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Deep Into East Japan (Including Nikko & Ōuchi-juku)

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538,000 JPY

*Adults

Tour code : 0078H
From US$4890

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15 Days/14 Nights in Eastern Japan
Two weeks in Eastern Japan with unique historical experiences and incredible picturesque natural beauty. A mountaintop temple, pine covered islets, and icy caves. The Tohoku is being revitalized and you can be a part of it. Spend some time in the world heritage shrine of Nikko and feel the enduring spirit of this unexplored part of Japan.

Let's Try Ukiyoe Printing
Ukiyoe prints began to spread among the common people around 1680 and are a traditional Japanese art form. Mt. Oyama has been featured in more than 200 Ukiyoe prints from the Edo period alone, including from well-known artists such as Hiroshige Utagawa and Hokusai Katsushika, as well as paintings by van Gogh. Now you can try your hand at these ukiyoe prints for yourself!! The process is quite simple. Feel free to take your finished ukiyoe print home with you as a souvenir by which to remember your travels.

Nikkō Tōshō-gū Shrine
Part of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site, the grounds of this shrine are a treasure trove of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The Yōmeimon is a gate structure with highly ornate decorations and spectacular vivid colors. This shrine complex in Nikko is increasingly popular and those with an interest in the Tokugawa shogunate and Japanese history will enjoy learning about its story.

Ōuchi-juku
Ōuchi-juku looks exactly like it did centuries ago during the Edo period. It thrived as a post town – serving the needs of travelers taking the long journey from Aizu (in present day Fukushima) with Nikko. People stopped at Ōuchi-juku to stay the night. The rows of thatched buildings make this a very charming spot and a favorite of history buffs. Strolling around this town will make you feel like you have gone back in time!

Aizu Iimori-yama
This site is steeped in history from the Boshin civil war days. A group of boy soldiers called the White Tiger Corps committed ritual suicide on this mountain when they saw smoke and flames coming from Tsuruga Castle. They were shogunate loyalists and they believed that the castle had been destroyed by government forces. Their heartbreaking story about one of the last holdouts of the samurai way of life has been told for generations and their tragic fate is still remembered to this day.

Mt. Kinka-zan Koganeyama ShrineSurrounded by the sea, the only way to access the secluded Mt. Kinka-zan is by water taxi. Here, deer are regarded as Gods, with 450 deer roaming the barely 10 square km island. In Japan’s oldest historical records known as “Kojiki”, the God Kanayamahiko-no-kami (God of treasure) is worshipped. It was said that; “visit the temple for 3 consecutive years and you will never want of money for the rest of your life”. Authentrip organizes the opportunity to participate in a traditional “Ogomakito” (prayer ceremony) experience in the hope that you too will go home with the Midas touch.

Chuson-ji Temple
At the end of the 11th century, in order to bring about the “land of Buddha” where neither friend nor foe exists (an ideal society according to the teachings of Buddha), Kiyohira Fujiwara, his son Motohira and grandson Hidehira built Hiraizumi over a period of 100 years. The most famous structures of the city are Chuson-ji Temple and Motsu-ji Temple.

The Chuson-ji Temple Konjiki-do (the golden hall) is covered in gold leaf both inside and out. The interior is decorated with iridescent shell inlay, delicate metal fittings and maki-e (gold and silver illustrations sprinkled over lacquer. The sheer beauty of the Konjiki-do is mesmerizing. Also extremely interesting is the building known as Oi-do which encases the Konjiki-do. . The Oi-do was created to conceal the Konjiki-do in order to protect its beauty, a truly novel idea (the Oi-do has been rebuilt, however the original wooden Oi-do built in 1288 has been relocated to a site nearby).

Risshaku-ji
Risshaku-ji is also known as the Mountain Temple. Passing by countless cedar trees on the way up to this historical place, you can feel the sense of solitude that this remote location provided. The views from Godaido Hall are said to be some of the best in Northern Japan. A thousand years ago, a flame was carried to this temple from the Enryaku-ji monastery near Kyoto. It still burns brightly to this day.

Available to Book Throughout the year

Price Per Person(Adults)
538,000 JPY
Tour Operating
Every Day
Minimum number of participants
2 Persons
Tour Start Point
JR Shinjuku Station

* Price for one Adults
(prices as seen on our booking sites. If you book through other services, the price may vary)

*What’s Included
・An ICOCA prepaid travel card charged with 10,000 yen. You can use this travel card for easy travel on certain JR and private railway train journeys.
・Taxi fares for five days of your tour. Your taxi is air conditioned.
・Expert tour guide for Kamakura and Aizu Wakamatsu.
・Expert tour guide for trekking Mt. Oyama.
・Breakfast every morning of the tour.
・Evening meals made with the finest local specialty ingredients. (Three meals)
・Hotel and traditional Japanese inn accommodation with excellent facilities.
・Natural hot springs bathing experience.
・Dollmaking handicraft experience.
・An encounter with a mysterious natural treasure!
・Experiences of treasured culture and crafts.
・Spectacular natural beauty.
・Access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
・Journey following the footsteps of Samurai.

