Tohoku Summer Festivals Tour 2019

Starting From

AUD 5,700 Per Person


11 Days

Activity Type

Seniors, Art & Heritage, Festival


sight Seeing





-Flights- International & Domestic plus taxes.
-Pay locally for Tours & Meals not shown in the itinerary, and drinks.
-Entrance fee to temples, museums and other sites not mentioned on the itinerary.
-Single room supplement(s) if required.

Tour Overview

A small-group guided tour travelling to the Summer Festivals of Japan

Trip Level: Moderate

From 1st August 2019 – Sunday 11th August 2019

Immerse yourself in a unique tour that celebrates the colorful summer festivals of Japan's northern "Tohoku" region. Each summer, small towns and cities revel in several days of celebrating summer with colorful parades, decorative floats, music, culture and fantastic light shows at night.

This tour will take you to some of the popular festivals as well as unforgettable sites with castles, shrines, panoramic vistas, handicrafts, and personal spa treatment to soothe your soul and satisfy your yen for exotic travel experiences. 

-Travel via Bullet Train from Tokyo through the beautiful countryside of Tohoku region of Japan.
-View the World’s largest drum Festival Sansa Odori.
-Be amazed at the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Parade Festival floats which are all handmade works of craft.
-Experience the energetic Nebuta Festival Join the performers at the Yamagata Hanagasa Festival.
-Experience cultural and historical sights of Tohoku including the famous rice paddy art Japanese cuisine and sake of northern Japan that is full of flavours.
-Enjoy staying in a typical Japanese ryokan and bath in natural hot springs.
-In Tokyo visit the major attractions of Asakusa, Imperial Palace and Ginza.
-Mt Fuji/Hakone and ancient capitol of Kamakura are also included.

Tour Info

  • Itinerary
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Thursday : Tokyo

Arrive at Narita International Airport. After clearing Customs, transfer to hotel in Tokyo.

Evening Free


Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo

Friday (B,L,D): Tokyo, Iwate, Aormori

Morioka Station: After an early breakfast, you’ll take a scenic 2.5-hr ride on the Tohoku Shinkansen to Morioka, where you’ll get your first taste of festival performances here at the station. Then, you will check into the hotel and relax before our evening festivities begin.

Parade Viewing: You’ll enjoy the entire spectacle of parade, dancers and decorative floats from the perfect vantage point, just a short stroll from our hotel.

World’s Largest Drum Parade: Tonight, you’ll be rocked by the sensational and traditional Sansa Odori Dance Parade, a Guinness World Records explosion of drums, colorful costumes and dance as the performers make their way down streets packed with locals and tourists celebrating summer.


Morioka Grand Hotel Annex

Saturday (B,L,D): Iwate, Aomori

Morioka Handicraft Village-Explore a variety of local crafts here, including textiles, ceramics, toys and foods.

Creative workshop-Express your creative side, making your own indigo bandanna at the craft village. It’s a wonderful gift with a personal touch! -

Hachinohe: After lunch, we return to Morioka Station and depart for Hachinohe for more festivities but first, unwind and luxuriate with a relaxing massage here.

Hachinohe Sansha (Three Shrines) Festival: You’re in for a spectacular treat on the closing night of this special festival! Dating back to 1721, this festival has become more elaborate over the centuries with the addition of enormous, decorative floats and a special Closing Ceremony with unforgettable drum and flute performances.


Morioka Grand Hotel Annex

Sunday (B, L, D) : Iwate, Aomori

Inakadate Village-We travel to Shin Aomori, where you’ll feast your eyes on an astonishing array of “rice paddy art”.

Sannai-Maruyama Site: After lunch we’ll visit the historical Sannai-Maruyama Site, where you’ll see how inhabitants thrived some 5,000 years ago.

Nebuta Festival-In nearby Aomori City, you’re in for another memorable experience: the annual “star” festival that celebrates cosmic alignment in a series of colorful nightly parades. Lining the parade route are elaborate floats that take a year in the making. Aglow with enormous lanterns made from exquisite "washi" papers, the floats depict a variety of Japanese historical or cultural figures.The sheer energy of the parade will give you the chills long after it is over.

After the parade, we return to Morioka City by Shinkansen – while you daydream about the fantastical display of lights, colors, music and dance enjoyed!


Morioka Grand Hotel Annex

Monday (B,L,D): Iwate, Yamagata

Yamadera-We travel by Shinkansen to the capital of Yamagata Prefecture. Our first stop is Yamadera, a 1,000-year-old “frontier town” temple nestled atop the picturesque mountains northeast of Yamagata City.

Hayamakan Kaminoue Onsen-We check into a superb accommodation where traditional Japanese aesthetics blends seamlessly with modern elegance. Pamper yourself with a true onsen experience: a relaxing soak in a hot springs spa, guaranteed to make you sigh, “Ahhhhhhh-SO!”

