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Silver Ring 7 days Tokyo to Tokyo
Sensoji (Asakusa), the city’s oldest temple, Day 2
Tokyo Imperial Palace, Day 2
Hokuriku Shinkansen Ride to Kanazawa, Day 2
Kanazawa Castle, Day 3
Omi-cho, Kanazawa's largest fresh food market since the Edo Period, Day 3
Historic VIllage of Shirakawa-go, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Day 3
Takayama Old Town, Day 4
Sake brewery, Takayama, Day 4
Matsumoto Castle, Day 5
Nakamachi Street, Matsumoto, Day 5
Ride Local JR Express from Matsumoto to Nagano, Day 6
Narita Express from Tokyo to Narita Airport, Day 7
Silver Ring
Travel style: Active

7 days

TokyoKanazawaShirakawa-goTakayamaMatsumotoTokyo

  • From¥ 234,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,087 USD

  • From 1,776 EUR

  • From£ 1,576 GBP

  • From$ 2,760 AUD

  • From฿ 68,291 THB

  • FromRp 28,222,344 IDR

Tour code: RA-04-EN
Theme: Railway Adventures
Availability: All year round

Interactive Map (click me!)

Overview

On the shores of the Pacific and the Sea of Japan lie magnificent cities of rich history and tradition, and between the two coasts are some of the best gems of Japan. Let the timeless mystique of both urban and rural Japan unravel before you as you travel with iLoveJapanTours on the Silver Ring route!

Begin the tour with the giant metropolis of Tokyo, with some of its greatest hits introduced to you in reverse chronology: from the dazzlingly in vogue to the vestiges of yore. Arrive at the samurai era as you take the bullet train to the other end of the island, gaining access to the many legacies of feudal Japan.

Awaiting you next is a chain of different styles of mountain settlements, each of them a face of Japan that you will not get to see elsewhere. See a remote farming village of ancient houses, explore beautifully preserved post towns, and experience the local community around the country's most sacred peak. Completing the ring takes you back to Tokyo, and into an entirely new perspective.

Overview

On the shores of the Pacific and the Sea of Japan lie magnificent cities of rich history and tradition, and between the two coasts are some of the best gems of Japan. Let the timeless mystique of both urban and rural Japan unravel before you as you travel with iLoveJapanTours on the Silver Ring route!

Begin the tour with the giant metropolis of Tokyo, with some of its greatest hits introduced to you in reverse chronology: from the dazzlingly in vogue to the vestiges of yore. Arrive at the samurai era as you take the bullet train to the other end of the island, gaining access to the many legacies of feudal Japan.

Awaiting you next is a chain of different styles of mountain settlements, each of them a face of Japan that you will not get to see elsewhere. See a remote farming village of ancient houses, explore beautifully preserved post towns, and experience the local community around the country's most sacred peak. Completing the ring takes you back to Tokyo, and into an entirely new perspective.

Highlights

Outline

Day 1 Arriving in TokyoTokyo

Arrive in Tokyo. Adventure is about to start!

Day 2 Tokyo City TourTokyo › Kanazawa

Explore Tokyo, a modern metropolis with a rich and exciting tradition

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 3 Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go TourKanazawa › Shirakawa-go

Explore Kanazawa and the Historic Village of Shirakawa-go

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 4 Takayama TourTakayama

Explore Takayama, a preserved post towns of an old trade route

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 5 Matsumoto TourMatsumoto

Explore Matsumoto, home to one of the best castles in Japan

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 6 Return to TokyoTokyo

Return to Tokyo, and celebrate the completion of Silver Ring with a great lunch

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 7 Leaving JapanTokyo

Leave Japan, and bring home many wonderful memories!

