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Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

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2024/2025/2026 JAPAN SUMMER TOURS


Tour Code: GTR1717185

Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

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12 days 11 nights

fromUSD $4998.00


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Single Supplement: USD $990.00

The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku...plus Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals.

Summer is the season of festivals in Japan. There are several prominent summer festivals throughout the country, but the "Aomori Nebuta Festival", "Akita Kanto Festival", and "Sendai Tanabata Festival" of the Tohoku region are huge in scale and popularity, and make up the three great festivals of Tohoku. Because the three great festivals of Tohoku are held at nearly the same time, they can all be enjoyed together in one trip.

This tour begins in Hokkaido, where we will visit Furano, Biei, Otaru, Sapporo, Shiraoi, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya and Hakodate. Summer is the best season to visit Hokkaido. It’s the prefecture with the mildest climate in summer. It’s not as hot and humid during the day, and it cools down ever so nicely during the evening making each night all the more enjoyable. Furthermore, Hokkaido offers beautiful nature and flower fields which are best explored during the summer time.

Then we proceed to Aomori by crossing the Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu via the undersea train tunnel. Explore the three great summer festivals in Tohoku; Nebuta, Kanto and Tanabata festivals, in the cities of Aomori, Akita and Sendai. Parades featuring chandelier-like lantern displays on bamboo poles, fearsome warrior floats, fireworks, and a sea of colorful origami decorations are just some of the highlights of these festivals.

In the Tohoku regions, we will also have a change to visit Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. Added to this will be the wonderful experience of visiting Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of pine tree covered small islands, where we explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Matsushima is famous for being one of the Three Most Beautiful Natural Sights in Japan. In Bandai Highlands, you will visit the Goshiki-numa (five- colored volcanic lakes). Here, mineral deposits from volcano eruption give each lake its own delicate color ranging from reddish green to cobalt blue, and visit the old castle city of Aizuwakamatsu as well as the former post town of Ouchijuku.

On the last day of the tour allow yourself to also explore the wonderfully ornate temples and shrines which have been designated as World Heritage sites in Nikko. We then proceed to Kegon Waterfall situated in Lake Chuzenji; it is one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. Our tour will end from there, and we will head to Tokyo for a night stay before your return flight on the following day.

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Mon. Jul 29, 2024 Fri. Aug 9, 2024 USD $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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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.


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

  • • 9 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose 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
  • • 7 lunches and 2 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


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

Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at New Chitose Airport (CTS), this tour starts in Sapporo and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT).
  • • If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the last 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 Sapporo
  • Day2   Furano - Biei
  • Day3   Otaru - Sapporo
  • Day4   Sapporo - Shiraoi - Noboribetsu
  • Day5   Lake Toya - Hakodate
  • Day6   Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Aomori (Aomori Nebuta Festival)
  • Day7   Akita (Akita Kanto Festival)
  • Day8   Kakunodate - Hiraizumi - Sendai (Tanabata Fireworks)
  • Day9   Matsushima - Sendai (Tanabata Festival)
  • Day10   Urabandai - Aizu Wakamatsu
  • Day11   Nikko
  • Day12   Tour Ends

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Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko

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