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival-After an early dinner, we take part in yet another stunning celebration of summer. Join elated throngs shouting “Yassho, Makasho!” as ten thousand costumed dancers in flower hats swirl to the throbbing beat of Taiko drums.



Tuesday (B,L,D): Yamagata

Kaminoyama Castle-After breakfast, we visit the enchanting Kaminoyama Castle, which is perched above the city, offering a beautiful panorama in any season.

Ginzan Onsen Spa Town-This quaint, hilly spa town is known as “the thermal baths of silver mountain” for its proximity to a once active silver mine! - Silver Mine tour: After lunch, we’ll take a lovely stroll along a path that meanders next to the river, leading to the silver mine. Enjoy the Zen-like music of the river and the small waterfalls along the way.

Ryokan Kosan Kaku-You’ll be transported back in time to the glamorous Edo Period at this special inn, which has been in operation for more than 100 years. You can enjoy a private onsen right in the hotel.


Ryokan Kosan Kaku

Wednesday (B, L) : Yamagata, Tokyo

After breakfast in the inn, relax on a 3-hour Shinkansen to Tokyo.

Tokyo: Tonight, you can relax in your room or recharge yourself immersed in Tokyo’s vibrant night-life! Our hotel here is a tourist favorite for walking tours, historical landmarks, great restaurants and luxury shopping.


Sotetsu Fresa Inn

Thursday (B,L,D): Tokyo

Tokyo-We meet up in the lobby with an English-speaking tour guide, who will show us the best of Tokyo by public transport – the quickest, easiest way to get around this vibrant city. Unparalleled shopping will tempt you along Nakamise Shopping street, which leads to the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan

Asakusa Temple-Relax among sea ponds that surge with the tides at Hamarikyu Japanese Garden, which has a charming island teahouse. Japan’s largest fish market, Tsukiji pulses with energy, where you’ll weave your way among hundreds of stalls selling fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits. Next, we are heading to Ginza District. You’ll find everything from fashions to luxury gifts to foods. Here, we’ll also tour the exquisite Imperial Palace gardens, the iconic Nijubashi Bridge and Meiji Jingo Shinto shrine. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for a long, tall day!


Sotetsu Fresa Inn

Friday (B,L): Tokyo, Hakone

Hakone: Our tour guide today takes us on a magical day trip to Hakone which will saturate your senses in spectacular scenery, memorable landmarks and a majestic view of Mt. Fuji. We travel to Hakone by the renowned OdakyuRomance Car” - a limited express luxury train that’s as sleek as the countryside is stunning. Enjoy the panorama of nature unfolding outside your window on the Hakone Tozan train that winds 450m up switchbacks! Among many activities in this famous resort town are an idyllic boat cruise on Lake Ashinoko, the bubbling cauldrons in Hell Valley, contemporary sculptures in the Open Air Museum, cable cars, ropeway views – something for everyone!


Sotetsu Fresa Inn

Saturday (B, L, D) : Tokyo, Kamakura

Kamakura: Our tour guide for today takes us to several places: Kamakura promises to turn your soul inside out – literally – as you view the immense Daibutsu or “Great Buddha” not only from outside, but also by walking right into the heart of this massive cast bronze statue. Next, more than 40 varieties of colorful hydrangea can be viewed at the serene Hasa-Dera Temple complex. Finally, sip the sacred water or “zeniarai mizu” at the local temple in Kamakura – or indulge in delectable ricotta pancakes – a favorite treat!


Tokyu Stay Ginza Day

Sunday (B): Tokyo

After breakfast check out and depart hotel.


-Fully Escorted by Japan Holidays Staff and English Speaking Guide in Japan
-10 Nights Accommodation 3-4 star Western & Japanese Ryokan
-Daily Breakfasts plus 9 Lunches, and 7 Dinners
-All transportation between locations including Bullet trains
-Entrance fees to temples, museums and other sites on the itinerary


-Flights- International & Domestic plus taxes.
-Pay locally for Tours & Meals not shown in the itinerary, and drinks.
-Entrance fee to temples, museums and other sites not mentioned on the itinerary.
-Single room supplement(s) if required.

Terms & Conditions

Price mentioned is per person based on twin sharing basis. Price is based on 8 persons travelling. If less than 8 persons, price will vary.

Tour requires minimum of 4 persons to guarantee departure.

Payment Terms

-Deposits are not refundable.

-If you cancel your travel too close to the date of departure, we will charge a fee:
            -For Japan Holidays package tours, 100% of the price if cancelled less than 60 days before departure.  
            -For all other bookings, $250 per person if cancelled more than 30 days before departure. 
            -For all other bookings, 100% of the price if cancelled less than 30 days before departure. 

-After confirmation of a quote we can still amend your itinerary, but each amendment carries an Amendment Fee of $35, which will be added to your quote.

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