Meals included : Breakfast

Hotels

Days 1: Shinagawa Prince Hotel , Tokyo
Shinagawa is the south entrance to Tokyo. The Shinagawa Prince Hotel, which is in front of Shinagawa Station, has good access to Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Big Site, and the Tokyo Forum, as well as movie theaters, bowling, The Aqua Park Shinagawa, tennis, golf, swimming pools and other entertainment facilities. From business to sightseeing, this is an entertainment hotel that guests can enjoy in many ways.
Day 2, 3: HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle , Kanazawa
Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle is a 3-star Western-style lodging in the heart of Kanazawa. Located around 5 minutes from the East gate of Kanazawa Station, this newly renovated hotel has a lot to offer in terms of convenience. A flat-screen TV and complimentary yukata robe ensure that your night in this hotel is comfortable.
Days 4: Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama , Takayama
Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama is in the center of Takayama City in the mountains of Gifu prefecture. The hotel's large public bath fed from a natural hot spring is on the top floor and gives visitors a sweeping view of the city. In the morning, guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet featuring fresh baked bread. The clean and comfortable Western-style rooms are available in a variety of layouts to suit guest needs. Internet (LAN) is available in guest rooms.
Days 5: Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel , Matsumoto
Only a 2-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Train Station, Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel has modern rooms with a flat-screen TV and an attached bathroom. Offering free WiFi throughout, the hotel features a massage service and a Japanese restaurant. Shangri-La Restaurant serves a daily buffet for breakfast, and Western and Japanese dishes for lunch and dinner.
Days 6: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyobashi , Tokyo
Situated near Tokyo station, one of the world's major train terminals. "Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyobashi" opens in central Tokyo’s prosperous Kyobashi, the bridge between the traditional Edo atmosphere of the Nihonbashi area and the modern Tokyo atmosphere of Ginza. An ideal location for shopping or business needs. Accommodating guestrooms offer a blend of Edo chic and playfulness.

Estimated rates

  •   

  • May - October

    May - Oct

  •   

From 2017-05-10 to 2018-10-31

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
2 pers
  • From¥ 358,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,193 USD

  • From 2,717 EUR

  • From£ 2,410 GBP

  • From$ 4,223 AUD

  • From฿ 104,480 THB

  • FromRp 43,177,774 IDR

  • From¥ 716,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,386 USD

  • From 5,434 EUR

  • From£ 4,821 GBP

  • From$ 8,447 AUD

  • From฿ 208,960 THB

  • FromRp 86,355,547 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 296,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,640 USD

  • From 2,246 EUR

  • From£ 1,993 GBP

  • From$ 3,492 AUD

  • From฿ 86,386 THB

  • FromRp 35,700,059 IDR

  • From¥ 888,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,920 USD

  • From 6,739 EUR

  • From£ 5,979 GBP

  • From$ 10,476 AUD

  • From฿ 259,157 THB

  • FromRp 107,100,176 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 265,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,364 USD

  • From 2,011 EUR

  • From£ 1,784 GBP

  • From$ 3,126 AUD

  • From฿ 77,338 THB

  • FromRp 31,961,201 IDR

  • From¥ 1,060,000 JPY

  • From$ 9,455 USD

  • From 8,045 EUR

  • From£ 7,137 GBP

  • From$ 12,505 AUD

  • From฿ 309,354 THB

  • FromRp 127,844,804 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 246,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,194 USD

  • From 1,867 EUR

  • From£ 1,656 GBP

  • From$ 2,902 AUD

  • From฿ 71,793 THB

  • FromRp 29,669,643 IDR

  • From¥ 1,230,000 JPY

  • From$ 10,971 USD

  • From 9,335 EUR

  • From£ 8,281 GBP

  • From$ 14,510 AUD

  • From฿ 358,967 THB

  • FromRp 148,348,217 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 234,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,087 USD

  • From 1,776 EUR

  • From£ 1,576 GBP

  • From$ 2,760 AUD

  • From฿ 68,291 THB

  • FromRp 28,222,344 IDR

  • From¥ 1,404,000 JPY

  • From$ 12,523 USD

  • From 10,656 EUR

  • From£ 9,453 GBP

  • From$ 16,563 AUD

  • From฿ 409,748 THB

  • FromRp 169,334,062 IDR

What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 6 nights

Meals

6 breakfasts -- 5 lunches

Transport

Airport pickup / Airport transfer by train, bullet train: Tokyo - Kanazawa, Matsumoto - Tokyo

