Mountain Spirits Tohoku

Dramatic peaks and soothing hot springs of the north. A small-group guided walking tour with 6 days of walking and hiking of 2-6 hours per day

Mountain Spirits Tohoku

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  • Duration: 13 days
  • Trip level:
    Intermediate
    Level
  • Availability: July to September
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
    Level
  • Price: USD 4,930(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)
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Highlights
  • Explore the lovely old Yanaka neighbourhood of Tōkyō
  • Gaze at the fabulous Tōshōgū Shrine in Nikkō
  • Walk through the beautiful Oze Marsh
  • Bathe in a hot spring bath at an enchanting traditional inn
  • Stay in temple lodgings at the three sacred peaks of the Dewa Sanzan
  • Discover the folklore of Tōno Valley

Our journey takes us north from Tōkyō to a landscape rich in spirituality and tradition. Though off the established tourist circuit, the sights of northern Japan rival anywhere in the country in their beauty and atmospheric grandeur. We visit both the better-known, magnificent destinations, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tōshōgū shrine at Nikkō and Dewa Sanzan, as well as the region’s more remote hot springs and beautiful national parks. We take exhilarating walks through beautiful scenery in the Oze Marsh, Mount Gassan, and Tōno Valley.

The Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō travelled through this region in the 17th century, a journey subsequently published as The Narrow Road to the Deep North. We will visit several of the places which inspired his famous haiku poems. Our small group stays at traditional ryokan and minshuku inns in the countryside – always with wonderful service and beautifully prepared regional cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients. Natural hot spring baths are highlights of our journey. At Tochio near Oze, our hot spring ryokan has open-air baths next to a rushing river, while at Nyūtō Onsen near Lake Tazawa, the 300-year-old Tsuru-no-yu Ryokan has eight baths, some with the famous milky-white spring water. The tour begins and ends in Tōkyō, with time for sightseeing and shopping.

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What is included
Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide
12 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns
Daily breakfast & 10 dinners
All transportation between tour locations
Entrance to museums, temples, and other sights on the group’s itinerary
Forwarding of 1 item of luggage on 4 occasions
Cycling in Tono Valley
What is not included
Flights
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Entrance fees to museums, temples, etc. not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement for solo travellers at hotels
Itinerary

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.