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JR EAST PASS

5-Day Tohoku Itinerary

Departing and arriving in Tokyo, this is a recommended course to enjoy autumn coloured Tohoku.

  • Length of Travel

    5 days

  • Destinations

    Akita, Iwate, Miyagi Prefectures

  • Map

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JR EAST PASS(Tohoku area)
JR East Pass (Tohoku area)

JR EAST PASS is valid for a total of 5 selected days (which must be used within 14 days after activation), and provides unlimited travel on any trains within the designated JR EAST PASS area, inclusive of Shinkansen bullet trains within the JR EAST PASS. It is a great way to travel through Tohoku this autumn!

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Itineraries

  • Day 1

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    Departing from Tokyo

    Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo to Akita.(JR EAST PASS)

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    Lake Tazawa
    • Akita Pregecture
    Autumn glory surrounds Japan’s deepest waters

    Between September and November each year, Lake Tazawa lights up with the rich red foliage of autumn. The cobalt-blue waters of Tazawa - the deepest lake in Japan – fill the enormous hollow caldera of a long-extinct volcano. The hot spring waters from the volcano’s now still heart serve the wealth of onsen spas and resorts around the lake.

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    Forest Farm Stay
    • Akita prefecture
    Relax at your home away from home, in the forest.

    Stay at one of Lake Tazawa’s most relaxing farm stays. With seasonal activities such as fishing and harvesting vegetables, you can immerse yourself in the local farming lifestyle. Your local host family has been providing unforgettable experiences to travellers from all around the world. Let them show you the true Japanese hospitality.

    Enter the code “JREAST” to save 5% off when you book with STAY JAPAN

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    4

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    Koiwai Farm
    • Iwate prefecture
    Heidi in Japan – meet the happy mountain cows of Koiwai Farm

    At the feet of the mighty Mount Iwate, but not far from Tohoku Shinkansen station of Morioka, is Koiwai Farm. This eco-friendly dairy farm is not only one of the oldest in Japan, but also offers fun activities for all ages. From treks and tractor rides to barbecues and butter-making, this is the perfect highlight of the Iwate countryside.

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    5

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    Chusonji Temple
    • Iwate prefecture
    Explore golden temple halls established 1,170 years ago

    UNESCO-listed Chusonji Temple looks down on the town of Hiraizumi from the gentle slopes of a wooded hill. In autumn, the hill is ablaze with the vibrant reds of the season, which add to the beauty of the Golden Pavilion and the peaceful grounds of this historic temple site that’s stood here since 850BCE.

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    Geibikei Gorge
    • Iwate prefecture
    Glide downriver between towering cliffs

    Over the millennia, the emerald waters of the Satetsu River have carved the sheer 50m-deep white rock ravine to form Geibikei Gorge, a masterpiece of nature. As the boatman punts your flat-bottomed gondola downstream, the sounds of the water and the abundant carp feeding add to the magic of this incredible Japanese natural monument.

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    Entsuin Temple
    • Miyagi Prefecture
    See the roses for the son of the samurai

    Within the grounds of one of the greatest Zen temples in northern Honshu is the Entsuin Temple and final resting place of Date Mitsumune, the second son of the second Daimyo feudal lord of Sendai. This 17th Century mausoleum houses a rare 400-year-old painting of a Western-style rose. During autumn, the temple has evening opening hours for visitors to enjoy the beautiful red maples throughout this Property of Cultural Importance.

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    Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
    • Miyagi Prefecture
    First-class comfort in downtown Sendai.

    Located conveniently next to JR Sendai Station, Hotel Metropolitan Sendai is a stylish city hotel catering to all your needs in downtown Sendai. After spending the day taking in the local sights, enjoy seasonal delicacies prepared with fresh, local produce at one of our restaurants. Hotel Metropolitan Sendai guarantees first-class comfort.

    Receive a coupon that can be used at the shopping mall next to the station when you book from the campaign site.

