Self Guided Adventure


Tohoku (Group Tour Add-On)

5 Nights: from US$975 per person (twin share) Trip Code: AOTC

There's still so much left to see. Spend a few nights in historical Nikko, final resting place of Japan's most famous shogun, followed by a trip further north to explore the intriguing city of Sendai and the nearby highlights of Matsushima Bay or the Yamadera temple complex. Read more >

Your Small Group Tour Hands On Japan is coming to a close, so what better way to finish your time in Japan than with an extension in Tohoku?

In this add-on module you will travel independently from Tokyo to Nikko for two nights, then further north to Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku region, for an additional two nights before returning to Tokyo. Nikko is famous for the intricately decorated Tosho-gu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate which ruled from 1603-1868. We want you to get the most out of your visit here, so we've arranged for you to have the services of a local professional guide for a fascinating private half day tour.

History isn't all that Nikko has to offer; the sprawling Nikko National Park has sunlit forests and impressive waterfalls and mountains, and you could easily spend several days here exploring off the beaten track.

You will then spend two nights in the northern city of Sendai, home to around 1 million people. Sendai is perhaps most known these days for being the closest city to the epicentre of the devastating earthquake in 2011. At InsideJapan we are keen to help contribute to revitalising the economy of the Tohoku area by encouraging visitors to travel there and learn more about this often overlooked, charming corner of the country.

On your second day you can either continue to explore Sendai or you can venture further afield to the pine-clad islands of Matsushima, or west to the temple complex of Yamadera perched high on a cliff top.

At the end of this extension you will return for a last day and night in Tokyo before heading home. On your final morning you'll take the Narita Express train out to Narita Airport, but if you would rather fly from Haneda Airport just let us know and we can alter plans accordingly.

This extension package is designed to be bolted on to one of our Small Group Tours. It works best when combined with Hands On Japan. Please note that the extension is Self-Guided. This means you will not be travelling in a group or with a tour leader, but full instructions including details of your journeys and directions to your accommodation will be included in your complimentary InsideJapan Tours' Info-Pack.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Five nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • All transport between destinations
  • Airport transfer to Narita Airport at the end of your trip
  • Half day private guide service in Nikko
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destinations
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums
  • Baggage handling - you will be expected to carry your own bags for the duration of the trip

Trip Highlights

  • Spend half a day with a local professional guide to learn about the history of Nikko
  • Speed north on the bullet train to Sendai
  • Venture on a day trip to Matsushima Bay or the cliff-top Yamadera temple complex
  • Visit the spectacular waterfalls and lakes of Nikko National Park
  • Soak up the friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere of Sendai, Tohoku's largest city
  • Have a final night in vibrant Shinjuku

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Tohoku (Group Tour Add-On) - 6 Days

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