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Luxury Japan Alps Explorer (Inc. Nakasendo Trail Walk) 11D10N, Partially Guided

Luxury Japan Alps Explorer (Inc. Nakasendo Trail Walk) 11D10N, Partially Guided

Luxury Japan Alps Explorer (Inc. Nakasendo Trail Walk) 11D10N, Partially Guided

$8,750.00

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At A Glance

A luxury journey from Tokyo to Kyoto, exploring the 'alps' of Japan to discover pristine alpine towns filled with history and culture, walking the best sections of the old Nakasendo Trail, and venturing the remote mountainous highland valley Kamikochi. Over 11-days/10-nights, you'll fall under the spell of some of Japan's most spectacular mountain scenery and create memories to treasure. Soak in mountain-side onsens whilst enjoying breath-taking landscapes at every turn.

Japan is a country of mountains. With over seventy-percent of the country being mountainous terrain, it's no wonder that mountains have religious and culture importance to the Japanese. In particular, the Japan Alps region offers stunning views of scenic alpine landscapes.

Starting from Tokyo, you'll walk on the best section of the old Nakasendo Trail for 3 days passing the picturesque Kiso Valley. The village to village walk allows you to visit the exquisitely-preserved villages of Magome and Tsumago, and stay at some of the best hand-picked traditional Japanese inns. Venture into Kamikochi and explore the beautiful highland on foot along Azusa River surrounded by stunning peaks and seasonal foliage. You'll also have an opportunity to visit Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its gassho-zukuri farmhouses.

The package also includes a one day private guided walk in Tokyo and a one day private guided cycling tour in Kyoto.

The luxurious accommodation is hand picked for this package, including some of the best 5 star hotels and boutique Japanese ryokans.

You will enjoy authentic and delicious local cuisine. Please refer to the itinerary for meal inclusions.

The tour includes 10 nights accommodation, meals as mentioned in the itinerary, English meet and greet at the airport and return transfers to the airport, transport pass, guided tour in Kyoto and Tokyo and a customised travel document.

This is the luxury discovery of the Japan Alps replete with natural beauty and rich history. A Japan adventure like none other. You'll return invigorated and inspired with memories that will last a lifetime.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round on request.

Dates or itinerary don't fit?
We specialise 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.

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

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  • FEATURES

    Japan Alps: The Japanese Alps is a series of mountain ranges in Japan which bisect the main island of Honshu offering Japan's most glorious mountain scenery.

    Nakasendo Trail or 'Road through the Central Mountains' was part of feudal Japan's network of highways. Stretching all the way from Tokyo to Kyoto, the 533km Nakasendo trail is jam-packed with Japanese traditional culture, architecture, shops and ambiance. Walking the Nakasendo trail from village to village is a great way to sample Japan's rural scenery.


    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.

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  • Accommodation

    You will stay at some of the best 5 star hotels and luxury Japanese inns/ryokans during the trip.

    Palace Hotel Tokyo
    Palace Hotel Tokyo is an iconic luxurious hotel situated at the heart of Marunouchi, the business district adjacent to the much-loved natural splendor. Just opposite the Imperial Palace gardens, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is a haven of hospitality - serene and refined, and imbued with understated luxury throughout.


    Room Style: Western
    Bed Type: Twin bed
    Bath: Indoor bath
    Toilet: Ensuite western style


    Tobira Onsen Myojinkan
    Surrounded by the beautiful Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park, tucked away in the calm of the Japan's Northern Alps, Tobira Onsen Myojinkan offers a divinely serene atmosphere in the heart of nature. As a member of Relais & Châteaux, the hotel offers superb rooms and suites, sophisticated Kaiseki-style food as well as organic French cuisine.

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


    Onyado Daikichi
    Settled in an oldest merchant town in Kiso Valley, this beautiful and traditional Japanese Inn offers you magnificent seasonal sceneries that you can enjoy and relax in. It also provides an authentic Japanese dinning experience.

    Room Style: Japanese
    Bed Type: Futon
    Bath: Shared bath
    Toilet: Shared western toilet


    Komanoyu
    Unwind at this long-established inn, the only ryokan that can be found along the mountain road connecting Kiso-Fukushima Station and Mount Kisokoma. Enjoy local specialties using food from Kiso Mountains and high quality sake from the local area.

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


    Hidatei Hanaougi
    Hidatei Hanaougi is located in the beautiful nature rich area of Hida Takayama with colorful trees all year around. It is famous for its natural hot spring from 1200 meters below ground. Stay at the hot spring inn and enjoy the traditional Japanese Kaiseki course dinner.

    Room Style: Japanese
    Bed Type: Futon
    Bath: Indoor bath
    Toilet: Ensuite western style


    Hyatt Regency Kyoto
    Hyatt Regency is a luxury hotel in the heart of Kyoto. Located in a leafy district suffused with the elegance of the old capital, the hotel is tastefully decorated blending traditional Japanese style with modern practicality. Furnished with framed works of antique kimono fabric, the serene residences are enriched by the softly lit paper lanterns, low-slung beds, and deep baths for a relaxing soak.

