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[Tour E] Exploring the Wilderness and History of the Japanese Alps

On this Tour, Explore the Wilderness and History of the Japanese Alps

Surrounded by mountains rising over 3,000 meters in altitude, you will have ample opportunity to feast your eyes on the beautiful scenery of Kamikochi on this tour. Maybe even stop by the comical Manji Stone Buddha to take a photograph to remember your trip.

Trip Details

Shinjuku Station

Limited Express Azusa - 2 hours, 35 minutes

Matsumoto Station

Matsumoto Electric Railway - 30 minutes

The Matsumoto Electric Railway for Access to the Japanese Alps

Matsumoto Electric Railway
Matsumoto Electric Railway

The Matsumoto Electric Railway connects Matsumoto with Japan's foremost alpine resort, Kamikochi. Humming along what seems to be exclusively mountainous territory on the two-car train, you might suddenly find yourself on a plain with rows of houses, or passing through a valley. The Matsumoto Electric Railway is used not only by alpine tourists but local residents as well.

Shin-
Shimashima Station

Local bus - 70 minutes

 

 

 

Kamikochi

Local bus - 70 minutes

Kamikochi – the Most Breathtaking Alpine Wilderness in Japan

The Kappa Bridge in Kamikochi with the Japanese Alps in the background
The Kappa Bridge in Kamikochi with the Japanese Alps in the background

Surrounded by mountains over 3,000 meters in altitude, Kamikochi is the ground base for mountain climbing in the Japanese Alps. The best thing about this tour is the powerful impact that the mountains make at such short range. Even if you don't know the first thing about mountaineering, you can enjoy hiking all around Taisho Pond and Kappa Bridge. With clean air and beautiful natural scenery, Kamikochi is a place where both mind and body can relax.

Shin-
Shimashima Station

Matsumoto Electric Railway - 30 minutes

 

 

 

Matsumoto Station

3 minutes on foot

 

 

 

Accommodations:
Matsumoto City

3 minutes on foot

Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel – a Three–minute Walk from Matsumoto Station

Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel, conveniently located near the station
Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel, conveniently located near the station

A three-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station, Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel is the gateway from Shinjuku to Shinshu. Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel provides comfortable stays at reasonable rates. You can start your walk around town at Matsumoto Castle.

Matsumoto Station

Limited Express Azusa - 25 minutes

Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure

Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure
Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure

With 400 years of history, Matsumoto Castle is a National Treasure that every traveler should see. Once inside the keep, look out to the beauty of the Northern Alps. Matsumoto has an abundance of spring water. Spring water and wells can be found throughout the town. Pick up a copy of the Guide to Shinshu's Natural Water Features to appreciate the natural springs and wells around Shinshu.

Shimo-Suwa Station

Limited Express Azusa - 2 hours, 30 minutes

Manji Stone Buddha (Manji no Sekibutsu)

The comical Manji Stone Buddha
The comical Manji Stone Buddha (Manji no Sekibutsu)

Perhaps you can stop by the comical Manji Stone Buddha (Manji no Sekibutsu) to take a photograph to remember your trip. It is located near Suwa Grand Shrine. Take the old path for going to Shimosha Harumiya. It is located to the side, a solitary figure among the rice paddies.

Shinjuku Station

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