Exclusive Private Journey

Snow Monkeys & Samurai

3 Nights: price on request Trip Code: EPJ500

Traverse the backbone of Japan, where the picturesque mountains are home to monkeys, sake and art among teetering rice paddies and towering peaks. Read more >

Take a seat in the luxurious "gran class" car of the bullet train to speed north from Tokyo up into the Japanese Alps, home to some of the most spectacular rural landscapes in the country. Seventy percent of Japan is mountainous, and this range forms the backbone of Honshu, Japan's main island.

Your first stop is Nagano, home of the 1998 Winter Olympics and Zenko-ji Temple - the most important Zen temple in Japan. You'll be based in the quaint village of Obuse, where you'll explore sake breweries and flower gardens and enjoy small-town alpine life.

From here you'll also have the chance to visit some of the world's northernmost-living primates, the gorgeous "snow monkeys" who play for hours in natural hot springs baths in the mountains near Yudanaka Onsen.

The Alps have a rich artistic heritage; local hero Hokusai - the master of woodblock prints - is honoured in excellent museums in both Obuse and Matsumoto. We'll connect you with an experienced artist to help you explore the legacy of this great master.

Throughout this Exclusive Private Journey you will be accompanied by an top-class guide, stay in the finest accommodation and enjoy world-class dining. A driver and private car will be at your disposal for all transfers and sightseeing.

What, where, when and how...

Snow Monkeys & Samurai - 4 Days - Day by Day

Snow Monkeys & Samurai - 4 Days - Accommodation