Welcome to Northern Honshū (Tōhoku)


Three national parks, alternating between thick mountain forests, stark volcanoes and coastal marshes, offer year-round outdoor pursuits, while the spectacular caldera lakes of Tazawa-ko and Towada-ko welcome summertime pleasure-seekers. Stylish Sendai is the pick of the prefectural capitals for those seeking an uncomplicated urban fix.

Feudal-era remnants are present in numerous places – Hiraizumi and Kakunodate being the most historically notable – and traditional cultures are alive and well.

This region suffered greatly in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and some coastal areas along the glorious Sanriku Kaigan, in particular, will welcome your visit as they continue to rebuild.


Top experiences in Northern Honshū (Tōhoku)

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Northern Honshū (Tōhoku) activities

$425.68 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Matsushima Historical Tour with Homestay and Fishing

Day 1 [D]:10:00am - Meet your guide at Hon-Shiogama Station in Shiogama-city.10:10am - Visit a local green tea shop to learn about local green tea culture and experience green tea tasting.11am - Go to a famous sake brewery. Learn about the sake manufacturing process and enjoy sake tasting. (If you are traveling on Sunday, the sake brewery is closed and you will be taken on a short sightseeing boat ride in Matsushima Bay instead.)12:30pm - Lunch1:30pm - Tea ceremony and walking tour in Matsushima Tea ceremony will be held at this property, which is not open to the public. Enjoy VIP access to a private tea room with beautiful traditional Japanese wall paintings. Later, a walking tourtakes you to some of the most popular attractions in Matsushima, including the Zuiganji Temple (National Treasure and Important Cultural Property), Godaido Temple (Important Cultural Property), Entsuin Temple and, if time allows, the Pine Tree of Saigyo Modish.4:30pm - Transfer to the accommodation.5:30pm - Check in to the accommodation and relax. In the evening, enjoy a local style dinner with your host family. Learn the fascinating history as well as local lifestyle of Matsushima.Day 2 [B, L]:8am - Enjoy breakfast9am - Local fishery experience with English translation support. Be a local Japanese fisherman for three hours and learn some secret tips from your guide.12:30pm - Seafood BBQ lunch. Learn more about local fisherman's daily lives while enjoying the freshest seafood BBQ. After lunch, you will be transferred back to Nobiru Station for your onward journey.

$137.33 Holiday & Seasonal Tours

Private Cherry Blossom Tour in Hirosaki with a Local Guide

After leaving the designated departure location, the tour will start by heading to the southern part of Hirosaki Park. Hirosaki was once famous for having the castle of the Tsugaru clan, but during the Meiji era, it became also known for its western-style buildings.Aside from the natural sites, you will also tour sites where, historically, foreign teachers had come and learn about their teachings. It is here that Christianity was originally promoted in Japan. Western culture can be further seen in the European building styles on display. This unique style was born from the cultural enlightenment that Japan experienced during this time.After exploring the mansions and other structures, you will enjoy the main event of the tour, the cherry blossoms in Hirosaki Park. The blossoms are scattered across various places in Hirosaki Park and visited by two million people each cherry blossom season. Your guide will take you through the trees, stopping at the breathtaking vantage points.After the cherry blossom viewing, you will visit the merchant and samurai houses from the Edo period that remain in the northern part of the Hirosaki park. The attractions in this area are said to have been built 250 years or more ago by a wealthy merchant. You can still go in this building, known as "Ishiba's Residence," and see a merchant's home and shop from a long, long time ago. The store has the appearance of a high-class establishment, but with a dirt floor and feelings of history of the time that has gone by.Towards the end of the tour, you will visit the Tsugaruhan Neputa village. Here, at the Hirosaki Neputa exhibition, you’ll see demonstrations and get to experience the Tsugaru people’s crafts, live music and more, such as the Tsugaru shamisen. An all-around enjoyable experience of traditional culture of the Tsugaru people.Finally, you’ll have a light snack and discuss all the things you’ve experienced during your charming day in Hirosaki.

