Assemble at Changi Airport for Check in.
Welcome to Tsumago which are both located along the Old Nagasendo Highway at the southern part of the Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture.
After Lunch, transfer to Tsumago, the first area is well known internationally as a place that retains the atmosphere of old Japanese post stations. The dense lines of cedar and Japanese cypress stand on both sides of the path making you feel that you are in the mountains.
Cypress HASHI (Chopsticks) Making (檜箸作り体験)
Move to Hotel and experience making a pair of unique chopsticks for your keeps. After this session, indulge in lavish hot spring bath follow by a sumptuous dinner.
After breakfast leave for Takato Castle for Cherry Blossoms Viewing, Matsumoto Castle and Daio Wasabi Farm.
Takato Castle (高遠城)
Takato Castle was located at the tip of a cliff created by the Mibu-gawa and Fujisawa-gawa rivers, and the back of the castle was surrounded by mountains. There are over 1,500 'kohigan-zakura' cherry trees in the park. Their blossoms are smaller and more reddish than typical cherry blossoms. The beautiful cherry blossoms form a scenic ground within the castle.
Matsumoto Castle (松本城)
Matsumoto Castle is a "hirajiro" - a castle built on plains rather than on a hill or mountain. The wooden interior of Matsumoto Castle provides an authentic experience. Interesting features of the castle include steep wooden stairs.
In spring, Matsumoto Castle is a popular cherry blossom spot. Along the outer castle moat are hundreds of somei yoshino cherry trees that provide lovely views when they are in full bloom around mid-April each year.
Daio Wasabi Farm (大王わさび農場)
Daio Wasabi Farm, an idyllic scene of old-fashioned, wooden water wheels alongside the river is in rural Azumino City near Matsumoto. This is one of Japan's largest Wasabi farm. Within the farm stands the Daio Shrine, which enshrines the spirit of an ancient local hero, Hachiman Daio, after which the farm has been named.
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート)
After breakfast, experience stunning vistas and unique landscape as you travel over the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The Alpine Route is a spectacular scenic passage over the Japanese Alps connecting Nagano Prefecture’s Omachi with Toyama Prefecture and the Sea of Japan.
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. This is an area of immense snowfall surrounded on both sides by walls of snow 10 meters tall. Special hybrid busses carry amazed passengers from the Toyama side to Murodo, which is the starting point to climb the peak of Mount Tateyama, one of Japan’s Three Sacred Mountains. From Murodo, the route conveys people on an exciting variety of transportation including cable car and ropeway to massive Kurobe Dam then through a 6.1 km tunnel (an amazing engineering feat) to the Omachi side.
Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, on Japan’s central Honshu. It's known for its well-preserved Edo Period districts, art museums and regional handicrafts.
The name "Kanazawa" which literally means "marsh of gold” is said to derive from the legend of the peasant Imohori Togoro who was digging for potatoes when flakes of gold washed up. The area where Kanazawa was originally known as Ishiura, and the Ishiura Shrine near Kenrokuen is a remnant of this period.
*Special arrangement for lunch
After Breakfast, sightseeing tours starts with visiting Kenrokuen Garden, Higashichaya district and Omicho market. Check in at Takayama hotel. After dinner, transfer to Furukawa to enjoy the festive atmosphere joining in the colourful traditional procession and Taiko (Dram) performance.
Kenrokuen Garden (兼六園)
Kenroku-en is located on a hill in the central part of the city of Kanazawa. It is regarded as one of Japans three most beautiful gardens, along with Kenroku-en in the city of Mito and Kenroku-en in the city of Okayama. Visitors will have a glorious view of seasonal natural beauty of cherry blossoms in spring in this garden.
Higashichaya District (東茶屋街)
The central part of Kanazawa was dotted with a number of chaya houses in the past. Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainment since the Edo period. A chaya house is characterized with a beautiful lattice called "kimusuko" on the outer side of the first floor and Japanese-style guestrooms located on the second floor. When you enter back streets, you will soon find a maze of continuous alleys. One can still hear the sounds of Shamisen and Taiko from teahouses echoing through the streets in the evenings.
Shirakawago, declared a UNESCO world Heritage site in 1995 and neighboring Gokayama (五箇山) regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. They are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
Furukawa Festival (古川祭)
The Furukawa Festival is one of Japan’s Three Great “Naked Festivals,” held annually on 19th and 20th April. Beautifully decorated festival floats are hauled into Furukawa town with Okoshi daiko drum performances that will stir your heart and these festival floats are a feast.
The Old Town, consisting of three rows of buildings, is also referred to as "small Kyoto in Hida" due to its quaint atmosphere. After breakfast, you are free for the day to move around in this beautiful old town. A visit to Takayama morning markets for their local crafts, snacks and farm products follow by a stroll along Sannomachi street for a taste of sake and miso soup and souvenir purchase.
Takayama Morning Markets (高山朝市)
Two morning markets are held in Takayama on a daily basis from around 6:30 to noon. The Jinya-mae Market in front of the Takayama Jinya and the Miyagawa Market along the Miyagawa River in the old town. Most stands sell local crafts, snacks and farm products such as vegetables, pickles and flowers.
Sannomachi Street (上三之町通り)
Kami Sannomachi Street, situated at the southern half of the old town, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries. Several homes in the old town open their doors to the public. They provide a glimpse behind the facade into the former living quarters of the local merchants and exhibit traditional household goods and local arts and crafts.
After breakfast, transfer to Toki, enjoy your shopping at Toki Premium outlet and stay for a night in Toyota.
Toki Premium outlet (土岐プレミアムアウトレット)
This factory outlet Mall is situated about 70 minutes by car from Nagoya and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the central Japanese Alps, providing a wonderful scenic view. It offers about 140 shops, where goods can be purchased at outlet costs daily.
Toyota is an industrial city east of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. Toyota was previously known as Koromo until 1959, when the name of the city was changed to Toyota city to reflect the importance of the town's major employer - Toyota Motor Corporation.
After breakfast free at own leisure until departure. Transfer to Centrair airport for flight back to Singapore.
Alpine Route Highlight
The Alpine route has two entrances, one staring from Tateyama Station, another from Ogizawa. Tateyama Station, located in Toyama Prefecture, is the entrance from the West, while Ogizawa Station, locted in Nagano Prefecture, provides a similar function for passengers coming from the East.
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