Backroads of Japan (including Takayama)

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Backroads of Japan (including Takayama) - G Adventures
Backroads of Japan (including Takayama) - G Adventures
5 reviews
+4 Destinations
Central Japan


  • Explore buzzing Tokyo and travel by bullet train
  • Glimpse rural life on a bike tour through the Kibi Plains
  • See magnificent temples, gardens, and shrines in Kyoto
  • Taste Saki wine and visit the traditional Hida Folk Village
Age range
18 to 70 year olds
Hotel, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Bicycle, Local Transport
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Bicycle, Train & Rail
Start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto! With the in-depth cultural tour Backroads of Japan (including Takayama), you have a 12 day tour package taking you from Tokyo to Kyoto and through Tokyo, Japan and 5 other destinations in Japan. Backroads of Japan (including Takayama) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • LH
    Written on June 10, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I thought you had already received my review! (The final page mentioned a 5% discount.) I am re-sending my comments as the tour, and guide, exceeded our expectations. I will certainly consider traveling with gadventures again. Kozo, our guide, was very... Read more

    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the review here. We will pass your kind words over to Kozo. Thanks for choosing to see this fabulous part of the planet with us.
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  • CS
    Written on May 24, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Our guide made the tour wonderful for us. He was knowledgeable, helpful, considerate and always at our disposal. We had a lot of travel by train, some days it felt like the whole day was spent getting from A to B, but at least the trains were comfortable... Read more

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  • RN
    Written on September 28, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Hi there it was such an amazing experience, so well organised, fun, good food, and our guide Kozo really looked after the group. A great balance of different activities for all ages and found train travel very easy even with the volume of people getting on... Read more

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  • ND
    Written on August 28, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great selection of places visited. Awesome CEO with a wealth of information and awesome time management skills.

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  • SA
    Written on March 28, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great tour that covers both urban and rural Japan. The Japanese scenary is spectacular. Our guide was super organised and really lovely, adapting plans to suit our preferences and sharing in our excitements. She also took us to an amazing range of delicious... Read more

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 Tokyo
  2. Day 2 Tokyo
  3. Day 3 Tokyo
  4. Day 4 Tokyo/Nagano
  5. Day 5 Nagano/Matsumoto
  6. Day 6 Matsumoto/Takayama
  7. Day 7 Takayama (1D)
  8. Day 8 Takayama/Kurashiki (1B)
  9. Day 9 Kurashiki
  10. Day 10 Kurashiki/Kyoto
  11. Day 11 Kyoto (1B)
  12. Day 12 Kyoto (1B)

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services


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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • What is the age range for this tour?

      The tour has an age range of 18-39 so you will be on tour with passengers aged anywhere between that range. Most G Adventure tours have an average age of about 25-30.

    • Is there a single supplement available on this tour?

      Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

      Although some tours on our site offer the option to pay extra to upgrade to a single room, that is not an option on this particular tour unfortunately.

    • What is the number of stars in the hotels for this trip?

      The accommodations are generally 3 star standard.

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    • Dennis31st October 2018
      TourRadar is better that any travel agent. There are websites that allow you to select hotels, there are websites that allow you to select airline bookings. TourRadar is the corresponding site to make your choice without any bias. It's fantastic!

    About the countries

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    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 1 month before travel.


    Tokyo is the starting point and Kyoto is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request G Adventures to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $99 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 June 2019 the full payment of $0 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $0 for Backroads of Japan (including Takayama), but the deposit of $99 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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    Covering a total distance of approx 836 km.
    • Tokyo (Japan)
    • 173 km
    • Nagano (Japan)
    • 50 km
    • Matsumoto (Japan)
    • 65 km
    • Takayama (Japan)
    • 360 km
    • Kurashiki (Japan)
    • 188 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)

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