The three summer festival of northern Japan - 8 days


An old  traditional summer ritual called neburi nagashi celebrates the fight against drowsiness that comes at work, the hunt against bad spirits and the purification of the body. It takes place in the north of the Tohoku region.

The inhabitants of the Tohoku region are well-known as people of hard-working farmer who use to pray for a successful-harvest. Those traditions are nowadays rooted in this part of Japan. Neburi nagashi has been relayed through the generations and became one of the greatest summer festivals in Tohoku; a true symbol of this season in Japan. This trip is the perfect occasion for you to enjoy three great summer festivals in Tohoku : the nebuta matsuri in Aomori, the kanto matsuri in Akita, and the illuminated moving castles in the night: Noshiro sleepless castles festival. What about sharing the hottest-season of the year with the Tohoku inhabitants ?

This tour project is cooperated with and supported by Noshiro fuyajo festival excutive committee and Noshiro Tourism Association



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An old  traditional summer ritual called neburi nagashi celebrates the fight against drowsiness that comes at work, the hunt against bad spirits and the purification of the body. It takes place in the north of the Tohoku region.

The inhabitants of the Tohoku region are well-known as people of hard-working farmer who use to pray for a successful-harvest. Those traditions are nowadays rooted in this part of Japan. Neburi nagashi has been relayed through the generations and became one of the greatest summer festivals in Tohoku; a true symbol of this season in Japan. This trip is the perfect occasion for you to enjoy three great summer festivals in Tohoku : the nebuta matsuri in Aomori, the kanto matsuri in Akita, and the illuminated moving castles in the night: Noshiro sleepless castles festival. What about sharing the hottest-season of the year with the Tohoku inhabitants ?

This tour project is cooperated with and supported by Noshiro fuyajo festival excutive committee and Noshiro Tourism Association



 Other suggested itineraries

 Contact us here

Day 1 : August 1st Staying in the reserved hotel room.

In order to make the departure to the Tohoku region easier, we will stay in a well situated hotel, in the center of Tokyo, easy to access. Take your time and enjoy sightseeing Tokyo during the day. If you are more into discovering a traditionnal side of Japan, you may decide to visit the famous Senso-ji in the district of Asakusa and the area of Ya-Ne-Sen with its nostalgic atmosphere. If you decide to explore the capital's modernity, you might to the well-know area of Shibuya ad its crossing or he lvely neighboorhood or Shinjuku and its skyscrappers coexisting withe very intimate bars of the Golden Gai.
Do not hesitate to contact us for the extra nights in Tokyo or if your are interested in any guided day trip there. 
Before departure, you will prepare a bag for 5 days and can leave suitcases at the reception of the hotel.


 Our daytrips from Tokyo

Hotel Grand Palace

Day 2 : Augut 2nd

Tokyo station - (boarding the shinkansen) - Odate (Akita Prefecture) - Bento box making experience - hotel

Odate handicraft experience

From Tokyo station, you will head for Odate by taking the bullet train Tohoku shinkansen. If you want to make your travel more comfortable, don’t forget to buy a delicious bento, a snack and a beverage before departure. In Japan, the bento box is essential to travel by shinkansen ! Moreover, did you know that each region of Japan has its own bento recipes ? Time to enjoy your favorite meal !

Odate is a quiet town located north of Akita Prefecture. Maybe you have heard about the famous dog Akita. He is indeed very popular, maybe thanks to Hachiko, the faithful dog honored with a statue that still stands in Shibuya station. 

Once you arrive in Odate, after the check-in at the hotel, you will experience the traditional handicraft. In Odate, the most famous handicraft is the bento box making called “Odate Magge Wappa”. It dates back to the 17th century, the lord of the satake clan living in Odate castle offered  the lower-class samurai to practice it. Following the Odate mage wappa manufacturing methods, enjoy making your own bento box that you will bring back at home for your lunch break !

The cedar wood is cutted, softened in hot water, bended and on it is sewed bark of mountain cherry tree. This box is therefore made up of natural materials and is a true unique treasure, having been made by yourself !

