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Tohoku & Summer Festivals 11days

Visiting the three major festivals in Tohoku - KANTO / NEBUTA / TANABATA -


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The Kanto Festival held in Akita ranks one of Tohoku’s top 3 festivals. It has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Held annually, the festival is to ask for an abundant grain harvest. It has become a symbol of Akita, a leading rice-growing area. During the festival, 1.3 million people throng the city streets. In the evening when the heat of the day finally subsides, suddenly seems to be covered with Kanto, an array of many candle-lit lanterns hung on a bamboo frame and each one looks like a glowing ear of rice.

Itinerary & Price Details

Attraction of this tour

  • We visit the three major festivals in Tohoku
  • Tour Date : July 30 - August 09, 2018
    Nights: 11 days 10 nights
    TOUR PRICE : USD 3,260
    Single room supplement : USD 730
    Price (age 4-11): USD1,630

    Extend Plan

    You can also extend your vacation before / after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka. We can provide extension stay in the same hotel which as a tour uses for 15,000 yen per night, per person. Please contact us!

    Child Rate

    Please note that children age 4-11 participant are half price when sharing a bed with their parents or guardians.
    Children age 3 and under participant are free of charge.

    PLEASE NOTE

    All prices are per person, based on double or triple occupancy.
    International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

    TOUR COST INCLUDES

    Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
    Comprehensive escorted with our licensed professional English speaking tour guide
    Meals described as in the itinerary
    Admission fees and activities
    Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary
    Domestic Airport tax

    TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

    International Airfares and Tax
    Meals that are not included in the itinerary
    Travel Insurance
    Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
    Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
    Gratuities

    ADDITION INFORMATION

    Transport : Travel by air conditioned, private coach, baggage handling free
    Meal Requests : Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged
    Meet and Greet : Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 10:00 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer

    Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

    Tohoku & Summer Festivals 10nights 11Days

    DAY1
    Tokyo Daiba

    TOKYO   JUL.30 (Sun)
    Welcome to Tokyo! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport. The assistant will get you in the bus to your hotel.


    【About accomodation】
    Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu (WiFi=○) or similar
    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=×, L(lunch)=×, D(dinner)=×

    Day2
    Nikko

    TOKYO-NIKKO   JUL.31 (Mon)
    Nikko is most famous for theToshogu, Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine complex and mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries. There are 48 waterfalls in Nikko and Kegon Waterfall is the most famous and beautiful among those. The water falls from 97meters high and the waterfall is said to have been discovered by the priest Katsudo, and the name Kegon was derived from the Buddhist sutra the Avatamsaka Sutra. Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) is a beautiful lake with forested shores at the foot of the sacred volcano Mt Nantai.


    Kegon fall

    【About accomodation】
    Livemax Resort Kinugawa or similar
    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

    Day3
    Ouchujuku

    NIKKO-AIZU WAKAMATSU   AUG.01 (Tue)
    Oouchijuku, a small post station in Japan’s Edo period, is now located in the town of Shimogo and is famous for the numerous traditional thatched buildings. It was an important post town whose buildings served as shops, inns and restaurants for travelers and the area has been declared a national architectural preservation site. Tsuruga Castle was constructed by in 1384, and was the military and administrative center of the Aizu region until 1868. Lake Inawashiro is the fourth-largest lake in Japan, located in the middle of south of Mt Bandai. It is also known as the Sky Mirror Lake the cleanest water in Japan.



    Tsuruga Castle

    【About accomodation】
    Hotel Listel Inawashiro or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

    Day4
    Goshikinuma

    AIZUWAKAMATSU-YAMAGATA   AUG.02 (Wed)
    Goshiki-numa, is a cluster of five volcanic lakes situated at the foot of Mt Bandai (also the area known as Jododaira.) The eruption imparted mineral deposits to the Five Colored Lakes giving each of them their own delicate color, ranging from reddish green to cobalt blue. Mt Zao is a volcano on the border between Yamagata Pref. and Miyagi Pref.. The central volcano of the group includes several lava domes and a tuff cone, Goshiki-dake, which contains a crater lake named Ogama. The lake is 360m(1,200 ft) in diameter and 60m (200 ft) deep.




    Gokama

    【About accomodation】
    Gokan no yu Tsuruya or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

    Day5
    Furusawa Brewery

    YAMAGATA   AUG.03 (Thu)
    Furusawa Sake Brewery is foundered in 1836 and it’s one of the oldest breweries in Japan. Enjoy Sake tasting offered in their museum. Yamadera is located in the area named after the common name of the temple of Ryushaku-ji, also pronounced Risshaku-ji, founded in 860 AD by the priest Ennin. The temple is famous for exorcism The Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa are Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono, clustered together in the ancient province of Dewa. Holy to the Japanese Shinto religion and especially the mountain ascetic cult of Shugendo, are a popular pilgrimage site visited by many, including famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho.




