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Charms of Tohoku Tour

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8 Nights

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From US$3698.00

  • Discover the rice paddy art of Inakadate, where pictures of famous people, monuments, and artworks are grown in the rice paddies.
  • Experience the life of a Yamabushi mountain monk of the Shugendo religious sect on Mount Haguro.
  • Enjoy lunch and a performance by the Sakata Maiko (apprentice geisha) at the Somaro Tea House.
  • Take a leisurely cruise around the pine-covered islets of spectacular Matsushima Bay.
  • Relax on a ride in a riverboat down the Mogami River as you are serenaded with river tunes by the boatmen.
  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Aomori Nebuta Festival at the Nebuta Warasse Museum.
  • Explore the beauty and magnificence of Nikko at Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls, and Lake Chuzenji.
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Charms of Tohoku Tour

Aomori - Inakadate - Hirosaki - Kakunodate - Sakata - Mt Haguro - Mogami River Gorge - Yamadera - Matsushima - Nikko

8 Nights | From US$3698.00

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Discover the unique culture and incredible nature of Tohoku, on a tour featuring the rice paddy art of Inakadate and a Yamabushi mountain monk experience at Mount Haguro!

The beauties of Tohoku are often overlooked by the average Japan tourist crowds, and the northern region of the Japan mainland hides captivating natural splendor and cultural rarities not to be seen anywhere else! Between fields full of Rice Paddy Art, a temple hike with mountain monks, and a cruise around breathtaking Matsushima Bay, guests are sure to be fascinated and delighted by the Charms of Tohoku!

Start the tour with a ride on a bullet train up to Aomori, home of... View More

The beauties of Tohoku are often overlooked by the average Japan tourist crowds, and the northern region of the Japan mainland hides captivating natural splendor and cultural rarities not to be seen anywhere else! Between fields full of Rice Paddy Art, a temple hike with mountain monks, and a cruise around breathtaking Matsushima Bay, guests are sure to be fascinated and delighted by the Charms of Tohoku!

Start the tour with a ride on a bullet train up to Aomori, home of the Aomori Nebuta Festival, and where visitors to the Nebuta Warasse can experience the festival atmosphere year round. Tour the rice paddies of Inakadate, where local farmers have turned Japan's signature crop into Rice Paddy Art, with pictures of famous people, landmarks, and other artworks displayed in the rice field by using a variety of rice types. Continuing through Hirosaki and Kakunodate, we will explore Hirosaki Castle, Fujita Memorial Garden, and a local samurai district for a deeper appreciation of local history. Local culture meets the traditions of old Kyoto at Somaro Tea House, where the Sakata Maiko (apprentice geisha) give an entertaining performance.

Then the tour takes a spiritually refreshing turn as you spend the day on Mount Haguro with the Yamabushi mountain monks of the Shugendo sect, to whom Japanese folk stories ascribe mystical properties. While here you can wear the traditional attire of a Yamabushi monk and enjoy a hike with monk guides up to Haguro- san Shrine, where you will enjoy a lunch of healthy vegetarian shojin ryori, or "monks' food". Experience more of the enchanting nature of the Tohoku region on a riverboat ride down the Mogami River - featuring the charming river songs sung by the boatmen, and a leisurely cruise around magnificent Matsushima Bay. Finally, admire the wonders of Nikko on a tour of Toshogu Shrine - resting place of the first Tokugawa shogun.

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Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko


9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Discover the natural wonders and cultural rarities of the Tohoku region, including fascinating rice paddy art, a day in the life of a mountain monk, a cruise around Matsushima Bay, Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, and much more!

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