DAY 6 Tateyama Alpine Route - Kanazawa
This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel bright and early and together you will continue along the Tateyama Alpine Route. You have options to catch bus from Murodo to Bijodaira, the gateway back down the mountain or you are up for an adventure, we recommend hiking from Murodo to Midagahara.
First you will hike from Murodo to Tengudaira, a pretty, relatively flat hike of around 1 hour that crosses through beautiful meadows that burst into bloom in summer. You can also enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Tsurugidake.
From Tengudaira you can descend down the mountain via an ancient pilgrimage route, allowing you to get a sense of the Alpine Route's spiritual history. This hike is around 2 hours 30 mins and is a little more challenging, but you are rewarded with the beautiful Midagahara, a wetland 2000 metres above sea level. There is a 40 minute walking loop around some beautiful boardwalks here which will allow you to enjoy beautiful flowers in summer and striking red shades in autumn. Keep an eye out for the wild Japanese Macaques that make their home here.
At Midagahara, you will pick up the bus for the rest of the journey to Bijodaira. You will take a cable car down the mountain to Tateyama station, where you can board a local train to Dentetsu Toyama station, ending the route.
Your guide will escort you to nearby JR Toyama Station, catch train from Toyama to Kanazawa.
During the Edo Period, Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the Tokugawa in terms of rice production and fief size. Accordingly, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivalling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo). During World War II, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived in good condition.
Today, Kanazawa remains an important city in its region and serves as the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The city boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. But Kanazawa's unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan's "three best landscape gardens".
Tonight, you will check in to 30 storeys Nikko Hotel Kanazawa the tallest hotel in Hokuriku, within the walking distance from Kanazawa station.
Ensuite western style
Dinner tonight is at your own arrangment and expense.
Nikko Hotel Kanazawa