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Japan Alps & Villages Walk & Cycle (Shirakawago, Takayama, Hida, Kamikochi, Okuhida Onsen) 4D3N, Fully Guided

Japan Alps & Villages Walk & Cycle (Shirakawago, Takayama, Hida, Kamikochi, Okuhida Onsen) 4D3N, Fully Guided

Japan Alps & Villages Walk & Cycle (Shirakawago, Takayama, Hida, Kamikochi, Okuhida Onsen) 4D3N, Fully Guided

$3,650.00

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Venture to the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, hike the Japan Alps, visit the UNESCO-listed Shirakawa-go village and cycle the rustic countryside of Hida Furukawa. This action-packed 4 day adventure allows you to travel down the paths less travelled, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty, amazing history, and enchanting culture of Japan. If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-track experience in Japan, this is the tour for you.

Your trip starts from Takayama station, which is easily accessed by train from Tokyo. You will enjoy a guided walk in Takayama, which has one of Japan's most atmospheric and authentic traditional Japanese villages, with Meiji-era inns, hillside shrines and a pretty riverside setting. Due to its well-preserved antiquity, it has earned the title of being Japan's "Little Kyoto".

You will walk to discover traditionally thatched houses in Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO's World Heritage Site.

No Japan Alps trip would be complete without hiking in Kamikochi, the crown jewel of the Japanese Alps and one of Japan’s most famous hiking destinations, where you'll enjoy clear skies, spectacular mountains, and bright blue river streams.

Enjoy a guided cycling tour exploring a rustic countryside that is blessed with lush greenery and a landscape dotted with farm houses and sprawling rice fields.

Enjoy the pampered comfort of authentic Japanese ryokans, soak in Okuhida Onsen's famous hot spring bath and taste the freshest ingredients prepared exquisitely for you.

The package includes four day guided cycling and walks, return transfers to/from Takayama, boutique accommodation and all meals. You'll also have an opportunity to visit the local market and mingle with locals.

A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, the Japan Alps & Villages Walk & Cycle tour is ideal for intrigued travellers looking for immersive and authentic Japanese experiences.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily on request.

Dates or itinerary don't fit?
We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates, availability or a "tailor-made" itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Nestled deep within the stunning Hida Mountains, Takayama is a wonderful choice for witnessing an older Japan. The town's well-preserved latticed wooden buildings date back to the Edo Period (200 to 300 years ago) and has earned the title of being Japan's "Little Kyoto".


    In the shadow of Mt. Hakusan, Shirakawa-go is one of Gifu's must-visit destinations. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this beautiful traditional village is the definition of picture-postcard perfect.

    Hida Furukawa - Sake, wonderful wood, and atmospheric architecture
    Situated downriver and featuring many lovingly restored buildings, Hida Furukawa in Gifu is an atmospheric and peaceful town.


    Kamikochi is a remote mountainous highland valley within the Hida Mountain range and the crown jewel of the Japanese Alps. This is a popular place for mountain trekking. Walk along Azusa River with a magnificent background of peaks. Down river is Taisho Pond whose waters provide picture-perfect reflections of the Hotaka Range.


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  • Accommodation

    You will stay at two hand-picked authentic Japanese ryokans during the trip. Both offer private onsen and beautiful views.

    Hanaougi Bettei Iiyama
    Hanaougi Bettei Iiyama, an old folk house-style inn built with traditional construction methods, is the most luxurious Japanese inn at Hida Takayama. The secluded ryokan has 17 guest rooms. Each room is distinctive including a room with an open air bath on the open terrace where you can experience one of Hida Takayama's four seasons. The hot spring water helps beautify the skin.


    Room Style: Western / Japanese
    Bed Type: Twin beds / Futon
    Bath: Private onsen
    Toilet: Ensuite western style

    Katsuragi no Sato
    Okuhida Onsen village is famous for its hot springs, situated at the base of the Japan Alps. It offers the largest number of open-air baths in Japan with some of the most dramatic settings you will find anywhere in Japan. Katsuragi no Sato, one of the famous accommodation options in Okuhida Onsen village is set in a traditional 150-year old Japanese house, surrounded by forests. This luxury ryokan offers spacious Japanese-style amazing mountain villas with tatami (woven-straw) floors and a traditional Irori hearth. Once we entered the property, we felt that we were being pulled into old-Japan. The stately architecture, interior and furniture create a traditional impression. 


    Room Style: Japanese
    Bed Type: Futon
    Bath: Indoor / outdoor onsen
    Toilet: Ensuite western style

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  • Food

    Located in the heart of Northern Alps, and blessed with rich nature, clear air and pure water, Hida Takayama is rich in seasonal ingredients, especially famous for its wild vegetables and mushrooms, and finest quality Hida beef. You’ll taste gourmet Japanese cuisine sourced from local seasonal fresh produce.


    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: Japanese style breakfast.

    Lunches: at local restaurant

    Dinners: Japanese style.

    No alcohol or beverages included.

    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for some dietary requirements. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater for such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure.

    Please note that vegetarian options are available, but limited. Strict vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or gluten free diets will be difficult to accommodate due to the pervasiveness of the fish-based stock dashi and the use of soy sauce and miso in Japanese cuisine. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide your own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‐free or allergen‐free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.
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  • What's Included

    - 3 nights hand-picked accommodation in traditional Japanese ryokans with Japanese/Western styles rooms on a twin share basis (single supplement is available at additional expense)
    - 3x breakfasts, 3x lunches, 3x dinners
    - Guided tour in Shirakawago
    - Guided cycling in Hida Furukawa with mountain bike, helmet, and rain gear provided
    - Guided Takayama walk
    - Guided walk in Kamikochi
    - Luggage transfers
    - Return transfer to/from Takayama station. We can arrange pickup from other places at additional cost.
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • What's included

    - 3 nights hand-picked accommodation in traditional Japanese ryokans with Japanese/Western styles rooms on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expense)
    - 3x breakfasts, 3x lunches, 3x dinners
    - Guided tour in Shirakawago
    - Guided cycling in Hida Furukawa with mountain bike, helmet, and rain gear provided
    - Guided Takayama walk
    - Guided walk in Kamikochi
    - Luggage transfers
    - Return transfer to/from Takayama station. We can arrange pickup from other places at additional cost.
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Leisure walk at Shirakawago
    Day 2: Approx. 22 km, 3.5 hours cycling; approx. 2 km walking
    Day 3: Takayama town walk approx. 2 - 4 km
    Day 4: Kamikochi walk, approx. 4 - 14 km, 2 - 6 hours. 3 options available to suite your fitness levels
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  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Takayama Station
    - The finishing point is Takayama Station

    How to travel between Takayama and Tokyo
    By train: take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya about 1.5 - 2 hours (several train per hour), and and transfer to the JR Hida limited express train to Takayama about 2 hours (one train per hour). The entire one way trip takes about 4.5 hours.
    By highway bus: there are six daytime highway bus round trips per day between Tokyo (Shinjuku Bus Terminal) and Takayama operated by Keio and Nohi Bus. The one way trip takes 5.5 hours.
  • Weather and Climate

    Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

    Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

    Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

    Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

    Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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