Mountain Spirits

Exploring the wilds peaks and soothing hot springs north of Tokyo


  • Explore the lovely old Yanaka neighbourhood of Tokyo
  • Walk through the peaceful Oze wetlands
  • Stay in temple lodgings at the three sacred peaks of Dewa Sanzan

  • Visit the famous Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

  • Enjoy post-hike hot-spring bathing at a traditional inn

  • Discover the folklore of the Tono Valley

Small-group guided walking tour | 6 days of walking and hiking of 2-6 hours each day

Trip level:    Strenuous
Availability:  July to September
Price per personA$6090 / 13 days


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This unique Japan Holidays journey travels north from Tokyo to a land rich in spirituality and tradition.

The sights of northern Japan rival anywhere in the country in their beauty and grandeur. This tour visits both the well-known destinations, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Toshogu shrine at Nikko and Dewa Sanzan-  as well as the region’s more remote hot springs and beautiful national parks.

The journey take us on exhilarating walks through beautiful scenery in the Oze Wetlands, Mount Gas-san, and the Tono Valley.

The Japanese poet Matsuo Basho traveled through this region in the 17th century, a journey subsequently published as The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and this tour visits several of the places which inspired his famous haiku poems.

Our small group stays at traditional Ryokan and Minshuku inns in the countryside – featuring exquisite service and beautifully-prepared regional cuisine featuring fresh, local ingredients. Natural hot-spring baths are highlights of our journey.

At Tochio near Oze our  featured hot-spring Ryokan has open-air baths next to a rushing river, while at Nyuto near Lake Tazawako, the 300-year old Tsuru-no-yu Ryokan has eight baths- some with the famous milky-white spring water.

The tour both begins and ends in Tokyo, with time for sightseeing and shopping in the capital.

Whats Included

  • Travelling with English-speaking tour guide

  • 12 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns

  • Daily breakfast | 10 dinners

  • All transportation between tour locations

  • Entrance to museums, temples and other sights on the group’s itinerary

  • Forwarding of one item of luggage | 4 occasions

Whats Not Included

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches

  • Entrance fees to museums, temples etc. where not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Single room supplement(s) if required

Mountain Spirits

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