This 2-day bus tour from Nagoya will take you to several popular destinations. On the first day, you will visit Shirakawago, a place that is listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Site, and Hida Takayama, which is also known as "Little Kyoto". After staying overnight at Toyama prefecture, on the following day after breakfast, you will travel through Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and visit 20-meter tall Snow Wall Otani (until 22 June) where you can experience what being surrounded by snow during the springtime feels like, witness the water discharge from the dam in summer or enjoy beautiful fall foliage of the mountains in autumn.
Day 1: After meeting with your tour conductor, you will head to Hida Takayama by bus. It will take almost 3 hours but it will be a comfortable ride. You will have around 2 hours to explore the quaint old streets of the merchant town from the Edo period, which is also known as "Little Kyoto". Also have lunch independently in a local restaurant while strolling, as lunch is not included. If you want to save time for more sightseeing, a lunch box is available if ordered at least 7 days in advance, for an additional fee (JPY 1,000 tax included). Please pay the lunch box fee to a tour conductor in cash on the tour day. 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 90 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 of your choice near Toyama Station, as the dinner is not included in the tour fee. Day 2: After your breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Nagano prefecture, where you can enjoy snow even during the spring in Japan. The first stop in Nagano prefecture is Tateyama; from here, it takes you only 7 minutes by cable car to go to Bijodaira. Once you arrive at Bijodaira, you will ride on another highland-exclusive bus to go to Murodo, where the Snow Wall Otani is located. You will be able to see the snow wall from late April to middle of June (until 22nd June in 2018). After taking your time to feel the cold, brisk air and walk around at the Snow Wall, you will ride on a bus to head to Daikanbo. At Daikanbo, you will take the rope way for about 7 minutes to get to Kurobedaira. Then, you will change to a cable car for 5 minutes to go to lake Kurobe. At lake Kurobe, you will have the opportunity to walk around and see Kurobe dam, a giant hydropower plant, which is very popular for its extraordinary view. After 15 minutes of strolling at Kurobe dam, you will be taken to Ogizawa and then Azumino by bus. Azumino, where you will be able enjoy shopping, is the last destination of the tour. At the end of the tour, you will go back and stop at Nagoya station at around 20:20.