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Spring in Tohoku: The Cherry Blossoms Path

8 Days | 7 Nights

From $ 2,700

Japan
Tokyo - Fukushima - Yamagata - Kakunodate - Iwate - Aomori & Towadako

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Spring in Tohoku: The Cherry Blossoms Path
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When the wheels touch down in Tokyo, you will have officially arrived in the Land of the Rising Sun’s capital - a city of wonderfully preserved temples and gardens, incredible cuisine, and a bold art scene. Along the horizon stands Mount Fuji, which dominates the skyline, beautifully complementing the modern architecture below. Free at leisure at your hotel or explore the bustling capital independently, before start your cherry blossom tour Japan tomorrow.
A morning 3-hour train will take you to FUKUSHIMA (Koriyama Station) this morning to start out your day.

Upon arrival, exit the station then follow a 30-minute drive to see the renowned Miharu Takizakura cherry tree. More than a thousand years old, this is widely considered the most beautiful of its kind in Japan, and "Takizakura" translates to "waterfall cherry tree," describing the dramatic arcs of its branches. After this, you’ll have a one-hour drive to Aizuwakamatsu for lunch, followed by an afternoon exploring the town. Stop by the rebuilt Tsuruga Castle, see how the surrounding park’s cherry blossoms contrast with the traditional architecture, and even enjoy a cup of tea at a teahouse on castle grounds.

Nearby is the Aizu Sazaedo Temple, which is a one-of-a-kind double-helix pagoda with an ingenious design that allows people to walk up and down it while always traveling in the same direction. Along Nanukamachi Street there are famous Aizu crafts to be seen such as urushi-nuri lacquerware and akabeko, a kind of toy cow. There are also antique stores you can step into, and some even exhibit Showa-era artifacts.

For dinner, enjoy a kaiseki meal at your ryokan accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Fukushima (Aizuwakamatsu).
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
Today you’re headed to Yamagata City, but first make a stop by Fukushima City for cherry blossom viewing in Hanamiyama Park, whose name literally means 'cherry blossom mountain.' Originally started by local farmers who planted ornamental plants and flowering trees on the hillsides around their land, the park was opened to the public in 1959 and has grown to be the city's top cherry blossom spot. Every year thousands of visitors flock to the area to admire its cherry blossoms. There are various walking routes within the course that take you through cherry blossom-lined paths and to different views of the scenery, and the Azuma Mountains provide the park's backdrop.

The next en-route stop is Yonezawa Village to see its annual Uesugi Festival where past battles are reenacted. The Uesugi Shrine is the site of a former castle featuring a moat lined with cherry trees. Enjoy lunch near the Uesugi Memorial Hall which sells famed Yonezawa beef only in this season.

After your meal, you’ll head to YAMAGATA via the Okitama Sakura Corridor, a 38-kilometer cherry tree-lined strip that runs through idyllic onsen towns and many popular cherry blossom sites. If anything along the way piques your interest, feel free to stop and explore.

After arriving in Yamagata City, check in and have the evening to spend at leisure.

Overnight in Yamagata.
MEALS
Breakfast
Begin your Japan cherry blossom tour packages today by taking an excursion to the Yamadera Risshakuji Temple, a mountainous temple complex founded in 860 CE. The temple grounds extend high up a steep mountainside, from where there are great views down onto the valley. Its popular name, Yamadera, literally means "mountain temple" in Japanese. At the nearby Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum, stop for tea and refreshments on the hill while looking across a cherry blossom-laden vista.

Afterward, you’ll head to Yamagata City for lunch before exploring the Kajo Castle Park, the former site of Yamagata Castle. Originally built in 1357, this park features remnants of moats and stone fences among a forest of cherry trees. Roughly 1,500 of these trees bless this park, and they’re illuminated at night.

The rest of the afternoon will be spent at your leisure. Consider exploring the French-style architecture around the city or strolling along the Mamigasaki River’s “sakura” - cherry blossom - lane, especially at night when they’re lit up. Stands of festival food line the street and are perfect for getting a snack.

Overnight in Yamagata.
MEALS
Breakfast
Head to KAKUNODATE, Akita Prefecture, this morning to tour this town of a rich samurai history and dazzling cherry blossoms.

The Kakunodate samurai district, which once housed about 80 families, is one of the best examples of samurai architecture and housing in the country. Its wide streets and large courtyards are shaded by dozens of weeping cherry trees which bloom in early May. Stop by two traditional samurai residences, the Aoyagi and Ishiguro Houses, which are now museums and offer a glimpse into the traditional samurai way of life. Beautifully preserved, these museums are filled with authentic artifacts.

You can explore the roads of the area by foot or rickshaw, and the picturesque town is particularly beautiful at this time of year, especially along the Hinokinai riverside with its two full kilometers of a blossom-veiled tunnel.

At night, make your way back to your ryokan to enjoy your private outdoor bath filled with natural hot spring waters and a deck that offers incredible star gazing. Such an unforgettable experience for this cherry blossom tour Japan.

