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Japan Northern Explorer

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5.0 Based on 6 Reviews
  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 13
  • guiding method Fully guided
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  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore old and modern neighbourhoods of Tokyo
  • Visit the old castle town of Hirosaki and the first Westernstyle fortress in Hakodate
  • Cruise secluded Matsushima Bay, one of Japan’s top three scenic spots
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage shrines and temples of Nikko
  • Discover the unique culture and history of Sado Island
  • Walk ancient secluded forest and mountain trails
  • Discover the heritage of foreign and Japanese explorers who opened the Hokkaido frontier
  • Soak in the lively atmosphere of the young city of Sapporo
  • Marvel at the famous peak of Mount Fuji
  • Soak in hot spring baths
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The "Japan Northern Explorer" trip starts from and ends in Tokyo. It is an adventure trip that takes 16 days taking you through Nikko, Hirosaki, Hakodate and 6 other destinations in Japan. "Japan Northern Explorer" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

A captivating journey to the rugged region of northern Japan. Northern Japan is a truly first-class destination for those with a taste for natural beauty, legendary hospitality and the subtlety of Japanese culture. We will visit the famous World Heritage shrines and temples of Nikko, explore the unique culture and history of Sado Island in the Sea of Japan and cruise pine-covered islands in Matsushima Bay. We visit the old castle town of Hirosaki, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the young city of Sapporo in Hokkaido. Along the way we’ll have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs, sample an amazing array of fresh local foods and learn more about Japanese culture, history and heritage. No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Mount Fuji,and so we end our journey with a visit to the beautiful Five Lakes region to view this iconic snow capped peak. Mention to the residents of Japan’s southern cities that you are going to visit the northern country and watch their eyes glimmer with envy!
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Join in Tokyo
  • Day 2 : Kamakura day trip
  • Day 3 : Sightseeing in Tokyo, train to Nikko
  • Day 4 : Shrines & Temples in Nikko
  • Day 5 : Transfer to Sado Island
  • Day 6 : On Sado Island
  • Day 7 : Transfer to Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Day 8 : Sights of Sapporo
  • Day 9 : Transfer to Hakodate
  • Day 10 : In Hakodate
  • Day 11 : Transfer to Hirosaki
  • Day 12 : Hirosaki
  • Day 13 : Transfer to Matsushima
  • Day 14 : Matsushima Bay Cruise
  • Day 15 : To Mt Fuji
  • Day 16 : Mt Fuji, return to Tokyo where trip concludes
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Comfortable well located hotel/traditional inns
Meals
  • 15 breakfasts and 7 dinners
Transport
  • Internal flight Niigata/Sapporo valued at USD$363
Guide
  • Expert bilingual guide
Others
  • Japan Rail Pass - for use from day 3
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Medical kit
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, optional activities and entry fees not listed in itinerary
  • City bus and subway fares (nominal amounts)
  • Items of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry and postage
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 08 2018
5 - Excellent
Excellent
It is impossible as a tourist in hotels to get a really good insight into the local culture, so that is why it is important to have a guide who is a long term resident who has a feel for the history of the area and the people.... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 05 2018
5 - Excellent
Excellent
A well organised and interesting way to see the real Japan.
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 01 2018
5 - Excellent
Excellent
All in all a fantastic trip! Everything was well organised, accommodation was very good, provided meals were excellent & the days were packed full of things to do, most of which were included in the trip price plus our tour... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 01 2018
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Ameki was a brilliant tour guide - patient, she led brilliantly and guided us around Japan in style - her suggestions for extra trips off the itinerary were very good.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Japan Northern Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 08 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 September 2022, a deposit of 487 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Japan Northern Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Japan Northern Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guides are trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed in line with state government medical provisions.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.

     

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 

     

  • What country in Asia is fluent in English?

    English is a widely spoken language in Asia, which means that you would not have much difficulty conversing with locals during your trip. Singapore ranks the highest in terms of its proficiency in the English language. The Philippines comes second, followed by Malaysia. Other countries where you will not face much trouble if you can speak English are South Korea, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. 

    You will find that English is part of life of a section of the population in all these countries. They have road signs in English (along with those in their native languages) as well as English newspapers. Public announcements are often translated into English in these countries, and it is not difficult to come across store banners and product labels written in the language. In addition to all this, locals are also accustomed to tourists, which means they can at least carry out basic conversations in the language. 

    However, please keep in mind that it is the urban population in the continent that has had the most exposure to the language and is better at communicating in it. The more you travel to the countryside, the fewer English speakers you will meet.  

     

  • How much does an Asia tour cost? What is the cheapest country to travel to in Asia?

    There are several factors that determine the amount of money you will spend during your Asia tour. These include the countries you wish to visit, the length of your trip, the type of tour you have chosen (group, private, luxury and budget) as well as other expenses like insurance, visas, and transportation. 

    Laos is probably the cheapest destination in Asia, with an average daily expense of USD 23 per person. India is yet another budget-friendly destination in the region when it comes to foreigners. Expect to spend between USD 35 to USD 40 per person, per day if you are a mid-range traveler. The average daily expense in Cambodia is slightly higher, at USD 50 per person. Japan and Singapore, on the other hand, are some of the most expensive destinations on the planet. On average, travelers should expect to shell out USD 130 dollars per person, per day while in these countries.    

     

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