Hotel in Odate city
breakfast

Day 3 : August 3

Morning : free time
During your free time, enjoy a stroll in the streets of Odate (ex : Akita dog places)
Afternoon : Leaving the hotel - (train) - Aomori city (nebuta matsuri festival and haneto dance experience) - (train) - Odate (overnight)

Aomori Nebuta festival

Time to enjoy the festival !

Throughout the year, plenty of festivals take place in the Tohoku region, celebrating climate and harvest. The summer festivals are the best. The Aomori Nebuta festival is one of the three greatest summer festivals in this part of Japan, and draw many visitors every year. This festival would be date back from the VIIIth century and originated in China, merged with a traditional japanese fest called Toro nagashi which celebrates the travel of the souls in the after life, and viewed as the healer of everyday’s pain. Big “toro” lanterns made with washi paper in the form of a courageous samurai and a character took from a famous chinese novel stand 5 meters high. Moreover, haneto dancers come to beautify this great event with the sound of traditional music.You too, come and enjoy this wonderful festival and experience the dance as you were a true haneto dancer !

Hotel in Odate city
breakfast, dinner

Day 4 : August 4

Odate - (train) - Noshiro - Sightseeing - Tanabata Noshiro (the castle in the sky) - Overnight in Noshiro

Driving by seeing the panoramic view of the Sea of Japan, and visiting "Namahage", immaterial cultural heritage


You will travel by private car from Noshiro station to the Oga peninsula. The coastal road offers a beautiful landscape and is well-known to offer an incredible sunset on the sea. This region is also famous for its fishing port and its wide range of products and varieties of fishes. You could enjoy its fish market and taste all kind of delicious sea treasures. Who knows which variety of fish will be fished this day ? Take a rest and enjoy your meal in one of the very good restaurants that are waiting for you !

Oga has a very unique culture. Do the word Namahage means something to you? It is New year’ Eve, the gods are travelling from the Shinzan and Honzan mountains, to the villages where children hide in their houses. On that day come the demons, they are here to hunt bad behaviour children. This ritual is called Namahage. People wearing demon costumes walk in the streets of the village to frighten the children and visit each house. The family patriarch has to stop them. The main goal of this ritual is to show how important and serious is the patriarch in a family to contribute to a mutual satisfaction.

This event is listed in the UNESCO’s immaterial cultural heritage since 2018 in “the ritual visits of deities in masks and costumes” section. During this tour, we are going to visit the Namahage gallery and participate to a demonstration of the ritual.


Photos:By Douglas P Perkins (Douglaspperkins (talk)) - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11994069
 

Noshiro tanabata "Nightless sky Castle"

Neburi Nagashi festival in Noshiro takes place for a long time. In the end of Edo period, some writing mentioned a lantern in the form of the Nagoya castle has been created and became more and more popular. The inhabitants used to parade with this huge lantern 17 meters high in the streets until the sunrise. But modern times bring electricity poles and it was impossible to carry such a big lantern across the town. Noshiro started a project to move the poles as far away as possible from the streets. One century later, the festival rised again. The beautiful “castle in the night” restored its elegance and its majestuous size and still parade today. Let’s enjoy this unforgettable festival resurrected thanks to the great ambition of the Tohoku inhabitants.
Hotel in Noshiro city
breakfast, lunch

Day 5 : August 5

Noshiro - (train) - Akita - free time  - Kanto matsuri  festival - overnight in the center of Akita city or Omagari by train (overnight)

Akita city(free time)

We will take the train at Noshiro station to reach the next step of our adventure : Akita city. It is located in the Akita Prefecture and is the prefectural city. The population is about 300 000 inhabitants, Akita being the biggest coastal city in the Tohoku region. Although it is a very quiet town, in front of the station stands a big mall that is convenient to enjoy a lunch and buy souvenirs. Before that the kanto matsuri festival starts, you could enjoy a free time visit of the Kubota castle’s ruins and the Senshukoen park. Another interesting site is the fine arts museum of Akita exposing the works of a famous painter : Tsuguharu Foujita. You can also see some demonstrations of Kanto technique around the main street during the day.

