Escape the crowds of Tokyo for a relaxing 2-day trip to visit the famous World Heritage Shirakawago and also Hida-Takayama known as "Little Kyoto." You will have a chance to stay overnight at Toyama prefecture and travel through the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route on the second day. There you can experience what being surrounded by 20-meter tall Snow Wall Otani during the springtime feels like, witness the water discharge from the dam in summer or enjoy beautiful fall foliage of the mountains in autumn.
After meeting with your tour conductor, travel by bus for approximately 4 hours with breaks on the way, heading to Gifu prefecture. First, you will stop at Nyukawa for about 30 minutes to rest and go shopping before heading to Hida Takayama, the first main destination. You will have the chance to explore the quaint streets of this small town, which is also known as "Little Kyoto" for about 60 minutes.
If you want to save time for more sightseeing, optional lunch meal boxes for the first day, which will be served on the bus, are available for purchase only in advance (at least 1 week before the departure date). It can be 1) Lunch box with specialties of Shinshu (now Nagano Prefecture) for JPY 1,050 or 2) "Miso Dengaku" lunch box including konnyaku (yam cake with miso spread) for JPY 850. Both contain grilled fish, simmered vegetables and steamed rice. Please pay the lunch box fee to a tour conductor in cash on the tour day. Tax is included. The next destination is Shirakawago, a place that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shirakawago is famous for the farmhouses that represent Japanese traditional architecture. The structure of the houses is called “Gassho-zukuri”, which refers to the shape of the roof that looks like a person's hands put together for praying. You will spend about 60 minutes there walking around and taking pictures before heading to your accommodation in Toyama prefecture. Your accommodation will be at APA Hotel Toyama. After arriving, enjoy your dinner individually in one of the local restaurants near Toyama Station, as the dinner is not included in the tour fee.
On the next day, after your breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Nagano prefecture, where you can enjoy snow even during the spring. Firstly, you will proceed to Tateyama to start the journey by cable car, which will take about 7-minutes. Once you arrive at Bijodaira, you will ride on another highland-exclusive bus for around 60 minutes to head to Murodo, where the Snow Wall Otani is located. You will be able to see the snow wall from late April to middle June (until 22th June in 2018).
After that, you will ride on the trolley bus to pass though the Tateyama tunnel and head to Daikambo Ropeway station. Then you will take a ride on the ropeway for approximately 7 minutes to Kurobedaira, where you can get a fantastic view of the natural wonders. After a short rest, you will take a cable car for 5 minutes to Lake Kurobe, famous for its emerald green water.
Thereafter, you will head to Kurobe Dam on foot to take a look at a giant hydropower plant, which is very popular for its extraordinary view of surrounding Kurobe Gorge. Then, you will ride on a trolley bus to head to Ogizawa.
From there, you will be picked up by the coach bus to visit to Azumino for a 25-minute shopping break before heading back to Shinjuku. The approximate arrival time is between 19:30 and 20:00.