13 days - 11 nights
11 bkf, 5 l, 6 d
price from 3 343,00 € /pers
Cradle of the 1988 Olympic Games, located at the heart of Japan, between the sea, Kansai and Kanto rise the Japanese Alps which highest peaks reaching over 3000 meters.
Take a walk in villages with thatched roofs, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover Japanese's cultural, artistic wealths. The roads which are going to take you there will fill with enthusiasm.
Leave Paris at midday. Enjoy lunch, evening meal and breakfast on board your flight. Arrive in Tokyo Narita late morning. Meet the local guide and transfer to the hotel by private coach. Enjoy a light lunch and settle into your hotel. Visit the working-class neighbourhood of Asakusa and the Sensoji temple and take in the many sights. A metro pass will be given to you so that you can get about at night. Free time to enjoy an evening diner and the nightlife.
Enjoy a local breakfast. Load luggage and pick up motorcycles mid-morning. After a quick briefing, you will experience riding through the world's largest megalopolis for the very first time. The first leg of your journey will take you to a Bonsai tree nursery and the working-class neighbourhoods of Kawagoe.
Free time to enjoy lunch before making your way to your night stopover along mountain roads. Enjoy your evening at the ryokan where you will attend the evening meal wearing a yukata and relax in the thermal springs.
Enjoy a local breakfast. Take a mid-morning stop-off at the Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Highland Art Museum. The roads in the heart of the Japanese Alps will take you to Matsumoto where you will visit one of the oldest castles in Japan from the Sengoku period, known as Crow Castle because of its black walls and roofs.
Have a free lunch hour to wander the streets of the charming neighbourhoods of Nakamachi, Nawate and Kaichi located just a stone's throw away from the castle. Make your way across mountains and rolling hills to finish your day at Takayama, the so-called "Little Kyoto". Evening meal and relaxation time at the minshuku.
Enjoy a local breakfast. Spend a fantastic day exploring the scenic villages of Shirakawa and Suganuma, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. These exceptional villages are home to unique Gassho-style houses that fit seamlessly into their natural and traditional setting and have been adapted to cater to today's socio-economic needs. Free time to enjoy lunch.
In the early afternoon, leave for Kanazawa, your next evening stopover. Visit the gold leaf museum and walk around the Higashi Chaya-gai neighbourhood, a geisha district. Free time to enjoy an evening diner and the nightlife.
Enjoy a local breakfast. Make your way to the coastline of the Sea of Japan on the Noto Peninsula. The first stop-off will give you a change to visit one of the oldest Shinto shrines devoted to the divinity Ôkuninushi, the god of nation-building, farming, business, and medicine. Have lunch with the group.
You will then visit a lacquerware workshop where typical Japanese objects are painted. Make your way to your lodgings where you will be able to enjoy the finesse of Japanese cuisine and the comfort of a ryokan.
Enjoy a local breakfast. The morning's ride will take you to Toyama Bay, one of Japan's prime fishing spots. Stop-off at a fish market and soak up the atmosphere. Since the day started out with a focus on the sea, make your way over to Kaiwomaru Park with its quaint neighbourhoods nestled in Toyama Bay and enjoy freely a lunch.
Get back on your track and continuing your journey towards the mountain ranges of Nagano. Spend the evening enjoying a Japanese-style barbecue in the heart of the Japanese Alps.
Enjoy a local breakfast. In the heart of the Japanese Alps, you will travel along the roads in Nagano region where the Olympic Games were held in 1998. The first stop-off will lead you to Zenkô-ji, one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Japan, which dates back to the 7th century. Enjoy your free time at lunch and try Shinshû Soba, Nagano's highly acclaimed buckwheat noodles.
After a short ride, an after-lunch stroll will lead you to the museum devoted to Hokusai, a famous Japanese painter, or Jigokudani Monkey Park where macaques can be seen bathing in the hot springs. The day will draw to a close with a Japanese barbecue at a ski lodge where you will be able to experience Japanese hospitality first hand.
Enjoy a local breakfast. Enjoy your free time during the day and at night. A metro pass will be given to you so that you can get about on the Tokyo Metro and explore the places you want to see in famous areas such as Shibuya, Shinjuku with its skyscraper, Roppongi for its nightlife, the crazy and unbelievable fashion district of Harajuku, Kagurazaka the French comer and more, and more.
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Payment conditions: 30% down payment of the total amount of. the service per person - Balance to be settled 45 days prior to departure.
Price validity: Applicable prices as at the date of this pricelist with a ¥/€ exchange rate of 113. Prices may be revised according to the regulation in force and the incidence of Yen (¥) in the calculation of prices is 70%.
Prices are set on the basis of 16 participants. Air Moto Tours reserves the right to cancel the tour or request approval from the customer to readjust the variable cost if the number of participants on the tour is below that of 12 participants.
Access conditions: Unless otherwise provided, participants must be over 25 years of age and be the holder of a valid driving licence for over three years.
Accommodation: Unless an explicit request is made, participants may share a twin room in order to avoid having to pay an additional charge for a single room.
Formalities: For foreign citizens (No French), please refer to the embassy of your country for more information.