Mount Fuji (3776 m) and Nakasendo Trail – Japan 2024/2025

11 days
08-27-2024 07-17-2024 06-26-2025 08-21-2025
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Price $3790

Price includes

  • Accommodation in tourist-class hotels in double rooms
  • Breakfasts (9)
  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • Public transportation during Tokyo sightseeing
  • Train tickets for the entire route
  • Bus arrivals
  • Admission tickets to Matsumoto Castle
  • Owakudani ropeway ride
  • Climbing Mount Fuji
  • Assistance of a Polish-speaking guide from Rek Travel
  • Assistance of English-speaking local guides during sightseeing tours

The price does not include

  • Cost of international airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses: drinks, cocktails, alcoholic beverages, customary tips, etc.
  • Compensation in case of loss or damage to personal luggage, suitcases, etc.
  • Travel insurance

We invite you to an extraordinary blend of Japan’s history and culture with its stunning landscapes and climbing iconic Mount Fuji. Over the course of several days, we will explore the charms of one of the world’s largest metropolises – Tokyo, before embarking on foot to explore ancient feudal routes. We will immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the samurai era, taste local dishes and drinks, rest – just as travelers did centuries ago along the famous Nakasendo trail from Kyoto to Tokyo. Finally, we will ascend to a sacred place, the second highest volcano in Asia and the highest peak in Japan – the majestic Mount Fuji.

Climbing

National parks

Trekking/hiking

Volcanoes


Travel itinerary

1.day

Departure to Japan - Mount Fuji

Departure to Japan – Mount Fuji awaits!

Departure to Japan from any airport worldwide. Meeting with the group departing from Chicago at O’Hare Airport. Check-in and flight to Tokyo. Tokyo is one of the most modern metropolises in the world, sparkling with neon lights and huge billboards on the streets. With a population of over 13 million, it serves as the country’s financial and political center. Tokyo boasts the largest number of corporations, theaters, and museums in the country. Each part of Tokyo has its own unique character, so everyone will find something for themselves here.

2.day

Tokyo

Upon landing in Tokyo, we will head to the hotel. After checking in, we will take a stroll through one of the districts of this city. We will be greeted by the nighttime panorama of the city, illuminated by millions of neon lights. In the capital, there are beautiful parks that serve as oases amidst skyscrapers, Buddhist temples, and Shinto shrines, as well as quirky themed cafes. There are also huge shopping centers and streets filled with Japanese souvenirs in the kawaii style. The panorama of Tokyo can be observed from numerous observation points. Tokyo never ceases to amaze.

3.day

Tokyo

After breakfast, we will begin our exploration of Tokyo in the Asakusa district, home to the Senso-ji Temple. It is the oldest, most colorful, and most frequently visited Buddhist temple in Tokyo. The path leading to it is lined with the 200-meter Nakamise Street, full of shops selling typical Japanese souvenirs. Next, we will head to the highest observation point in Tokyo – the Tokyo Skytree, offering a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the entire metropolis. Rising to a height of 634 meters, the building is the world’s tallest freestanding transmission tower. In the evening, we will explore the nightlife in Akihabara, a district renowned for its electronics shops and representing anime and manga culture. It’s a true paradise for collectors and gamers.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tokyo.

4.day

Magome - Tsumago, Nakasendo

We leave the colorful capital to immerse ourselves today in the Japan of the 17th century feudal era. Over the next few days, we will be walking along the Nakasendo Trail.

This trail, spanning over 530 km in its entirety, was established in the 17th century as a trade route between Kyoto and Edo (today’s Tokyo). Among the travelers were monks and merchants, samurais, high-ranking lords, and even princesses, and they all stopped to rest in one of the shukuba (post towns) scattered along the route.

Although much of the original path is now covered by modern roads, remnants of the first ishidatami (stone paving) of Nakasendo can still be found in the sloping forests between Magome and Tsumago. Both of these post towns still mimic their 17th-century appearance: low wooden buildings, protruding balconies, and no power lines make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.