【Senshukoen park】
 

The Senshukoen park is the old domain of the Kubota castle which formerly belonged to the Satake clan whose generation followed during 267 years from Keicho 7 era (1602) to the Meiji period (1869), the end of the feudalism in Japan. The first generation of the lords who lived in the castle was Satake Yoshinobu, who decided to build the castle on a hill during the Keicho 8 era, so this kind of construction is called in japanese Hirayama. The park has been made during Meiji period in 1869 by the master of modern parks designers that time, Nagaoka Yasuhei. Few years after, Ryouchi Kano, graduated of a synology school in Akita decided to name the park “senshu”. Actually, Senshu is written 千 which means 1000 and shu 秋 which means autumn and could be also read as aki.


Photos:By 掬茶 - 投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69638521
       By kamoseiro - 自ら撮影, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5046315

【Akita prefectural fine art museum】

The museum is well-known for exposing the works of a famous japanese painter, Tsugouharu Foujita. The museum opened since 1967 with the intention to exhibit national and international art collections of the Masakichi Hirano foundation (1895 -1989). Hirano was a close friend of Foujita. Here are exposed his greatest works as “Akita's event” 秋田の行事. 50 years after it opened, in 2013, the museum was designed by the very famous architect Tadao Ando. The museum still exhibits a very wide range of different themes.

Photos:By 掬茶 - 投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27886858
       By 掬茶 - 投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20847251

Akita kanto festival

The kanto matsuri festival is old. We could read in the literature of the XVIIIth century some lines that describe an event where “long illuminated pole lanterns parade in the streets”. It could be also compared with the Neburi nagashi festival. You will certainly applaud  this spectacular show where huge pole lanterns 12 meters high and with a weight of 50 kilos are carried with elegance and a stunning agility. This particular performance needs incredible agility skills but also the respect of numerous methods developed for many years.

Hotel in Akita city or Omagari city
breakfast

Day 6 : August 6

Akita - (Shinkansen or train) - Kakunodate, walk in the samurai neighborhood - small excursion by private car (Lake Tazawako and surroundings) - Tazawako (overnight)

Walking in Samurai street, Kakunodate

 

Kakunodate (from the 17th century) has been flourished as a castle town of the daimyo Satake.  As there are some well-preserved samurai residences in the town, it is called “Little Kyoto of Michinoku”. The townscape of the streets devised to avoid surprise attack from enemies, and residences guarded by black walls gives the feeling that you’re seeing the city back in Edo period. Kakunodate is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring, but you will also be amazed by its beauty of nature in other season such as shade of trees in summer, autumn leaves in fall, and white landscapes in winter. It is also designated as a preservation district for groups of historic buildings.

Dakigaeri valley & lake Tazawako

From Kakunodate, get in a private car and head to Lake Tazawa sightseeing tour. Your driver will guide you with simple English and the warm hospitality of Akita’s local people. First, you will be guided to “Dakigaeri Valley” where you can feel the nature of Akita. You can see beautiful primeval forests that remain along the steep valley, the mysterious mountain stream with a unique emerald green color, various waterfalls such as the “Mikaeri no taki (waterfall)”, and the suspension bridge while strolling.
Long ago the mountain path along the gorge was so steep and narrow that people had to embrace each other as they passed. This gave rise to the gorge’s name “Dakigaeri”, meaning “to embrace someone and turn around”. But easy-to-walk footpaths are available now and it has become easy to walk around. It is a scenic spot representing Akita.

Next, you will be finally seeing Lake Tazawa. The bright blue Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan, boasting a depth of 423.4 meters. There has been a legend that a girl named Tatsuko turned into a dragon and became the protective dragon of the lake. Enjoy taking a scenic walk of beautiful and mysterious Lake Tazawa.