Tour guide

Airport pickup: 1 day -- Guided tours: 5 days

Included activities

All entrance tickets as per the itinerary

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts and ends in Tokyo. Please book flights to/from either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Days 2, 3, 4, and 5 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes eight nights in 3-star hotels. Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan and minshuku unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes tickets for local trains and/or buses on every guided day, as well as a scheduled bullet train transfer between Tokyo and Kanazawa on Day 2, and one bullet train transfer between Matsumoto and Tokyo on Day 6. Airport pickup by train is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can also include public transportation for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Western

Day 1 Arriving in Tokyo

 Tokyo

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves.
Breakfast / Lunch HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle Western

Day 2 Tokyo City Tour

 Tokyo › Kanazawa

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Ginza
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Sushi lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Tokyo Imperial Palace
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Tokyo Imperial Palace (East Garden)
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer to Shinagawa Prince Hotel, pick up luggage
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to Tokyo St., Transfer to Shinkansen
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Transfer to Kanazawa St. by shinkansen
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Hotel check-in
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Free style dinner

Activities

The current capital of Japan is your starting point for this tour. Despite its modern appearance and infrastructure, Tokyo is a city of rich tradition and culture. Your day tour in this metropolis will feature mainly the traditional side of Tokyo. The attractions chosen are therefore: its oldest and most famous Buddhist temple, its largest and most significant Shinto shrine, and the current residence of the Japanese Emperor.

During your time at each attraction you will observe and mingle with the local visitors, witness their customs and actions in places of worship, and experience different aspects of Japanese beliefs. Try rubbing the smoke of Senso-ji’s incense burner on your head, getting your fortune told, or writing your wish down on an “ema” in Meiji Jingu. You will also enjoy the freshest sushi, the signature Japanese dish, at Tsukiji Fish Market.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Shinagawa Prince Hotel. LUNCH is a sushi set in an upscale restaurant in Ginza. As one of the branches of a sushi chain that originates from Hokkaido, the restaurant offers very high quality sushi. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle Western

Day 3 Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go Tour

 Kanazawa › Shirakawa-go

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Omi-cho
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Kaisen-don lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Transfer to Shirakawa-Go
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Shirakawa-go Tour
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Return to Kanazawa

Activities

In the afternoon you will explore Kanazawa. This city has many remnants of the samurai culture, making it a fascinating study of Japanese tradition. In the morning, you will be strolling around the premises of Kanazawa Castle and the beautiful Kenroku-en garden, both built by the wealthy daimyo of the province. Afterward is a delicious lunch in the fish market.

In the afternoon, you will visit Shirakawa-go - a historic village, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for the lasting legacy of its gassho-zukuri architecture. Enjoy a walk around the farm houses, and the picturesque view from atop the observatory at one end of the village. The traditional houses are especially beautiful in winter when the thick snow covers their thatched roofs.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle. LUNCH is a bowl of kaisen-don at Omi-cho Fish Market. Vinegared sushi rice with seafood topping, colorfully arranged and deliciously prepared, is served with local soy sauce. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama Western

Day 4 Takayama Tour

Schedule

  • 10:00 - Hotel check-out
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Transfer to Kanazawa st.
  • 10:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Takayama st.
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch at Takayama st.
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to hotel
  • 15:00 - Hotel check-in, drop the luggage
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Takayama Jinya
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Sake brewery and sightseeing around the Old Town
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Return to hotel
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner near the hotel (free style)

Activities

Leaving Kanazawa, you will once again cross the Japanese Alps to continue your journey to the north. Your destination today is Takayama, one of the largest cities in Gifu Prefecture. This city is known for many things: its beautiful and expansive old town district, its well-preserved local government office, and its delicious regional beef.

