From (AUD)$10,895
Days17
Airfares included
Discover the incredibly scenic and historic areas of northern Japan on this unique adventure. Admire the impressive waterfalls and limestone caves along the Geibikei Gorge, discover the history of the Samurai in Morioka and wander through the stunning Hirosaki Castle Gardens.
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, Japanese-style houseboat & Local train
No Hidden Extras

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

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

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

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.

Special Experiences

Experience the local cuisine at a special dinner where we'll try the delicacy of gyutan (beef tongue).
Admire the impressive waterfalls, rock formations and limestone caves on a scenic cruise along the Geibikei Gorge. Enjoy local folk songs sung by the boatmen as they guide us through the spectacular gorge.
Take part in the local Wanko Soba tradition for dinner tonight. These soba noodles originated in Morioka and Hanamaki; by tradition you quickly eat small servings from small bowls, which are repeatedly refilled.
Explore the Kakunodate Aoyagi Samurai Manor open-air museum and discover the rich history and way of life of samurai and their wealthy families.
Wander through the stunning Hirosaki Castle Gardens, one of the best places in Japan to witness the breathtaking cherry blossoms and autumn colours.
Discover the history of beer making in Japan and the famous Sapporo brewery at the Sapporo Beer Museum, and enjoy a tasting of ‘Fukkoku Sapporo Bakushu’ - a unique beer brewed according to traditional methods dating from 1881.

Itinerary Colours of Northern Japan

Itinerary

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Inclusions Colours of Northern Japan

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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Modern and traditional Tokyo

  • Explore the grounds of the Imperial Palace, situated on the former site of Edo Castle.
  • Tour the Meiji Jingu Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken.
  • Stop at the famous Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection in Japan and the meeting point of 5 roads in the most populous city in the world.
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay.

Stunning nature of Tohoku

  • Visit Nikko National Park and see Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall and Toshogu Shrine.
  • Explore the largest city of the Tohoku region, Sendai, including the Sendai City Museum and Date Masamune Statue.
  • Try the local delicacy of gyutan (beef tongue) at a special dinner in Sendai.
  • Visit the Matsushima City Earthquake Memorial Museum and explore the Tsunami-devastated area caused by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami.
  • Walk through Entsu-in, a famous Buddhist temple built in 1646 in mourning of the son of the ruling local feudal lord, Date Terumune, who met an untimely death at the age of 19.
  • Cruise on stunning Matsushima Bay, considered to be one of Japan's three most scenic views for centuries. The bay is dotted by some 260 tiny pine-covered islets.
  • Travel to Morioka and visit Chusonji Temple, established in 850 as a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Then admire neighbouring Konjikido Hall, which dates back to 1124 and is completely covered in gold.
  • Enjoy a scenic boat trip along the Geibi Gorge, surrounded by impressive waterfalls, rock formations and limestone caves. These unique boatmen sing local folk songs as they guide you through the gorge. Scenic all year round, it is particularly spectacular during Autumn.
  • Explore the garden city of Tono, including the Tono Municipal Museum and the Furusato Village where you will learn about the performing arts, folk beliefs, farm life and culture of Tono's people.
  • Visit the Jokenji Temple and Kappabuchi Pool. 
  • Tour the Morioka Castle Ruins Park with its beautiful stone walls, a hidden gem of the Tohoku region.
  • Enjoy a Wanko Soba meal, consisting of soba noodles in small bowls, unique to the Morioka Region.
  • Visit Tezukurimura and learn about the Japanese art of Indigo dyeing.
  • Visit the Kakunodate Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum and learn how the middle and wealthy-class samurai families once lived.
  • Discover the legend and tradition of the Namahage culture, visiting the Nanahage Museum, Shinzan Folklore Museum and the Shinzan Shrine.
  • Witness the panoramic views of Oga and the mountain range of Mayama at the Mt Kanpuzan Rotating Observatory.
  • Spend 2 nights in a traditional Japanese Ryokan in Oga with hot spring bath and sauna. Enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner on both nights.
  • Travel to Lake Towada, a dual crater lake formed by the caving in of a volcano mouth and volcano eruption. The scenery during Autumn here is breathtaking. 
  • Stop at Oirase Gorge in the Aomori Prefecture, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan. The crystal-clear river runs mostly parallel to the road through a beautiful deciduous forest.
  • Walk through the Hirosaki Castle Gardens, considered one of the best spots in Japan to witness Cherry Blossom and Autumn Colours. Hirosaki Castle was built in 1611 by the Tsugaru Clan with a 3 story tower, fortified moats, castle gates and some corner turrets.
  • Visit Tsugaru Neputa Village including Shamisen performance.
  • Take in the magnificent panoramic views of Goryokaku Tower and the surrounding area. Also considered one of the premier spots in Japan for viewing Cherry Blossom and Autumn Colours.

