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Escapade in Tohoku - Summer Edition

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Escapade in Tohoku - Summer Edition Tour

13 days

Discover in one travel two opposite facets of Japan: Kyoto the unmissable old capital and the unknown Tohoku, by passing by the wonderful Osaka.

Strong points :

The unforgettable itinerary :
- Kyoto (4 nights)
- Tohoku (6 nights)
- Osaka (1 night)

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 and internal flights Osaka <-> Sendai

- 11 nights in 3-star equivalent hotels, including 1 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 ¥3,000

- 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*, and airport transfer in Sendai and Osaka for internal flights
- 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
- Houses in Kyoto
- Child price (11 y/o or less)
- An extension before or after the tour
- Guided activities in Kyoto
- Other activities

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 Osaka.

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

KYOTO - SENDAI - AOMORI - MORIOKA - YAMAGATA - SENDAI - OSAKA

Day
0

Flight to Osaka

Night in the plane

Day
1

KYOTO

Arrival at Osaka airport and transfer to Kyoto by shared shuttle.

KYOTO

Night in your 3* hotel. 

Day
2

KYOTO

Explore Kyoto and the surrounding area.

Don't miss:
- The zen garden in Ryoanji, a famous dry landscape garden
- Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
- The Gion district and the beautiful Philosopher's Path
- Kiyomizu-dera, the thousand-year-old temple that overlooks the city

Or enjoy a new experience with one of our many activities. (optional, contact us)

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
3

KYOTO

Possible day trips from Kyoto:

- The city of Kobe, between ocean and mountains. Visit the port then catch the cable car up Mt. Rokko and admire the view over the inland sea. (45 minutes).

- Nara, the first capital of Japan. Visit its ancient buildings, classified as Unesco World Heritage sites, such as Todaiji temple or Kasuga Taisha shrine, and buy some shika-sembei, food for the fallow deer which roam freely within the city park. (30 to 45 minutes).

- Fushimi-Inari Taisha, a must-see shrine in southern Kyoto. Wander through the tunnels made of hundreds of red torii gates found at this incredible shrine. (approx. 5 minutes).

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Or why not enjoy the unique experience of a night walk in the city's traditional district? (optional, contact us) 

Day
4

KYOTO

Enjoy one more day in the antique capital

KYOTO

Night in Kyoto

Day
5

SENDAI

Transfer for Sendai, the capital of Tohoku by plane from Osaka airport.

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.   
- Akiu Craft Park, to experience traditional japanese crafts like the Kokeshi dolls famous in Sendai

SENDAI

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
6

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

Discover the lively district Kokubunchô !

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

Day
7

AOMORI

Go to Aomori by Shinkansen (1h30) and enjoy Aomori city, Hirosaki or Oirase gorge thanks to your JR Past East

AOMORI

Night in a ryokan in Hirosaki

Day
8

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. (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.  

With your JR East Pass, you can also easily access to: 
- Geibieki Gorge
- Genbikei Gorge, an impressive scenery
- Hiraizumi 

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
9

MORIOKA

Go to Jodogahama beach

MORIOKA

Night in Moriaka

Day
10

YAMAGATA - SENDAI

Breakfast at your hotel.

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

Make sure you don't miss Yamadera ! You will be impressed by 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).

You can also visit:
- 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)

SENDAI

Night in your hotel in Sendai

Day
11

OSAKA

Flight from sendai to Osaka

Enjoy Osaka for your last day : the castle and the Dotonbori nightlife

OSAKA

Night in 3* hotel in Osaka

Day
12

OSAKA

Flight back to your city

OSAKA

Day 0
Day 1 KYOTO
Day 2 KYOTO
Day 3 KYOTO
Day 4 KYOTO
Day 5 SENDAI
Day 6 SENDAI
Day 7 AOMORI
Day 8 MORIOKA
Day 9 MORIOKA
Day 10 YAMAGATA, SENDAI
Day 11 OSAKA
Day 12 OSAKA