The northernmost region on the island of Honshu, this remote and exotic area has remained largely unexplored by Australian travellers. Aomori is Japan's best kept secret. The few English speakers who have discovered Aomori know it affectionately as The Blue Forest, and it is quickly earning a place on many of globetrotter's itinerary. The prefecture's stunning natural beauty, cultural attractions and archaeological sites make it a major drawcard all year round. Aomori remains unspoiled by mass tourism, and traditional industries such as farming, forestry and fishing still dominate. As such it affords adventurous travellers with a truly authentic Japanese experience long missing from the more well-worn tourist trails. A visit is a must for any serious traveller but be quick, it won't stay a secret for long!
|Tour Starts||Tour Ends||Price|
|Coast to coast in Aomori & Akita|
|Tour Starts||Tokyo||Tour Ends||Tokyo||Twin Share||JPY 99,000||Single||N/A|
4 Nights 5 Days
Tokyo - Hachinohe - Oirase Gorge - Aomori - Kakunodate - Tokyo
4 Nights accommodation, 3 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners, JR East Pass (Tohoku area), Day by day detailed itinerary and Maps
Local transport (Bus, private train company, ferry, taxi etc), Any entrance fees (temple, shrine, museum etc), Your own drink during the meals, Travel Insurance, International Air Ticket, Luggage forwarding service
Mid of April to Mid of October
|Day 1 (Meals : D)|
Tokyo - Hachinohe
Travel from Tokyo to Hachinohe by train (170 min).
This trail runs along the majestic Pacific Ocean. Here, you can experience the bounties of both forest and sea. From the undulating sunken rocks to the white sands and green pine trees, this route meanders around the Tanesashi coastline whose magnificent scenery varies constantly. The abundant fauna and flora that change with the seasons, such as the black-tailed gulls and rugosa roses, are also an attraction. The gentle path, with few differences in elevation, continues on. Walking distance 14 km
Hotel : Hachinohe Segal View Hotel or similar
|Day 2 (Meals : B/D)|
Hachinohe - Oirase
Travel from Hachinohe to Oirase by JR bus (90 min).
Oirase Gorge is a well-known picturesque locale, whether it is in the spring with fresh green leaves, the fall with the gorgeous fall leaves, or the cool summer. The gorge stretches from Nenokuchi on Lake Towada to Yakiyama a total distance of 14 km. Expansive woods blended with numerous waterfalls and the graceful water current give life to the magnificent mountain stream. Hiking in spring and the season of autumn foliage is simply exceptional.
Hotel : Hoshino Resort or similar
|Day 3 (Meals : B)|
Oirase - Aomori
Travel from Oirase to Aomori by JR bus (120 min).
Visit Wa Rasse (The Nebuta festival museum where introduces the history and charms of the festival) and Aomori Museum of Art where is introducing the arts of Aomori to the world has collected and exhibited works from Aomori native artists such as Shiko Munakata, Shuji Terayama, Yoshitomo Nara, and Toru Narita. The Aomori Dog by Yoshimoto Nara has become the museum's iconic symbol.
Hotel : Daiwa Roynet hotel Aomori or similar
|Day 4 (Meals : None)|
Aomori - Kakunodate
Enjoy scenic train "Resort Shriakami" from Aimori to Akita (5.5 hours).
You will travel along Sea of Japan coast. Then change to Bullet train to Kakunodate (45 min).
Hotel : Bukeyashiki Hotel or similar
|Day 5 (Meals : B)|
Kakunodate - Tokyo
Kakunodate is a former castle town which flourished during the Edo period. Known as the "Little Kyoto of Tohoku", the town is home to a district two-kilometres in radius consisting of samurai residences and traditional architecture popular with both domestic and international tourists. The samurai residences lining the town's most famous street are nationally protected Traditional Buildings.
Travel from Kakunodate to Tokyo by bullet train (195 min).
Tour ends on arrival at Tokyo Station. Please head to your next destination on your own after the tour.
Hotel : N/A
Address: Inside of Kinokuniya Bookstores, Level 2 The Galeries 500 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Opening hours ：Mon-Fri [10:00 - 18:00], Sat [12:00 - 16:00]
For online inquirie, We normally get back to you within a day
C/O Kinokuniya Bookstores
The Galeries 500 George St
Sydney NSW 2000