Central Japan

NAGANO, NIIGATA, GIFU, SHIZUOKA AND MORE

Central Japan is the widest part of ‘Honshu’, the main Island of Japan. The area features the vast Japanese Alps, which contain some of  the highest mountains in all of Japan and separates the region into a North and South side with different climates. The Pacific Ocean brings a soft breeze and sunny winters while the Sea of Japan brings a cooler climate and snowy winters. Mt. Fuji, the icon of Japan, towers over the Pacific Ocean side that stretches from the corner of the Kanto region to the city of Nagoya near Kanto.

Crossing through Central Japan is the ancient Nakasendo trail, the old mountainous route between Kyoto and ‘Edo’ (now Tokyo). Connecting small Juku villages, such as Tsumago, Magome and Narai to the larger towns in the area, such as Matsumoto and Kanazawa. The region is rich with unique areas such as the Noto Peninsula and Kamikochi, popular with more adventurous travelers who like exploring the vast wilderness of Japan.

Highlights of Central Japan

Follow in the footsteps of Samurai who fought major battles here during the Sengoku (feudal) era of Japan. Central Japan has always been a key to victory for dominance over Japan because of its strategic value, located between Kyoto and Edo (old Tokyo). Many famous warlords were born here as was the culture associated with them, giving the region a rich history dating back hundreds of years.

Self-Guided

Japan Alps Winter 6 days: Nagano and Gifu

  • Duration: 6 days
  • Level: Active

Self-guided winter tour through the Japan Alps, with snowshoeing, numerous Onsen hot springs and a local culinary experience

USD 1935
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Japan Cultural Tour: Takayama to Kiso Valley

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Level: Moderate

An experiential journey through Japan's diverse culture-rich landscapes

USD 3275
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Guided

Japan's Culinary Heritage

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Level: Moderate

Regional cuisine, the heart and soul of Japanese culture

USD 4835
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Self-Guided

Noto Peninsula self-guided cycling 5 days

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Level: Active

Ride from peaceful mountain roads to breathtaking coastal trails and seaside villages on this 5 day self-paced cycling tour

USD 1695
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Noto Peninsula self-guided cycling 6 days

  • Duration: 6 days
  • Level: Active

Explore Kanazawa through the wonderful Kenrokuen Garden and the fascinating Omicho food market before heading onward for five days of road cycling through dramatic coasts and seaside villages

USD 1880
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Noto Peninsula self-guided cycling 7 days

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Level: Active

Explore the atmospheric Noto Peninsula with Six days of road cycling, experiencing unique cuisine, delightful onsen hot-springs and atmospheric fishing towns along a breathtaking coastal trail.

USD 2065
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Guided

Shoguns and Samurai

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Level: Moderate

A scenic journey through Japan's cultural highlights

USD 4930
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Shoguns and Samurai self-guided 14 days

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Level: Moderate

A scenic journey through Japan's cultural highlights

USD 4000
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