Sitting just above the Kanto region, lies Tohoku – the most northerly region of Honshu. Certainly an area less travelled, Tohoku is relatively devoid of foreign tourists and therefore an ideal place to experience the every-day, rural Japan. Tohoku is home to some truly beautiful scenery. The best way to see it is by car, and the below tour includes car hire. Although comprising of six prefectures, the below tour incorporates two, but of course you can visit more if you so wish.
Essentially a farming community, Tono lies in a valley surrounded by mountain ranges. Many of Japan’s mythical folktales originate in Tono, many of which have been told from generation to generation and are still told to this day, including that of the infamous ‘Kappa’ (water goblin). Glimpses of such tales that are popular throughout Japan can be found at the ‘Old Tales Village’ museum and the Tono City Museum. You can rent a bicycle for a good way to see the village and nearby surrounding areas, or you can drive to even more rural areas and explore. Regardless of where you go, you can experience ‘Tono Time’ in some of the most beautiful countryside of Japan.
Heading out west through the countryside, you will arrive at Lake Tazawa, situated near the centre of the eastern region of Akita Prefecture and near Towada-Hachimantai National park. At a depth of 423 metres, it is the deepest lake in Japan. Set in a beautifully serene and tranquil setting, Lake Tazawa is the ideal place to relax, visit nearby beauty spots or visit nearby hot-spring areas such as Nyuto Onsen.
|Day 1||Tokyo – Tono (D)
Travel by bullet train into the heart of Tohoku. Pick up your rental car and travel to Tono.
|Day 2-3||Tono (B, D)
Free to explore the rural countryside of Tono and beyond.
|Day 4||Tono – Lake Tazawa (B, D)
Drive on to Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan.
|Day 5 -6||Lake Tazawa (B, D)
Free to explore Lake Tazawa and the surrounding area.
|Day 7||Lake Tazawa (B) – Akita Airport
Drive to Sounkyo Gorge. Stay for 3 nights.
Tour Prices for 2017
|Jan – Dec||On Request|
|Single Supplement from||£ Call|
Note: Prices subject to change without notice due to exchange rate fluctuation and/or airline tax changes. Please contact Jaltour for alternative arrangements and tailormade tours.