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Fully-Guided Tour Highlights:




Mt Haruna:
Ride the Mt Haruna Cable Car for expansive bird's-eye scenery of the Kanto plains and Hamana Lake.

Joetsu Train: Board the Joetsu train line and cross the long tunnel into "snow country" setting of the namesake novel by Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari.

Suwakyo Gorge Trail: Hike the Suwakyo Gorge Trail and enjoy the brilliant colors of the seasons along mountain streams.

Takaragawa Hot Spring: Named one of Japan's best hot springs by Lonely Planet (and locals too!), our visit here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Niigata Furumachi (Old Town): Meet elegant Geishas and join in on fun games with a private performance. Tour the Northern Culture Museum and experience traditional mochi pounding.

Sado Island: Ferry to the island; learn taiko drumming, enjoy immense natural beauty, rich folk culture, and delicious foods from the Sea of ​​Japan.

Special Seasonal Highlights

Spring Limited Tour (from mid-April to mid-May)

Ashikaga Flower Park: Listed by CNN as one of the "World's 10 Best Dream Destinations," the cascading purple waterfall of Wisteria flowers is a sight you won't forget. We make special arrangements to take you into the paradise of flowers - a floral tunnel composed of brilliant white and yellow vines, more than 350 wisteria flowers and more than 5,000 azaleas.

Summer Tour (June to September)

Kinugawa Boat: The calm summer waters of the Kinugawa River make our wooden boat ride an ideal and refreshing way to enjoy the beauty of the Kinugawa Valley up close.

Autumn Tour (mid-October to early November)

Special arrangements for viewing the turning of the fall leaves. 

Ryuzu Waterfall (Ryuzunotaki): Known as the "Dragon Head Waterfall" for its unique shape, visit one of Nikko's best spots for fall foliage viewing.

Luxury Accommodations

Lake Chūzenji Onsen / Kinukawa Onsen:

2 nights at Lake Chuzenji Onsen or Kinugawa Onsen to enjoy the milky white hot springs.

Shima Onsen

2 nights in Shima Tamura, a historic hot springs Ryokan.  An unforgettable stay with creekside waterfalls view while soaking outdoor in pure water.

Niigata Iwamuro Onsen:

Hotel Ohashi Yakata no Yu provides you a unique stone spa before you enjoy the natural hot springs.  You will feel more relax after enjoying the facilities. 

Sado Onsen:

2 nights in Yahatakan, enjoying water flowing directly from the hot spring source with a mountain view.

Tsukioka Onsen:

Taukioka Onsen, Kahou, whose private Shiratama no Yu hot spring has the hightest sulfur content in Japan is with the color of a beautiful emerald green.

Culinary Experiences

Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Before a restaurant is selected for our itinerary, our development team spends countless hours sampling dozens of restaurants for comparison. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Japanese specialties, including vine-fresh local fruits you can pick, hand-made udon, fresh seafood, soba noodles, and much more.

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Itinerary

DAY1

Depart North America to Narita, Japan

Depart from your home airport, have a great flight!

DAY2

"Yokoso" or "Welcome" to Japan!

Narita Airport (NRT)
4 miles, 10mins
 
Narita Hotel
 
 
 
 

A Supera Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to the hotel via hotel shuttle. Airport pickup is available for flights arriving Narita (NRT) from 12:30P-6:00P.

We're sorry - airport pickup not included for arrivals in NRT Terminal 3. Please take the hotel shuttle directly to our hotel. Our group will meet in the hotel for dinner.

Narita T3 details available on the Narita Airport website.

If you arrive early, take the rest of the day to rest up. Or, if you’re up for it, board the local shuttle to explore local sights in Narita. For guests arriving after 6pm, we will refund 2,000 JPY per person for dinner.

 
Dinner
Japanese Set Menu in Hotel       
Hotel
Hilton Narita or Hotel Nikko Narita
DAY3

Nikko Sightseeing

Narita
113 miles, 2.5hrs
Nikko
19 miles, 45mins  

Lake Chuzenji


Chuzen-ji Temple:
This quiet and unique location overlooking Lake Chuzenji creates a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere.

Senjogahara Plateau:

This rare and relatively untouched park is one of the best nature hikes in Nikko. Each season offers dramatically unique views.

Seasonal Highlight: Based on the season, this tour includes an activity to highlight the best of the season. See 'Special Seasonal Highlights' on the 'Overview' tab for details.

