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Japanese Alps - Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is known as the "Roof of Japan". 

The route passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps. It is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 meters from Nagano to Toyama Prefecture.


Note: This trip requires a minimum of 6 passengers to guarantee departure.

Trip code : TRCX-1434

Duration :

Destination : TOKYO - MT. FUJI - JIGOKUDANI - TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE - TOYAMA - KANAZAWA - SHIRAKAWAGO - AWARA ONSEN - KYOTO - OSAKA

Operator : Tweet Tours

Trip Highlights
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - the majestic Snow Corridor is a masterpiece!
  • Tokyo city tour including visit to former site of Edo Castle, Tokyo Tower, Shibuya Crossing
  • Mt Fuji 5th Station, Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani active volcanic zone
  • Snow monkeys in Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Visit Shirakawa-go -UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stroll through Kenroken Garden
  • Tour Gion, the old Geisha Quarter
  • View displays of kimonos at Nishijin Textile Centre and visit the Golden Pavillion
  • Visit Todaiji Temple in Nara and the massive Great Buddha of Todaiji.
  • Try some sumo wrestling at Katsuragi, the birth place of Japanese sumo.
  • Spend some time in Dotonbori, a popular shopping, entertainment and food district.

FITNESS LEVEL

This itinerary is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our tours require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our tours is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our itinerary carefully for outline of fitness level to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:

  • All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.

GROUP SIZE

Our Small Group Tours are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests.

Our group size ranges from only 2 to 16 people. This means less of your precious time is wasted waiting for others, allowing you to have more time to enjoy your holiday.

For group tours with 10 travellers or more, in addition to the tour guide, we will provide a dedicated tour director (free of charge) who will escort the tour from the beginning to the end.

A UNIQUE & VARIED DINING EXPERIENCE

We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the tour are at famous restaurants, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

Our itinerary features sumptuous Welcome and Farewell Dinners for a delightful, authentic culinary experience, whereas the special Chef’s Table experience will take you on an unparalleled culinary demonstration and beautiful menu to feast on.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.

ACCOMMODATION

When travelling with Tweet World Travel, you will indulge in a seamlessly opulence travel experience. We hand-pick the premium quality resorts, hotels or lodges, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you welcomed and comfortably settled in either historically iconic, culturally rich, or coveted high-design hotels full of authentic local charms. You will stay at the heart of each destination, adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.

  • Room Information: All rooms are air-conditioned, Fridge/ Mini Bar in room, Safe box in room
  • Triple Share: Available upon request
  • • Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
  • Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Available upon request (subject to availability).
  • Laundry service is available at hotels/resorts where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used
  • Massage service is available at hotels where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION

After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:

  • Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
  • Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges

SAFETY NET PROTECTION

Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Importance notes:

  • Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
  • Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
  • Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
  • You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.

TIPPING

Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

  • If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated.
    - Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.
  • If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard.
    - Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.

LUGGAGE

You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

All of our tours will include internal flights within the tour, which allow 20kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry-on luggage per passenger. A surcharge may apply for oversized/overweight luggage subject to the airline's policy.

Please note:

  • You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.
  • Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

ACCOMMODATION: Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu

Welcome to Tokyo!

On arrival at the International Airport, you will be greeted by our Tour Guide and transferred to your hotel.

Check-in and the rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure before enjoying a Welcome Dinner.

Check in – 15:00


ACCOMMODATION: Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu

Today you will take a sightseeing tour of Tokyo by public transportation. We start the day at the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo Castle and current residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.

Afterwards, you will proceed to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore the Nakamise Shopping Street. It is a traditional style shopping street.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tokyo Tower which is 333 metres high. You will be able to get a bird’s eye view of the city from the 150 metres high observatory deck.

Then you will travel to Shibuya where we'll witness Shibuya Crossing which is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. 

Return to hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu

Your breath taking day tour today begins with a transfer to Mt. Fuji where we travel up to the 5th Station and take in the panoramic view.  Make sure you try one of the Mt Fuji cakes at the top cafe/ shop at 5th Station.

We then journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone renowned for its hot springs and make a stop at Hakone Open Air Museum which is an outdoor sculpture gallery that plays with nature.

Depending on weather conditions you will have a breath taking view of Mt Fuji as we climb aboard the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car before we proceed to Owakudani, located in an active volcanic zone.

After a full day we head back to Tokyo and our hotel.


ACCOMMODATION: ANA Holiday Inn Resort Shinano Omachi KUROYON

Today we are off to the remarkable Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yudanaka, home to the popular snow monkeys. Jigokudani is the best place to go in all Japan to see cute, furry snow monkeys bathing in the natural Japanese hot springs.