※Our tour guide normally conducts tours in English. If you would like to request a tour guide for another language such as French, German or Chinese, please feel free to contact us.

Booking Deadline
10 days before the tour starts
About Cancellations
Tour Operated by
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*Please note that tour itineraries may be subject to change due to weather and road conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.

Tour Start Point
JR Shinjuku Station
How to get to the Tour Start Point
[Access to JR Shinjuku Station by Train]
・From Tokyo Station - about 20 minutes by JR train
・From Kyoto - about 3 hours by Shinkansen and JR trains.
・From Haneda Airport - about 1 hour by JR and Tokyo Monorail
・From Narita Airport – about 90 minutes by JR Narita Express.

[Access by Bus]
Limousine Buses from Tokyo’s airports have regular services to Shinjuku Station.
Tour Start Time
8:45 am
Tour End Point
JR Tokyo Station
Time Required
15 Days / 14 Nights

Itinerary

Tour Plan for JR Pass Holders


Tour Plan for JR Pass Holders

Day 1
Accommodation in Central Tokyo You will stay in a hotel in Central Tokyo.
Check-in is from 3:00pm.
The evening is all yours! Please enjoy Tokyo’s spectacular atmosphere. We recommend checking out the bright lights of Tokyo Tower and the Sky Tree.
Day 2
Iyashi no Sato Traditional Craft Village After taking a JR Express Train, a taxi will take you around the charming Yamanashi Prefecture area. At Iyashi no Sato, there are buildings with beautiful thatched rooves to explore. This is a great place to experience traditional crafts, buy some local souvenirs and try some specialties from this region! Try your hand at making a little pouch and learn about other crafts in each thatched house. It will make a great gift because you made it yourself.
Wind Cave and Ice Cave Learn about the tunnels created by the lava of Mt. Fuji long ago. Explore the mysterious atmosphere and the dazzling beauty of the icicles found in this cave hidden under the ground of the Aokigahara Forest.
Mt. Fuji Fifth Station The definitive symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji, awaits! Your taxi will take you to a stop on the trail up the mountain. At over two thousand meters above sea level, this Fifth Stage of the ascent feels like you’re in the heavens. The panoramic views from this spot are a must.
Day 3
The Sights of Hakone Your taxi will bring you to Hakone where you are free to go exploring. This charming town has cable cars and ropeways and all kinds of getting around so that you can see the sights. There is still some volcanic activity at Ōwakudani valley so you might see some white ash clouds. We recommend seeking out some great views of Mt. Fuji if the weather is suitable.
Day 4
Mt. Oyama Trekking Time for some trekking with an expert tour guide. There are incredible views as you near the top of Mt. Oyama. On the way down from this sacred mountain, you can get a hands-on experience of the iconic Japanese artform, ukiyo-e. This form of woodblock printing from Japan continues to inspire the world.