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  • Day 5

    9

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    Toggata Onsen
    • Miyagi Prefecture
    Be revitalised in the healing waters of Togatta Onsen

    For 400 years, visitors have come to bathe in the nutrient-rich replenishing hot waters of Togatta Onsen. Fed by the natural springs of the area, this hospitable town on the banks of the rushing Matsu River has become the therapeutic playground for those seeking the true charm of Miyagi Prefecture.

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    Return to Tokyo with the Tohoku Shinkansen

    Take the Tohoku shinkansen from Shiroishi-Zao station to Tokyo station.(JR EAST PASS)

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    LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL
    • Akita prefecture
    Enjoy a hassle-free travel experience with LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL.

    Enjoy last-minute sightseeing before you head to your next destination, without the stress of carting around your luggage. Let LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL do all the hard work for you. As your personal baggage concierge, LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL will transport your luggage from destination to destination, allowing you to travel in style and make the most of your time in Japan.

    Receive a 20% discount using the code “jrelft20”

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JR EAST PASS

5-Day Nagano Itinerary

Departing and arriving in Tokyo, this is a recommended course to enjoy autumn coloured Nagano.

  • Length of Travel

    5 days

  • Destinations

    Nagano,Tokyo Prefectures

  • Map

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JR EAST PASS(Tohoku area)
JR East Pass (Nagano,Niigata area)

JR EAST PASS is valid for a total of 5 selected days (which must be used within 14 days after activation), and provides unlimited travel on any trains within the designated JR EAST PASS area, inclusive of Shinkansen bullet trains within the JR EAST PASS. It is a great way to travel through Nagano and Niigata this autumn!

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Itineraries

  • Day 1

    1

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    Departing from Tokyo

    Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano.(JR EAST PASS)

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    Shibu Onsen
    • Nagano prefecture
    Snow monkeys and autumn onsen

    Tread through the quaint, cobbled laneways of Shibu that date back over 1,300 years. The hot springs that feed into Shibu make it a must-visit onsen experience and to see the famous ‘snow monkeys’ that bathe in the warm waters. Although there’s no snow here in autumn, seeing the monkeys enjoying the hot springs against the bright seasonal foliage makes for an amazing sight.

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    Togakushi-jinja Shrine
    • Nagano prefecture
    Feel the age-old spiritual power of earth’s energy

    Abound with legends and myths of ancient Japanese gods, visiting Togakushi-jinja Shrine, at the base of Mount Togakushi, will inspire and astound. Like stepping back in time to another era, the shrine is said to have been an epicentre of the earth’s energy for thousands of years.

  • Day 3

    4

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    Breakfast at NewDays Nagano
    • Nagano station
    Start your action-packed day by grabbing breakfast at NewDays at Nagano station.

    NewDays is your go-to store when you’re travelling, where everything from food, snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and even souvenirs are available to purchase. Being located inside the station, it is very convenient to get what you need when you’re travelling by rail.

    Get a 10% off coupon on official site! Coupon can be used between September 17 and November 11, 2019

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    Matsumoto castle
    • Nagano prefecture
    Climb the tower of Japan’s oldest castle

    Known as Crow Castle because of its dark, moody countenance, Matsumoto Castle is the oldest wooden fortress in Japan. This medieval keep, with its broad moat and five-level pagoda-style roofs, is even more striking at night when the tower’s lights shimmer in the reflections of the water. Year-round events here make it an important part of modern-day life as well as Matsumoto’s history.

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    Kamikochi
    • Nagano Prefecture
    Be spell-bound by the splendour of Kamikochi and the North Japan Alps

    It doesn’t take long to get to the Hida Mountain Range which acts as a backdrop to Matsumoto Castle. In place of the fortress’s stately feudal towers is the elegant grandeur of the mountains that mark the western limits of Nagano Prefecture. Deep, tree-filled valleys, high peaks and the sparkling Azusa River are lit golden-red in autumn when the area is at its most beautiful.

