended course to explore the three major scenic & power spots in Karuizawa by shuttle taxi. Even non-cars can travel efficiently around 3 places with poor public transportation access. You can experience the beautiful nature and landscape of Karuizawa from the fresh green season to the autumnal season!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.57
Price varies by group size
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$99.57
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~ Touch the villa culture and history of Karuizawa ~ Karuizawa town walk tour

~ Touch the villa culture and history of Karuizawa ~ Karuizawa town walk tour

Tour highlights: A town walk tour that touches the history and culture of Karuizawa, focusing on the historical area of the former Karuizawa. Karuizawa local guides guide you through the deep history and culture of Karuizawa while walking along the narrow path of the back street that is not listed in the guidebook. The whole process, walking on a flat road, can be attended by people of all ages. Travel time: Former Karuizawa Rotary Departure-St. Paul's Church (visit to the church of the historical building of Antoni Raymond's Karuizawa)-Through the way of a water wheel to the back of the former Karuizawa-Show Memorial Chapel / Show House Memorial Hall Visit the oldest church in Karuizawa built by the missionary AC show said and visit the memorial hall of the first Karuizawa villa)-Walk on the back street of the former Karuizawa, the show street-the path of the comet- Visit the villa that you spent)-Vory's Lane-Walk on tennis court street-Karuizawa meeting hall / Union Church / Karuizawa association tennis court (Architect who worked on many buildings in Karuizawa, Vorries's meeting hall, Union church, Emperor Emperor Visit the Karuizawa Association tennis court, famous for the romance tennis courts of the Empress.-Hatta Villa (No. 1 Japanese villa, former Naval Colonel Colony Tour of the villa of Hatta HiroshiJiro / appearance only) to Old Karuizawa Ginza rotary dissolution
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.19
Price varies by group size
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$25.19
Price varies by group size

2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via Matsumoto

2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via Matsumoto

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Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This tour combines some of the region’s most iconic destinations - including the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, the 1400-year old Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, and the historic old town of Takayama - with the unforgettable experience of being driven through Japan’s Northern Alps, a place of high mountain peaks and rarefied beauty. With English-speaking guide, lunch, and full-service accommodation on Day 1 followed by hotel pick-up and transport to Matsumoto and Takayama, including hotel drop-off, on Day 2, this tour captures the history and beauty of central Japan with the convenience and comfort of one easy package.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$749.55
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$749.55
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1-Day Tour from Nagano: Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley

1-Day Tour from Nagano: Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley

Situated between the popular destinations of Kyoto and Tokyo, the mountains of Nagano and surrounding regions are the literal heart of Japan and a road less traveled by many international visitors. This tour combines visits to Matsumoto and its famous castle – one of the few remaining castles in Japan – before heading high into the grandeur of the Northern Alps and to the alpine oasis of Kamikochi. All led by an English-speaking guide, this tour captures the essence of Central Japan by combining two of its most iconic destinations.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$184.73
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$184.73
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