The Mountains and Sea

The Mountains and Sea

This ten-night Japan Itinerary is a chance to get off the normal beaten path while still hitting some of the traditional highlights of Japan.  It includes a few days in exciting, dynamic Tokyo, a visit to a castle town in the Japanese Alps where you can see one of Japan’s authentic castles, some exquisite time visiting the center of Japanese tradition and culture, Kyoto and ends in one of Japan’s hottest destinations, Kanazawa, where famous gardens and amazing food await on this city near the sea.  End with one final night in Tokyo, perfectly positioned for your homeward bound flight.  The Mountains and Sea Itinerary will give you a chance to visit four distinctly different parts of Japan at your preferred pace. Fill the days with more activities to speed things up, or go more slowly and savor fewer visits each day.

We have curated the internet to bring together all the information you need to plan your trip in one handy page. You can easily arrange this entire tour on your own using our simple, do-it-yourself instructions and links to transportation, hotels, train information and more!

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The Mountains and Sea Itinerary - 10 Day
The Mountains and Sea Itinerary - 10 Day
This fourteen-night Japan Itinerary covers it all! For an in-depth exploration of Japan and a once-in-a-lifetime trip that includes all the highlights of Japan. It has a chance to get off the normal beaten path while still hitting some of the most famous places Japan has to offer. It includes a few days in exciting, dynamic Tokyo, stops in the quiet wooden town of Takayama and the cultural center of Kanazawa, some exquisite time visiting the center of Japanese tradition and culture, Kyoto, and includes a night in one of Japan's most most famous playgrounds, Hakone, near Mt. Fuji. End with one final night in Tokyo, perfectly positioned for your homeward bound flight. The Traditional Loop Itinerary will give you a chance to visit five different yet unique places in Japan at your preferred pace. Fill the days with more activities to speed things up, or go more slowly and savor fewer visits each day. Tokyo-Matsumoto-Kyoto-Kanazawa-Tokyo The Japanese Alps near the castle town of Matsumoto and the Sea of Japan form the boundaries of this adventure through the many faces of Japan, including the traditional capital of Kyoto and the current international city of Tokyo.
Price: $99.99
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Tokyo

Tokyo is an extraordinary city—both a large and sprawling metropolis as well as a collection of small neighborhoods bound together both by excellent public transport and centuries of tradition, and it is the capitol of Japan today. This incredible city is also known for its many museums, theaters, gardens, and the world’s most famous fish market. Tokyo holds vast and incredibly lit shopping districts, stunning architectural buildings, and the sprawling Meiji Shinto Shrine, known for its towering gate and surrounding woods in the middle of downtown Tokyo. It is a mixture of the ultramodern and traditional, from the neon-lit skyscrapers to the historic temples.

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto, at the base of the Japanese Alps in Nagano prefecture (home of the 2010 Winter Olympics!) is home to one of the few original castles in Japan, where you can experience the way the samurai lived and climb the steep inner steps to the top to survey the beautiful Kiso valley. The area is known for its apples, soba (buckwheat) noodles and is the birthplace of the famous Suzuki music method. Near the city are numerous onsen (hot spring) towns and ryokans where you can enjoy geothermally heated spring water and multi-course kaiseki meals.

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Kyoto

Kyoto is the former capital of Japan, famous for its temples, shrines, Geisha, textiles, festivals, and traditional stone streets. It is home to seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple (the famed “Golden Pavillion”), Ryoan-ji Temple, and Nijo Castle. After the sun sets, you can sometimes see a geisha dressed in a colorful kimono, silently walking from one tea house to the next in the Gion district. Several times a year Kyoto is the home to festivals that showcase the history of the city and region with parades featuring stunning costumes and elaborate floats.

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa means “marsh of gold”, and is the city made by samurai.  It is known as the home of one of Japan’s three most famous gardens, Kenrokuen, a beautiful landscape garden incorporating streams, ponds and a large variety of trees and plants. One of the symbols of the garden is an old stone lantern, perfectly placed to serve as a focal point in any season. In addition to this garden, the city’s Nagamachi Samurai district and Higashichaya geisha district draw tourists interested in historical Japan. The Museum of the 21st Century and the DT Suzuki Museum draw fans of the contemporary. As a seaside city, Kanazawa is also known for it’s fresh and varied seafood.