Your activities today are designed to deliver as much of authentic Japan as possible. Try out various kinds of sake (rice wine) in a brewery in the Sannomachi old town. Browse for traditional Japanese tools and craft in the many shops that line the streets. Study the timberwork and samurai artifacts in Takayama Jinya and Kusakabe Heritage Museum. At the end of this active day, you will check into your ryokan and get some rest.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle. LUNCH is a yakiniku set of Hida beef. The local cattle are carefully raised in the pristine mountains. The resulting meat is tender and well-marbled, and yet not overly fatty. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel Western

Day 5 Matsumoto Tour

 Matsumoto

Schedule

  • 09:00 Hotel check-out
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Transfer to Takayama st.
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Transfer to Matsumoto st. by train
  • 12:30 - Drop the bags in the hotel
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch near Matsumoto st.
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Japan Ukiyoe Museum
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Matsumoto Castle Tour
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Nakamachi Walking Tour
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Return to the hotel
  • 17:30 - Rest in the hotel, free style dinner

Activities

Your destinations today is Matsumoto - the second largest city in Nagano Prefecture. As soon as you arrive, you will enjoy a serving of Shinshu soba, the trademark buckwheat noodles from this mountainous region. After that, you will visit Japan Ukiyoe Museum which holds over 100,000 Japanese woodblock prints, regarded as the world's largest collection of this form of art.

Later in the afternoon you will visit the main highlight of the city - Matsumoto Castle known as the “black raven fortress”, Matsumoto Castle is one of the top three castles in Japan, its wooden structures having survived since its construction in the 16th century. In the evening you will enjoy a walk in Nakamachi - a street lined by several nicely preserved, old buildings. During the Edo period (1603-1867) in Japan, Nakamachi Street was located in the center part of the castle town of Matsumoto City.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama. LUNCH is a Shinshu soba set, said to be the best kind of soba for which Matsumoto is known. The buckwheat noodles are served in a bright, cozy Japanese-style restaurant. The resulting meat is tender and well-marbled, and yet not overly fatty. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyobashi Western

Day 6 Return to Tokyo

 Tokyo

Schedule

  • 10:00 - Hotel check-out
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Transfer to Nagano st. (Local JR Train)
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch near Tokyo st.
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to a hotel near Tokyo st.
  • 15:00 - Hotel check-in, free time

Activities

The apex of the tour is over. Leaving Matsumoto in the morning, the bullet train will once again take you to the city of Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will have a Japanese meal style meal near Tokyo station. Afterward, you will be brought to your hotel, where it will be convenient for you to reach your airport of departure. Prepare for your flight tomorrow, and enjoy your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Matsumoto REI Tokyu Hotel. LUNCH is a washoku course in the restaurant near Tokyo Station. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast

Day 7 Leaving Japan

 Tokyo

Schedule

  • 10:00 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Narita Airport

Activities

You have completed the Silver Ring tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Mitsui Garden Kyobashi Hotel. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast
 Tokyo
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Western

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves.
 Tokyo › Kanazawa
Breakfast / Lunch HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Ginza
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Sushi lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Tokyo Imperial Palace
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Tokyo Imperial Palace (East Garden)
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer to Shinagawa Prince Hotel, pick up luggage
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to Tokyo St., Transfer to Shinkansen
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Transfer to Kanazawa St. by shinkansen
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Hotel check-in
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Free style dinner

Activities

The current capital of Japan is your starting point for this tour. Despite its modern appearance and infrastructure, Tokyo is a city of rich tradition and culture. Your day tour in this metropolis will feature mainly the traditional side of Tokyo. The attractions chosen are therefore: its oldest and most famous Buddhist temple, its largest and most significant Shinto shrine, and the current residence of the Japanese Emperor.

