Central Honshu Mountains
The Central Honshu Mountains have the Japan Alps to thank for their outstanding beauty. These mighty peaks dominate the landscape and provide the perfect terrain for outdoor pursuits, including Japan’s favourite hobby – onsen. Located in the middle of Japan’s largest island, the area is easily accessed via Nagoya, Japan’s fourth largest city, which is worth a day of urban wandering in itself.
The maze of trails which traverse the Japan Alps lead you through 3,000 metre peaks to exclusive onsens and traditional towns like Takayama, where you can sip a sake and shop for local crafts. Nikko also has multiple reasons to visit, whether you want to walk in the shadow of ancient Japanese cedar, or see the ornate carvings of Toshogu Mausoleum. After a look around historic Kanazawa Castle, discover the rugged coast, or head inland to well-preserved villages. Central Honshu provides a feast of experiences to compliment any Japanese journey.
Nakasendo Walking Trail
Step back in time as you make your way along the Nakasendo Way, a network of ancient highways used by people travelling from Kyoto to Tokyo. Along the four day walk you will trek along village paths and forested trails getting a unique taste of Japan.
Hoshino KAI Matsumoto
Offering exclusive and deluxe Japanese-style accommodation, the Hoshino KAI Matsumoto is a boutique hot spring ryokan, serving exquisite Japanese cuisine, where you can relax away any tension in the hot spring baths and enjoy nightly music concerts.
Just 90-minutes from Tokyo, the stunning hot spring resort village of Hoshinoya Karuizawa is a world away from city life. Located amid the beautiful forests and rivers of Karuizawa, this is a place to quiet the mind and relax the body.
Hotel Marunouchi Matsumoto
Hotel Marunouchi Matsumoto sits in the heart of the mountain city of Matsumoto, adjacent to the 16th century Matsumoto Castle, offering modern accommodation of an international standard, making this a comfortable base from which to explore.
Established in 1901, Jinpyokaku is a historic onsen ryokan loved by many writers and artists such as Yasunari Kawabata and Soseki Natsume. With only 6 rooms, this is a quiet and traditional option and a great base from which to explore the mountains.