I'm now back safely from my holiday in Bhutan and had a great time. Everything went really well and very smoothly. Our guide was a star, the accommodation and food were above expectation (I loved the national dish of cheese and chillies) and the whole tour was totally fascinating...

A Budd | England

Japan Northern Explorer

Northern Japan is a truly first-class destination for those with a taste for natural beauty, legendary hospitality and the subtlety of Japanese culture. Visiting the famous World Heritage shrines and temples of Nikko, we explore the unique culture and history of Sado Island in the Sea of Japan and cruise pine-covered islands in Matsushima Bay. We discover the old castle town of Hirosaki, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the young city of Sapporo and breathe the clean air of Lake Shikotsu. Along the way we'll have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs, sample an amazing array of fresh local foods and learn more about Japanese religion, literature and architecture. No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Mount Fuji, where we end our journey with a visit to the beautiful Five Lakes region to view this iconic snow capped peak. Mention to the residents of Japan's southern cities that you are going to visit the northern country and watch their eyes glimmer with envy!

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Tokyo
DAY 2 Kamakura day trip
DAY 3 Tokyo, transfer to Nikko
DAY 4 Shrines and temples in Nikko
DAY 5 Transfer Sado Island
DAY 6 On Sado Island
DAY 7 Ferry to Niigata, flight to Sapporo
DAY 8 In Sapporo
DAY 9 Train to Hakodate
DAY 10 In Hakodate
DAY 11 Hakodate to Hirosaki
DAY 12 In Hirosaki
DAY 13 Transfer to Matsushima
DAY 14 Cruise Matsushima Bay
DAY 15 To Mt Fuji
DAY 16 Morning at Mt Fuji, transfer back to Tokyo, trip concludes

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Trip Code: TNR
Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  16 days
Activities:  Adventure Touring Day Walking
Next Trip:  09 September 2017
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price: £3,990.00 GBP

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