Hotel near the lake Tazawako
breakfast, dinner

Day 7 : August 7

Tazawako - (Shinkansen) - Hiraizumi-Hiraizumi sightseeing  - (shinkansen) - Tokyo station - Hotel in Tokyo (overnight)

Hiraizumi, the World Heritage

Hiraizumi, located in the north side of Japan, which has been one of the government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries, and it was the administrative centre of the northern realm of Japan and rivalled Kyoto.
The site of Hiraizumi is realized based on the cosmology "Jodo" (the pure land) buddhism. This worldview was born from the earnest desire of people who longed for piece in mind and also the after death and it is said that they worked for realizing the Bukkokudo (Jodo) in Hiraizumi.

In 2011, the temples, gardens and remains in this site were registered under the name of "Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land" in Unesco World Heritage Site. The "Jodo" buddhism born in the fusion of nature-worship and shinto from ancient times of Japan, and Hiraizumi was bult from this spilit and we find it in the constructions and in the gardens and they were the reasons why Hiraizumi is classified in the World Heritage.

In this tour, we will visit Chusonji temple and Moutsuji temple which are the most representative temples in this place.

To Tokyo


After the visit of Hiraizumi, we will take the shinkansen again for Tokyo. After picking up the luggage in the hotel, it will be the end of this tour. Please take some rest time in your hotel. If you wish, we can propose a plan for the next day. How about going to an excursion near Tokyo or going to Kyoto or Osaka, or in the popular city of Kanazawa, or even to Seto islands? 

Click here to discover the other self-guided tours.

We are Japan - specialist travel agency, click here to contact our experts for more information about your next stay.
Hotel Grand Palace
breakfast

Where to Go

Itinerary

Day 1 : August 1st Staying in the reserved hotel room.

In order to make the departure to the Tohoku region easier, we will stay in a well situated hotel, in the center of Tokyo, easy to access. Take your time and enjoy sightseeing Tokyo during the day. If you are more into discovering a traditionnal side of Japan, you may decide to visit the famous Senso-ji in the district of Asakusa and the area of Ya-Ne-Sen with its nostalgic atmosphere. If you decide to explore the capital's modernity, you might to the well-know area of Shibuya ad its crossing or he lvely neighboorhood or Shinjuku and its skyscrappers coexisting withe very intimate bars of the Golden Gai.
Do not hesitate to contact us for the extra nights in Tokyo or if your are interested in any guided day trip there. 
Before departure, you will prepare a bag for 5 days and can leave suitcases at the reception of the hotel.


 Our daytrips from Tokyo

Hotel Grand Palace

Day 2 : Augut 2nd

Tokyo station - (boarding the shinkansen) - Odate (Akita Prefecture) - Bento box making experience - hotel

Odate handicraft experience

From Tokyo station, you will head for Odate by taking the bullet train Tohoku shinkansen. If you want to make your travel more comfortable, don’t forget to buy a delicious bento, a snack and a beverage before departure. In Japan, the bento box is essential to travel by shinkansen ! Moreover, did you know that each region of Japan has its own bento recipes ? Time to enjoy your favorite meal !

Odate is a quiet town located north of Akita Prefecture. Maybe you have heard about the famous dog Akita. He is indeed very popular, maybe thanks to Hachiko, the faithful dog honored with a statue that still stands in Shibuya station. 

Once you arrive in Odate, after the check-in at the hotel, you will experience the traditional handicraft. In Odate, the most famous handicraft is the bento box making called “Odate Magge Wappa”. It dates back to the 17th century, the lord of the satake clan living in Odate castle offered  the lower-class samurai to practice it. Following the Odate mage wappa manufacturing methods, enjoy making your own bento box that you will bring back at home for your lunch break !

The cedar wood is cutted, softened in hot water, bended and on it is sewed bark of mountain cherry tree. This box is therefore made up of natural materials and is a true unique treasure, having been made by yourself !

Hotel in Odate city
breakfast

Day 3 : August 3

Morning : free time
During your free time, enjoy a stroll in the streets of Odate (ex : Akita dog places)
Afternoon : Leaving the hotel - (train) - Aomori city (nebuta matsuri festival and haneto dance experience) - (train) - Odate (overnight)

Aomori Nebuta festival

Time to enjoy the festival !

