October 17-28, 2014
This tour begins on beautiful Sado Island, 2.5 hours by ferry offshore of city of Niigata. Here you will visit the origins of Taiko drumming, go hiking and cycling, attend a local festival soak in outdoor hot springs. Sado Island has much to offer.
Then we will make a leisurely visit to Takayama, high in the Japan Alps to experience and absorb a bit of old Japan with
its unique and very original traditional crafts and folkware, countryside
lifestyle, soaks in mountain hot springs and enjoy beautiful gardens. Day trips to Shirakawago, A World Heritage Site and Hirayu Onsen, to soak in a forest hot spring.
The tour ends in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, famous as the gateway to the Japan Alps and home of the famous Black Castle, Ukiyoe woodblock museum and unique traditional crafts.
Stay each night
in a Japanese minshuku (family-run bed and breakfast) or ryokan and enjoy fresh, local cuisine, morning markets, historic architecture, very natural surroundings and
the fine quality traditional arts and crafts of this area of Japan.
is $3000/person for a group of 7 or 8, $3200/person for a group of 4 to 6, plus RT airfare (approx. $1000 from PDX), and includes
double occupancy Japanese style accommodations, all land transportation, guide and entrance fees and
breakfast and dinner while staying in Japanese inns.
The Black Castle of Matsumoto.
Old shopping street in Matsumoto.
Middle school girls on an excursion
in Takayama. Ohayou-gozaimasu!
Sake brewery. Sake is an important product of Takayama.
Woodcrafts of many kinds, including
wood carving and furniture making,
are established traditional crafts in
One of the old streets in the San-machi Suji district.