8D7N Japan Tohoku
Day 01 – AOMORI AIRPORT – AOMORI
On arrival at Aomori Airport, head to Aomori and visit the Auga Fish Market
and the Furukawa Fish Market
for the freshest seafood from Aomori port, and create your very own seafood donburi whilst at the market. Also visit the Hirosaki Castle
in the nearby town of Hirosaki.
Day 02 – AOMORI [B]
From Aomori, train to the Mount Hakkoda region. Mount Hakkoda (1,585m)
is one of the first areas in Tohoku to get the autumn colours (from around late September to early October), and in winter it is one of only two mountains in Japan to have frozen trees popularly known as “snow monsters
” (the other is Mount Zao in Yamagata). You may opt to ascend Mount Hakkoda via Hakkoda Ropeway
for spectacular panoramic views from the summit. Next, head to the Jogakura Bridge
– the longest deck arch bridge in Japan, stretching for 360m. From the bridge, you can view the foliage of the Jogakura Gorge which can be particularly beautiful in autumn and also the streams some 120m below. Continue on to the Oirase Stream
and experience a tranquil ambience as you stroll along the stream with endless views of cascading waterfalls and colourful foliage. Head to Lake Towada
, the largest caldera lake in Honshu, before returning to Aomori.
Day 03 – AOMORI – MORIOKA [B]
Travel from Aomori to Morioka
on one of the Shinkansen – Japan’s well-known bullet train. From Morioka, head to the beautiful Geibikei Gorge
and see the tall cliffs and impressive rock formations. Whilst there, you may opt to take a very scenic boat ride on a traditional flat-bottomed boat steered by a boatman with a pole. Next, visit another beautiful gorge – the Genbikei Gorge
(not to be confused with the earlier totally different Geibikei Gorge) – and even walk along the rocks right to the edge of the gorge. Whilst there, try some delicious “flying dango” (mochi balls) where the food is actually conveyed to you via a rope and basket a la flying fox style. Make your final stop at the Chusonji Temple
, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before returning to Morioka.
Day 04 – MORIOKA – AKITA [B]
Travel from Morioka to Akita
on the Shinkansen. From Akita, visit the well-preserved and picturesque samurai town of Kakunodate
, famous for its unchanged Samurai architecture and the shidarezakura
(“weeping cherry trees”). Kakunodate is also a very popular cherry blossom viewing spot in the Tohoku region. After Kakunodate, continue on to Nyuto Onsen
resort spa town to soak in the milky natural hot spring waters that flow from deep beneath the virgin beech forest over the valley. The collection of onsens in this area exudes timeless beauty throughout the seasons.
Day 05 – AKITA – YAMAGATA [B]
Head to Yamagata
, and hike up to the famous Yamadera
(literally meaning “mountain temple” in Japanese) perched high up on the steep mountainside, and be rewarded with awesome views at the top.
Day 06 – YAMAGATA [B]
From Yamagata, visit the Zao Mountains (1,841m)
which is renowned for its ever-changing seasonal sceneries. Ride the Zao Ropeway
(reaching 1,703m at the summit station) or the Kattadake chairlift
(reaching 1,758m at the summit station). From the summit, walk towards the Okama Crater
– a beautiful crater lake on this active volcanic peak. Awesome views of the Okama Crater and the Zao Mountains can also be enjoyed from the Kattadake summit station.
Day 07 – YAMAGATA – TOKYO [B]
Travel from Yamagata to Tokyo
on the Shinkansen. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the world’s most populous metropolis and a vibrant city of endless shopping, entertainment and dining. From Shinjuku to Akihabara (a district dedicated to electronic goods) to the Imperial Palace and much more, Tokyo offers endless attractions and enjoyments – be it landmarks, shopping, entertainment or dining. If time permits and if you can wake up early enough, check out the Tsukiji Fish Market (Japan’s largest and busiest fish market) for fresh seafood and treat yourself to a delicious breakfast.
Day 08 – TOKYO – TOKYO NARITA/HANEDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT [B]
Head to Tokyo Narita/Haneda International Airport for your flight home.
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