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TOHOKU Take your next adventure to Northern Japan on the Shinkansen
bullet train with the JAL vacation package

Tohoku Special Package Tours

Northern Tohoku Course

The northern Tohoku region is known for its natural beauty, rich history and traditions, and delicious food. Take a magical five-day adventure into the heart of samurai culture, admire pristine lakes and mountain streams, visit traditional castles, and take in spectacular seaside and waterfall views. All this and more awaits you in Akita and Aomori Prefectures.

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Southern Tohoku Course

Discover four prefectures in the Tohoku region over five days. Encounter pristine landscapes, spectacular coastlines, historical treasures and pastoral delights. Follow in the footsteps of poets and samurai as you explore ancient temples, soothing hot springs, a quaint castle town, breathtaking gorges, intimate eateries, and World Heritage sites.

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Optional activities

Aomori Tsugaru-han Neputa Village: Neputa Goldfish and Apple-shaped Earthenware Craft Workshop

Travelers need look no further than Tsugaru-han Neputa Village in Hirosaki city to immerse themselves in the traditional Tsugaru culture of Aomori Prefecture. Take part in folk craft workshops by painting a Neputa Goldfish—a vibrant red talisman that brings forth happiness—or add your own touch to an apple-shaped earthenware bell to create a souvenir all your own.

Iwate A Scenic River Cruise at Geibikei Gorge

Just a half-hour train ride from Ichinoseki Station in Iwate Prefecture, discover Geibikei Gorge—a 2-kilometer-long ravine shaped by the Satetsu river lined with towering 50-meter-tall limestone walls. Delight in a romantic 90-minute round-trip river pleasure cruise and bask in the serenity of the gorge’s natural beauty.

Iwate TOHOKU EMOTION: A Restaurant on Rails

A travelling restaurant in concept and design, indulge in the first-class train ride that is TOHOKU EMOTION as you travel to northern Honshu. Delight in masterpiece dishes meticulously fashioned from locally sourced ingredients and savor each bite as you enjoy taking in breathtaking natural vistas from the other side of the window.

Akita Namahage Museum: Learn and Experience Everything about a Timeless Akita Tradition

Just an hour’s train ride  from Akita Airport stands the Namahage Museum—a place to experience the history, mystique, and culture of this striking creature from Japanese folklore. For an immersive experience, head to the Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum and enjoy a captivating reenactment of a New Year’s Namahage visit set in a traditional farmhouse.

yamagata Toreiyu Tsubasa: The First Shinkansen with a Footbath

Footbaths are popular amongst travelers as a perfect way to sooth fatigue before hitting the road again. Now you can enjoy this luxury while en route to your next adventure thanks to Toreiyu Tsubasa, a train that runs between Yamagata and Fukushima Prefecture featuring footbaths right on board.

*Saturdays and Sundays only (with exceptions).

Miyagi Matsushima Sightseeing Cruise: A Tour Around the Three Views of Japan

Approximately 40 minutes by train from Sendai lies Matsushima, a scenic destination home to some of Japan’s most breathtaking sights. Hop aboard the Matsushima Sightseeing Cruise, and delight your eyes with an enchanting view of magnificent islands that seem as if they’re from another time and place. The scene is sure to be etched in your memory forever.

Fukushima Aizu Samurai Residence Painting Experience

Join one of the hands-on painting sessions to create your own lucky talisman at the Aizu Samurai Residence—an akabeko, the red cow that bestows the bearer with good health, or the okiagari-koboshi, a roly-poly doll that always stands up, symbolizing a never-give-up spirit. These delightful items are sure to make memorable souvenirs for loved ones.

Fukushima A Café in Motion: FruiTea Fukushima

Treat yourself to a selection of dessert from some of the most famed cafes in Fukushima on FruiTea Fukushima. You’ll find mouthwatering masterpieces exquisitely fashioned using seasonal fruit and paired with bottomless tea and coffee. It’s a trip sure to delight anyone with a sweet tooth.* Saturdays and Sundays only (with exceptions).

Use the JAL Japan Explorer Pass to fly to Tohoku
Simple and low cost airfare for travelers wishing to explore the unique culture and feel of local Japan.

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