Throughout the year, plenty of festivals take place in the Tohoku region, celebrating climate and harvest. The summer festivals are the best. The Aomori Nebuta festival is one of the three greatest summer festivals in this part of Japan, and draw many visitors every year. This festival would be date back from the VIIIth century and originated in China, merged with a traditional japanese fest called Toro nagashi which celebrates the travel of the souls in the after life, and viewed as the healer of everyday’s pain. Big “toro” lanterns made with washi paper in the form of a courageous samurai and a character took from a famous chinese novel stand 5 meters high. Moreover, haneto dancers come to beautify this great event with the sound of traditional music.You too, come and enjoy this wonderful festival and experience the dance as you were a true haneto dancer !

Hotel in Odate city
breakfast, dinner

Day 4 : August 4

Odate - (train) - Noshiro - Sightseeing - Tanabata Noshiro (the castle in the sky) - Overnight in Noshiro

Driving by seeing the panoramic view of the Sea of Japan, and visiting "Namahage", immaterial cultural heritage


You will travel by private car from Noshiro station to the Oga peninsula. The coastal road offers a beautiful landscape and is well-known to offer an incredible sunset on the sea. This region is also famous for its fishing port and its wide range of products and varieties of fishes. You could enjoy its fish market and taste all kind of delicious sea treasures. Who knows which variety of fish will be fished this day ? Take a rest and enjoy your meal in one of the very good restaurants that are waiting for you !

Oga has a very unique culture. Do the word Namahage means something to you? It is New year’ Eve, the gods are travelling from the Shinzan and Honzan mountains, to the villages where children hide in their houses. On that day come the demons, they are here to hunt bad behaviour children. This ritual is called Namahage. People wearing demon costumes walk in the streets of the village to frighten the children and visit each house. The family patriarch has to stop them. The main goal of this ritual is to show how important and serious is the patriarch in a family to contribute to a mutual satisfaction.

This event is listed in the UNESCO’s immaterial cultural heritage since 2018 in “the ritual visits of deities in masks and costumes” section. During this tour, we are going to visit the Namahage gallery and participate to a demonstration of the ritual.


Photos:By Douglas P Perkins (Douglaspperkins (talk)) - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11994069
 

Noshiro tanabata "Nightless sky Castle"

Neburi Nagashi festival in Noshiro takes place for a long time. In the end of Edo period, some writing mentioned a lantern in the form of the Nagoya castle has been created and became more and more popular. The inhabitants used to parade with this huge lantern 17 meters high in the streets until the sunrise. But modern times bring electricity poles and it was impossible to carry such a big lantern across the town. Noshiro started a project to move the poles as far away as possible from the streets. One century later, the festival rised again. The beautiful “castle in the night” restored its elegance and its majestuous size and still parade today. Let’s enjoy this unforgettable festival resurrected thanks to the great ambition of the Tohoku inhabitants.
Hotel in Noshiro city
breakfast, lunch

Day 5 : August 5

Noshiro - (train) - Akita - free time  - Kanto matsuri  festival - overnight in the center of Akita city or Omagari by train (overnight)

Akita city(free time)

We will take the train at Noshiro station to reach the next step of our adventure : Akita city. It is located in the Akita Prefecture and is the prefectural city. The population is about 300 000 inhabitants, Akita being the biggest coastal city in the Tohoku region. Although it is a very quiet town, in front of the station stands a big mall that is convenient to enjoy a lunch and buy souvenirs. Before that the kanto matsuri festival starts, you could enjoy a free time visit of the Kubota castle’s ruins and the Senshukoen park. Another interesting site is the fine arts museum of Akita exposing the works of a famous painter : Tsuguharu Foujita. You can also see some demonstrations of Kanto technique around the main street during the day.

