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Tokyo, Kyoto & the Japanese Alps by Rail

Tokyo, Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Kanazawa & Kyoto

Best time to travel
Apr – Nov
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€8,799 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Tokyo and home from Osaka.
  • All private transfers, local train and bus tickets and assigned seats aboard the express train and Green Class carriage of the bullet train.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Tokyo, Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Murodo, Kanazawa and Kyoto.
  • Privately guided city tours in Tokyo and Kanazawa as well as cycling tours in Mount Hakusan and Kyoto.
  • Guided scenic transfer along the beautiful landscapes of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
  • Orientation meeting in Tokyo where you will be provided with a portable Wi-Fi device, in-depth recommendations and maps as well as your PASMO pass for the metro.
  • Luxury luggage forwarding service to make your journey through Japan comfortable and convenient.
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A complete discovery of Japan must include the spectacular landscapes that surround its main cities. On this suggested itinerary, immerse yourself in the futuristic hubs of Tokyo before enjoying the peaceful tranquillity of Matsumoto. Kick adventure up a notch as you transfer high into the Japanese Alps. Journey by cable cars over the roofs of the mountain peaks and experience spectacular views before returning to city life in Kanazawa and Kyoto. We’ve arranged a wonderful blend of city and countryside excursions including exploring Kyoto and cycling the trails of Mount Hakusan.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to the futuristic metropolis of Tokyo.

Your private driver will be waiting to take you to your luxury hotel for your three night stay. You’ll also receive an in-depth welcome orientation and your PASMO pass, portable Wi-Fi device, maps and restaurant recommendations.

Explore Tokyo with your local guide.

Create a bespoke itinerary of your favourite sites. Visit the glorious Hamarikyu Gardens, take the boat along the river and visit sites like Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo Tower and the Meiji Shrine. We also recommend visiting the delicious seafood stalls of Tsukiji Market.

Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo
Discover the characterful neighbourhoods.

Visit the iconic districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku, buy ancient woodblock prints in Asakusa and explore the foody streets of Kappabashi. We’ll reserve seats in the best eateries to sample iconic cuisine like ramen, udon and tempura.

Shinjuku, Tokyo
Board the express train to Matsumoto and on towards Kamikochi by local train and bus transfers.

Though difficult to get to, Kamicochi is a beautifully rewarding destination. Set in the remote highland valleys, spend two nights enjoying peaceful views and sampling delicious kaiseki.

Kamikochi forest, Japan
Spend the day exploring Kamikochi.

Part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, the surrounding area is home to various scenic hiking trails. Follow the Kappabashi Bridge towards the summit of the mountains and look out for wildlife like monkeys, native birds and maybe even a bear in the distance.

Chubu Sangaku National Park
Transfer by bus and local train to Matsumoto.

We’ve arranged a one night stay in a central hotel. Using our in-depth guides and recommendations, spend the day exploring sites like Matsumoto Castle, one of the few remaining castles in Japan.

Matsumoto Castle, Japan
It’s time to start your scenic journey along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

Today’s journey will include a variety of scenic transportation including electric bus, ropeway and by cable car. After soaking up incredible views, arrive at your hotel in Murodo, which is surrounded by the picturesque Northern Alps.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
After an overnight stay, continue along the scenic route.

Witness incredible views on the cable car transfer as well as by highland bus and rail. After a day spent admiring the roof of the Alps, your final journey will be by bullet train, where you’ll arrive in Kanazawa for your three-night stay.

Kanazawa garden, Japan
Explore Kanazawa with your local guide.

Start in the beautiful garden of Kenroku-en. After learning about the symbolic meaning of the trees and flowers, continue to the collection of temples at Teramachi. We’ll finish at a local pottery workshop where you can pick up beautiful handmade pieces.

Cherry blossoms in front of Kanazawa Castle, Japan
Set out on a cycling tour of Mount Hakusan.

With your guide, journey to the Tedori River and head towards Shishiku Hill for superb views. Admire the rice terraces and seasonal flowers that surround. We’ll take you to a traditional mountain restaurant for an authentic lunch.

Hakusan National Park
Transfer to Kyoto via bullet train.

Arrive in the ancient city and check in to your hotel for your four night stay. Start exploring Kyoto’s marvellous sites, visit ancient ceramic workshops and grab some delicious onigiri and shrimp tempura in Nishiki Market.

Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Discover Kyoto’s temples and geisha district.

With your local guide, cycle to sites of outstanding beauty like the Golden Temple, Ryoan-ji Gardens and ancient streets of Gion. Stop to enjoy a traditional yakitori lunch in a hidden izakaya.

Women walking in Kyoto, Japan
Allow us to arrange a day trip to Nara and Fushimi Inari.

We’ll take you to witness the giant Bronze statue of Todai-ji Temple followed by a walk through Nara Park, famed for its friendly deer who bow for tasty snacks. Return to Kyoto via the impressive red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Fushimi Inari, Japan
Depart for the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Wired Hotel Asakusa

Wired Hotel Asakusa

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Trunk Hotel

Trunk Hotel

Situated in the popular neighbourhood of Shibuya, Trunk Hotel is a trendy boutique property that celebrates eco-friendly travel.

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Hotel Shirakabaso Kamikochi

Hotel Shirakabaso Kamikochi

Hotel Shirakabaso is an elegant ryokan situated in the wooded area of Mount Hotaka. Interiors are classically Japanese, with tatami mats, futon bedding and wooden sliding doors.

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Hotel Buena Vista

Hotel Buena Vista

Hotel Buena Vista is a modern hotel in Matsumoto. Situated in a high rise building, it offers endless views over the Japanese Alps and Utsukushigahara Highlands.

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Hotel Tateyama

Hotel Tateyama

The highest hotel in Japan, Hotel Tateyama sits on the highest point of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The hotel is surrounded by picturesque mountain views.

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Kanazawa Tokyo Hotel

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Housed in a contemporary building in Kanazawa, this luxury hotel’s interiors are more traditional, consisting of an inviting combination of classic Japanese décor and modern embellishments.

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The Celestine Hotel Kyoto Gion

Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion

The Celestine is a beautiful hotel situated in Kyoto’s famous geisha district of Gion. Housed in a villa-style property, interiors are classically Japanese with a modern and luxurious flair.

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