Overnight in Kakunodate.
MEALS
Breakfast
Enjoy this morning at leisure, we suggest a morning riverside walk through the cherry blossom tunnel. Later, transfer to Kitakami Tenshochi Park, Iwate Prefecture, one of Japan’s foremost cherry blossom viewing sites. Stretching along the east shore of the Kitakami River, this park sees nearly 10,000 cherry blossom trees bloom in season, producing a floating sea of gentle pink. There are snack and food stalls along the way, and you can take a horse-and-carriage ride through the park or a scenic boat cruise.

The Kitakami City Museum and Michinoku Folklore Village are also located in the park. The museum contains Buddhist art and Jomon Era earthenware, while the village is an open-air museum featuring 30 preserved farmhouses and other structures representative of different historical periods of the Tohoku Region.

The next stop is MORIOKA, about a one-hour drive away, where you will check into your hotel and, if time permits, visit the Rock-Breaking Cherry Tree. This stunning, 400-year-old cherry tree grew out of a crack in a granite boulder and today stands in front of a district courthouse.

Overnight in Morioka.
MEALS
Breakfast
Arise early to visit the Mikoda Morning Market. It’s the largest domestic market in Japan, in terms of customer volume, that is home to a variety of produce and homemade delicacies like rice balls and tempura.

After meandering among the stalls, drive to HIROSAKI, Aomori Prefecture, to explore the Hirosaki Castle Park. This is one of the premier destinations in the Tohoku Region for all Japan tours cherry blossom. The park features a three-story castle tower and other old fortifications sprinkled among a landscape of gently rolling hills, ponds, and an abundance of cherry blossom trees. The pink petals are so numerous that they fill the moats and ponds, creating an opaque layer of undulating pink.

Later you’ll explore the town’s samurai district, a collection of buildings with traditional architecture that date back hundreds of years, along with the traditional Western-style buildings that remain throughout town. A major producer of apples, the city also has a surplus of confectionaries, and you should check out the delicious apple pie for which they’ve become famous.

At night, if you wish, take a final look at the blooms and head back for yozakura - an illuminated nighttime viewing of the cherry blossoms.

Overnight in Hirosaki.
MEALS
Breakfast
Your cherry blossom tour Japan wraps up today. In the morning, transfer to Aomori’s airport to take your connecting flight to Tokyo, where you will board your homeward-bound flight.
MEALS
Breakfast

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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
9ºC
47mm

Fukushima
5ºC
57mm

Yamagata
3ºC
195mm

Kakunodate
1ºC
145mm

Iwate
18ºC
117mm

Aomori & Towadako
-1ºC
124mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
10ºC
62mm

Fukushima
6ºC
53mm

Yamagata
3ºC
139mm

Kakunodate
2ºC
116mm

Iwate
19ºC
119mm

Aomori & Towadako
0ºC
100mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
13ºC
101mm

Fukushima
10ºC
66mm

Yamagata
7ºC
128mm

Kakunodate
6ºC
103mm

Iwate
21ºC
146mm

Aomori & Towadako
3ºC
95mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
18ºC
122mm

Fukushima
17ºC
80mm

Yamagata
14ºC
112mm

Kakunodate
13ºC
102mm

Iwate
24ºC
156mm

Aomori & Towadako
11ºC
94mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
22ºC
139mm

Fukushima
22ºC
87mm

Yamagata
20ºC
99mm

Kakunodate
19ºC
93mm

Iwate
26ºC
267mm

Aomori & Towadako
17ºC
88mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
25ºC
185mm

Fukushima
24ºC
134mm

Yamagata
23ºC
133mm

Kakunodate
23ºC
119mm

Iwate
29ºC
288mm

Aomori & Towadako
20ºC
117mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
28ºC
132mm

Fukushima
28ºC
158mm

Yamagata
27ºC
208mm

Kakunodate
27ºC
181mm

Iwate
31ºC
173mm

Aomori & Towadako
24ºC
158mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
30ºC
148mm

Fukushima
30ºC
130mm

Yamagata
29ºC
161mm

Kakunodate
29ºC
144mm

Iwate
31ºC
236mm

Aomori & Towadako
26ºC
153mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
26ºC
185mm

Fukushima
25ºC
162mm

Yamagata
25ºC
182mm

Kakunodate
24ºC
161mm

Iwate
30ºC
153mm

Aomori & Towadako
21ºC
170mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
21ºC
174mm

Fukushima
19ºC
127mm

Yamagata
18ºC
171mm

Kakunodate
18ºC
137mm

Iwate
27ºC
154mm

Aomori & Towadako
15ºC
123mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
16ºC
90mm

Fukushima
13ºC
67mm

Yamagata
12ºC
187mm

Kakunodate
11ºC
143mm

Iwate
24ºC
142mm

Aomori & Towadako
8ºC
120mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
11ºC
50mm

Fukushima
8ºC
72mm

Yamagata
6ºC
233mm

Kakunodate
4ºC
162mm

Iwate
20ºC
125mm

Aomori & Towadako
2ºC
124mm

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