Self Guided Adventure


Mountains & Monkeys (Group Tour Add-On)

4 Nights: from US$910 per person (twin share) Trip Code: AOMMC

Trade cities for nature with this four night extension in Nagano Prefecture, home to some of the best scenery in Japan. Visit the castle city of Matsumoto, learn more about the origins of Japanese Buddhism at Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano, and meet the snow monkeys in the forests of Yudanaka. Read more >

You've delved deep into both the popular and traditional culture of Japan during your Small Group Tour, J-Pop & Go, so why don't you explore a different side to the country with this Self-Guided extension?

By now you're adept at using the fantastic public transport, so in this add-on you will travel independently from Tokyo to Matsumoto and Nagano for three nights, before heading back to the capital for a final night. Nagano is the fourth biggest prefecture in Japan and it's home to the majestic Japanese Alps, fantastic hot springs, and lots of great food such as Shinshu beef and oyaki buckwheat dumplings filled with savoury vegetables, sweet pumpkin, or tasty anko beans.

In keeping with the "Self-Guided" name, we will equip you with the information to go out and explore the sights on your own, such as Yudanaka where the snow monkeys while away their time in the sulphurous hot spring baths in the mountains. But we also don't want to leave you completely on your own, so we've included a tasty soba making class in Matsumoto near the "Black Crow Castle" where you can learn about, make, and eat your own soba noodles.

After spending some time in the mountains, we've booked you a last night in Shinjuku in Tokyo so you can fill up on some delicious food and drink in the welcoming, wonderfully ramshackle bars of Golden Gai, or treat yourself to a last spot of shopping. Need some more ideas? Have a look through your complimentary Info-Pack to get some of our best Insider recommendations.

On your final morning, you'll take the Narita Express train out to Narita Airport in plenty of time for your flight. If you'd prefer to fly from Haneda Airport instead, don't hesitate to get in touch with us and we can alter arrangements to suit your plans.

This extension package is designed to be bolted on to one of our Small Group Tours. It works best when combined with J-Pop & Go. Please note that the extension is Self-Guided. This means you will not be travelling in a group or with a tour leader, but full instructions including details of your journeys and directions to your accommodation will be included in your complimentary InsideJapan Tours' Info-Pack.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Four nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • All transport between destinations
  • Soba making class in Matsumoto
  • Airport transfer to Narita Airport at the end of your trip
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destinations
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums
  • Baggage handling - you will be expected to carry your own bags for the duration of the trip

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the famous "Black Crow Castle” of Matsumoto
  • Meet the famous snow monkeys at the hot spring pools in Yudanaka
  • Journey into the majestic mountains of Nagano Prefecture
  • Learn how to make (and eat!) soba in a traditional noddle shop
  • Pay your respects at Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano which has 1200 years of history
  • Take in the bright lights of Shinjuku one last time

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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