During your time at each attraction you will observe and mingle with the local visitors, witness their customs and actions in places of worship, and experience different aspects of Japanese beliefs. Try rubbing the smoke of Senso-ji’s incense burner on your head, getting your fortune told, or writing your wish down on an “ema” in Meiji Jingu. You will also enjoy the freshest sushi, the signature Japanese dish, at Tsukiji Fish Market.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Shinagawa Prince Hotel. LUNCH is a sushi set in an upscale restaurant in Ginza. As one of the branches of a sushi chain that originates from Hokkaido, the restaurant offers very high quality sushi. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Kanazawa › Shirakawa-go
Breakfast / Lunch HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Omi-cho
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Kaisen-don lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Transfer to Shirakawa-Go
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Shirakawa-go Tour
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Return to Kanazawa

Activities

In the afternoon you will explore Kanazawa. This city has many remnants of the samurai culture, making it a fascinating study of Japanese tradition. In the morning, you will be strolling around the premises of Kanazawa Castle and the beautiful Kenroku-en garden, both built by the wealthy daimyo of the province. Afterward is a delicious lunch in the fish market.

In the afternoon, you will visit Shirakawa-go - a historic village, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for the lasting legacy of its gassho-zukuri architecture. Enjoy a walk around the farm houses, and the picturesque view from atop the observatory at one end of the village. The traditional houses are especially beautiful in winter when the thick snow covers their thatched roofs.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle. LUNCH is a bowl of kaisen-don at Omi-cho Fish Market. Vinegared sushi rice with seafood topping, colorfully arranged and deliciously prepared, is served with local soy sauce. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

Breakfast / Lunch Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama Western

Schedule

  • 10:00 - Hotel check-out
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Transfer to Kanazawa st.
  • 10:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Takayama st.
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch at Takayama st.
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to hotel
  • 15:00 - Hotel check-in, drop the luggage
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Takayama Jinya
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Sake brewery and sightseeing around the Old Town
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Return to hotel
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner near the hotel (free style)

Activities

Leaving Kanazawa, you will once again cross the Japanese Alps to continue your journey to the north. Your destination today is Takayama, one of the largest cities in Gifu Prefecture. This city is known for many things: its beautiful and expansive old town district, its well-preserved local government office, and its delicious regional beef.

Your activities today are designed to deliver as much of authentic Japan as possible. Try out various kinds of sake (rice wine) in a brewery in the Sannomachi old town. Browse for traditional Japanese tools and craft in the many shops that line the streets. Study the timberwork and samurai artifacts in Takayama Jinya and Kusakabe Heritage Museum. At the end of this active day, you will check into your ryokan and get some rest.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle. LUNCH is a yakiniku set of Hida beef. The local cattle are carefully raised in the pristine mountains. The resulting meat is tender and well-marbled, and yet not overly fatty. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Matsumoto
Breakfast / Lunch Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 Hotel check-out
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Transfer to Takayama st.
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Transfer to Matsumoto st. by train
  • 12:30 - Drop the bags in the hotel
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch near Matsumoto st.
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Japan Ukiyoe Museum
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Matsumoto Castle Tour
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Nakamachi Walking Tour
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Return to the hotel
  • 17:30 - Rest in the hotel, free style dinner

Activities

Your destinations today is Matsumoto - the second largest city in Nagano Prefecture. As soon as you arrive, you will enjoy a serving of Shinshu soba, the trademark buckwheat noodles from this mountainous region. After that, you will visit Japan Ukiyoe Museum which holds over 100,000 Japanese woodblock prints, regarded as the world's largest collection of this form of art.

Later in the afternoon you will visit the main highlight of the city - Matsumoto Castle known as the “black raven fortress”, Matsumoto Castle is one of the top three castles in Japan, its wooden structures having survived since its construction in the 16th century. In the evening you will enjoy a walk in Nakamachi - a street lined by several nicely preserved, old buildings. During the Edo period (1603-1867) in Japan, Nakamachi Street was located in the center part of the castle town of Matsumoto City.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama. LUNCH is a Shinshu soba set, said to be the best kind of soba for which Matsumoto is known. The buckwheat noodles are served in a bright, cozy Japanese-style restaurant. The resulting meat is tender and well-marbled, and yet not overly fatty. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyobashi Western

Schedule

  • 10:00 - Hotel check-out
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Transfer to Nagano st. (Local JR Train)
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch near Tokyo st.
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to a hotel near Tokyo st.
  • 15:00 - Hotel check-in, free time