$137.33 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Spirit of Japanese Sake in Shiogama

■ Schedule 10:00 Meet at Hon-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line) 10:10 Start of tour 10:30 Walking tour of town area around Shiogama Shrine. Visit/pray at shrine. 11:20 Sake appreciation lecture (40 minutes / 12:00)           1)The history and culture of Japanese sake (connections with shrine etc.)           2)How to best enjoy drinking sake 12:10 Sake tasting and shopping at Urakasumi Sake Brewery Saura Co. Ltd 12:50 Sake and sushi pairing 13:40 End of tour ■ What’s Included Sake tasting fee Sake appreciation lecture participation fee Walking tour fee Lunch (sushi & one drink) Insurance Fee Local Guide & English Interpreter ■ Not included Any additional meals and drinks

$183.11 Spa Tours

Beauty Tour in Sendai

Japan has always been considered as one of the hottest hubs when it comes to beauty services and products. As pioneers of esthetics, you can possibly spot a beauty salon in almost every corner of Japan. Experience Japan's high quality facial treatment, Japanese style nail manicures and choose your favorite traditional clothing (Kimono) .・Professional beauticians coordinate your nails, hair, and makeup for a complete make-over! ・Lift-up facial treatment from the bottom. Japanese style nail tips is gifted for you to take home. ・Options for men, couples session are available.・Choose your favorite design Kimonos and enjoy your stroll in town.Tour Details:60 min Facial Esthetics, & Japanese Nail session            For men: Facial Esthetics & Nail Care15 min Kimono Fitting             Autumn to Spring Kimono style            Summer, Yukata (Summer Kimono style)            Optionally, you can walk and tour around the city with Kimono

$1351.37 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dewa Sanzan 2-night 3days

ItineraryDay 1: Guided tour Mt.Haguro(One of Dewa Sanzan) Stop At: Mt. Haguro, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, TohokuGuided tour of Haguro's Zuishinmon Gate - Jiji-sugi Ceder Tree - Five -Story Pagoda(National Treasure) - Line of Ceder TreesDuration: 1 hourStop At: Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, TohokuVisit to Sanjin Gosaiden Shrine Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Gyokusenji Temple, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, TohokuDrinking of matcha tea while looking out on the gardens of Gyokusen-ji Temple,which is known as the Temple of Flowers. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tsuruoka Park, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, TohokuStroll around Tsuruoka Park(Chido Museum,Chidokan School,etc) Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Lunch: Vegetariancuisine at Veggie-time Restaurant Doyuno or Bedda Sicilia • Dinner: Seasonal vegetarian Bddhist cusine at Yudonosan Sanrojo LodgeAccommodation included: Overnight at Yudonosan Sanrojo Lodge Day 2: Mt.Yudono-san Stop At: Yudonosan Shrine, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, TohokuMystical pigrimage to the shrine where you are advised to neither speak about it nor ask questions.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Churenji Temple, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, TohokuFeatures a beautiful ceiling painting and enshrined mummified monks who practiced austerity to the point of death by continuing to pray for happiness for the world Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Lunch: Lunch and shopping at the Shonai Kanko Bussankan souvenir center • Breakfast: Yudonosan Sanrojo Lodge • Dinner: In a hot spring bath while watching the beautiful sunset. The inn's cuisine that uses fresh Shonai seafood for dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Kameya of Yunohama Hot SpringsDay 3: The kamo aquariumStop At: Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, Tohokurelaxation area,Jellyfish Dream Theater Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at Kameya. Special Japanese cuisine No accommodation included on this day.

$163.89 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cherry Picking Experience in Shonai Yamagata Japan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this product月山から連なる山の裾野庄内平野のはじまりに鈴木さくらんぼ園はあります。当園は植酸栽培、有機質肥料の施用、減農薬に取り組んでいます。植酸栽培とは、植物の根から分泌される酸(植酸)とアミノ酸・ミネラル・カルシウムを含んだ肥料による栽培方法のことで、 美味しく安全で安心して食べられるさくらんぼを手間を惜しまず愛情こめて栽培しています。風そよぐ木漏れ日のなか、もぎたての初夏のあまずっぱさを。ここ庄内のゆたかさとともに味わっていただけたら嬉しい限りです。Duration: 3 hoursLocation: Suzuki cherry picking farm