HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR PACKAGE
The first hiking portion off the tour takes place in Volcanoes. We will be hiking up around on the outer rim of a volcano. Enjoy a spectacular view of the crater walls and seismic pools hiking on a fine mountain ridge.
The 900 km long Michinoku Coastal Trail is the newest long-distance trail in Japan. We hike just highlights of Michinoku Coastal Trail and they are part of the Sanriku Reconstruction National Park.
More than 300 vendors line the 800m-long market, and it is one of the largest markets in Japan with over 10,000 visitors every week.
From amazing ridge hikes, to volcano hikes, to coastal trail hikes, we have compiled an ultimate list of the best day-hikes for you to thoroughly experience the mountains of Tohoku. We take hikes in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Sanriku Reconstruction National Park, Bandai-Asahi National Park and in Ryozen Prefectural Nature Park.
The tour is scheduled in Autumn. Tohoku is full of vibrant colors - the colorful trees making the mountains and forests glow with beautiful views of crimson red and deep yellow.
Chefs at the accommodations prepare beautiful local cuisine that are authentically regional, with emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Kesennuma City turned the old school building of Kesennuma Koyo High School, which was heavily damaged by the tsunami after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and left in ruins, into a memorial hall to share the memories and lessons from the earthquake.
Your tour leader, who is fluent in both English and Japanese, is there to ensure that you achieve the full potential of the trip. This means that it is enjoyable, safe and that you have an open doorway to the Japanese people and their culture.
The Sanriku Railway Rias Line, stretching 163 kilometers along the coastline, was finally reopened on March 23rd, 2019
Onsen" is the term for a hot spring though also used to describe the inns and facilities built around the springs. There are thousands throughout the country. We will relax in Onsen after the hike, where we stay.
We have an opportunity to visit a much less traveled destination in Fukushima and that will ensure that you get to experience what Fukushima really has to offer. We will stay at a Minshuku in Fukushima (a country inn). Her house is noted for its lovely cuisine and warm hospitality.
We visit a local Sake Brewery in Iiyama to learn about Sake making and have a taste of local Sake.
PRICE AND DATES
415,000 JPY (Fixed)
$ 4,996.60 CAD / $ 3,759.90 USD
(Conversion price on Nov.28, 2019)
Single Supplement Charge $500.00 CAD
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TOUROctober 7 to 17, 2020
Tour date for 2021 will be announced in November, 2020.
The trip starts in Morioka and finishes in Fukushima. The area is served by Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT), Hanamaki Airport in Iwate or Tohoku Shinkansen, the bullet train from Tokyo.
- Full-time services of your Yamnuska tour leader.
- 5-day Assistant guide service for the hike on Day 2, 3, 4, 9, 10.
- 10 nights’ accommodation (single supplement applies).
- All breakfasts, two lunches, eight evening meals. (indicated by a ✔on the itinerary)
- All transportation (Taxi, Bus, Train, gondola) as stated in the itinerary between destinations in Japan, except for transportation during a complimentary tour on Day 1.
- A private transportation on Day 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
- Entrance fee at a memorial hall in Kesennnuma.
- Fee for Oyster farm tour.
- Luggage forwarding throughout tour.
- Hot spring (onsen) entry fees.
- Airport arrival & departure assistance.
- Airport transfers.
- Flights to and from Tokyo,Japan
- Trail snacks. (e.g. cliff bars, granola bars, trail mix,protein bars etc.)
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Certain meals indicated on Itinerary by NA (easy options always available).
- Optional Tours.
- Travel Medical Insurance (Required).
Single Supplement Charge
If you would prefer a single room when available or you are a single traveller, you will be charged an extra single supplementary fee for certain nights. If you are a single traveller and are willing to share with another traveller of the same gender let us know and we will try to pair you up if possible.
Payment of the Single Supplement Fee does not guarantee a single room booking when staying in accommodation on the night of Day 2, Day 3 due to limited lodge availability. Single rooms are only guaranteed when we are staying in a hotel in Morioka City on Day 1 and, Hachinohe City on Day 4 and Day 5, Miyako City on Day 6, Kesennuma City on Day 7, Dake Onsen Village on Day 10.
