Carving their way across the spine of the main island of Honshu, the Japanese Alps provide adventure and natural beauty for adventurous students looking to summit the peaks.
Renowned throughout the world for its unique history and stunning culture, Japan offers school groups everything from castles to alpine mountains, and rural villages to the largest city on earth.
Students will find themselves immersed in a society vibrantly different to any other, with spirituality and technology coming together in a way not seen elsewhere. Japan is a nation of extremes in many different aspects - from the peak of Mount Fuji you can gaze out over clouds and swathes of countryside, whilst in Tokyo you will find yourself in the bustling and fast-paced streets of a neon-clad metropolis. Trickling mountain streams and flourishing forests become super-highways and blinding lights of the city. Japan is a nation at the forefront of technological developments, but its deep-seated roots in Shintoism and a powerful culture based around history and nature is still found in every facet of life.
Depart the UK for Japan on an overnight flight, arriving in Tokyo the following day.
Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will take the train from the airport to your overnight accommodation at one of Japan’s iconic capsule hotels.
In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tokyo and the many wards that make up the metropolis. The tour will include locations such as the Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Ameyoko shopping district.
The remainder of the day will be at leisure.
Today, transfer north by bullet train, across the spine of Japan, to the historic city of Nagano. On arrival at Nagano station, meet your guide for the next few days and then enjoy a sightseeing tour across Nagano, including sites such as the famous Zenko Temple.
After your trip across Nagano, take a local train and coach to your overnight accommodation at Nojiri Lake or around Shinanomachi. You will then have the chance to go to a local supermarket to pick up supplies before taking part in a Japanese BBQ with locals at the local café, Hiro’s Café.
This morning, transfer by coach to Togakushi Ninja Village where you will then take part in a trek through the beautiful and historic Ninja Trail. The trail winds through a 900 year old cedar forest to the Okusha Shrine and also includes stops at locations such as the Chusha Shrine and Nenbustu-ike. You will also have the chance to visit the Ninja museum before you set up camp for the night in a local village. During your time at the ninja museum, there may be the opportunity to take part in some activities to teach you the essential skills to become a ninja!
Transfer to Hakuba Station before starting a trek from Happoike to the summit of Mount Karamatsu (2,695 metres). This is a part of the Japanese Alps and is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque regions in the whole country. With stunning views, plenty of wildlife, and unique flora, this part of Japan is unlike anywhere else.
You will overnight in a mountain hut on Mount Karamatsu.
After enjoying sunrise and breakfast in the mountain hut, hike back down to the Station, via Hakuba Village. You will then have a train journey from Hakuba to Matsumoto, in the heart of Japan, giving you an incredible trip through the Japanese mountains and countryside.
Once you arrive at Matsumoto, students will be shown around Matsumoto, including a visit to the famous Matsumoto Castle. The evening is at leisure to explore and relax after the short trek.
This morning will be at leisure, giving you the chance to see the parts of Matsumoto you didn't see on the previous day. Later in the morning, you will have a train journey of approximately three hours to the famous Mount Fuji. Once you arrive, you will check-in to your overnight accommodation at another capsule hotel.
It is a short bus journey to the fifth station of Mount Fuji to meet your guides and begin a day of trekking. As you make your way up the mountain, you will be greeted with incredible views of countryside and even Tokyo in the distance.
Overnight will be at a hut on Mount Fuji near the eighth station before summiting the following day.
After a stunning morning on the mountain, you will continue with your trek to the summit of Mount Fuji where you can enjoy unsurpassed views of the country and experience a part of the country that has been sacred to Japanese people for hundreds of years.
You will then descend to the fifth station where you will then have a short bus journey back to the Capsule Hotel for an overnight stay and a well-deserved rest.
You will have a three hour train journey through the Japanese countryside and back into the city of Tokyo for a final night. When you arrive in Tokyo, the rest of the day will be at leisure to explore, relax, and enjoy yourselves before your return flight the following day.
This morning, you will transfer back to the airport in time for your return overnight flight, arriving back in the UK the following morning.
Day 12: Arrive UK
- Destination: Japan
- When to go: Jun to Jul
- Duration: 11 days
- Trip type: Adventure
- Mount Fuji
- Ninja Trail
- Mount Maramatsu
- Accommodation: Camping, mountain huts, hotels and guesthouses
- Ideal for: Ages 14 to 15
Travellers will need:
- Good level of fitness
- Appreciation of the outdoor environment
Arguably the most iconic sight in Japan due to its pivotal role in Japanese culture and natural beauty, Mount Fuji is a highlight of any school adventure to this nation.
Nature, history and spirituality all blend together in Togakushi as you make your way through the dominating cedar forests and past shrines to the ancient home of the ninja.
As the largest city in the world, Tokyo provides innumerable adventures and experiences for students looking to explore and understand Japanese society and culture.