Being the largest city in the Chubu Region, Nagoya is predominately a manufacturing and shopping hub in Honshu. With that, some would notice the lack of ample history in the area but that is mainly because most of them were destroyed in the air raid back in 1945. Nevertheless, the city still has go much to offer to its visitors with the first that comes to one’s mind: The towering presence of Nagoya Castle which becomes a cherry blossom watch point in Spring.
Type: Private Tour
Upon arrival at Chubu International Airport, meet your driver guide and kick start your day with a visit to the Toyota Automobile museum where it’s headquarters is also located. If you are interested, continue on to visit the Railway Museum which features the advances in Japan transportation like a world-record setting experimental Shinkansen.
Lunch will be at your own expense.
After lunch, proceed to head on to the Atsuta Shrine which is one of the Shinto faith’s most important shrines because it houses the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, as well as one of the 3 imperial regalia, the scared sword of Kusanagi. Dinner will be at your own expense before heading and checking in to the hotel in Nagoya.
Overnight: Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
After breakfast, meet your private driver guide and start your day’s journey to the morning market in Takatama where you will see a ton of shops that sell unique products and ingredients daily. Next, we will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-gō. It is said that some of the houses in these villages are over 250 years old and that the best way to experience the town is to stay overnight at one of the farmhouses.
Optional: Stay overnight at one of the farmhouses in Shirakawa-gō
After which, stop by at Tonami and experience the Shogawa Pleasure Boat. This 1 hour lake cruise that travels from the Komaki Dam to the Omaki Spa allows you to witness the surrounding landscape’s stunning beauty! The last stop of the day will be at Tonami Tulip Gallery where it is arguably the only place in the world where you can find tulips growing all ear round due to the technology the gallery has developed.
Transfer to Kurobe City and check into hotel.
Overnight: Ryokan Enraku
Today, ride the sightseeing train at Kurobe Gorge to see the finest beauties of the Hida Mountains or the Northern Alps. After which, we will stop by Shinminato Kitokito Market for a seafood lunch at your own expense. After lunch, stroll through the rows of latticed houses in Kanaya-machi where it will bring you back in time during the Meiji and Taisho periods as you visit this townscape that often appears in Japanese films before heading back to your next hotel to rest for the day.
Overnight: River Retreat Garaku
After checking out of the hotel, private transfer to Japan’s famous mountain sightseeing route: The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Also known as the ‘Roof of the Japan’, this unique route goes through the lush scenery of Mt. Tateyama for 90km long as you travel through several stops to see the Snow Corridor, the Tateyama Ropeway as well as the Kurobe Dam along the way with the highest elevation at Murodo station at 2,450 meters high.
Following that, we will make a visit to Japan’s largest wasabi farm: Daio. At the farm, you will not only learn more about how wasabi is grown and made, but you will also get to enjoy its beautiful terrain that’s filled with lovely watermills and rivers backdropped by the Alps. You can even buy freshly picked wasabi in their store and taste their wasabi-flavoured ice cream!
Private transfer to Hotel.
Overnight: Gosenjaku Hotel
This morning, enjoy the alluring city of Matsumoto not forgetting Matsumoto Castle which is said to be one of Japan’s most beautiful original castles given that it is one the of the most complete castles up to today.
After admiring the castle, head over to Miharashi farm to make your own soba and have it for lunch! Miharashi Farm is one of the largest agricultural farms in Nagano and you can enjoy fruit-picking good like strawberries, blueberries, apples and many more depending on the season.
From Matsumoto, we will board the JR Shinano Line back to Nagoya Station. Upon arrival at Nagoya Station, have the option of staying one more night here or transferring to Chubu International Airport for your flight to your next destination.