You will soak in the thermally-heated waters of the remote and rustic Nyuto Onsen. Bathing at this onsen gives the bather the sense of what it was like to use an onsen hundreds of years ago. And you will also bathe at Zao Onsen, with its sulfuric waters that are among the most acidic in Japan with a PH value of close to 1.
Follow in the footsteps of countless “yamabushi” along the Dewa Sanzan, Japan’s oldest pilgrimage established almost 1,500 years ago. Climb the 1,000 steps to Yamadera, a mountainside temple founded in the 9th century.
You will enjoy the natural areas of Lake Towada and the Oirase River, Hachimantai and Matsushima, ranked as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. You will walk along the crater of Mt. Zao, an active volcano.
You will visit Nikko, one of the most elaborate shrines in Japan dedicated to the memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first of the Tokugawa Shoguns who ruled Japan for more than 250 years.
Rail and Drive Tours
The Japan public transportation system in Japan is one of the best, if not the best in the world. However, if you want to travel to the remote areas of Japan, public transportation is sometimes either non-existent, too infrequent or too slow to be practical. Automobiles are the best way to access these remote areas. Our Rail and Drive tours are a convenient combination of public transportation and 8-seater vans, allowing us to really get “off the beaten path”. (Because of seat limitations, these tours are limited to a maximum of 8 people.