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Cruise Add-On: Ports to Peaks

13 Nights: from US$4846 per person (twin share) Trip Code: CAOS2

Now that your cruise is over it's time to head inland on this trip through the Alps that starts among the bright lights of the capital before taking in the castle city of Matsumoto, alpine Takayama, the traditional cities of Kanazawa and Kyoto, and a dip in the hot springs of Hakone. Read more >

Your adventure through the mountain regions and historic cities of Japan begins at Yokohama Port where a private car will be waiting for you to disembark the cruise ship before whisking you in comfort to your hotel in Asakusa, the traditional district of Tokyo. On your first full day in the capital we'll arrange for a private English-speaking guide to help you make the most of your time exploring everything Tokyo has to offer.

Matsumoto is your first stop on your alpine journey. This town is famous for its striking 'Black Crow' castle and deceptively simple yet tasty local food, such as soba buckwheat noodles and savoury oyaki dumplings. As the birthplace of eccentric modern artist Yayoi Kusama, Matsumoto is also home to several great museums, including one dedicated to ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

A highway bus will take you on the next part of the trip through the Alps to Takayama, a small market town with a wonderfully preserved merchant district where you'll feel like you stepped into the past. A privately arranged food and culture walk is the best way to see the town and try out the tasty local produce, including sake.

After another scenic bus journey you'll have a stop-off in the postcard-perfect village of Shirakawago, noteworthy for its iconic sloping thatched roof farmhouses. Then it's back on the bus for the final ride through the Northern Alps to the garden city of Kanazawa. With its carefully preserved samurai and geisha districts and the exquisite landscape garden Kenrokuen, Kanazawa is the perfect place for enjoying a taste of quintessential Japan.

For the next three nights you'll be in Kyoto, the city of a thousand temples. A private guide will again help you make the most out of your time and together you can navigate the city to see all the famous sights and a few lesser known gems. We'll also arrange for you to have a private walking tour of the atmospheric Gion geisha district where you might be able to spot a maiko or geisha darting between teahouses if you're lucky. Your third day in Kyoto will be at leisure, so you might like to make a day trip to nearby Nara which was once the capital of Japan.

Continue your journey on the Shinkansen bullet train as you speed east to Odawara, the gateway to Hakone National Park in the foothills of Mount Fuji. Your third guide will accompany you as you make full use of the array of transport that crisscross Hakone, from mountain trains to ropeways to a kitschy yet scenic ?pirate ship' cruise across Lake Ashi - where you might be able to glimpse Mount Fuji if the weather is on your side.

Your trip will come full circle as you round off your Japan adventure back in Tokyo, this time among the bright lights of the Shinjuku entertainment district. On your final morning a private car will take you in comfort out to the airport in plenty of time for your onward flight.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 13 nights' accommodation (including 2 nights' in Japanese accommodation)
  • Breakfast every day and two dinners
  • Transport between destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Transfers by private car from Yokohama Port and to the airport
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo
  • Two-day Hakone Freepass
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Hakone
  • Private walking tour of Kyoto's Gion geisha district
  • Full day private guide service in Kyoto
  • Private food & culture walk in Takayama
  • Your personalized InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any entrance fees including those for museums, shrines, and temples unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

Trip Highlights

  • Speed around on the Shinkansen bullet train
  • Take in the mountain views in Matsumoto and Takayama
  • Visit the picturesque hamlet of Shirakawago
  • Soak in the hot spring baths of Hakone
  • Explore traditional temples and backstreets in Kyoto
  • Admire Kenrokuen landscape garden

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

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