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Tokyo

After 9 amazing nights in Japan, return to Tokyo for one final day in this dynamic city. Visit those places you weren’t able to get to on your first stay, finish shopping for gifts for family and friends and enjoy one last dinner high atop one of Tokyo’s famous skyscrapers, with views as far as Mt. Fuji on a clear day.

Your Daily Itinerary Includes

Complete PDF (over 50 pages!) with hundreds of links to resources:

  • Planning and preparation information
  • Curated Japan Signature information – insider knowledge from travelers who go to Japan regularly as tourists
  • Arrival Logistics Information with links to book in advance
  • Departure Logistics Information with links to book in advance
  • Detailed travel instructions for Tokyo to Matsumoto and Matsumoto to Kyoto including multiple options, routes and side-trips
  • Information on J-R Railpass use

Tokyo Information:

  • 11 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Details on trains, subways and taxis, with some information (and words of caution) about buses and rental cars
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do plus 8 more interesting places to visit in your 3-day visit
  • Resources for finding and hiring a guide (including volunteers)
  • Descriptions of 18 of Tokyo’s neighborhoods
  • Dining with links to lists of restaurants
  • Activities to try including cooking and sword and ninja classes
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Tokyo

Matsumoto Information:

  • 4 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Local transportation information (mostly on foot in this town)
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do plus extras if you have time
  • Resources for finding and hiring a local guide (including volunteers)
  • Descriptions of areas of interest
  • Dining – local restaurants as well as dining at your ryokan
  • Activities to try including soba-noodle making, apple picking and interesting local museums
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Matsumoto

Kyoto Information:

  • 13 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Details on trains,subways and taxis, with some information (and words of caution) about buses
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do, 5 hidden gems, plus details about places that require an advance reservation
  • Resources for finding and hiring a guide (including volunteers)
  • Descriptions of 6 main areas for sightseeing in Kyoto
  • Dining with links to lists of restaurants
  • Activities to try including cooking classes, taiko drum lessons, kimono dressing and more
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Kyoto

Kanazawa Information:

  • 10 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Local transportation information
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do plus extras if you have time
  • Resources for finding and hiring a local guide (including volunteers)
  • Five main areas to visit with maps and ideas for each area
  • Dining – local restaurants as well as dining at your ryokan (Kanazawa is known for it’s food!)
  • Activities to try including ceramics, painting, pottery and culinary arts
  • Festival and events unique to the area
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Kanazawa

Buy The Mountains and Sea 10 Day Itinerary PDF Now

The PDF will be emailed to you…

 

The Mountains and Sea Itinerary - 10 Day
The Mountains and Sea Itinerary - 10 Day
This fourteen-night Japan Itinerary covers it all! For an in-depth exploration of Japan and a once-in-a-lifetime trip that includes all the highlights of Japan. It has a chance to get off the normal beaten path while still hitting some of the most famous places Japan has to offer. It includes a few days in exciting, dynamic Tokyo, stops in the quiet wooden town of Takayama and the cultural center of Kanazawa, some exquisite time visiting the center of Japanese tradition and culture, Kyoto, and includes a night in one of Japan's most most famous playgrounds, Hakone, near Mt. Fuji. End with one final night in Tokyo, perfectly positioned for your homeward bound flight. The Traditional Loop Itinerary will give you a chance to visit five different yet unique places in Japan at your preferred pace. Fill the days with more activities to speed things up, or go more slowly and savor fewer visits each day. Tokyo-Matsumoto-Kyoto-Kanazawa-Tokyo The Japanese Alps near the castle town of Matsumoto and the Sea of Japan form the boundaries of this adventure through the many faces of Japan, including the traditional capital of Kyoto and the current international city of Tokyo.
Price: $99.99

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