Interior Japan (Private Groups)


Tochigi, Nagano, and Gifu


April 17th - 27th, 2023 | May 14th - 24th, 2023


From $3750

Explore the ruggedly mountainous interior of Japan with us on this 10 night/11day pickleball adventure! The prefectures of Tochigi, Nagano, and Gifu are characterized by stunning natural landscapes, age-old Shinto shrines, peculiar sights such as the hot-spring-loving snow monkeys, and uniquely regional gastronomy. We finish the tour in Takayama, a major cultural hub of Japan, which is often referred to as mini-Kyoto. This insider experience also features plenty of pickleball instruction and play with locals at our local guides’ favorite Japanese venues, where most tourists never set foot.

Trip Details

What’s Included

  • 10 nights at standard accommodations
  • All meals excluding 2 dinners and 2 lunches
  • All activities including, tours, entrance fees, pickleball clinics and transportation within Japan (transportation excludes return trip from Takayama to Tokyo-area airports) 

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Tokyo airports, Haneda Int’l Airport (HND) or Narita Int’l Airport (NRT)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Travel insurance, medical coverage, etc.

Maximum Group Size  20

Activity Level  5/10


See Below for Details

Standard Accommodations

Trip instructors


Print Itinerary
Day 1


  • Arrival in Japan
  • Please book your airfare to/from Haneda Int’l Airport (HND) or Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) – Travelers from
    North America will likely need to depart a day earlier to arrive on the scheduled start
  • Transfer to the Hotel Nikko Narita
  • Meet in hotel lobby at 7:30 PM
  • Welcome dinner and tour orientation on site
Day 2


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Private vehicle transfer to Sakura City (~2:30 hrs)
  • Japanese lunch at local restaurant
  • Private clinic with Pickleball Trips instructors and recreational play with local group (~4:00 hrs)
  • Gyoza dinner followed by live music in Utsumomiya
Day 3


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Private vehicle transfer to Yaita City (~1:00 hrs) for recreational play with local group (~2:00 hrs)
  • Lunch with players
  • Private vehicle transfer to Karuizawa (~2:30 hrs)
  • Explore the old town and Kamoba pond with the option for creating a Japanese craft
  • Local dinner with Pickleball Trips group
Day 4


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Free morning in Karuizawa for golfing (Karuizawa Prince Golf Course) shopping (outlet mall), or a brisk hike (3-4km to Usui Pass).
  • Lunch in town
  • Recreational play with local group in Saku or Komoro (~3:00 hrs)
  • Dinner with Pickleball Trips group in Karuizawa
Day 5


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Private vehicle transfer to Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City (~1:30 hrs) followed by lunch at Fujiya Gohonjin for French Japanese fusion cuisine
  • Transfer to Suzaka (~0:30 hrs) for Edo period miso-factory tour and tasting
  • Transfer to Shibu Onsen (~0:45 hrs)
  • Private clinic with Pickleball Trips instructors (~2:00 hrs)
  • Dinner at traditional Japanese restaurant
Day 6


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Beautiful forest walk to world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (~0:30 hrs each way)
  • Soba making experience and lunch in traditional Japanese farmhouse followed by Washi paper making experienc
  • Private vehicle transfer to Maguse Onsen hot spring (~0:20 hrs)
  • Sake tasting and farmhouse dinner
Day 7


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Recreational play with local group (~2:00 hrs) followed by onsen soak
  • Local specialty Shokudo-style lunch
  • Private vehicle transfer to Kiso Fukushima in the Kiso Valley (~2.5 hrs) and walk around Post Town
  • Traditional Kaiseki-style dinner at Onyado Tsutaya
Day 8


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Travel to Magome Post Town (~1:00 hrs)
  • Walk 7.5 km of the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago (~3:00 hrs)
  • Picnic lunch along the way at Edo Period tea house
  • Return to Kiso Fukushima, including stop for coffee (~1:00 hrs)
  • Dinner at local izakaya or hot pot style restaurant
Day 9


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Private vehicle transfer from Kiso Fukushima to Kaida Kogen (~0:30 hrs) for hike (~2:00 hrs)
  • Homemade pizza lunch in Kaida with spectacular views of Mt. Ontake (weather
    dependent) and ice cream at local dairy
  • Travel to Takayama (~1:30 hrs)
  • Free afternoon exploring Hida Takayama with dinner on your own
Day 10


  • Udon noodle breakfast in Takayama
  • Private vehicle transfer to Shirakawago (~0:45 hrs) to explore the world heritage thatch-roof village and have lunch on your own
  • Travel to Gujo Hachiman (~1:30 hrs) to explore the famous castle town
  • Return to Takayama (~1:00 hr) for farewell dinner of Hida Wagyu Beef
Day 11


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Tour ends in Takayama
  • Our guides will be happy to assist you with your onward transfer or train
  • Please note that Takayama is around a 5-hour train ride from both Narita Int’l
    Airport (NRT) and Haneda Int’l Airport (HND) so please do not book an early return flight on this day

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Cancellation Policy

91+ Days Prior to Start Date Full Refund Minus 20% Nonrefundable Deposit*
61 ~ 90 Days Prior to Start Date 50% Refund of Total Trip Cost
31 ~ 60 Days Prior to Start Date 25% Refund of Total Trip Cost
0 ~ 30 Days Prior to Start Date None (20% Deposit Transferable)

Cancellation policy effective for all new trip purchases after 6/9/21.

Travel Insurance

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  • You need to cancel your participation on the tour
  • You need to cancel or change a flight
  • Lost baggage during the trip
  • Stolen items during the trip
  • Medical costs during the trip

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