Follow the pathways of ancient emperors ✦ Bed down in traditional inns ✦ Discover Japan's incredible cuisine ✦ Get an insider's perspective on life in rural Japan ✦ Immerse yourself in Japanese life
Snowshoe the Paths of Ancient Japanese Emperors
Want to taste the Japanese cuisine in a traditional Ryokans? Join our Japan journey along the ancient Nakasendo route used by the emperors during the Edo period. Follow in thepaths of Edo Period Emperors as you walk among valleys and forests, explore ancient villages, and dine on authentic cuisine!
This snowshoe tour follows Nakasendo Way, the very path that Emperors once took on their journey to Kyoto. As you take this historic trail, you will encounter the preserved post-town of Tsumago, the peaceful hot-springs at Kiso-Fukushima, and the sacred Gongentaki Falls, whose god â€“ the story goes â€“ brought victory to a Japanese General. On foot and on train, gaze out at the picturesque mountains and weave through enchanting forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar. The route takes you to villages with artisan shops, restaurants and inns with delicious traditional dishes, and even the ancient Matsumoto Castle, one of the country's premier historic landmarks. As you walk in the shadow of the emperors, spend your nights in luxurious Ryokan and family style minishuku, traditional Japanese lodgings for the royalty and lesser members of the entourage.
Japan snowshoeing tour day by day details
Onward travel to Tokyo
Travel: Train to Tokyo
The Snowshoeing the Nakasendo tour meets in Tokyo, Japan at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and ends at Tokyo Station.
Guests should plan their flights to arrive in Tokyo before 06:00 (6 am) on Day 1 of the tour and their departing flights after 12:00 (noon) on Day 7.
Narita Airport code: NRT Haneda Airport cdoe: HND Local Time: GMT+9
Travel Tip: Most flight schedules require arriving in Tokyo the day before. Accommodation at Shinagawa Prince is available.
Passports are required for all guests. Visas maybe required depending on your nationality, check with the nearest Embassy of Japan.
Whatcha Gonna Get
- Expert local bilingual guides
- Entrance and activity fees
- Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
- Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
- Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
- Unlimited drinking water**
- Train and bus travel*
- Pre-tour hotel in Tokyo
*as noted in itinerary
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You, your family and friends, your preferred date, our handcrafted tour routes, privately guided, the ultimate adventure getaway.
Classic Inns from $3750
December and January are the only time when this trip is available for snowshoeing.