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    Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa
    • Nagano Prefecture
    The waterfall of white threads and melted snow

    Like a veil of pearls, the Shiraito Falls spring from the side of Mount Asama. There’s no sign of a river or lake to feed this waterfall. Instead, it relies on melting snow from the heights above that collect at the base of the mountain, which cascade in a delicate arc of white rivulets surrounded by the glorious red of the autumn trees.

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    Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street
    • Nagano Prefecture
    Is it the countryside or downtown Tokyo? See the old and the new all in one place

    Japan is its own anachronism - somehow being simultaneously ultra-modern urban yet traditional and rustic. There’s no better example than in Kyu-Karuizawa’s Ginza Street, where the contrast is easy to see. From local breweries and homemade jams to Tokyo boutiques and unique bistros, ‘Kyu-Karu Ginza’ and its legacy as a midway point for travelling merchants of old lives on.

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    Karuizawa Prince Hotel West
    • Nagano station
    Enjoy the autumn season at the fullest, by staying at Karuizawa Prince Hotel West.

    Located only walking distance from Karuizawa station, the Karuizawa Prince Hotel West is perfect for the entire family. You can enjoy the seasonal resort experience while still being close to the local shopping mall, golf course and skiing ground. Several restaurants offer a range of cuisines, using local fresh vegetables and produce, so you won't go hungry.

    Exclusive offers are only available on this site!

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  • Day 5

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    Return to Tokyo

    Hokuriku Shinkansen from Karuizawa to Tokyo.(JR EAST PASS)

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    Shopping at ecute
    • Tokyo station
    Shop till you drop at the ecute in-station mall at Tokyo station.

    Explore the wide range of shops at the ecute Tokyo shopping mall, conveniently located inside the station. With so much to choose from, you will find the perfect gift for everyone. You can even take a break and relax at one of the many cafes and restaurants.

    Save 300 JPY when you spend over 1,500 JPY (tax included) between September 20 and November 5, 2019. Get your discount coupon online.

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Hokuriku Arch Pass

7-Day Kanazawa/Kyoto Itinerary

Departing Tokyo and arriving in Tokyo or Osaka, this is a recommended course to enjoy autumn coloured Kanazawa and Kyoto.

  • Length of Travel

    7 days

  • Destinations

    Toyama, Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Fukui, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara Prefectures

  • Map

Discount Pass

JR EAST PASS(Tohoku area)
Hokuriku Arch Pass

Hokuriku Arch Pass is valid for consecutive 7 days from the first day of use and provides unlimited travel on any trains within the designated Hokuriku Arch Pass area, inclusive of Shinkansen bullet trains within Hokuriku Shinkansen and Kansai area. It is a great way to travel through Ishikawa and Kyoto this autumn!

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Itineraries

  • Day 1

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    Departing from Tokyo

    Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Toyama station.(Hokuriku Arch Pass)

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    Mikurigaike
    • Toyama prefecture
    Bathe in Japan’s highest onsen

    On the shores of Mikurigaike – a lake in the hollow of a volcano – this mountainside onsen looks out over the North Japan Alps. At 2,410m, this hot spring is the highest in Japan and an icon of the Murodo-daira region. The onsen is open until late autumn before the winter snowfalls.

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    Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Toyama to Kanazawa.(Hokuriku Arch Pass)

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    Kenroku-en
    • Ishikawa prefecture
    Stroll in the gardens of perfection

    Among the three finest landscape garden parks in the country, Kenroku-en was founded by one of the most important families in feudal Japan. Crafted to represent the six ideals of an ornamental garden, Kenroku-en is a wonderland of spaciousness, seclusion, skill, heritage, water features and panoramas. Especially beautiful in autumn, the gardens are a key spot for ‘momijigari’ – the hunt for the Japanese maple’s blazing foliage.

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    21st Century Museum of Contemporary
    • Ishikawa Prefecture
    Experience the present, the past and future at the same time

    The award-winning 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in the heart of Kanazawa shows what has happened, what is happening and what should happen in the future with its curated artworks, its purpose and the experiential design of its architecture. With no formal entrance, this circular building and its grounds challenges the traditional while acknowledging society’s legacy.