Unlike other breeds of monkey, the snow monkey is capable of handling much colder temperatures and are only found in Japan thanks to the abundance of natural Japanese hot springs. Although some monkeys prefer to stay in the mountains, tourists flock to Jigokudani to see snow monkeys bathing in specially designated hot springs meant just for them.

Later in the afternoon check into your hotel in Shinano Omachi Area.


ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Vischio Toyama

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the world’s leading mountain sightseeing routes that runs through Japan’s Northern Alps, with its 3,000m mountains. We will cross the tourist route from Ogizawa Station in Nagano Prefecture, to Tateyama Station in Toyama Prefecture, for a total length of 37.2km and a highest point of 2,550m.

The majestic Snow Corridor is a masterpiece!

We will see where the road between the towering snow walls has been carved out for about 500 metres. These walls of accumulated snow can reach 20 meters in height, right after the opening of the Alpine Route.

There are many kinds of vehicles to enjoy, like:

・The Tateyama Cable Car, which climbs at an altitude of about 500m in 7 minutes.

・The Tateyama Kogen Bus, which takes you through beautiful scenic views.

・The Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus, which takes you through the tunnel used when the Kurobe Dam was built.

・The Tateyama Ropeway, also called the “Moving Observatory,” which offers a spectacular panoramic view.

・The unusual Kurobe Cable Car, which runs along a steep course underground.

・The Kanden Tunnel Electric Bus, which moves underground between Kurobe Dam and Ogizawa.

Overnight at Toyama.


ACCOMMODATION: Grandia Housen

Drive to Shirakawa-go (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is hidden away in the mountains. This harmonious village is famous for its gassho-zukuri-style houses with their thatched-rooftops designed to resemble two hands joined in prayer. We will take you to Wada House, which was owned by one of the wealthiest families in Shirakawa-go and is now a public museum.

We then journey to Kanazawa to visit Kenrokuen Garden, one of three most beautiful strolling gardens of Japan. The name Kenrokuen literally means a garden combining the 6 attributes of a perfect landscape: spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, water features, and panoramas. Here, you'll find the oldest fountain in Japan and Kotoji-toro, the two-legged stone lantern that is the icon of Kenrokuen and Kanazawa.

Decorate your own souvenirs with Kanazawa’s famous gold leaf. Production of gold leaf in Kanazawa started 400 years ago. Today the city produces 99 % of Japan’s gold leaf.

Continue to Awara Onsen Area and your hotel.


ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA

This morning a group of cliffs with rugged honeycomb-shapes and tall columns called Tojinbo create a picturesque scene on the coast of Fukui Prefecture.

These rock formations were sculpted millions of years ago by erosion and strong waves from the Sea of Japan.

Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial capital of Japan is now one of the nation’s top cosmopolitan cities. At the same time, Kyoto’s connection with its past is strong; you won’t need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines.

This afternoon, during a visit to Arashiyama to see Tenryuji Temple, you can have a glimpse of a traditional Zen landscape garden design. Then we proceed through a dense bamboo grove, past several small shrines, tea shops and private houses before arriving at the Togetsukyo Bridge over Hozu River.

Lastly, we will tour Gion, the old Geisha Quarter and Pontocho, whose cobblestone alleys vibrate with night life.

Tonight we will enjoy a dinner with a Maiko Lady.


DAY 8

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA

Firstly today we will visit Nijo Castle which was built in the early 17th century.

Ninomaru- goten Palace within the castle grounds was renovated in 1626. This building is renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period.

At the Nishijin Textile Centre, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show.

We then visit  the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397.

Return to your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

In the morning, we travel to Nara to see the city's most famous landmark - Todaiji Temple. The immense temple hall was, until recently, the largest wooden structure in the world and houses the massive Great Buddha of Todaiji.

The temple is in a corner of Nara Park, which is home to over a thousand free- roaming, adorable Sika deer. These friendly creatures are protected by Nara, even recognized as an official symbol of the city. Stalls around the park sell special crackers to feed the deer and some of the wild deer have even learned to bow when asking for food.

On the way back to Kyoto, we stop in Katsuragi, the birthplace of Japanese sumo wrestling. This facility promotes the national sport of Japanese sumo and even offers a special sumo experience in a real sumo ring.

After travelling back to Osaka we will spend some time in Dotonbori, a popular shopping, entertainment and food district. It is known for the hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs that line its streets.

Our group will also stop by Shinasaibashi, one of Osaka's oldest shopping destinations.

You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kansai Airport before enjoying your Farewell Dinner.


After breakfast we will assemble in the hotel foyer and walk to the airport where you will proceed to your airline check-in counter for your next destination.

Farewell Japan. 


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