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Best of Kamikochi Walk & Mountain Biking 3D2N, Fully Guided

Best of Kamikochi Walk & Mountain Biking 3D2N, Fully Guided

Best of Kamikochi Walk & Mountain Biking 3D2N, Fully Guided

$1,600.00

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Over 3 days and 2 nights, explore the world-famous Kamikochi & Japan's Alps on foot and by bike. With clear skies, spectacular mountains, and bright blue river streams, this 3-day walk and bike combo offers you unforgettable adventure in Japan's Alps.

Kamikochi is the crown jewel of the Japanese Alps and one of Japan’s most famous hiking destinations. This high mountain valley is located in the Northern Japan Alps in Chubu Sangaku National Park. The surrounding mountains reach 3,190 m, which creates a stunningly magnificent background with the beautiful aquamarine Azusa River in the foreground. Open only from April to November, the valley is flocked to by nature lovers and hikers.

The crafted three day action-packed package incorporates one day walking in Kamikochi valley, one day Mt Norikura mountain hiking and half day mountain biking. Your experienced guide will tailor the program to suit your fitness levels. The walking and biking routes cover many scenic spots of Kamikochi and Mt Norikura and you can take in its unique beauty and stark contrasts.

The package includes guided walking and biking, return transfers to/from Matsumoto, boutique accommodation and all meals.

With stunning mountain views, crystal clear waters, and boutique accommodation, Best of Kamikochi Walk & Mountain Bike offers one of the best Japanese Alps adventures.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round 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.

Luggage Forwarding
Baggage handling is not included in the tour cost, but Japan has a fabulous luggage forwarding service which you can use to send your luggage to your next destination. It will take between 24 and 72 hours to get the luggage to the next point so we recommend preparing an overnight bag when using this service. Luggage can be sent between any two points in Japan and the bell desks or receptions at your hotel will be happy to assist you with arranging this luggage transfer. We can assist you to arrange luggage transfers.

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

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


    Mt. Norikura is the southernmost and third tallest major peak of the Northern Japan Alps and one of Japan's 100 famous mountains. The mountain is a well-known hiking destination, and provides ample of scenic spots with beautiful mountain vistas, lush forests, cascading waterfalls and stunning views of the surrounding peak.


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  • Accommodation

    You will stay at Hotel Shirakabaso within Kamikochi valley.

    Hotel Shirakabaso
    Amid stunning nature in the heart of Kamikochi and located in front of the Kappa Bridge, you can marvel in the beauty of the Japanese Alps. Your superior room offers spectacular view of the Hotaka mountain. It also features a terrace and hammock for you to take in the spectacular Alps views.


    Room Style: Western / Japanese
    Bed Type: Twin beds / Futon
    Bath: Indoor bath / public bath
    Toilet: Ensuite western style

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  • Food

    You will have authentic Japanese food during the tour, with local and surrounding area produce. Enjoy the traditional multi-course dinner featuring fresh fish and mountain vegetables from the mountain area. Shirakabaso Hotel serves a dinner prepared with local produce, while Restaurant Le Blanc offers a buffet of Japanese and Western dishes.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: Japanese style breakfast.

    Lunches: at local restaurant or picnic lunch


    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

    - Two nights accommodation at Hotel Shirakabaso with Japanese/Western styles room on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - 2x breakfasts, 2x lunch, 2x dinners. Enjoy the traditional multi-course dinner featuring fresh fish and mountain vegetables from the mountain area
    - Guided Kamikochi & Mt Norikura walking tours with an English speaking guide
    - Guided half day mountain biking tour with an English speaking guide
    - Return transfer to/from Matsumoto. We can arrange pickup from other places at additional cost.
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • What's included

    - Two nights accommodation at Hotel Shirakabaso with Japanese/Western styles room on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - 2x breakfasts, 2x lunch, 2x dinners. Enjoy the traditional multi-course dinner featuring fresh fish and mountain vegetables from the mountain area
    - Guided Kamikochi & Mt Norikura walking tours with an English speaking guide
    - Guided half day mountain biking tour with an English speaking guide
    - Return transfer to/from Matsumoto. We can arrange pickup from other places at additional cost.
  • walk & bike distance

    Day 1: 4 - 13 km Kamikochi walking options. Tailored walking itinerary to suit your fitness level
    Day 2: Mt. Norikura Hike full day
    Day 3: 3 hour guided mountain biking
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  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Matsumoto
    - The finishing point is Matsumoto

    How to travel between Matsumoto and Tokyo
    By direct JR limited express train: JR "Azusa" and "Super Azusa" limited express trains require just over 2.5 hours for the journey between Tokyo's Shinjuku Station and Matsumoto.
    By highway bus: Highway buses operate hourly between Tokyo (Shinjuku Bus Terminal) and Matsumoto (Matsumoto Bus Terminal near Matsumoto Station). The one way trip takes just over three 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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