Shirakawago, Hida Takayama and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Trip

2019 November 3-4 (Sunday-Monday)


An outdoor and culture adventure for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • Three (3) prefectures in one weekend; Gifu - Toyama - Nagano
  • Shirakawago; Traditional houses with thatched and steep roofs called Gassho-Zukuri and it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hida Takayama; An old town famous for its well-preserved quarter with Edo-style streets
  • Shomyo Falls; Tumbling 350m amidst a cloud of mist is Japan’s tallest waterfall
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route; Pronounced “Alpen” Route is known as the “Roof of Japan” and passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps traversing using a variety of vehicles
  • Murodo; The highest point (2,500m) on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route with breathtaking view of Mt. Tateyama reflecting on Mikurigaike
  • Kurobe Dam; Japan's tallest (186m) and most picturesque dam
  • Gorgeous red and yellow autumn leaves

*November 4 Monday is a Japanese National Holiday

Join us for this absolutely awesome autumn adventure exploring Japanese outdoors and culture at its best!

Trip Itinerary

Sunday (Nov 3)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Hida Takayama around 12:30pm
  • Walk around, see and explore the famous Red Bridge, Old Town and Hida Folk Village
  • Get on the bus at 2:30pm
  • Arrive in Ogimachi Village around 3:30pm
  • Walk around, see and explore the famous and traditional Gassho Zukuri Farmhouses
  • Get on the bus at 5:30pm
  • Arrive in Toyama City around 6:45pm
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Enjoy a hot shower/bath
  • Have dinner at one of the restaurants nearby (not included)
  • Group drinks

Monday (Nov 4) *National holiday

  • Breakfast at 6:30am
  • Get on the bus at 7am
  • Arrive at Shomyo Falls parking lot around 8:30am
  • Short walk to the Shomyo Falls observation deck (25mins)
  • Enjoy Japan's tallest waterfall
  • Walk back to Shomyo Falls parking lot
  • Get on the bus at 9:45am
  • Arrive at Tateyama Cable Car station around 10:15am
  • See and explore the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route with a series of mountain bus, trolley buses, ropeway and cable car
  • Arrive in Ogizawa around 4:25pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 9pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (for the entire duration)
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route fare (includes mountain bus, trolley buses, ropeway and cable car)
  • One (1) night 'shared twin room' hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast for Sunday
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) trip leader ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax


  • Single room (3,000yen)


  • Birthday on Nov 3-4 (3,000yen)
  • Kids under 12 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4-5 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 35,900Yen
Space left: 29 out of 32


    Hida Takayama

  • An old town in Japan's mountainous region of Gifu Prefecture. The narrow streets of its Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating back to the Edo Period, along with many small museums.
  • Shirakawago

  • You cannot see the combination of majestic nature and serene historical village anywhere else in Japan, except Shirakawago. The village consists of traditional houses with thatched and steep roofs called Gassho-Zukuri. Shirakawago has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1995. The style of houses is estimated to be built in the late 17th century.
  • Shomyo Falls

  • Tumbling 350m amidst a cloud of mist, Shomyo Falls is Japan’s tallest waterfall. After a heavy rainfall, a twin waterfall called Hannoki Falls can flow beside it. Sometimes if you get really lucky, the Somen Falls can also appear on the right side of the Hannoki Falls creating an extremely rare sight of three waterfalls flowing majestically next to each other.
  • Mikurigaike

  • A volcanic lake located at an altitude of 2,405m. Its beautiful deep blue water reflects Mt. Tateyama making it one of the magnificent sights to see. Covering 30,000 square metres and with a circumference of 631m, this is the largest lake in Murodo.
  • Kurobe Dam

  • Japan's largest arch dam built and completed in 1963. With a height of 186m, it remains the tallest dam in Japan. An observation deck provides a grand view of the great nature of the Northern Alps.

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Reasonable fitness required.
  • You can leave some of your belongings in the bus during the walks. All you need is a small backpack, raincoat, picnic lunch, snacks, drinks, camera, smartphone and cash.
  • All rooms are twin shared.
  • Group of 2 (couple/family/friends) can have their own room.
  • Single rooms are available at extra cost.
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal
  • This trip involves a long bus jorney so make sure to bring a book, videos, battery back, neck pillow, etc.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Windbreaker/waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm clothes (fleece/thermals)
  • Clothes appropriate for trekking and weather
  • Hiking/trekking shoes or trainers with ankle protection
  • Soft/thick socks
  • Trekking poles
  • Big and small backpack
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (2L)
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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