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Mountain Spirits Tohoku - 13 days

Dramatic Peaks and Soothing Hot Springs

Our journey takes us north from Tokyo 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 Toshogu shrine at Nikko 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 Wetlands, Mount Gas-san, and the Tono Valley. The Japanese poet Matsuo Basho traveled 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 Nyuto near Lake Tazawako, 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 Tokyo, with time for sightseeing and shopping.

Small Group tour
August 21 to September 2, 2020
September 11 to September 23, 2020

Dates subject to change without notice.
13 days
Minimum 5, maximum 12 travelers

Tour price includes all transportation between destinations, accommodation, entrance fees, full-time services of tour leader. Contact for single supplement.
Daily breakfast & 10 dinners
Full time services of Japanese/English speaking tour leader.
Explore the lovely old Yanaka neighbourhood of Tokyo
Gaze at the fabulous Toshogu Shrine in Nikko
Walk through the beautiful Oze wetlands
Hot-spring bathing at an enchanting old traditional inn
Stay in temple lodgings at the three sacred peaks of the Dewa Sanzan
Discover the folklore of the Tono Valley

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Varied Japanese Cuisine
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