Tohoku Autumn Foliage Golden Route


Enjoy beautiful autumn foliage in the Tohoku (northeast) region of Japan using three different modes of transport! 1. [From the sea] Lake Towada: enjoy a cruise first thing in the morning. The viewing period is from mid to late October. 2. [From the air] Hakkoda: take to the skies on the Hakkoda Ropeway and view autumn foliage from the top of a mountain! The viewing period is from early to mid October. 3. [From the ground] Gono Line: a scenic train ride from which you can also see the Sea of Japan. Accommodation is located in two popular locations for autumn foliage Night 1- Tazawako Kogen Onsen Overnight at a hotel overlooking Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan. The hot spring water is famous around the area. Night 2- Towada Kohan Onsen Stay on the shores of Lake Towada where you can enjoy the hot springs and the autumn foliage. Other famous autumn foliage spots include visiting the mountainous region of Hachimantai, Lake Juniko (Twelve Lakes) and the Blue Pond and the gorgeous Oirase Stream (from the bus) [Autumn foliage viewing periods] Lake Towada: mid to late October Oirase Stream: mid to late October Hakkoda: Late September to mid October Hachimantai: Late September to mid October Shirakami-Sanchi: mid to late October Lake Tazawa: mid October *This course is planned according to the best viewing period in previous years, but this does not guarantee that this year will be the same and could be slightly later or earlier. In addition, we may decide to shorten/skip places on the itinerary if the schedule is running significantly late due to unforeseen circumstances. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Additional information] What's included Transportation, accommodation, meal(s), admission fee(s) specified in the itinerary and taxes. *None of these expenses will be refunded even if the participant does not use them. What's not included Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours.) What's included in Infant Price (3-5 years old) Bus seats only (no meals or bedding) (if you want to include train seats, meals and bedding for your infant, please apply with the Child price option.) [Attention] *The Gono Line is a local train and all seats are non-reserved so you may not be able to sit down. The section of the journey on the train is subject to change. Parts of the journey will be inland where you cannot view the sea (approx. 30 min ride) *At the top of Hachimantai: if the best viewing conditions for the autumn foliage has passed (usually late Sep~mid Oct), we may visit a different location at a lower elevation. In addition, from the beginning of November, the “Aspite Line” sightseeing road to the top will be closed due to frozen roads. In that case, the stroll at the summit will be omitted from the schedule. *For the accommodation on Day 2, rooms will be divided by 2~3 people (groups of 4+ people will be separated into two or more rooms.) In the case of 3 persons, an extra bed/sofa bed will be provided in the twin room. *Although this tour includes a bus guide, they only speak Japanese. The tour conductor or language support staff will not act as an interpreter for the bus guide. *The return Shinkansen journey may be by Hayate or Hayabusa *Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. *The order of the itinerary is subject to change. *This tour is operated with a mix of Japanese and foreign passengers. *For the smooth operation of the group tour, we are responsible for allocating the seating for the transportation (bus, trains etc.) used during the tour and at facilities where seats are designated. *We will not be responsible for any delays, shortenings or omissions made to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control (traffic, weather etc.) *A decision on whether to cancel the tour will be decided by 3pm Japan Standard Time one day before the tour date. We will inform you by e-mail. *The tour end point may be different from the meeting point. Ask the tour conductor on the day. *The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information came into effect on 30 May 2017. Customer information (name, age, gender etc.) may be forwarded to the hotels or necessary entities for the purpose of making tour arrangements. This condition shall be deemed to have been accepted by the customer upon completion of the reservation.


Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Tokyo station (Depart 8:40~10:20) [ShinkansenHayabusa] Morioka station [Hachimantai Aspite Line] Hachimantai summit (Wonderful autumnal views/40 mins) Lake Tazawa Tazawako Kogen Onsen (Overnight) *Enjoy a dinner featuring local Akita cuisine kiritanpo, which are toasted rice cakes served on a skewer.

  • Hotel: Plaza Hotel Sanrokuso or Komagatake Grand Hotel, Tazawako Kogen Onsen

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Tazawako Kogen Onsen Akitashirakami Station [Gono Line scenic train ride for 30 mins/non-reserved seats] Juniko station Juniko (Twelve Lakes), Shirakama-Sanchi (Visit the very special Blue Pond, where the intense blue collar of the water remains a mystery to this day/40 mins) Towada Kohan Onsen (Overnight)

  • Hotel: <b>Towadako Lake View Hotel or Hotel Towadaso, Towada Kohan Onsen<b>

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Towada Kohan Onsen Lake Towada (Sightseeing cruise first thing in the morning/50 mins) Oirase Stream (From the bus) Hakkoda Ropeway (Ride & stroll at the top/90 mins) Morioka station [ShinkansenYamabiko] Tokyo station (Arrive 20:00~22:00)

location Tokyo


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Tohoku, Akita, Aomori

  • English

Language Support

A tour conductor or staff of your preferred language will accompany the tour from the designated meeting place (at a designated airport in case of a tour with airplanes) and provides the participant with basic information necessary for the tour (such as meeting place and time at each stop etc) in your preferred language. Information on sightseeing in the areas of tour destinations will not be provided. However, brochures in your preferred language will be provided.

Minimum number of participants for operation

25 Person(s)

*When the participants does not reach the number above, the tour will not be operated. If this is the case, those who have made a reservation will be informed of the matter by 14 days prior to the scheduled departure date (by 4 days prior to the departure in case of a Day-tour).

Minimum number of participants for booking

2 Person(s)

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