Country Roads Of Japan - Independent Adventure Tour
Number Of Nights: 4
Operates: Daily

Starts: Kyoto (Train Station)
Ends: Kyoto (Train Station)

Visits: Takayama (2 Nights) / Shirakawago (1 Night) / Kanazawa (1 Night)

Train: Individual Tickets Included
Bus: Individual Tickets Included
Meals: 1 Japanese Breakfast (JB) & 1 Japanese Dinner (JD)

Note: This Tour Will Operate With 1 Person.

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What Is A “Independent Adventure Tour”?
For the most part, a Independent Adventure Tour is a “Self-Guided Tour, they are designed for people who don't need a lot of hand holding, but want to leave nothing to chance. We make all the arrangements for you, train and bus tickets (when the tour includes a Japan Rail Pass, you have to make your own train reservations, we will explain where and how to do this), guided sightseeing tours where available, hotel accommodations, and we provide you with written instructions every step of the way.

Before you leave home you will receive a tour book created just for you along with a daily itinerary. Your information book includes instructions on how to ride the trains and buses, about dining, cultural information and self-guided sightseeing suggestions for each city you will visit. We also include airport maps for arrival and departure; train station maps; city maps showing your hotel, train stations and sightseeing spots; plus a hotel information sheet for every hotel with the name and address in both English and Japanese along with instructions on how to reach each hotel.

We have been a pioneer when it comes to independent travel in Japan and we've been doing this a long time, next year will be our 30th anniversary. Our tour itineraries may feature a path less taken, but we think that‘s the way to really experience a country. If you have an adventurous spirit and an open mind, then a “Independent Adventure Tour”, may just be the tour for you.

We will share with you our years of experience, knowledge and insider tips. With a little reading on your part, we will make you a Japan expert.

Day 1: Kyoto To Nagoya To Takayama By Shinkansen (Bullet Train) & Local Express Train
            (Tickets Included)
Transfer on your own to Kyoto Station. Board Bullet train for Nagoya on your own. Change train at Nagoya for Takayama, an ancient city dubbed “Little Kyoto” on your own. Get off at Takayama Station and walk down the street to your hotel on your own. Remainder of day on your own to stroll the ancient streets of Kami Sannimachi. These three narrow streets are lined with traditional Japanese wooden buildings that house stores selling traditional wares, craftsmen’s workshops and restaurants.
Two nights’ accommodations at the Hida Hotel Plaza.
TAKAYAMA Day 2: Takayama Day At Leisure
Complete day at leisure to explore Takayama on your own. There is a lively morning market located along the Miyagawa River where local farmers and craftsmen sell their produce and handicrafts. You may choose to visit the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, built in 1897, it is a superb example of traditional Takayama architecture. Take a walk through Shiroyama Park or perhaps visit Hida Kokubunji Temple, the oldest temple in the city, only a 5-minute walk from the station.
Day 3: Takayama To Shirakawago By Highway Bus (Bus Ticket Included) (JD)
This morning walk to the Bus Stop in front of Takayama Station and board a bus on your own for a scenic drive to Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its unique farmhouses called Gassho-Zukuri or joined-hands farmhouses. There are over 100 traditional style buildings in this town, many over 200 years old and all with the unusual steep pitched thatched roofs. Sightseeing on your own upon arrival. This evening you will stay in a Minshuku, the Japanese equivalent to a Bed & Breakfast. The inn only has 3 bedrooms so it won’t be crowed, the bathroom is shared by all the guests and dinner will be served by Mrs. Shimizu, the owner and your hostess for your stay.
Overnight accommodations at Shimizu Inn. Click here for Shimizu Inn Page.
Garden Day 4: Shirakawago to Kanazawa By Highway Bus (Bus Ticket Included) (JB)
This morning enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast before walking back to the bus stop and take a bus to Kanazawa on your own. Upon arrival at Kanazawa Station, your hotel is only a 3-minute walk away; walk to your hotel on your own. This afternoon is free for you to explore Kanazawa on your own. Highlights: Kenrokuen Garden (1 of 3 best traditional gardens in Japan), Seisonkaku Mansion, Museum for Traditional Products & Crafts, Kosenyo pottery kiln (Kutani), Saihitsuan (Kaga Yuzen Dyeing factory) and the Nagamachi district of samurai houses. Take a walk down Chaya-machi street, lined with former Geisha houses built in the early 19th century or stroll through the bustling Omicho open-air market.
Overnight accommodations at the Kanazawa Miyako Hotel.
Day 5: Kanazawa To Kyoto By Express Train (Ticket Included)
This morning is at leisure for you to continue your independent sightseeing of Kanazawa. This afternoon walk to Kanazawa Station and board a train for the classical city of Kyoto on your own. Tour services end upon arrival at Kyoto Station.


Note: This tour may be extended by adding extra nights. Please e-mail for more information.

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Please send us an email for the current price for this tour itinerary. For an accurate price quote, please advise your tentative dates of travel along with the total number of people in your party and your rooming requirement. For instance, 3 people traveling together, 2 people sharing 1 room and the 3rd person in a single room.
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Visa: Not required for U.S. citizens for stay up to 90 days. A valid passport is required for international travel. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your intended stay.
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