No single rooms are available at Minshuku on Day 8 and Day 9, where you will share a room with other group members of the same gender.
In the event that a single room cannot be provided, Yamnuska Mountain Tours will refund the portion of the Single Supplement Fee relevant to that/those nights.
Yamnuska Mountain Tours will try to fulfill requests for non-smoking rooms. However Yamnuska Mountain Tours cannot guarantee the availability of non-smoking rooms because some hotels and Japanese inns (Ryokan) do not have non-smoking rooms or such rooms are in very limited supply.
It is a Moderate hike. A moderate level of fitness is required for the hike. The trail is not technical however there are frequent elevation changes throughout the day with some steep climbs. You will need to be able to hike in a group over seven days, averaging a comfortable 7.5 kilometers per day with a day-pack for 4 to 6 hours each day.
The majority of the trails are well-maintained and signed. There are no technical sections. It can be very slippery and muddy when wet with tree roots and rocks. Hiking poles and hiking boots with good ankle support are strongly recommended. The suitable age for the hike is over the age of 18.
Guides and Group Size
Yamnuska tour leaders are professional guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), they are fluent in both English and Japanese. They have extensive experience in both Japan and in the Canadian Rockies. They have advanced wilderness first aid training and heritage interpretation accreditation. They carry emergency equipment including a group first aid kit and communication tools. A minimum group size is 8 guests.
Meeting Place and Time
You will meet your Yamnuska tour leader at our hotel in Morioka City. There will be a tour briefing at 5pm after which we will have our welcome dinner in Morioka City.
Getting to Morioka City and Transportation
Upon booking you will receive a welcome tour letter by email. Once the tour’s confirmed, we will send you more detailed instructions on how to get to our hotel from Tokyo Narita Airport. If landing at another airport or arriving in Morioka City by rail or other means send us your travel details so we can send you customized instructions.
Travel Medical Insurance
You are required to purchase travel medical insurance to participate our Japan programs.
Travel medical insurance covers and protects you against unforeseen events during the tour in Japan. We appreciate not everyone wants the added cost of insurance, but in our experience unplanned events happen regularly. Your tour leader will do their best to assist guests when unplanned events happen, but there are easily obtained policies that can protect your financial investment.
We are hiking through a rural, remote area in Japan. It is your responsibility to have appropriate travel medical insurance during your trip in Japan.
We strongly recommend that you check your insurance if it covers emergency medical - related assistance services such as, -locating local medical providers, -arranging transportation and translation services, -coordinating evacuations including ambulance and emergency air transportation, -arranging accommodations and meals for extension of your stay.
Because you are traveling in Japan and it can be difficult to find a medical facility that provides assistance services in your first language. When you don’t understand what the doctors and nurses are telling you about your conditions, translation service will be of great help to you.
If you have travel insurance with your credit card, please make sure you check on the coverage and if you think it does not cover for the type of your travel to Japan, you may want to reconsider.
We also strongly recommend you find a trip cancellation or interruption provider as we will not be in a position to credit or refund your fees.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. A $200 CAD non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of booking. Final payment is due eight weeks before the start of the tour and that amount in Canadian dollars will be calculated using the current official Yen exchange rate. The Canadian Dollar price is subject to change without notice due to fluctuations in the exchange rate for the Japanese Yen.
Cancellation less than eight weeks before the program start and during the program results in loss of entire amount paid. The entire amount you paid is non-refundable and non-transferable.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
What to Bring
You will need to bring your own daypack and personal clothing (guides carry first aid and emergency gear). Cotton clothing is NOT recommended as an insulating layer as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. Weather conditions can vary from hot to cold, rainy and even snowy meaning you need to be equipped appropriately. It also can be very slippery when wet, due to many tree roots and muddy terrain. We highly recommend that you wear hiking boots which provide firm ankle support. Walking poles are highly recommended and available for rent.
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