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Escapade in Tohoku

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Escapade in Tohoku Tour

13 days


Discover in one travel two opposite facets of Japan: Tokyo the unmissable megalopolis and the unknown Tohoku, by passing by the spiritual and natural jewel Nikko.

Strong points :

The unforgettable itinerary :
Tokyo (4 nights)
Tohoku (6 nights)
Nikko (1 nights)

This tour is tailor-made and organized by our specialists: Travel at your own pace, independently! 

Included :

- Round-trip flight tickets from/to Los Angeles, Sydney or Paris

- 11 nights in 3-star equivalent hotels, including 2 night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel)

Breakfast in Tohoku and Nikko

- Airport transfers

- 1 prepaid travel card to travel in Tokyo and Sendai, charged with ¥1,500

- 2 5-day JR East Pass for the transfers in Shinkansen (Japanese high speed train) and in train between the several steps.

- 1 Pocket wifi (unlimited internet access) for the duration of the trip

- 1 travel guide, received 20 days before your departure, detailing the steps of your journey, the tourist attractions, train schedules, and other useful information. (about 20 pages)

Helpline 24/24 in english

Not included :


- Optional insurance
- Personal expenses (and meals not mentioned)
- Public transportation in cities*
- Anything not listed in the "included" section above


Customization :

Contact us for:
- Flights from London, New York or any other city
- Direct flights
- Flight upgrade in premium-economy or business
- Departs from the province or from abroad
- Apartments in Tokyo
- Child price (11 y/o or less)
- An extension before or after the tour
- Guided activities in Tokyo and Nikko
- Other activities (Disneyland, theme park Hello Kittyrobot restaurant)

Flights :

The departure and end dates of the tour concern your flight and arrival from/to your departure country.
Most flights will require a transfer (less than 5 hours) in Asia or the Gulf States before landing in Tokyo.

Examples of airlines:
- Air France (vol direct)
- All Nippon Airways
- Finnair
- Korean Air...

Hébergement :

The basic price includes one room for 2 people in 3* equivalent hotels.

Single room: If a triple room is not available, a single room supplement may be required for any booking with an odd number of participants.
Please note that in case of a single supplement, it will be applied in all accommodations except in the ryokan in Tohoku. Indeed, since this is a traditional accommodation, there are no single rooms but you will find spacious rooms that can welcome up to 5 people. In addition, the stay in a ryokan has some particularities. See Tohoku step.

In Japan, a high-density country where everything is small, the 3* hotels are good quality hotels but the rooms can be quite small (12 to 24m2) depending on the hotel. 

The rooms for 2 people in western style hotels have 2 separate single beds (twin rooms) by default. Contact us to request a double bed; there is no supplementary charge but we cannot guarantee availability. Note that double bed rooms are smaller in size than twin rooms.

Terms of payment :
- 35% deposit
- balance 35 days before departure


Note:
This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.


*transportation not covered by the JR Pass (about 80% of public transportation) and after using the ¥3,000 loaded on your prepaid travel-card

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - SENDAI - HANAMAKI - MORIOKA - KAKUNODATE - YAMAGATA - NIKKO - TOKYO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo.

Overnight on the aeroplane, arrive the next morning at Tokyo.

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrival at Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport.

Transfer to central Tokyo by shared shuttle limousine bus.

Note: The limousine bus shuttle leaves from the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop located between 1 to 15 minutes walk from your hotel.
Detailed explanations in your travelogue with pictures:
- To find the Limousine Bus at Tokyo Airport
- The possible short walking distance

This transfer is not a private transfer with reception. If you wish to be met personally at the airport you can choose the "airport reception" option.

In rare cases, depending on the arrival time of your flight, it may be possible that in case of unavailability of the limousine bus, a public transport trip, the price of which is included in the offer, will be proposed. Detailed explanations of the itinerary with pictures in your travelogue.

Check into your hotel. 

TOKYO

Night in your 3* hotel in the Akasaka or Ikebukuro district.

Example of 3* hotels (depending on availability):
- Monterey Akasaka Hotel
- The B Akasaka Hotel
- The B Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel

Note: Breakfasts not included in your package can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving generous and often tastier breakfasts than those of hotels, which sometimes have restrictive schedules.

Day
2

TOKYO

Visit Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Among the various options open to you, here are a few suggestions:
- The Asakusa district and Senso-ji temple
- The Tokyo Skytree, 634 metres high, and Tokyo Tower, a symbol of the city
- Ueno Park and its many museums
- The party districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku

Or why not try a guided tour of the city with one of our guides? (optional, contact us)

TOKYO

Discover Japanese gastronomy in the most Michelin-starred capital in the world.

Night in your 3* hotel in the Akasaka or Ikebukuro district.



Example of 3* hotels (depending on availability):

- Monterey Akasaka Hotel

- The B Akasaka Hotel

- The B Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel



Note: Breakfasts not included in your package can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving generous and often tastier breakfasts than those of hotels, which sometimes have restrictive schedules.

Day
3

TOKYO

You can discover the surroundings of the capital.

Examples of day trips from Tokyo :
- The city of Kamakura and its monumental bronze Buddha statue (approx. 1hr by train).
- La thermal city of Hakone with its view on the Fuji during a day with good weather (approx. 1h30 by train) 

TOKYO

The countless "Izakaya" (typical Japanese bars) of Tokyo will welcome you for a beer and/or "yakitori" (chicken skewer).

Night in your 3* hotel in the Akasaka or Ikebukuro district.



Example of 3* hotels (depending on availability):

- Monterey Akasaka Hotel

- The B Akasaka Hotel

- The B Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel



Note: Breakfasts not included in your package can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving generous and often tastier breakfasts than those of hotels, which sometimes have restrictive schedules.

