3 Day Tohoku Festival Tour
Aomori Nebuta Festival, Akita Kanto Festival, World Heritage Hiraizumi & Matsushima
Experience the spectacular Aomori Nebuta Festival and Akita Kanto Festival – Tohoku’s biggest summer festivals! Also visit World Heritage site Hiraizumi and Matsushima on this exciting new tour!
- Akita Oyu Hotel Spring – Hotel Kazuno
Visit Japan’s largest historical site, Sannai-Maruyama, where the remains of settlements about 4,000 to 5,500 years ago have been found. Findings from excavations show how the natural environment and village settlement was, and reveal how people lived at that time.
Aomori Nebuta Festival Float Area
Enjoy seeing the large vibrant floats before they set off for the parade.
Dinner in Aomori City
Enjoy a delicious buffet featuring local cuisine dishes.
Aomori Nebuta Festival
At the lively Aomori Nebuta Festival, about 20 large floats decorated with warrior figures are paraded along a roughly 3.1 km course. Anyone can join in as long as they wear the Nebuta Festival costume.
Participants will first visit the preparation area where the floats are set up before the parade. A local guide will you and will have exclusive access and get a behind-the-scenes look at the nebuta floats. After this enjoy the vibrant festival in the comfort of your seat.
Akita Oyu Hot Spring – Hotel Kazuno
With a concept of peace and comfort, this hotel offers guests a tranquil place to stay. A large pond and waterfall can be found in its vast garden, where the beauty of the season can be admired.
*Japanese-style Room (with bathtub, no shower booth)
*Large shared bath and open-air bath (hot spring water)
*Wi-Fi in guest room
Website: http://www.h-kazuno.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
- Akita View Hotel
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hidden in the deep pristine forest, the Oirase Gorge presents scenery that is full of life brought forth by the dynamic, crystal clear river. Cradling the gorge are cliffs filled with pumice and volcanic ash deposits preserved at high temperatures, and welded tuff formed by the weight and heat brings out the gorge’s stunning scene. A road and walkway running along the gorge allows visitors to have unique views from the trail and the mountainside. This is one of Tohoku’s must popular sightseeing spots.
Lunch at Yuze Onsen
Enjoy a Japanese cuisine set meal featuring a regional dish of Akita, Inaniwa Udon, at Hotel Himenoyu.
Kakunodate Samurai District
Known as the “Little Kyoto of Tohoku,” Kakunodate is a beautifully preserved town brimming with history. Take your time walking around this well-preserved district, where former residences of middle and upper class samurai families still stand to this day.
Akita View Hotel
3 minutes on foot from JR Akita Station!
*Western-style Room (with bathtub)
*Dinner: Japanese/Western/Chinese set menu
Website: http://www.viewhotels.co.jp/akita/ (English, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese)
Akita Kanto Festival
After dinner, walk from the hotel to the festival seating area. It is said that the festival has its roots from Neburi Nagashi, a ceremony held to prevent illnesses and ill will in summer. Watch in awe as the locals display their skills in balancing two long bamboo poles formed into a cross shape mounted with 24 or 46 lit lanterns, as they parade down the streets to the beat of the drums. This magnificent parade of lights is a powerful, nostalgic scene – it’s truly a sight to behold!
|Akita – Matsushima (Sendai)
- Breakfast, Lunch
World Heritage Site Chuson-ji Temple
Tour the Golden Hall, Sankozo Museum, Main Hall, and Tsukimizaka Slope. After sightseeing, enjoy a Japanese-style set meal for lunch at the Hiraizumi Rest House near the temple entrance.
One of Japan’s most scenic views. There are many islands dotting the waters as well as other beautiful places. Enjoy sightseeing at your own pace around this beautiful area.
|2017: 2nd August
|$1,765 Per Person
|*2 nights accommodation
*2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
*Viewing seats for Nebuta Festival and Kanto Festival
*Admission fees to Chuson-ji Temple Golden Hall and Sankozo Museum*
|Experienced local guide is available
|*Minimum 10 people required for the tour to operate
*Departure points from Aomori Airport or JR Shin-Aomori Station
Tour Code: ECS3T00111TTB