See Autumn colours in northern Japan
Visit Towada Art Centre
Take a cruise on Lake Towada
Visit Aomori Museum of Art
Explore the 17th century Hirosaki Castle and its beautiful grounds
Enjoy Hanada-san’s Apple Farm, Hirosaki
Visit Shirakami Sanchi World Heritage area
Transport and entry to all places described
Accommodation and meals described
The services of Riki Inamura, the tour escort
Airport-hotel transfers in Japan
Oirase Gorge (9km)
Beech forest walk (4km)
Juniko pond walk (9km)
Tokyo: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
Hirosaki: Smile Hotel
Shirakami Sanchi: Awone Shirakami
Furofushi Onsen: Furofushi Onsen
Travel to Tokyo by Mon 28 Oct 2019
Arrive at Narita or Haneda by own arrangement with transfers provided into Tokyo.
Join Riki for a walk around the old downtown area of Tokyo, including Kappabashi (Kitchen town) and Asakusa. In the evening, group together for our welcome dinner at a local Izakaya (nice Japanese style pub).
Tokyo To Oirase Gorge BD
In the morning, we'll board the Hayabusa Shinkansen for the journey to the far north of Japan. We'll stop by the Towada Art Centre before arriving at the beautiful Oirase Gorge.
Oirase Gorge BD
Today, we will walk up the gorge from Ishigedo to Nenokuchi. It's a gentle walk along the floor of the gorge with the burbling river cascading by. When we reach Lake Towada, we will take a cruise before heading back to our hotel by bus.
Oirase Gorge to Hirosaki BD
After breakfast, we'll head off over the Hakkoda Mountains and into Aomori, where we'll visit the Aomori Museum of Art. Then we'll make way to Hirosaki to explore the 17th century castle and its beautiful grounds. Later, we'll have dinner together in a local restaurant.
In the morning, we'll visit Haneda-san's apple farm, where you can participate in the harvest. You'll be free in the afternoon to explore as you wish.
Hirosaki to Shirakami Sanchi World Heritage area BD
Today, we'll charter a bus for the journey though the World Heritage area of Shirakami Sanchi. There'll be time for a short walk through the beech forests before arriving at our mountain lodge.
Shirakami Sanchi World Heritage to Furofushi Onsen BD
After a morning walk to Juniko Pond, we'll make the short journey to our last stop on the coast, where we can take a fabulous outdoor onsen with views of the sea.
Furofushi Onsen to Tokyo B
Today, will be a fairly long travel day back to Tokyo, but the journey is quite beautiful, especially the first section on the lonely little Gono Line of northern Japan.
Tokyo to home on Wed 6 Nov 2019 B
Enjoy the last of Tokyo, or extend your stay to travel on elsewhere. Transfers are provided to the nearest international airport for your flight home.