【Senshukoen park】
 

The Senshukoen park is the old domain of the Kubota castle which formerly belonged to the Satake clan whose generation followed during 267 years from Keicho 7 era (1602) to the Meiji period (1869), the end of the feudalism in Japan. The first generation of the lords who lived in the castle was Satake Yoshinobu, who decided to build the castle on a hill during the Keicho 8 era, so this kind of construction is called in japanese Hirayama. The park has been made during Meiji period in 1869 by the master of modern parks designers that time, Nagaoka Yasuhei. Few years after, Ryouchi Kano, graduated of a synology school in Akita decided to name the park “senshu”. Actually, Senshu is written 千 which means 1000 and shu 秋 which means autumn and could be also read as aki.


Photos:By 掬茶 - 投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69638521
       By kamoseiro - 自ら撮影, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5046315

【Akita prefectural fine art museum】

The museum is well-known for exposing the works of a famous japanese painter, Tsugouharu Foujita. The museum opened since 1967 with the intention to exhibit national and international art collections of the Masakichi Hirano foundation (1895 -1989). Hirano was a close friend of Foujita. Here are exposed his greatest works as “Akita's event” 秋田の行事. 50 years after it opened, in 2013, the museum was designed by the very famous architect Tadao Ando. The museum still exhibits a very wide range of different themes.

Photos:By 掬茶 - 投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27886858
       By 掬茶 - 投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20847251

Akita kanto festival

The kanto matsuri festival is old. We could read in the literature of the XVIIIth century some lines that describe an event where “long illuminated pole lanterns parade in the streets”. It could be also compared with the Neburi nagashi festival. You will certainly applaud  this spectacular show where huge pole lanterns 12 meters high and with a weight of 50 kilos are carried with elegance and a stunning agility. This particular performance needs incredible agility skills but also the respect of numerous methods developed for many years.

Hotel in Akita city or Omagari city
breakfast

Day 6 : August 6

Akita - (Shinkansen or train) - Kakunodate, walk in the samurai neighborhood - small excursion by private car (Lake Tazawako and surroundings) - Tazawako (overnight)

Walking in Samurai street, Kakunodate

 

Kakunodate (from the 17th century) has been flourished as a castle town of the daimyo Satake.  As there are some well-preserved samurai residences in the town, it is called “Little Kyoto of Michinoku”. The townscape of the streets devised to avoid surprise attack from enemies, and residences guarded by black walls gives the feeling that you’re seeing the city back in Edo period. Kakunodate is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring, but you will also be amazed by its beauty of nature in other season such as shade of trees in summer, autumn leaves in fall, and white landscapes in winter. It is also designated as a preservation district for groups of historic buildings.

Dakigaeri valley & lake Tazawako

From Kakunodate, get in a private car and head to Lake Tazawa sightseeing tour. Your driver will guide you with simple English and the warm hospitality of Akita’s local people. First, you will be guided to “Dakigaeri Valley” where you can feel the nature of Akita. You can see beautiful primeval forests that remain along the steep valley, the mysterious mountain stream with a unique emerald green color, various waterfalls such as the “Mikaeri no taki (waterfall)”, and the suspension bridge while strolling.
Long ago the mountain path along the gorge was so steep and narrow that people had to embrace each other as they passed. This gave rise to the gorge’s name “Dakigaeri”, meaning “to embrace someone and turn around”. But easy-to-walk footpaths are available now and it has become easy to walk around. It is a scenic spot representing Akita.

Next, you will be finally seeing Lake Tazawa. The bright blue Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan, boasting a depth of 423.4 meters. There has been a legend that a girl named Tatsuko turned into a dragon and became the protective dragon of the lake. Enjoy taking a scenic walk of beautiful and mysterious Lake Tazawa.

Hotel near the lake Tazawako
breakfast, dinner

Day 7 : August 7

Tazawako - (Shinkansen) - Hiraizumi-Hiraizumi sightseeing  - (shinkansen) - Tokyo station - Hotel in Tokyo (overnight)

Hiraizumi, the World Heritage

Hiraizumi, located in the north side of Japan, which has been one of the government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries, and it was the administrative centre of the northern realm of Japan and rivalled Kyoto.
The site of Hiraizumi is realized based on the cosmology "Jodo" (the pure land) buddhism. This worldview was born from the earnest desire of people who longed for piece in mind and also the after death and it is said that they worked for realizing the Bukkokudo (Jodo) in Hiraizumi.

