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Charms of Tohoku: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

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Charms of Tohoku: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

9 days 8 nights

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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!

In October, northern Japan starts to leave behind the heat of summer. All nature in the Tohoku region grows full and splendidly red, from the mountainside forests to the acres of rice paddies. This makes autumn the perfect time for visitors to enjoy the Charms of Tohoku. Passengers on this itinerary will be treated to the top nature spots and most popular locations Tohoku offers, including visits to Aomori, Inakadate, Hirosaki, Sakata, Mount Haguro, Matsushima, Nikko, and more.

The start of the tour takes the group straight up to Aomori to Nebuta Warasse, a museum that immerses guests in the atmosphere of the Nebuta Festival. Then it's into the the countryside of Inakadate, where farmers have turned their rice paddies into works of art, with portraits of famous places, people, and other artworks made within the rice field using different types of rice plants. In Hirosaki you will see one of Tohoku's most impressive castles, followed by the Fujita Memorial Garden - a gorgeous landscape garden with a Western house and tearoom. Then, in Sakata, we get a taste of old Kyoto Culture at Somaro with lunch and entertainment by the Sakata Maiko (apprentice geisha).

A rare spiritual experience awaits at Mount Haguro, where the Yamabushi monks - practictioners of the Shugendo folk religion, search out peace in mind and body. Live for a day like a Yamabushi monk, which includes wearing their traditional attire, savoring a healthy vegetarian lunch of monks' food, and hiking up the mountain path, past the famed Five-storied Pagoda to Haguro-san Shrine. Even more wonderful nature scenes await in the second half of the tour, with an ascent up the 1,000 stairs of Yamadera to Risshakuji Temple, a culturally stimulating boat ride down the Mogami River as you listen to the songs of the boatmen, and a liesurely cruise around the 200 small pine- topped islands of spectacular Matsushima Bay - considered one of Japan's most beautiful nature scenes. The final stop of the tour is in Nikko - a spiritual heart of the region, home of Toshogu Shrine and resting place of the spirit of the Tokugawa shogun.

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Dates & Price

2024

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Mon. Oct 14, 2024 USD $3798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2025

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Sun. Sep 28, 2025 Mon. Oct 6, 2025 USD $3798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sun. Sep 27, 2026 Mon. Oct 5, 2026 USD $3798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Deposit

We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 6 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 5 lunches and 5 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information

Transport

Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.


Arrival Departure Airports
  • • This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Narita Airport (NRT).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Bullet train to Aomori - Inakadate
  • Day3   Hirosaki - Kakunodate
  • Day4   Sakata
  • Day5   Mt Haguro
  • Day6   Mogami River Gorge - Yamadera
  • Day7   Matsushima
  • Day8   Nikko
  • Day9   Tour ends

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


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