October 4-6

Active Autumn in the Countryside

'Fall' in love with the scenery, tastes and traditions of the season

Highlights

‘Wa-shoi, wa-shoi!’ 

Get ready to throw yourself into the sights, smells, sounds and spirit of Autumn in the Japanese countryside!

 ~ ‘Kampai’ with the locals as you dance behind festival floats at one of Japan’s best lantern festivals – the Nihonmatsu Chochin Matsuri!

~  Cycle through the countryside before rewarding yourself with a picnic in a local vineyard.

~  Trek around vibrant volcanic lakes and conquer multi-coloured mountains.

~  Indulge in local dishes made from freshly harvested veggies and fruit.

~  After all that action and adventure – rejuvenate with a soak in a hot spring bath.

Escape the city for the weekend and discover why there’s no better season to ‘fall’ in love with Japan! 

OUTLINE

What’s Included

> Private transport
> English speaking guide
> Two nights accommodation (business hotel and hot spring resort)
> All meals and some drinks
> Travel insurance

Not included

> Any additional meals and drinks
> Anything not included in the above included list.

Meeting place

TOUR COURSE

DAY ONE

09:00

Meet your guide at JR Sendai Station in front of the stained glass windows on the 2F.

09:45

Arrive at ‘Akiu-sha’ farmhouse restaurant in Akiu hot spring village. Although just a short drive from the heart of Sendai City, the Akiu area is a countryside oasis surrounded by mountains. 

 

10:00

Kick-off the tour with some countryside cycling!  Enjoy a guided cycling tour (approx two hours) through the Akiu area, stopping at scenic points along the way including the beautiful Rairaikyo Gorge and Akiu Great Falls.

12:30 

The cycling tour will finish at Akiu Winery. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch served in the vineyard (with local wine, of course!) 

*Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

14:30 

Enjoy a quick dip at one of the local hot spring baths to refresh after the day’s activity. 

16:30 

Check-in to your hotel back in Sendai City and enjoy some downtime. 

18:30 

Back-alley Bar Hopping! Follow your guide down the hidden back-streets of Sendai City to discover the culinary delights of ‘Bunka-yokocho’ and ‘Iroha-yokocho’ alleyways! Each alleyway is lined with various styles of Japanese ‘izakaya’ bars. Your guide will take you to three local favourites for a drink and some local food at each! 

DAY TWO

09:00

Leave Sendai and drive south to the neighbouring prefecture and ‘Kingdom of Fruit’, Fukushima! 

10:30

Stop by ‘Anzai Fruit Orchard’ for a chat to local farmer Anzai-san as you enjoy a spot of fruit picking. Sweet and juicy Japanese Nashi-pears will be in season – try them straight from the tree! Be sure to save some room for a tasty lunch made with local organic veggies and ingredients.

12:30 

Drive through the Autumn mountains to Urabandai-Asahi National Park. 

13:30

Trek around the intensely beautiful lakes and marshes of ‘Goshikinuma’ (five-coloured lakes) 

16:30

Check-in to your traditional ryokan accommodation at Dake Onsen and take a quick dip before heading out to the highlight of the tour…the Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival, one of Japan’s top three lantern festivals! 

NIGHT TWO

NIHONMATSU LANTERN FESTIVAL

Follow the echos of taiko drumming and chants of ‘Wa-shoi, wa-shoi!’ to Nihonmatsu City (around 20 mins from Dake Onsen). For nearly 400 years, the streets of the usually quiet city come to life with music, fire and neighbourhood rivalry during the annual ‘Nihonmatsu Chochin Matsuri’ (lantern festival) held during the first weekend of October. Despite being recognised as one of Japan’s Top 3 Lantern Festivals, this particular festival is still a well-kept secret, relatively unknown outside the prefecture (…until now)!

In true Japanese festival form you will find streets lined with street food vendors and friendly locals handing out sake, ready to ‘Kampai’ with anyone that smiles at them! The main event, however, is the parade of seven beautiful festival floats called ‘Taikodai’, each adorned with over 300 lanterns! After the lanterns are lit with sacred fire from Nihonmatsu shrine, the Taikodai make their way from Kasumiga-jo Castle through the main streets of town, all the while surrounded by lively townspeople in festival garb chanting ‘Wa-shoi, Wa-shoi’ – themselves alight with copious amounts of sake and festival cheer!

Don’t just watch the parade – join in! You will have the opportunity to jump into the action behind one of the floats and become part of the festival atmosphere yourself. 

DAY THREE

After partying hard with the locals the previous evening, the last day of the tour will take you back to the peace and quiet of nature as you conquer Mt. Adatara, one of the best locations for enjoying Autumn foliage in Fukushima. 

First, take the rope-way to part way up the hiking path, before hiking your way up to the summit. Enjoy views over the Autumn leaves and volcanic crater before trekking back down to Dake Onsen for a rejuvenating hot spring bath. 

 

17:00

Tour ends at JR Koriyama Station (Tohoku Shinkansen)

TOUR DETAILS

Where
Sendai Station
Time
Oct 4-6, 2019
Size
2~4 persons
Price
340000JPY (※approx. $3300 USD )
Sign-up Deadline
One week prior to tour start date: Friday, Sept 27
Cancellation Policy
Up to three days prior, no cancellation fee.
Two days prior: 20%
Day before: 30%
On the day: 100%
Note
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.

TOUR PLAN

Basic Plan

Price 340000JPY (approx. $3300 USD )

Are you looking for a ‘deeper’ kind of travel?

At Tohoku ‘Local Secret’ Tours we can also suggest custom-made itineraries to meet your travel needs! You want to experience what’s unique to Tohoku.
You want to visit the places where the locals go; the places not listed in guidebooks!
You want to meet and interact with local people. You want to take your time exploring Tohoku so you need a guide, or perhaps an English-speaking driver...
...whatever you need for your Tohoku travel, we have it covered!
Feel free to contact us with any inquiries. We will respond within two business days after receiving your message.

Book now!

Recommend

Sunday, Nov 3, 2019
Sunset Cruise with Sake & Sushi Pairing
October 4-6
Active Autumn in the Countryside
Everyday
SUP Morning Cafe
Everyday
Local Fishing & Deserted Island BBQ
Everyday
Back-alley Bar Hopping in Sendai
Everyday
Sendai Sake Bar-crawl
Weekdays (except Tuesdays)
Sustainable Vineyard Picnic
By request
Vegetable Harvest & Farm-to-table dinner
Everyday
Green City Sendai: Morning hike & market brunch
Everyday (except Sundays)
Izakaya Dinner with Tuna Show & Sushi Workshop
Everyday *except Wed, Sun
Foodie Tour in Shiogama
Everyday (except Sunday)
Spirit of Japanese Sake in Shiogama
Everyday
Staycation at a ‘Love Hotel’
October ~ March
Oyster Paradise Matsushima
Weekdays
Kimono Walking Tour of Matsushima
Everyday (except Mondays)
Recovery Cycling Tour
Everyday
Tohoku Under the Radar
Local Japanese Cooking Class near Sendai International Airport
[CLOSE] Matsushima by night: Autumn light-up!
Weekdays (except NY Holiday period)
Veggie Harvest & Cooking Class
Everyday April~June & Sept ~ November
DIY Sake Experience
November 4・9・10
Good morning, Yamadera!
Weekdays (except NY holiday period)
Countryside Farm-stay
Price:
340000JPY

Book now!