Places Visited: Tokyo, Matsumoto, Kamikochi, Takayama, Kyoto, Shirahama, Yunomine Onsen, Nachi Taisha, Osaka
For those wanting to experience Japan's stunning natural beauty as well as spend some time away from the 'golden routes'. After a brief stop soaking up the excitement of Tokyo you travel out towards the Japanese Alps, via the castle city of Matsumoto.
Mountain lovers will bask in the glorious scenery around Kamikochi and Takayama, before taking in the culture of Kyoto. From there you travel off the beaten track to the beautiful Kii Peninsula, and walk an ancient pilgrimage route.
Note: This trip can only be taken from April to November due to snow in and around Kamikochi.