Handicraft gems along the coast of the Sea of Japan
After an acclimatization & exploration day in Ôsaka, take the road to Kanazawa, the ancient capital of the former Kaga Province. The Maeda clan ruled over it for almost 300 years. Thanks to the constant support of this patron of the arts, Kanazawa is still one of the most important handicraft centres of Japan. This city is also famous for the Kenroku-en, one of the most beautiful garden Japan’s.
Snowy and cultivated landscapes
Leave the coast and discover the beauty of the historical village of Ogimachi in the heart of the Shirakawa valley. Spend the night in a traditional thatched house before continuing your journey to Takayama. This city is nicknamed “Little Kyoto” because of its many historical monuments.
Then, travel to Matsumoto, a very charming city of the Japanese Alps, home of the oldest original castle Japan’s. From there, go on a day tour to Azumino valley, heart of the production of the essential ingredient of sushi, wasabi.
Plenty of nature between ocean and sacred mountain
Return to the coast, this time on the Pacific side, under the approving and omnipresent gaze of Japan’s most famous montain, the Fuji. Admire it while crossing Suruga Bay until the Izu Peninsula where you will explore the maritime beauties of its western coast. On the way back to Ôsaka, make a stopover in the small beautiful town of Omi-Hachiman, famous for its numerous canals and superb religious sites.
- I offer typically tours during the spring (15.03 to 31.05) and autumn (30.09 to 30.11). I do not travel to Japan during the summer because it’s too hot and rainy. I have also decided not to offer tours during the winter – traditional Japanese houses do not have central heating and I don’t want my customers to freeze.
- The difficulty level is calculated for active travellers who are physically fit and enjoy walking/hiking.
- For more detailed information about the Japanese accommodation system as well as further peculiarities unique to the “Land of the Rising Sun”, please refer to our brochure Tips for Travellers to Japan.