Takayama Hachiman Festival and Norikura Kogen Trekking

2015 October 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday)

Takayama/Norikura, Gifu

An amazing autumn adventure for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • Takayama Autumn Festival; one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan
  • See "Display of Festival Floats", "Karakuri Performance" and "Mikoshi Procession"
  • Sake (Japanese wine) Brewery Tour; will visit 2-3 sake breweries if time permits
  • Norikura Kogen; lots of attractive nature walking trails and one of the best places to see autumn colors
  • See "Sanbondaki Waterfalls", Zengoro Waterfalls" and "Ushidome Pond"
  • Guided hike up Norikuradake with breathtaking views (Optional)
  • Wine tasting and/or onsen on the way back to Tokyo

The Takayama Festival is a very popular event, visited by several hundred thousand people from across Japan and the world. It gets especially crowded if one or both festival days fall on a weekend or national holiday.

Norikura Kogen highlands at its base provide ample of scenic spots with beautiful mountain vistas, lush forests, cascading waterfalls and attractive hiking trails. Due to its high elevation, Norikuradake is one of the first places in Japan to see autumn colors. The alpine plants usually begin to change around mid to late September in the higher elevations, and the season lasts into October as the colors make their way down.

Japanese culture and beauty of nature at it's best! Don't miss out!!!

Trip Itinerary

Takayama Festival

Saturday (Oct 10)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 6:30am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members
  • Short stop for breakfast and buy some food (picnic lunch) on the way
  • Arrive in Takayama around 11:30am
  • FREE TIME (11:30am-5pm)
  • Bus ride to Norikurakogen area
  • Check-in at the lodge
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Dinner at 7:30pm
  • Pajama party
  • Sunday (Oct 11)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the walking or hiking gear on
  • Bus ride to Norikurakogen Plateau
  • Hike up Norikuradake or trekking around Norikurakogen Plateau to see "Sanbondaki Waterfalls", Zengoro Waterfalls" and "Ushidome Pond".
  • Get on the bus at 1:30pm
  • Stop for wine tasting and/or indoor/outdoor onsen on the way (4:30pm-6)
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Norikura Kogen

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (entire duration)
  • One (1) night shared accommodation
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Breakfast for Sunday
  • Fun and cute walk guides (English/Japanese speaking)
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of outdoor people and make new friends


  • Norikuradake hike (2,000yen) *Includes hike guide and local shuttle bus
  • Onsen (600yen)
  • Wine tasting (1,100yen) *More than 200 bottles of red and white wine to try
  • Private room for 2 persons (1,500yen/person)


  • Birthday on Oct 10-11 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined a TG trip 5 times or more
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Important Notes

Onsen and wine tasting
  • 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.
  • This event is ON rain or shine.
  • We will still see the Festival Floats and Karakuri Dolls in their storage warehouse incase of bad weather.
  • Hiking experience not necessary but reasonable fitness required.
  • Private cars are not allowed in Norikurakogen.
  • You can leave other belongings in our private bus during the sightseeing and trekking. All you need is a small backpack, raincoat, picnic lunch, snacks, drinks, camera and cash.
  • Proper hiking gear is a MUST if you're joining the Norikuradake hike.
  • Norikuradake is a 3,026m high peak but we'll start @ Norikura Plateau which is located 2,700m above sea level so the hike can be done in under 3 hours up and down.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 persons per room.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms).
  • Private room for couples 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
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Picnic lunch (for both days)
  • Ski jacket/pants or rain coat
  • Warm clothes (fleece/thermals)
  • Clothes appropriate for trekking/hiking and weather
  • Hiking/trekking shoes or trainers with ankle protection
  • Soft/thick socks
  • Hiking sticks (recommended if doing Karamatsudake)
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (2~3L)
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Cellphone
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus
  • Camera
  • Cash

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