    Yamadera

    【About accomodation】
    Green hills Tazawako or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

    Day6
    Kanto

    YAMAGATA-AKITA   AUG.04 (Fri)
    In the town of Kakunodate, 6 Samurai Houses are well preserved and exhibited, these are one of the best preserved architectural beauties of its kind in Japan. Each estate features the Main House, the Armory, the Gallery, the Samurai tools and Utensils Museum, Tea Room, gift shops and a beautiful garden. The Kanto Festival held in Akita ranks one of Tohoku’s top 3 festivals. It has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Held annually, the festival is to ask for an abundant grain harvest. It has become a symbol of Akita, a leading rice-growing area. During the festival, 1.3 million people throng the city streets. In the evening when the heat of the day finally subsides, suddenly seems to be covered with Kanto, an array of many candle-lit lanterns hung on a bamboo frame and each one looks like a glowing ear of rice. The larger Kanto, weighing about 50 kg (110 lbs.), rise 12 m (13.2 yd.) into the air and suspend 46 lanterns. To the sound of flutes and drums, and cheered on by the distractive traditional shouts, the performers balance the Kanto without gripping the poles, and placing them on the palms of their hands, they raise them higher and higher.




    【About accomodation】
    Dormy inn Akita or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=×

    Day6
    nebuta

    AKITA-AOMORI   AUG.05 (Sat)
    Hirosaki Castle, located in Aomori, was constructed in 1611 by the local Tsugaru clan A three-storied castle tower fortified moats, castle gates and some corner turrets survive or have been reconstructed. The origin of the Nebuta Festival is that it is said to have originated after the subjugation of rebels by the General in this district in the early 800’s. He had his army create large creatures, called “Nebuta”, for frighten the enemy. Another is said that the festival was a development of the Tanabata festival in China. One of the customs was “Toro” floating. A toro is a wooden frame box wrapped with Japanese paper. The Japanese light a candle inside the toro and put it out to float onto the river The purpose behind this is to purify themselves and send the evil spirits out to river. Today, the Nebuta floats are made of a wood base, carefully covered with this same Japanese paper, beautifully colored, and lighted from the inner part with hundreds of light bulbs. The colorful floats are pulled through the streets accompanied by people dancing in native Nebuta costumes, playing tunes on flutes and drums. As the beginning of the parade is signaled, “HANETO”(dancers) join hand-in-hand, and begin their journey through the streets of Aomori. These dancers, colorfully arrayed in Nebuta garb welcome audience participation.




    Nebuta

    【About accomodation】
    Hirosaki Grand Hotel or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=×

    Day6
    Lake towada

    AOMORI-IWATE-SENDAI   AUG.06 (Sun)
    Oirase Stream is a picturesque mountain stream which starts at Nenokuchi, a small town at the shores of Lake Towada and flows down the narrow and densely wooded Oirase Valley. Lake Towada is the largest caldera lake, located in Aomori and Akita prefectures, it lies 400 meters above sea level. With a surface area of 62.2㎢, Towada is Japan’s 12th largest lake, its bright blue color due to its depth. Chuson-ji temple is a Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi, Iwate Pref. It is the head temple of the Tendai sect in Tohoku region. The Tendai sect claims that the temple was founded in 850 by Ennin, the third chief aot of the sect, yet here is no archaeological or historical record of Buddhist activity in this area before 1100. The Konjikido is one of the most beautiful and elaborately decorated buildings in the world. It is made of wood entirely covered with gold leaf decorated with imported mother-of-pearl.




    Hiraizumi

    【About accomodation】
    Richmond Premier Sendai Ekimae Hotel or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

    Day6
    Tanabata

    SENDAI-KORIYAMA   AUG.07 (Mon)
    Matsushima is a group of some 260 tiny islands covered in pines – hence the name – and is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan. Godaido is a small temple hall on an islet just next to the pier. Due to its prominent location, it has become a symbol of Matsushima. Tanabata, meaning “Evening of the seventh” is a Japanese star festival, derived from the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi. It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The Tanabata Festival is considered one of the three major summer festivals in the Tohoku region. Decoration made with Japanese paper and bamboo poles harmonize perfectly with the light breeze. Approximately 1,500 of these well-decorated bamboo poles fill the shopping arcades and highlight the city.Transfer to Koriyama for staying today.




    【About accomodation】
    Daiwa Roynet Hotel Koriyama-ekimae or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

    Day6
    Skytree

    KORIYAMA-TOKYO   AUG.08 (Tue)
    This day, We drive to Tokyo by chartered coach – 4 hours to Tokyo - Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. We cant miss the Tokyo sky tree,, Skytree is broadcasting, restaurants, shops observation tower in Tokyo and the second tallest tower in the world after Dubai tower.Then,drive to Akihabara area and enjoy Japanese pop culture zone.




    Akihabara

    【About accomodation】
    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar

    【Meals】   ×=Not include, ○=Include
    B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=×

    Day6
    airport

    TOKYO-NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT   AUG.09 (Wed)
    Time to get back home with unforgettable memory and lots of souvenir.Leaveing for Narita International Airport by Hotel shattle.Return by air.






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