Upon reaching Magome, we will start our 9-kilometer hike, which will take about 3-4 hours and lead us to Tsumago. Along the way, we’ll pass quaint local eateries serving traditional Japanese delicacies: Soba noodles, oyaki dumplings, and gohei mochi.

Overnight stay in a hotel.

5.day

Tsumago - Kisofukushima, Nakasendo

After breakfast, we have about a 6-hour hike ahead of us (approximately 18 kilometers). The trail will lead us through mountainous rural landscapes, including bamboo groves and cedar forests. We’ll also pass by rice fields and small villages. Eventually, we will reach Nojiri, and then take a 30-minute train ride to Kiso-Fukushima, where many charming ryokans are located. You might even find time for a relaxing soak in the hot springs, which will soothe your muscles after a long day.

Overnight stay in a traditional Japanese hotel.

6.day

Yabuhara - Matsumoto

The trail begins at Yabuhara Station, one of the post towns. Here, several charming original buildings from the Edo period have been preserved, along with visible influences from the Showa era. Along the way, we will also pass by extraordinary temples and sample local delicacies. Upon reaching Narai, we will take a local train to Matsumoto, famous for its black castle known as the Crow Castle due to its color. It’s an extraordinary construction from the 16th century.

Today, we have about a 3-4 hour hike ahead of us (6 km).

7.day

Matsumoto

Today’s agenda will focus on rest, exploring the city, and preparing for the main attraction of the program, which is Mount Fuji.

During the day, we will visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the five original Japanese castles preserved, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle has several floors featuring exhibitions of swords, samurai armor, and firearms. Beautiful gardens surround the castle. We will also take a stroll along the famous Nakamachi-dori street, a small part of Matsumoto’s city center lined with well-preserved old buildings. Here, you’ll find quaint souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants. Additionally, we will enjoy a sake tasting, sampling the famous Japanese beverage.

Overnight stay in Matsumoto.

8.day

Wspinaczka na Górę Fuji

Mount Fuji! The long-awaited day has arrived – the climb to the highest peak in Japan, Mount Fuji (3776 m above sea level). From Matsumoto, we will drive to the vicinity of Mount Fuji and reach the 5th station. This is where the road ends and the trail begins. Before starting the ascent, we will have lunch and prepare for the climb. We have about 4-5 hours of trekking ahead of us to the mountain hut Seto-kan. In the evening, dinner and rest await us before summiting.

9.day

Mounts Fuji

Around 12 midnight, we will begin the ascent to the summit of Fuji to admire the sunrise from the roof of Japan. At the top, there will be time for a meal, photos, and celebration. Afterward, we will start the descent back to the 5th station. We’ll take a break for rest, packing, and then head to a ryokan in Hakone, where a relaxing onsen and delicious dinner await us.

Overnight stay in Hakone.

10.day

Hakone - Owakudani - Tokyo

After breakfast, we will embark on a short cruise on Lake Ashi, from where we will have a distant view of Mount Fuji. Then, we will take a special train to Owakudani. This area surrounds the crater created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone about 3000 years ago. Currently, much of this area is an active volcanic zone where you can experience sulfur fumes, hot springs, and hot rivers. In the nearby shops, you can buy eggs boiled in the hot springs of Owakudani, whose shells are blackened by sulfur, and it is said that eating one of them extends your life by 7 years!

After the tour, we will have a transfer back to Tokyo for our overnight stay.

11.day

Departure

Last day in Japan. Depending on the departure time, transfer to the airport. If the departure is later in the day, there is the possibility of exploring one of the districts in Tokyo.

Departure. And return to Chicago.

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The company is not responsible for any loss of customer's property due to burglary, theft, loss, etc. We also do not assume responsibility for any losses incurred by the customer in motels. Rek Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary due to circumstances beyond its control. The customer is obliged to comply with the tour regulations. Tour participants are insured according to the requirements of the US Department of Transportation for a total amount of $500,000 (insurance policy available upon request). Participants may opt for additional insurance coverage for hospital and outpatient treatment of illnesses acquired during the tour, as well as accidents in visited facilities (further information available at the office) for an additional fee.

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