Spring Story in 5 Prefectures of North Japan 9D6N
Hirosaki Castle, Old Samurai Town Kakunodate “Aoyagi Residence”, Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Wall, Kitakami Tenshochi Park Sakura Festival, Hanamiyaki Park
Kiritanpo Making Experience, Geibi Gorge Cruise (90min), Kokeshi Making Experience, Matsushima Coast Cruise (50min), Strawberry Picking
Sightseeing & Shopping Experience:
Nebuta Festival Museum “Wa Rasse” , Oirase Gorge, Lake Towada (No cruise), Chusonji Temple, Sake Museum, Godaido Temple
04 nights Japanese Onsen/Ryokan/Hotel at Minamida Onsen, APPI, Hanamaki Onsen & Naruko Onsen. 02 nights centrally located hotel in Sendai & Tokyo
Assemble at Changi Airport for Check in
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Upon arrival at Aomori Airport, coach transfer to Aomori city and for our first stop, we will visit Nebuta Festival Museum “Wa Rasse”( ねぶたの家 ワ・ラッセ) – a facility that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival. It captures the spirit of the festival and gives visitors a taste of its lively atmosphere, history and traditions. Next, proceed to a local restaurant for lunch [Seafood Bowl]. After lunch, visit one of Japan’s best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan – Hirosaki Castle (弘前城). Finally, transfer to Minamida Onsen for hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy your dinner at the hotel.
Image credit: Nebuta Festival Museum©Yasufumi Nishi©JNTO
After breakfast, go on to Lake Towada (十和田湖), one of the largest caldera lake in Honshu. Stroll around by yourself at Lake Towada area and Oirase Gorge (奥入瀬渓流)– one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan, with vibrant and fast flowing water. After that, proceed to the local restaurant for lunch [Kiritanpo Hotpot Set]. Next, transfer to Kazuno for Kiritanpo Making Experience. Finally, transfer to Appi for hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Image credit: Oirase Gorge©JNTO
After breakfast, transfer to Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Wall (八幡平アスピーテライン 雪の回廊). It is only open from Apr to early May, and you can experience both Winter & Spring at the same time. Proceed to a local restaurant for lunch [Inaniwa Udon set]. After lunch, head to the Old Samurai Town Kakunodate “Aoyagi Residence” (角館町武家屋敷通り), one of the excellent showcases of samurai architecture and housing. The town is also famous for its hundreds of weeping cherry trees. Finally, transfer to Hanamaki Onsen for hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy your dinner at the hotel.
Image credit: Kakunodate (Aoyagi Residence)©Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization
After breakfast, transfer to Hiraizumi for sightseeing. Visit Chusonji Temple (中尊寺), a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was establish in the year 850 as a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Next, visit the Kitakami Tenshochi Park Sakura Festival (北上展勝地). The lineup of cherry blossom trees in this park is over 2km in length and has been chosen as one of “Japan’s top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites”. Thereafter, proceed to a local restaurant for lunch [local specialty “Hatto” soup set]. After lunch, visit a Sake Museum which provides a nice overview of the traditional sake brewing process, as well as sake drinking culture. After that, proceed to Geibi Gorge (猊鼻渓). It is a beautiful gorge of cliffs 100 meters tall continuing for approximately 2km on both sides of Satetsu River, a branch of the Kitakami River. Let’s take the Geibikei Gorge River Cruise (90min) and enjoy the peaceful scenery of it. Finally, transfer to Naruko Onsen for hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy your dinner at the hotel.
Image credit: Kitakami Tenshochi 106011 ©Iwate Prefecture©JNTO
After breakfast, proceed to Kokeshi Making Experience. Transfer to Matsushima. Lunch at a local restaurant [Gyutan Course]. Next, visit Godaido Temple (五大堂) – a small temple just next to the pier and with its prominent location overlooking Matsushima Bay. Another best way to enjoy the Matsushima Bay is by taking the Matsushima Coast Cruise (50min). Thereafter, transfer to Sendai for hotel check in. Tonight, dinner is on your own.
After breakfast, transfer to Hanamiyama Park (花見山公園). A park on the slopes surrounding a rural farming neighborhood just outside central of Fukushima. Several other cherry varieties, flowering trees and bushes are also planted in large numbers around the slopes and provide visitors with a wide range of spring colors. After that, proceed to a local restaurant for lunch [Buffet]. Next, transfer to Tochigi city for Strawberry Picking. Finally, transfer to Tokyo city for hotel check in. Tonight, dinner is on your own during free & easy time.
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After breakfast, free at your own leisure until departure.
Bid farewell to Japan this morning as we depart for Singapore. We hope that you have enjoyed this vacation with JTB and we look forward to helping you create your next perfect moments, always!
*All the photos are for illustration purposes only
* The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions
* Meals indicated are for reference only and subject to change
* Flight schedule is subject to change
* Sakura viewing locations are dependent on weather conditions
Tax & Fuel Surcharge: $S 255* (Subject to changes)
10:30 - 20:00 (Mon to Sat)
10:30 - 19:00 (Sun & PH)