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If you’re travelling between Matsumoto and Takayama (as many of our customers do) there are a couple of ways to make the journey, but as the saying goes, ‘sometimes it’s not the destination but the journey’ and the number one recommendation would be to take the highway bus through the Japan Alps.
I heard the journey was stunning, but nothing could have prepared me for how breathtakingly beautiful it would be!
As the bus trundles along twisting mountain roads (sometimes precariously close to the edge!), lush green mountain ranges dominate the skyline, with villages dotting the valleys below. Clear waterfalls, lakes and streams punctuate the landscape, as the bus carefully waits on a mountain edge for an oncoming vehicle to pass by, and between the mountains rice paddies wait patiently.
The journey is simple to make, and one to be enjoyed. Just sit back, relax, and keep your camera at the ready!