In 2011, the temples, gardens and remains in this site were registered under the name of "Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land" in Unesco World Heritage Site. The "Jodo" buddhism born in the fusion of nature-worship and shinto from ancient times of Japan, and Hiraizumi was bult from this spilit and we find it in the constructions and in the gardens and they were the reasons why Hiraizumi is classified in the World Heritage.

In this tour, we will visit Chusonji temple and Moutsuji temple which are the most representative temples in this place.

To Tokyo


After the visit of Hiraizumi, we will take the shinkansen again for Tokyo. After picking up the luggage in the hotel, it will be the end of this tour. Please take some rest time in your hotel. If you wish, we can propose a plan for the next day. How about going to an excursion near Tokyo or going to Kyoto or Osaka, or in the popular city of Kanazawa, or even to Seto islands? 

Click here to discover the other self-guided tours.

We are Japan - specialist travel agency, click here to contact our experts for more information about your next stay.
Hotel Grand Palace
breakfast
Important to know
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • Please inform us, at the time of booking, about the participation of any person with reduced mobility or suffering from any  condition requiring special needs during the trip.

  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

  • The delays, shortened visits or unvisited places due to traffic jam, bad weather or any other circumstances are not refundable.

  • Depending on the weather, traffic, or opening times; the itinerary's order might be changed to insure a great experience.

  • The price is by person, on the basis of a double or twin room booking.

  • An extra fee apply for solo travellers. Most of ryokans do not have single rooms.

  • All reservations must be confirmed at the latest 30 days before the first day of the trip.

Additional informations

 

  • You have the possibility to stay in a wide range of accommodation types in order to immerse yourself in our culture. Please refer to  Accommodation.

  • Please note that you will take public transport during the trip. Please refer to Transportation.

  • Discovering Japan, also means trying its peculiar and traditional food. This is why we choose to let you decide for your own meal for lunch and dinner. You will be surprised by how many restaurants are in Japan as well as their great value. Please check Meals.

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved / This itinerary includes hiking paths; please wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • This tour includes free time. You will be able to enjoy freely the local spots as you please. Any personal expenses are at your charge during free time.

  • Please refer to Travel information about any useful information.

  • Pictures are used for illustrative purpose only.

     

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    Akita

    1.2 2.3 5.7 10.9 16.7 19.9 23.8 24.8 20.1 13.4 9.4 4.3

    Hiraizumi

    -0.5 0.3 3.6 9.6 14.8 18.8 22.3 24.0 19.8 13.5 7.2 2.2
Included
  • Short briefing the day before your departure  (upon request)

  • We guarantee a full assistance during your trip.

  • Detailed itinerary, travel documents and our recommendations  

  • Customer support during your trip by email or phone

  • The breakfasts and the meals mentioned in the itinerary
    : 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

  • Every transports mentioned in the itinerary except the local train from Aomori to Odate for August 3rd.

  • A rechargeable transport card "Suica" with the amount of 2000 yen.

  • Standard grade accommodation for 7 nights
    :2 nights at Tokyo,  2 nights at Odate (Akita), 1 night at Noshiro (Akita), 1 night at Akita or Omagari (Akita), 1 night at Tazawako (Akita)

  • The activities and entrance fees mentioned below.
    : Experience of handcrafted bento box, haneto dance experience, Namahage gallery, reserved seat for festivals: Castle in the Sky and Kanto.

  • Excursion on reserved car (possibility to be shared with another tour participants) for August 4th and 6th.

*Tour price for children is available. The tour price for the groupe who share the rooms by more than 3 people can be also negotiable. Please ask us about further information on the booking form.

Not included
  • The international flights

  • The insurances

  • The personal expenses

  • The meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Transports, activities, entry fees not mentioned in the heading of 【INCLUDES】

  • The Gratuities (voluntary).

*Please ask us for the extra nights before or/and after the tour.

Dates & Prices

Please select & click on the date below to make a reservation / inquiry.

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