Discover in this tour Japan with the northern region of Honshu Island Tohoku: Miyagi, Iwate, Akita, Aomori Prefectures.

This hand-picked Japan Autumn tour provides a real insight into local culture and living: With accommodations provided in traditional Japanese placements, called `ryokan`, it is the ultimate perfection of personal service and atmosphere of privacy to experience Japan in the most authentic way.

This tour selects the best places of Tohoku (the northern region of Honshu Island) in this Japanese Autumn Colors tour visiting where you can experience the majestic koyo (coloured leaves), enjoy wonderful nature landscapes combined to all the colors of autumn, amazing autumn seasonal food, which are especially picturesque in this season, along with pristine national parks and visit must-see sites of Japan.

We invite you to explore Japan in its greatest season – autumn when the weather is just the best too! The tour offers a unique opportunity to combine visits to popular places (e.x. attractions in Tokyo), as well as places that are not often included in regular Japan tours: remote corners of Japan, places where tranquility reigns, rich and magnificent nature where you can enjoy it fully.

Along the way you will stop at traditional placements - ryokan – is traditional Japanese mineral spring inn, where you can feel an atmosphere of individual and personalized service. For complete immersion in Japanese culture, you can take a bath with water from local hot mineral springs, which have a beneficial effect on the skin, and then change into yukata (the national robe).

In Japan, autumn is not just a season of falling leaves; it's also a culinary adventure waiting to be savored. As the scorching heat of summer gradually yields to the gentle embrace of autumn, the flavors of Japan undergo a remarkable transformation. The air is infused with the comforting aroma of roasted sweet potatoes, and cafes proudly showcase menus bursting with chestnut-inspired delights. But the gastronomic delights of autumn in Japan extend far beyond these traditional favorites. From succulent fresh vegetables absorbed the warmth of summer to delicate persimmons ripened to perfection, each dish tells a story of the season's bounty. Join us on a journey through the palate-pleasing wonders of Japanese autumn cuisine.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Narita Airport or Haneda airport

Pick up by a guide and transfer to a hotel in Tokyo by tourist bus (the journey from the Narita airport takes 1-1,5 hours, from the Haneda airport – 30-40 min)

Check in to a hotel (standard check in time is 3 pm) (category of a hotel is 4 stars with breakfast included)

The rest of the day is free time

Day 2: Tokyo City Tour (8 hours) by charter bus

Meet the guide at the hotel lobby Start your day by visiting the historic Asakusa district. Explore Senso-ji Temple and stroll through the traditional Nakamise Shopping Street From Asakusa you will take a water bus for a sightseeing in the Sumida River and the Tokyo Bay The next stop will be the futuristic Odaiba District and some of the shopping areas From Odaiba Head to the Tokyo City Center and make a stop in from of the Tokyo Tower Continue to Meiji Shrine, one of Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrines. The stroll continues to the neighbors Harajuku and Omotesando End the day at the Shibuya District and its famous Scramble Crossing

Day 3

Check out of the hotel Meet the guide and transfer to the Tokyo Station by charter bus Moving by bullet train to the Sendai City (the biggest city of Tohoku region famous as place having rich history) (journey takes about 1,5 hours) Visit Zuihoden (the mausoleum of Date Masamune, one of the most powerful feudal lords of the Edo Period (1603-1868)) Moving to Matsushima (scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets) (the journey takes about 1 hour)

Walking and boat trip around Matsushima Visit Kanrantei – the tea house overlooking the Bay of Matsushima. Green tea tasting. Moving to ryokan and check-in Ryokan – is traditional Japanese mineral spring inn, which are located throughout Japan in the most beautiful places. For complete immersion in Japanese culture, you can take a bath with water from local hot mineral springs, which have a beneficial effect on the skin, and then change into yukata – the national Japanese robe. Dinner served in Japanese style with a variety of dishes elegantly presented on beautiful plates at the ryokan

Day 4

Meet the guide at the ryokan Transfer to the Yamadera Temple (the journey takes about 1 hour) The Yamadera Temple excursion. Climbing 1015 stone steps the path along which frees you from the bustle of the world lasting 30 min. to the top of the temple with magnificent views open up Moving to the Ginzan Old-fashioned Onsen Town (the journey takes about 1 hour)

Walk around the Town Return to the ryokan Dinner at the hotel

Day 5

Check out of the ryokan Meet the guide and transfer to the Ichinoseki City (Iwate Prefecture) (the journey takes about 1 hour) Hiraizumi City Tour (Hiraizumi is Tohoku’s former cultural and political capital) Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites Chusonji Temple and Motsuji Temple Visit Geibikei (Geibi Gorge) Spectacular gorge to be viewed from boat tours Transfer to a ryokan

Day 6

Check out of the ryokan Meet the guide and transfer to the Morioka City (Iwate Prefecture) (the journey takes about 35 min.) The Morioka City Tour Visiting the plant of the most famous cast iron manufactures the company Iwachu. Moving to Kakunodate (a former castle town and samurai stronghold in today's Akita Prefecture) (the journey takes about 1,5 hours)

Walking around Samurai District and Merchant District (for an additional fee, we offer a master class on products made from sakura bark or meet with a master of traditional wooden weaving) Moving to Lake Tazawa (a pretty and very deep caldera lake) (the journey takes about 40 min.)

Moving to a ryokan Dinner at the ryokan

Day 7

Check out of the ryokan Meet the guide and transfer to the Korakukan theater (the journey takes about 2,5 hours) Visit to the Korakukan Theater traditional show that has been running for over a 100 years since its first performance in 1910 Moving to Towada Lake in Towada-Hachimantai National Park – the largest crater (volcanic) lake on the Honshu island and third deepest in all of Japan (the journey takes about 45 min.) Towada Lake Motorboat cruise Moving to a hotel

Day 8

Meet the guide and transfer to the Oirase Mountain Stream (Aomori Prefecture) Walking around the Oirase Mountain Stream Transfer to the Hirosaki City On the way to the Hirosaki City climbing to the Hakkoda City on a cable car the duration of which is 2,459 meters and enjoying the scenery of the mountain ranges The Hirosaki City tour Visiting the Hirosaki castle and Samurai District Return to the hotel

Day 9

Check out of the ryokan Meet the guide and transfer to the Aomori City(the journey takes about 1,5 hours) Visiting the Nebuta Warasse – an interesting museum dedicated to the city's famous Nebuta Matsuri which is held annually in early August Moving to the Tokyo City from Shin-Aomori by bullet train Shinkansen (the journey takes about 3,5 hours)

Arrival to Tokyo

Check in to a hotel Free time Day 10 Check out of the hotel Meet the guide at the hotel Transfer to Narita Airport or Haneda airport for departure

Departure from Japan

 

 

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