From (AUD)$10,995
Airfares included
Discover the incredibly scenic, historic and diverse areas of northern Japan on this unique small group tour. From the bright neon lights and modernity of Tokyo and Sapporo, to the impressive waterfalls and limestone caves along the Geibikei Gorge, the folklore in the garden city of Tōno, the stunning Hirosaki Castle and the three delicious noodle types of Morioka, northern Japan is an absolute delight.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Transport — Boat, Bullet train, Cable Car, Coach & Yakatabune cruise
No Hidden Extras

See the the port city of Otaru and explore its beautifully preserved canal area, as well as the original Kitaichi Glass Sangokan in a converted fishery warehouse.

Wander through the impressive Hirosaki Castle and the breathtaking Botanical Gardens.

Delve into a treasure trove of culture and folklore in the garden city of Tōno and take part in the local ‘Wanko Soba’ tradition over dinner.

Admire the stunning waterfalls, rock formations and limestone caves on a scenic cruise along the picturesque Geibikei Gorge.

Special Experiences

Experience the local cuisine of Sendai sampling the local delicacy of gyutan (beef tongue) at a special dinner.
Admire the impressive waterfalls, rock formations and limestone caves of Geibikei Gorge on a scenic boat trip.
Take part in the local Wanko Soba tradition at a dinner in Morioka.
Explore the Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, discovering the rich history and way of life of the samurai and their wealthy families.
Tour Hirosaki Castle and witness the breathtaking beauty of its Botanical Garden.
Discover the history of beer making in Japan and the famous Sapporo Brewery at the Sapporo Beer Museum.

Itinerary Colours of Northern Japan



Inclusions Colours of Northern Japan



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  • Explore the grounds of the Imperial Palace, situated on the site of a former Edo Castle
  • Tour the Meiji Jingu Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shōken
  • Stop at the famous Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection in Japan
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay
  • Visit Nikko National Park and see Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall and Tōshōgū Shrine
  • Explore Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku region, including the Sendai City Museum and Date Masamune Statue
  • Learn about and paint a traditional Kokeshi Doll in Matsushima
  • Visit Matsushima City Earthquake Memorial Museum and explore the tsunami-devastated area
  • Walk through Entsu-in, a Buddhist temple built to honour to Date Terumune upon his death at age 19
  • Visit Chūson-ji Temple, a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism and admire the golden Konjiki-do Hall
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along Geibikei Gorge
  • Tour Morioka Castle Ruins Park, a hidden gem of the Tohoku Region
  • Visit Tezukuri-Mura and learn about the Japanese art of indigo dyeing
  • Explore the garden city of Tōno including Tōno Municipal Museum and Furusato Village
  • Take part in the local Wanko Soba tradition for dinner
  • Visit Kakunodate Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum and learn about the samurai families
  • Witness panoramic views of Oga and Mayama mountain range from Mt Kanpunzan Rotating Observatory
  • Discover the legend of the Namahage culture and visit the Namahage Museum, Shinzen Folklore Museum and Shinzan Shrine
  • Spend the night at a traditional Japanese Ryokan in Oga with hot springs and a sauna
  • Travel to Lake Towada, a double-caldera lake formed through volcanic activity
  • Stop at Oirase Gorge, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan
  • Wander through the Hirosaki Castle Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Tsugaru Neputa Village and enjoy a Shamisen performance
  • Ascend Mount Hakodate via the Hakodate Ropeway and enjoy amazing views of the city and harbour
  • Spend a full day exploring Hakodate, including the Jomon Cultural Centre, Kanemori Red Brick Wearhouse and Hakodate Motomachi
  • Enjoy the panoramic views from Goryōkaku Tower of the surrounding area
  • Visit Sapporo Beer Museum and enjoy a tasting
  • Stop at Hokkaido Shrine, dedicated to Shinto deities
  • Explore Otaru Canal and visit Kitaichi Glass Sangokan


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  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (based on arriving into Tokyo Narita Airport only)
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 3 Bullet Train journeys in Japan
  • Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected


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  • 12 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 1 night in a traditional ryokan guesthouse in Oga

Properties include:

  • Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo
  • Hotel Metropolitan Sendai East, Sendai
  • Hotel Metropolitan Morioka, Morioka
  • Oga Onsen Yuinoyado Bekkei Tsubaki, Oga
  • Hotel Aomori, Aomori
  • Century Marina Hakodate, Hakodate
  • Sapporo Grand Hotel, Sapporo

Hotels listed are an indication, and are subject to change without notice.


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  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally based national guide

Some things to note

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Please note:

  • From time to time the Imperial Palace East Gardens may close for special events. Should this occur, we will visit Nijubashi ‘Double Bridge’ at the Imperial Palace Plaza as an alternative.
  • Minor renovations are being conducted to some of the buildings at Tōshōgū Shrine, but these should not affect our sightseeing. These renovations are due to end in 2024.
  • On days 4 and 11 where we travel by bullet train, we will need to pack an overnight bag with two nights worth of luggage. Unfortunately, bullet trains have very limited space for luggage so our luggage will be transported separately and await us at our hotel two nights later.

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Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.

We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.

At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.

Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:

  1. Generous amounts of free time
  2. Lots of walking
  3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:

  1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
  2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
  3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
  4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:

  1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
  4. Carry their own luggage
  5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

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Dates & Prices
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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
11 Oct 21
26 Oct 21
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Additional Information

Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Single Supplement
From $1,375
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

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