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    Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel
    • Ishikawa Prefecture
    Stay at the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel in the centre of Korinbo, where old meets new.

    Located in the heart of the Korinbo district in Kanazawa, the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel is the place to stay when you are in town. Nearby attractions include the Kenrokuen garden, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art as well as other historical sites. Yet you are still close to the prominent downtown area, where you can enjoy great beer, wine and whiskey at one of the many bars or go shopping.

    Receive a free Heineken (350ml) during your stay when you book from campaign site. (1 per person per stay)

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  • Day 3

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    Take the JR Thunderbird express from Kanazawa to Fukui. (Hokuriku Arch Pass)

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    Echizen Ono Castle
    • Fukui prefecture
    Marvel at the floating fortress

    Enchizen Ono Castle, in its elevated hilltop position, looks down over the city of Ono, and has done since the late 1500s. When early morning clouds in November fall over the city, the castle and its tiered rooftops can be seen peering out over the sea of mists, giving the magical impression that it’s flying.

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    Kiyomizudera Temple
    • Kyoto prefecture
    Look out over Kyoto city from the sacred temple’s ancient veranda

    Looking down on the ancient city of Kyoto from its perch amongst the Higashiyama district is Kiyomizudera Temple. The temple was founded in 778 while its self-supporting veranda, last rebuilt in 1633 after several fires, is part of the Japanese vernacular. Approaching the temple via its ancient hillside cemetery gives even more meaning and allows further understanding of the temple and of Kyoto itself.

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    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
    • Kyoto prefecture
    Walk down the famous torii gate tunnel

    Possibly the most iconic temple in Japan thanks to the 1000-strong bright orange Shinto torii gates framing the path up to Mount Inari, the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto is not to be missed. This sacred temple to Inari Okami – the god of harvests, agriculture and industry – is over 1300 years old.

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    Nunobiki Falls & Nunobiki Herb Garden
    • Hyogo prefecture
    Ride the cable car over famous waterfalls to hilltop herb gardens and views across Kobe

    From downtown Kobe, the Nunobiki Ropeway cable car lifts you through the mountainside forest canopy, past one of Japan’s most famous waterfalls to gardens boasting over 75,000 herbs and 200 seasonal blooms. Views over Kobe and Osaka Bay from the Ropeway and the gardens are beautiful beyond belief. Exploring the Nunobiki Falls, which have inspired Japan’s poets and artists for centuries, takes 20 minutes from Shin-Kobe Station on foot.

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    Nara Park
    • Nara prefecture
    Spot wild deer in the park of museums, temples and Nara’s mystical heritage

    Experience the perfect blend of nature, culture, history and beauty at Nara Park. This vast parkland is home to the world’s biggest bronze Buddha, remarkable scenes of mountains reflected in ponds teeming with fish and turtles, and sights of tame deer wandering by ancient temples and torii gates. You’ll also find the Nara National Museum here full of art, relics and archaeological artefacts.

  • Day 7

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    Return to Tokyo

    You can use the Hokuriku Arch Pass to head back to Tokyo from Kansai, or you can fly back to Tokyo from Kansai International Airport.

What's JR EAST PASS

The JR EAST PASS is a special discounted pass available only to international travellers to Japan (with a short-term visa no longer than 90 days) and holding a foreign passport.
It allows unlimited rides on all JR East train lines in the JR EAST PASS designated area. For example, you can start your journey by taking an express train from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, explore Tokyo, and maybe hop aboard the Shinkansen to Aomori or Sendai.
* There are several types of passes, and the areas you can travel to depends on the pass type.

JR EAST Pass
The JR EAST PASS is a special discounted pass available only to international travellers to Japan (with a short-term visa no longer than 90 days) and holding a foreign passport.
It allows unlimited rides on all JR East train lines in the JR EAST PASS designated area. For example, you can start your journey by taking an express train from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, explore Tokyo, and maybe hop aboard the Shinkansen to Aomori or Sendai.
* There are several types of passes, and the areas you can travel to depends on the pass type.
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