From (AUD)$11,995
Airfares included
Special Departure
Join our 27 July 2022 departure and witness two of Japan’s top three festivals; Akita’s Kanto Matsuri and Aomori’s Nebuta Matsuri. Akita is taken over by paper lanterns, candlelit at night and fixed to huge bamboo poles, raised some 12 metres high. Believed to drive away evil spirits, the huge poles weighing up to 50 kilograms are hoisted high into the air, their shape resembling the ears of rice plants to support the prayers for a good harvest. In Aomori the highlight of summer is the great Nebuta Festival. Giant, colourful floats illuminate the city streets, depicting mythical gods and ancient characters, while the sound of drummers and flutists fill the air alongside vibrant Haneto dancers performing in their traditional dress.
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, Cruise & Yakatabune Cruise
No Hidden Extras

Sample Japan’s most famous beverage, at the Asabiraki Sake Brewery. Photo credit: Charles Postiaux/Unsplash

Cruise the beautiful Matsushima Bay with its scattering of some 260 islands of soft white rock covered in pine trees. Photo credit: leungchopan/AdobeStock

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.

Special Experiences

Experience a sumo wrestling demonstration before savouring a traditional Chanko-Nabe (a sumo hotpot-style stew) lunch at a local restaurant.
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 lunch 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 - Kanto & Nebuta Festivals



Inclusions Colours of Northern Japan - Kanto & Nebuta Festivals



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  • Experience Tokyo’s famous street intersection at Shibuya Crossing
  • Tour the Meiji Jingu Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shōken
  • Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration and a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay
  • Wander through the Ashikaga Flower Park
  • Cruise the beautiful Matsushima Bay
  • Visit the Zuigani Temple
  • Explore the Ishinomaki Genki Market
  • Learn of the traditional Kokeshi Doll in Matsushima and paint one yourself!
  • See the Aobayama Castle and the Date Masamune Statue
  • Try the local delicacy of gyutan (beef tongue) at a special dinner
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along Geibikei Gorge
  • Visit Chūson-ji Temple, a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism and admire the golden Konjiki-do Hall
  • Visit the Mōtsū-ji Temple
  • Spend two nights at a traditional Japanese Ryokan in Tsungai Onsen with hot springs
  • Visit Tezukuri-Mura and discover the Japanese art of indigo dyeing
  • Tour Morioka Castle Ruins Park, a hidden gem of the Tohoku Region
  • Take part in the local Wanko Soba tradition for lunch
  • Enjoy a Sake Brewing Experience at Asabiraki
  • 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 (not visited on the festival departure)
  • Discover the legend of the Namahage culture and visit the Namahage Museum, Shinzen Folklore Museum and Shinzan Shrine
  • Visit Tsugaru Neputa Village and enjoy a Shamisen performance
  • Wander through the Hirosaki Castle Botanic Gardens
  • Stop at Oirase Gorge, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan
  • Travel to Lake Towada, a double-caldera lake formed through volcanic activity
  • Visit the Sannai Maruyama archaeological site
  • Explore the Onuma Park
  • Free time to explore the Hakodate Morning Market
  • Take in the panoramic views from Goryōkaku Tower
  • Spend a full day exploring Hakodate, including the Orthodox Church Kanemori Red Brick Wearhouse and Hakodate Motomachi
  • Ascend Mount Hakodate via the Hakodate Ropeway and enjoy amazing scenes of the city and harbour
  • Taste Japan’s famous beer at Sapporo Beer Museum
  • 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 
  • 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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  • 11 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights in Japanese Style Ryokan accommodation in Tsunagi Onsen

Properties include:

  • Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo
  • Hotel Metropolitan Sendai East, Sendai
  • Hotel Shion, Tsunagi Onsen (Morioka) - Japanese Style Ryokan accommodation
  • Hotel Metropolitan, Akita
  • Rockwood Hotel & Spa, Ajigasawa Onsen (Aomori)
  • Century Marina Hotel, Hakodate
  • Sapporo Grand Hotel, Sapporo

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


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  • 13 breakfasts, 6 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:

  • On days 4 and 11 where we travel by bullet train, we will need to pack an overnight bag for the next two nights. 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.

  • 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.

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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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*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
27 Jul 22
11 Aug 22

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Other departure cities
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Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Single Supplement
From $1,650
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