The Japanese Alps private tour

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: The Japanese Alps private tour


Our Japanese Alps tour is conducted entirely using Japan's fabulous public transport and cross-country rail system - a fast and environmentally friendly way to travel, and very much a part of the Japanese experience! In Tokyo and Kyoto youíll take advantage of the citiesí impressive metro systems, at least when not getting around on foot or by bike!

Japan makes green travel easy, with good provision of recycling facilities and strict environmental standards that all hotels are expected to conform to. That said, there are always changes you can make to the way you travel personally so as to help preserve the environment. To aid you, we provide tips on travelling green in Japan in our travel packs, provided to you prior to travelling.

In Tsumago and Takayama you will stay at traditional lodgings where you'll be served Japanese cuisine made with locally sourced produce. In Kyoto, you have the option to do much of your sightseeing by bike.


Though Japan has a generous and preservationist state, many of the remoter areas you'll visit on your tour, particularly the Edo-era heritage towns of Magome and Tsumago, and the farming community of Ogimachi, are dependent on the revenue generated by small scale tourism to survive. Your visit will help sustain these areas of cultural and historical interest, which do not attract visitors in the same numbers as Japan's more famous city attractions.

On all our Japan tours we emphasise where possible the use of traditional, locally-owned accommodation and guesthouses, such as ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) and minshuku (family-run guesthouses, or small-scale ryokan). During our Japanese Alps tour, you'll experience traditional Japanese hospitality at an authentic minshuku in Tsumago, and bathe in hot spring baths at a classic ryokan in Takayama!

We employ experienced local guides for your guided tours in Tokyo and Kyoto (days 2 and 9), and for your Nishiki cooking class (day 8).

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