Self Guided Adventure


Northern Highlights

14 Nights: from US$5616 per person (twin share) Trip Code: NHS

Japan's Tohoku region stretches 500 miles north of the capital and, in stark contrast to the modern skyscrapers of Tokyo, boasts outstanding natural beauty and well-preserved history – a reminder that traditional ways are still very much alive and well in Japan. Read more >

Japan's Tohoku region stretches 500 miles north of the capital and is an area famed for its countryside, onsen hot springs, mountains and lakes.

Your journey starts and ends in Tokyo. You will begin with a stay in the traditional Asakusa district, with its echoes of pre-war Tokyo, and end with a night in the buzzing entertainment hub of Shinjuku.

In between these city stays you'll soak in a hot spring bath at one of Japan's most celebrated spa resorts, follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims at Mount Haguro, explore the World Heritage temple complex at Nikko, and much more besides.

Whatever time of year you travel you will find that the Tohoku region offers some of the best scenery in Japan. In spring, stroll around the samurai houses in Kakunodate with hundreds of weeping pink cherry blossom plants providing a beautiful backdrop. In autumn, take in the rich oranges and reds surrounding Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park. In winter, admire the enchanting snow-capped peaks and frozen lakes of the north.

Japan effortlessly blends the traditional with the modern, and by speeding between destinations on the world-renowned Shinkansen bullet train you will experience these contrasts first-hand. Included car hire for the most rural locations will allow you to get out on the open road and explore even the most hidden parts of Tohoku.

Accommodation will include stays in Western hotels as well as Japanese-style inns, and even an atmospheric shukubo temple lodging where you can experience some of the best of traditional Tohoku cuisine.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation (seven nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast every day, eight evening meals and two lunches
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Transport between destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Nikko Free Pass for transport in the Nikko region
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Car hire on Sado Island (Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Nikko including entrance fees and lunch
  • Taiko drumming experience
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unless otherwise specified
  • Bus or taxi transfers to/from Haguro-san
  • Bus or taxi transfers to/from Nyuto Onsen
  • Entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums unless otherwise specified
  • Fuel and tolls for car hire
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

Northern Highlights - 15 Days - Accommodation

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