Mt Fuji and Mt Yarigatake are the most famous Japanese mountains.We climbing Yarigatake, the 'Japanese Matterhorn', and the classic volcanic cone of Fuji, we stay in Kyoto.
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Kyoto - Nagoya - Tsumago - Matsumoto - Hakone - Tokyo
Welcome to Japan. Meet your tour guide holding Bravo Asia Tours greeting board at the Airport. We will transfer to hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight.Spend the rest of the evening discovering the city on your own.
Free day to explore the delights of Kyoto, one of Japan's ancient capitals.Meet local people, experience efficient public transport and see the wonders that Kyoto has to offer!
Kyoto - Nagoya - Tsumago
We speed our way, by train, out of Kyoto to Nagoya.From Nagoya we transfer by local train/bus to Nagiso and on to Tsumago. Tsumago is situated on the Nakasendo (Central Mountain) Way, and is the best preserved of the many staging posts. We will trek a short 5-mile stretch from the village of Magome, down the Kiso Valley, back to Tsumago.
Tsumago - Matsumoto
Transfer to Kamikochi via Matsumoto; afternoon walk to Yarisawa. In and around MatsumotoUsing the highly efficient Japanese transport system we transfer by road and rail to picturesque Kamikochi, via the city of Matsumoto. Our main luggage will be sent out in the morning from Tsumago to the hotel in Matsumoto where we are staying after the Yarigatake hike. We set out for the Yarisawa mountain hut, a gentle afternoon walk (about 4 hours in duration) . For those not wanting or unable to partake in the Yarigatake Trek, your leader can help organise accommodation in a river lodge or in Matsumoto (at extra expense). The Yarigatake Trek should only be attempted by those in good shape, with strong legs and knees.
Continuing up the increasingly steep and rocky Yarisawa Valley we ascend to the Yarigatake mountain hut, before the final pull up onto the summit of the Japanese Matterhorn - Mt. Yarigatake (Japan's fifth highest peak - 3180m).The short final leg up to the summit is a very steep and challenging scramble using chains and ladders with some exposure to a steep drop - this last stretch is entirely optional and we only recommend experienced scramblers attempt it. This is a popular spot for local hikers with (on a clear day) spectacular views, including Mt Fuji to the southeast. About 6-8 hours challenging hiking.
Descend to Kamikochi, and transfer to Matsumoto. We begin the long and steep descent from Yarigatake mountain hut, back down to Kamikochi (about 8-10 hours hiking). This early morning descent can be cold and begins very steep over broken ground. From Kamikochi we transfer to Matsumoto.
Matsumoto - Hakone
In and around FujiIn the morning there is an opportunity, for those who wish, to visit the impressive Matsumoto Castle (optional). Moving on from Matsumoto we transfer to the town of Fujiyoshida, situated near Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five lakes of Mt Fuji.
Transfer to Station Five on Mt Fuji; climb slowly to Honhachigome - close to the summit of Mt Fuji. We transfer by road to Station Five (Go-gome), from where we start our trek, on a well-marked track up to Station Eight (Hachi-gome). The walk takes about 4-5 hours, but is hard work as you cross steep volcanic scree and cinder that shifts underfoot as you ascend.
An early start for sunrise at Japan's highest point (3776m); descend and transfer to the nearby Lake Kawaguchi. An early morning start, as we set off before sunrise, for the summit of Mt Fuji. The summit is not a single point, but a circular crater rim, and in 'traditional' Japanese style the top features a shrine, weather station, post office, and 24hr noodle bar! After experiencing sunrise, we descend back down to our hotel .
A free day to explore and relax around the beautiful Fuji Five Lakes area. It is possible to visit Lake Sai, perhaps the quietest and least visited of the Five Lakes, or to take a short trip to Tenjo-zan where you often get a fabulous view of Lake Kawaguchi with Mt Fuji behind. For those who want to experience something of the modern and adrenalin-filled side of Japanese life, a day spent on the rollercoasters of the Fuji-Q Highland theme park is recommended!
Morning transfer to Tokyo.In and around TokyoNo visit to Japan would be complete without a trip to Tokyo. From Fujiyoshida we travel by bus, arriving around lunchtime in the capital. Situated on the banks of the Sumida River, by Tokyo Bay, Tokyo grew up out of the fishing village of Edo, becoming the centre of power in 1590. This afternoon is free to explore this bustling metropolis.
Time to explore Tokyo, one of the world's most spectacular capital cities.Today we have a free day to explore the delights of Tokyo. Making use of the city's highly efficient tube system it is possible to visit the early morning fish market in Tsukiji and Asakusa's lively temple of Senso-ji. The possibilities for evening entertainment are almost limitless with Tokyo's nightlife as exciting as anywhere in Asia.
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. We hope to see you again in your next trip to Asia. Your beautiful memory of this trip and our best wishes will company you back home safely.