Japan Northern Explorer

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4.8 Based on 6 Reviews
  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 13
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-16433
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • 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 Western-style 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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Start and end in Tokyo, the "Japan Northern Explorer" trip is a guided adventure tour that takes 16 days. You will travel through Sapporo, Mt Fuji, Hirosaki and 6 other destinations in Japan. "Japan Northern Explorer" is a small group trip which 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!
  • 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
  • Comfortable well located hotel/traditional inns
  • 15 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Internal flight Niigata/Sapporo valued at USD$363
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Japan Rail Pass - for use from day 3
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Medical kit
  • 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)
4.8 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 08 2018
5 - 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
A well organised and interesting way to see the real Japan.
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 01 2018
5 - 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.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Japan Northern Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 01 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 01 August 2024, a deposit of 318 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 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. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


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.
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