Activities

The apex of the tour is over. Leaving Matsumoto in the morning, the bullet train will once again take you to the city of Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will have a Japanese meal style meal near Tokyo station. Afterward, you will be brought to your hotel, where it will be convenient for you to reach your airport of departure. Prepare for your flight tomorrow, and enjoy your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Matsumoto REI Tokyu Hotel. LUNCH is a washoku course in the restaurant near Tokyo Station. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Tokyo
Breakfast

Schedule

  • 10:00 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Narita Airport

Activities

You have completed the Silver Ring tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Mitsui Garden Kyobashi Hotel. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast

Open previous day

Estimated rates

  •   

  • May - October

    May - Oct

  •   

From 2017-05-10 to 2018-10-31

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
2 pers
  • From¥ 358,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,193 USD

  • From 2,717 EUR

  • From£ 2,410 GBP

  • From$ 4,223 AUD

  • From฿ 104,480 THB

  • FromRp 43,177,774 IDR

  • From¥ 716,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,386 USD

  • From 5,434 EUR

  • From£ 4,821 GBP

  • From$ 8,447 AUD

  • From฿ 208,960 THB

  • FromRp 86,355,547 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 296,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,640 USD

  • From 2,246 EUR

  • From£ 1,993 GBP

  • From$ 3,492 AUD

  • From฿ 86,386 THB

  • FromRp 35,700,059 IDR

  • From¥ 888,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,920 USD

  • From 6,739 EUR

  • From£ 5,979 GBP

  • From$ 10,476 AUD

  • From฿ 259,157 THB

  • FromRp 107,100,176 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 265,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,364 USD

  • From 2,011 EUR

  • From£ 1,784 GBP

  • From$ 3,126 AUD

  • From฿ 77,338 THB

  • FromRp 31,961,201 IDR

  • From¥ 1,060,000 JPY

  • From$ 9,455 USD

  • From 8,045 EUR

  • From£ 7,137 GBP

  • From$ 12,505 AUD

  • From฿ 309,354 THB

  • FromRp 127,844,804 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 246,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,194 USD

  • From 1,867 EUR

  • From£ 1,656 GBP

  • From$ 2,902 AUD

  • From฿ 71,793 THB

  • FromRp 29,669,643 IDR

  • From¥ 1,230,000 JPY

  • From$ 10,971 USD

  • From 9,335 EUR

  • From£ 8,281 GBP

  • From$ 14,510 AUD

  • From฿ 358,967 THB

  • FromRp 148,348,217 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 234,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,087 USD

  • From 1,776 EUR

  • From£ 1,576 GBP

  • From$ 2,760 AUD

  • From฿ 68,291 THB

  • FromRp 28,222,344 IDR

  • From¥ 1,404,000 JPY

  • From$ 12,523 USD

  • From 10,656 EUR

  • From£ 9,453 GBP

  • From$ 16,563 AUD

  • From฿ 409,748 THB

  • FromRp 169,334,062 IDR

What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 6 nights

Meals

6 breakfasts -- 5 lunches

Transport

Airport pickup / Airport transfer by train, bullet train: Tokyo - Kanazawa, Matsumoto - Tokyo

Tour guide

Airport pickup: 1 day -- Guided tours: 5 days

Included activities

All entrance tickets as per the itinerary

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts and ends in Tokyo. Please book flights to/from either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Days 2, 3, 4, and 5 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes eight nights in 3-star hotels. Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan and minshuku unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes tickets for local trains and/or buses on every guided day, as well as a scheduled bullet train transfer between Tokyo and Kanazawa on Day 2, and one bullet train transfer between Matsumoto and Tokyo on Day 6. Airport pickup by train is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can also include public transportation for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.

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Silver Ring

| 7 days - Tokyo to Tokyo -
  • From¥ 234,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,087 USD

  • From 1,776 EUR

  • From£ 1,576 GBP

  • From$ 2,760 AUD

  • From฿ 68,291 THB

  • FromRp 28,222,344 IDR

 |  Tour code: RA-04-EN

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