    Room Style: Western
    Bed Type: Twin bed
    Bath: Indoor 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.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: ranges from Japanese style breakfast to buffet 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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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - 10 nights hand picked luxury accommodation mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine of the Japanese countryside, with ingredients sourced from local and the surrounding lush mountains. 10x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 4x dinners
    - English meet and greet at the airport and return private transfers to the airports
    - Self-guide app and customised travel documentation
    - Private guided Tokyo walking tour with an English speaking guide
    - Private guided Kyoto cycling tour with an English speaking guide
    - Private guided Kamikochi walking tour with an English speaking guide
    - 7-Day Japan Rail Pass in ordinary class, activated on Day 3
    - PASMO Transport Pass for local transportation in Tokyo with 1,500 JPY worth of credits (Note: Additional credits will be charged by our guides to cover transportation during guided days. You are free to further charge your card should you wish to make use of it during self-guided days).

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:

    We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. The following are some of the sample activities that we can offer. Please contact us for more information or a tailor-made itinerary.

    Tokyo
    - Full Day Mt Takao Hiking Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Mt. Fuji Trekking Excursion from Tokyo
    - The Skies Above Tokyo Helicopter Ride
    - Full Day Odawara Forest Adventure Excursion from Tokyo
    - Tokyo Garden and Fire Ceremony Tour
    - Full Day Japan Wine Country Tour
    - Tokyo Pop Culture Tour
    - Tokyo Bonsai Museum & Bonsai Experience Tour
    - Ghibli Museum & Nakano Walking Tour
    - Japanese Residential Culture Tour
    - Evening Supercar Drive in Tokyo
    - Private Shrine Blessing in Tokyo
    - Noh Theatre Tour & Private Noh Demonstration
    - Japanese Meal with Traditional Entertainment
    - Tokyo by Night Local’s walking tour Karaoke & Bars
    - Shinjuku Izakaya and Nightcap Tour
    - Tokyo Evening Local Gourmet Tour
    - Tokyo Sake Brewery & Sake Tasting Tour
    - Evening Tokyo Depachika and Yakitori Alley Tour
    - “Akachochin” Red Lantern Local Food Tour
    - Tsukiji Market Visit and Sushi Making Lesson at Local Home
    - Tokyo Edo Crafts Experience
    - Sumo Training Experience
    - Full Day Sword Master Visit from Tokyo
    - Akihabara Tour with Cosplay Experience
    - Taiko (Japanese drum) Experience
    - Full Day Nikko World Heritage Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Sendai & Matsushima Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Flower Park Excursion from Tokyo

    Kyoto
    - Kyoto Higashiyama Walking Tour
    - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
    - Kyoto Arashiyama Tour
    - Kyoto Philosopher’s Path Walking Tour
    - Kyoto Fushimi and Sake Museum Tour
    - Spiritual Kyoto Tour
    - Kyoto Afternoon Tea With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Private Geisha Teahouse Experience
    - Kyoto Private Dinner With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Mt. Hiei Spiritual Tour
    - Traditional Cormorant Fishing Private Cruise
    - Evening Kyoto by Night Tour
    - Uji Tea Experience Tour
    - Private Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Exclusive Temple Experience
    - Kyoto Samurai Sword Dance Experience
    - Geisha Makeover Experience
    - Kyoto Traditional Crafts Tour
    - Kyoto Taiko Drums Experience
    - Kyoto Cooking Lesson with Professional Chef
    - Kyoto Market Visit, Sake Tasting and Cooking Lesson
    - Soba Cooking Lesson
    - Nara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Nara and Fushimi Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ohara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ine Fisherman Village Excursion from Kyoto
    - Himeji Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iga Ninja Excursion from Kyoto
    - Sumo Experience Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iaido Sword Experience Excursion from Kyoto
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  • DAY 9

  • DAY 10

  • DAY 11

  • What's included

    - 10 nights luxury accommodation mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine of the Japanese countryside, with ingredients sourced from local and the surrounding lush mountains. 10x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 4x dinners
    - English meet and greet at the airport and return private transfers to the airports
    - Self-guide app and customised travel documentation
    - Private guided Tokyo walking tour with an English speaking guide
    - Private guided Kyoto cycling tour with an English speaking guide
    - Private guided Kamikochi walking tour with an English speaking guide
    - 7-Day Japan Rail Pass in ordinary class, activated on Day 3
    - PASMO Transport Pass for local transportation in Tokyo with 1,500 JPY worth of credits (Note: Additional credits will be charged by our guides to cover transportation during guided days. You are free to further charge you card should you wish to make use of it during self-guided days).
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrived in Tokyo
    Day 2: Full day guided Tokyo highlights walk
    Day 3: Tokyo - Matsumoto, self-guided Matsumoto exploring
    Day 4: Self-guided Kamikochi walk, approx. 4 hours
    Day 5: Matsumoto - Tsumago, self guided walk in Tsumago post town
    Day 6: Self-guided Nakasendo trail walk to Magome. Approx. 8.3km / 5.2 miles, 3 hours
    Day 7: Self exploring Takayama
    Day 8: Self guided day tour to Shirakawago
    Day 9: Train from Takayama to Kyoto
    Day 10: Guided full day cycling in Kyoto
    Day 11: Depart in Kyoto
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  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Tokyo
    - The finishing point is Kyoto
  • 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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