※Please Note: This activity is not accessible to wheelchairs, strollers for babies or other wheeled items because of uneven surfaces and steps. It is physically intense so may not be suitable for some tour participants. We are happy to change this part of the tour to another suitable activity. Please contact us to arrange alternative activities. Thank you for your co-operation.
Day 5
Free Time in Tokyo Take a break from the planned excursions and spend time any way you would like in Tokyo! This megacity has so much to offer. We suggest visiting Tokyo Tower or Asakusa or maybe checking out the capital of kawaii-ness, Harajuku! They are just some of our ideas. Tokyo is so full of possibilities and excitement!
Day 6
A visit to Kamakura Time to link up with your guide and see the picturesque Kamakura, located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Enjoy talking with your guide as you visit the Great Buddha Statue and all the various temples and try the local specialties!
Day 7
World Heritage Sites of Nikkō An express train will take you to a location steeped in history, Nikkō Tōshō-gū Shrine located in Tochigi Prefecture. The grave of the famous military commander, Ieyasu Tokugawa, is here. The shrines and temples in this area are famous throughout Japan. Why not try the local delicacy of yuba. It’s made from soy milk and can be prepared in many different ways. The locals love it!
Day 8
Ōuchi-juku Time to hop into your private taxi and see some of the unique sights that the Aizu Wakamatsu area of Fukushima Prefecture has to offer. Ōuchi-juku will transport you back in time to the Edo Period (1603-1868 C.E.) The thatched rooves and charming layout of this former post town on a trade route are a great photography spot. One local food that you simply must try is negi-soba. This is a soba noodle dish but instead of eating it with chopsticks, you eat the noodles using a negi green onion as cutlery!
Day 9
Aizu Wakamatsu The old spirit of the samurai lives on in this part of Fukushima. At Aizu Wakamatsu Castle, hear the tale of Mt. Iimoriyama and the White Tiger Corps, made up of boy samurai who were loyal to the old way. Their story moves many people to tears.
Day 10
Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture You will have a free morning so we recommend seeing some unique places in the area such as Kegon Falls. In the afternoon, you will take a Shinkansen to Sendai. Try the local specialty of cow tongue and take a look at the guard tower of Aoba Castle.
Day 11
Kamaboko Making Have you tried the fish cake called kamaboko before? How about making one of your own! This Sendai specialty is called Sasa-Kamaboko. They are shaped like a bamboo leaf. There is a fascinating gallery attached to the fish cake factory where silhouettes are used to make innovative art pieces.
Views of Matsushima Bay Time for our private taxi to take you to one of the Top Three Views of Japan! Matsushima’s views are celebrated and have inspired poets and writers for centuries. The area is also famous for delicious seafood like oysters and the traditional craft kokeshi dolls. Try painting your own kokeshi doll!
Day 12
Majestic Kinka-zan Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Minami Sanriku Area in your private taxi. A short journey by boat will take you to Kinka-zan. You can experience unique prayer ceremonies on this enchanting island shrine.
Day 13
The Genbi Gorge in Iwate Prefecture The Shinkansen will bring you to Ichinoseki City and then you can proceed to Genbi Gorge by private taxi. There are two kilometers of towering rockfaces along this gorge. If you order some tea and dango, sticky rice balls on a stick, from across the river – they are delivered in a special way. In fact, they are called FLYING DANGO! You’ll be surprised how they are served.
Chuson-ji – A temple built in the 12th Century This temple has kept the treasures of the Heian Period safe for all these centuries. The famous Konjikido Golden Hall and an incredible 3,000 other items are registered as Important Cultural Properties or National Treasures here. An essential location in the Tohoku Region.
Mōtsū-ji Temple in Southern Iwate The grounds of this temple center around the extraordinary Pure Land Garden. It was created hundreds of years ago to bring about a piece of Pure Land from Buddhist teaching here on Earth. It’s a soothing place to take a stroll and learn about Japanese Buddhism.
Day 14
Risshaku-ji – The Mountaintop Temple Come and see why the locals call Risshaku-ji Temple Yamadera. It’s quite simple – Yama means mountain. Dera means temple! Learn about the rows of temple buildings. The sacred flame has been burning for centuries. Marvel at this eternal fire and the incredible views from the Godaido hall.
Mt. Zao – Spectacular Scenery A crater lake formed by volcanic activity, the body of water known as Okama has to be seen to believed! Sometimes it’s like a beautiful shining emerald. Depending on how the sunlight catches the surface of the lake, it can turn other colors too. One of its many names is Goshiki-ko which means “Lake of Five Colors”. What color will it be when you gaze at it?
Day 15
Return to Tokyo The Shinkansen will take you back to Tokyo in style. This is where our tour ends. You will be able to spend time in Tokyo, travel on to other areas of Japan like Osaka and Kyoto or head to Tokyo’s airports from this convenient end point.

This tour can be modified and extended. Please contact us ahead of time if you have requests.

※Please make sure to read our [Terms & Policies]
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Cancellations and Modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation Period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[One day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the day of departure before departure time]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee.
About Taxi Drivers and Sightseeing ・Concerning Your Luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.
For Customers Joining Tours During the Winter Period ・ Warning About Tattoos
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

・Be warned that if you have any tattoos, you may not be allowed to enter a public onsen or sento.
If your tattoo is small enough to cover with Band-Aid and you will have no problem.
Please ask the staff at the front desk, if you can go in despite your tattoo.

Thank you very much for your kind understanding.
Itinerary Changes
・Customers may make changes to their tour itineraries, such as length of stay, etc. if they so wish.
・Please note that any extensions to the length of stay will incur additional charges.
・Additional charges are generally paid on the day, in cash, to the taxi driver.
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.
Tour Operation: Regarding the Minimum Number of Participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Our Expert on This Area

Mrs Murakami: water taxi & Mt. Kinka-zan tour providers (about Port Ayukawa)

It has been several years since the earthquake; the city is starting to return to normal and people are slowly coming back to the region. We are doing what we can for the region’s recovery by ferrying tourists across to Mt. Kinka-zan. The recovery of the region is our main priority. We want nothing more than to provide a safe and friendly service for our customers. We will continue to do what we can to bring more people back to this region.

Kazuto Oikawa: Minamisanriku Tourism Association (about Minmisanriku San San Shopping Mall)

The city suffered a huge earthquake, but the people of the region have stood up and faced the devastation with raw determination. Sanriku was originally an agricultural and fishing town. The rain that fell here created a cycle of rich soil and a flowing ocean from which we get the most delicious seafood. Please come and enjoy the experience of life in a Japanese farming town and meet the wonderful people of this region. Come and try Sanriku’s abundant array of seaweed, scallop, oysters and much more. We are happily awaiting your arrival.

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