Day
4

SENDAI

Transfer for Sendai, the capital of Tohoku. (approx. 2h30 by train, not fully covered by the JR Pass)

Discover the unavoidable sites of this city formely transformed by the local lord Masamune Date :
- The castle of Sendai, stronghold of the « one-eyed dragon »
- The Sendai Mediatheque, urban architectural masterpiece
- The Zuiho-den mausoleum of Masamune Date
- The Osaki Hachimangu shrine covered with black lacquer and gold leaves.   

SENDAI

Enjoy this night to discover one of the local speciality, the grilled beef tongue "Gyûtan"

Night in your hotel Sendai Kokusai Hotel 3*** in western style or equivalent. 

Day
5

SENDAI

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today you can discover the surroundings of Sendai :
Matsushima, popular for its bay with numerous islets covered with pines and designated as one of the 3 most beautiful landscapes of Japan. In this area you can visit the Zuigan-ji Temple and also enjoy a boat cruise to discover the islands of the bay (approx. 30 minutes by train, covered by the JR Pass).

SENDAI

For your last night in Sendai, discover its lively district Kokubunchô !

Night in your hotel Sendai Kokusai Hotel 3*** in western style or equivalent.

Day
6

HANAMAKI

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer for Hanamaki and its region famous for its hot springs "onsen" and its steam train SL Ginga, including a planetarium, and a design which reminds us old trains. (approx. 1h20 by train, covered by the JR Pass)

The unmissable sites :
- The city of Tono, the cradle of the kappa, a creature of the local folklore (approx. 1h10 by train, covered by the JR Pass).
- Le Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum, famous writer of the prefecture of Iwate. One of this works inspired the design of the SL Ginga.

HANAMAKI

Overnight in your ryokan, traditional Japanese rooms, or equivalent.

In ryokan 3*** we sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami.
The bathroom, onsen, is shared. We wash and bathe naked (men and women are separated). For tattooed people, please contact us.

Day
7

MORIOKA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer for Morioka, city not crowded by foreigners and surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes of the north of Japan. The city preserve carefully its cultural heritage. She is one of the cities where Kokeshi dolls are born. (approx. 40 minutes by train, covered by the JR Pass)

Things to do in Morioka :
- The Iwate park where you can see some ruins of the former castle of the city.
- The Morioka Handi-Works Square where you can make traditional objects or cook local specialities.  

MORIOKA

Enjoy this new step to discover new specialities of the Tohoku region by visiting the traditional district Konya-chô to taste "Nambu Sembei" and "reimen".

Night in your hotel Route Inn Morioka Ekimae 3*** in western style or equivalent.

Day
8

KAKUNODATE

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer to Kakunodate, dazzling city especially during the cherry blossom period. (approx. 50 minutes by train, covered by the JR Pass)

Free visit of the « little sister of Kyoto » of the north of Japan:
- The samurai district : The Aoyagi house and the Denshokan museum which highlight the local handicrafts made in cherry tree bark.
- The merchants district : The Nishinomiya house

Visite of a sake brewery (free, english-speaking guide).  

KAKUNODATE

Overnight in your ryokan Kayokan, traditional Japanese rooms, or equivalent.

In ryokan 3*** we sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami.
The bathroom, onsen, is shared. We wash and bathe naked (men and women are separated). For tattooed people, please contact us.

Day
9

YAMAGATA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer for the last step of your trip in Tohoku, Yamagata. (approx. 3h20 by train, covered by the JR Pass)

Don’t miss :
- The Kajo park, where you can see the impressive remains of the former castle of the city
- The city of Tendo, well-known for its production of Japanese chess games "shogi" (approx. 20 minutes by train, covered by the JR Pass) 
Yamadera, and its Buddhist temple Risshaku-ji perched on a mountain. The site offers an unparalleled view to those who climb its 1015 steps (approx. 20 minutes by train, covered by the JR Pass). 

YAMAGATA

Night in your hotel Yamagata Kokusai Hotel 3*** in western style or equivalent.

Day
10

NIKKO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Visit of the preserved temples and shrines in the heart of the forest of Nikko :
- Le Toshogu shrine, the mausoleum of the 1st shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu
- Le Taiyuin temple, mausoleum of the 3rd shogun Iemitsu.
- Le sacred bridge Shinkyo which marks the entrance to Nikko and part of the Futarasan shrine

(approx. 3h by train, covered by the JR Pass)

NIKKO

Night in your hotel Nikko station hotel classic 3*** in western style or equivalent.

Day
11

TOKYO

Back to Tokyo. (approx. 2h30, not fully covered by the JR Pass)

For your last day in Japan, you can continue your exploration of the capital :
- The gardens of the Imperial Palace
Meiji-jingu shrine
- The electric town, Akihabara

TOKYO

For your last dinner in Tokyo, the "Kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi) will please you!

Night in your 3* hotel in the Akasaka or Ikebukuro district.



Example of 3* hotels (depending on availability):

- Monterey Akasaka Hotel

- The B Akasaka Hotel

- The B Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel



Note: Breakfasts not included in your package can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving generous and often tastier breakfasts than those of hotels, which sometimes have restrictive schedules.

Day
12

TOKYO

Transfer to Narita or Haneda airport from your hotel in Tokyo by shuttle bus.

Return flight.

TOKYO

Arrival.

Day 0
Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 SENDAI
Day 5 SENDAI
Day 6 HANAMAKI
Day 7 MORIOKA
Day 8 KAKUNODATE
Day 9 YAMAGATA
Day 10 Le Toshogu à Nikko NIKKO
Day 11 Tokyo - Meiji-Jingu TOKYO
Day 12 TOKYO