Highlights of the north 

  • Ascend Mount Hakodate via the Hakodate Ropeway, the most heavily used aerial cable car in Japan. Witness the amazing views of Hakodate and its harbour.
  • Spend a full day exploring Hakodate including Hakodate Jomon Culture Centre, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, Goryokaku Tower and the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.
  • Learn about the history of beer making in Japan including some unique tastings on a visit to the famous Sapporo Beer Museum.
  • Visiting Hokkaido is not complete without a stop at the Hokkaido Shrine, built in 1869. This important shrine was dedicated to Shinto deities offering spiritual uplifting to the pioneers of the area.
  • Visit the Otaru Canal, a central part of the city's busy port in the first half of the 20th century. Stop at the Kitaichi Glass Sangokan, a historical stone-on-wood frame building dating back to 1891.

Travel

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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 arrival into Narita airport only).
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 2 Bullet train journeys in Japan
  • 1 Limited Express train journey in Japan

Accommodation

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  • 12 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan guesthouse, Oga

Meals

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  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 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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Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras are based on special-interest activities that don't always appeal to everyone, meaning they're truly optional. To view our optional excursions in Asia click here.

Accommodation Colours of Northern Japan

Accommodation

Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

Japan flag Tokyo

Located next to a 5 acre Japanese Garden, Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa offers spacious rooms featuring modern amenities. A short walk from Shinagawa Shinkansen Station, it is in an ideal location to explore the city.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool

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Hotel Metropolitan

Japan flag Sendai

Located adjacent to the city station, the Hotel Metropolitan provides stylish and comfortable accommodation in the heart of downtown Sendai. The property boasts 3 restaurants, including both Japanese and Chinese specialty venues, as well as a lobby lounge serving high tea and a bar serving fine beverages.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box

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Hotel Metropolitan

Japan flag Morioka

Offering modern and comfortable accommodation, the Hotel Metropolitan Morioka is conveniently located in the city centre, within a 10 minute walk of the Kaiunbashi Bridge. The property features a restaurant and deep soaking tubs in all rooms.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box (at reception)

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Oga Onsen Bettei Tsubaki

Japan flag Oga

A traditional Japanese ryokan in the Akita prefecture, the Oga onsen boast large natural hot spring baths to enjoy, both indoor and outdoor. From the lobby you'll enjoy views over the Sea of Japan and the World Heritage site of Mt Shirakami. The property also features a local sake corner.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; hot spring baths

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Hotel Aomori

Japan flag Aomori

The Hotel Aomori is located in the heart of downtown Aomori and offers views of Mt Hakkoda and Mutsu Bay. Modern and comfortable guest rooms feature deep soaking tubs and coffee makers. The property also boasts 3 restaurants, a coffee shop/cafe and a bar.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box (at reception); tea & coffee making facilities

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Century Marine

Japan flag Hakodate

Century Marine is set in Hakodate in the Hokkaido region, just 5 km from Goryokaku Park and 5 km from Hakodate Goryokaku. The hotel includes a restaurant, free wifi and a sauna. 

Facilities: free wifi; spa; air-conditioning; restaurant; tea & coffee making facilities 

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Sapporo Grand Hotel

Japan flag Sapporo

Established in 1934 as Sapporo's first "western-style" hotel, the Sapporo Grand Hotel has maintained its pursuit of the highest possible service for over 80 years. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of central Sapporo and boasts 3 restaurants, a beer hall, 2 lounges and 2 bars, as well as a bakery. Guest rooms are luxurious and fitted with all the modern conveniences.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box (at reception)

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Information Colours of Northern Japan

Information

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 Colours of Northern Japan

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
Status    
12 Oct 20
28 Oct 20
$10,895
Guaranteed Departure
26 Oct 20
11 Nov 20
$10,895
Available
02 Nov 20
18 Nov 20
$10,895
Available

Additional Information

Tipping
Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $250
Single Supplement
From $1,575
Day/Date Variations
Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
Taxes & Fuel Costs
Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
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

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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