 

Breakfast
Hotel Buffet Breakfast   
Lunch
Tofu Set Meal        
Dinner
Kaiseki Banquet    
Hotel
Oku Nikko Hotel Shikisai (Chuzenji Hot Spring) 
DAY4

See A 300ft High Waterfall & World Heritage Shrine

 
Lake Chuzenji 
10 miles, 30mins      
Nikko
10 miles, 30mins
 
Lake Chuzenji
 
 

 

Kegon Falls:
One of Japan's three famous waterfalls. This 300ft high waterfall is prized for its perfect shape representing the prime beauty of nature.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine:
A World Heritage site, enshrines the most famous samura leader, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first general of the Edo period. All the buildings are carved and lacquered by skilled craftsmen from all over the country, which is are the ultimate in luxury.

Nikko Walking Tour: 
In the quiet town surrounded by nature, you can enjoy another kind of artistic conception.

Nikko Carving:
Using a unique v-shaped gouge called a “hikkaki” and pulling the blade towards the carver across the wood to create your own unique work with creativity.

 

Breakfast
Hotel Breakfast    
Lunch
Local Specialties    
Dinner
Locally Sourced Kaiseki Banquet    
Hotel
Oku Nikko Hotel Shikisai (Chuzenji Hot Spring)
DAY5

Explore Tomioka & Ikaho

 
Lake Chuzenjin 
105 miles, 2hrs
Tomioka
37 miles, 1hr
Shima Hot Spring
 

 

Tomioka Silk Mill:
 
Registered as the World Heritage in 2014, is a national treasure making the start of Japan’s industrial revolution after the Meiji Restoration.

Tomioka's country town:
In the simple town, the Meiji café from the early twentieth century plays music of the 1930s, wehre you can taste the local limited Miso pudding, full of happiness!

Mt Haruna Cable Car:
Fans of the racing anime Initial D will know Mt. Haruna Ropeway as Mt. Akina, the most famous togue (mountain pass). Take a cable car to the highest point for a panoramic view of the Kanto Plain with the famous lake Haruna, and all overlooking peaceful mountain roads.

 

Breakfast
Ryokan Breakfast     
Lunch
Mizusawa Udon Noodles (the most delicious Udon!)     
Dinner
Kaiseki Banquet w/ Local Ingredients     
Hotel
Shima Tamura (Shima Hot Spring)
DAY6

Discover Tone River & Enjoy Local Fruit Picking

 
Shima Hot Spring
30 miles, 1hr
Minakami
10 miles, 30mins
 
Takaragawa Hot Spring 
45 miles, 1.5hrs
Shima Hot Spring
 

 

Suwakyo:
Follow the promenade for breathtaking views of the Tone River and nearby mountain canyons.

Minakami Fruit Land Mogitore:
Tour a local farm for seasonal fruit picking. Taste unbelievably fresh fruits unlike anywhere else, delicious and fun!

*Mid Jan~late May: Strawberries. Mid Jun~Jul: Cherries or Blueberries. Early~Mid Aug: Peaches. Aug~Sep: Grapes. Sep~Nov: Apples.

Takaragawa Onsen:
Noted as one of Japan's top 10 hot springs by Lonely Planet, and the world's largest open-air hot spring. The alkaline content is said to help fatigue and digestive troubles. Beware: the springs here are very traditional as they are mixed gender; visitors who prefer not to bathe may relax and enjoy the magnificent and serene atmosphere of the nearby Tone River rustling through the hot springs.

 

Breakfast
Light Japanese Breakfast   
Lunch
Roasted Curry Rice Set     
Dinner
Kaiseki Banquet
Hotel
Shima Tamura (Shima Hot Spring)
DAY7

Explore Fun Local Markets & Taste Great Sake

Shima Hot Spring
31 miles, 1hr    
Minakami Station
20 miles, 45mins    
Echigovuzawa Station
80 miles, 1hr 40mins          
Iwamuro Hot Spring
 

 

Takahan Ryokan:
The famous novel, “Yukiguni’ (Snow Country), by Yasunari Kawabata, won the Nobel Prize for Literature and was set and written in this Ryokan.

Echigoyuzawa Station: 
Explore fun local markets where all of Niigata's most famous agricultural products are gathered in one place, including world famous Koshihikari Rice from Minami Uonuma.

Asahi-shuzo: 
Niigata's rice is considered the best in Japan, and great ingredients comes great sake unique to the region! Try the especially popular Kubota series.

Don't Miss:
The hot stone spa in our hotel tonight is a unique feature.

Breakfast
Hotel Buffet Breakfast       
Lunch
Koshihikari Rice & Sushi from Sea of Japan
Dinner
Exquisite Niigata Style Kaiseki Banquet     
Hotel
Hotel Ohashi Yakata No Yu (Iwamuro Hot Spring) 
DAY8

Explore a Huge Torii Gate & Ride a Rope Way for Views of the Sea

 
Iwamuro Hot Spring
24 miles, 1hr
 
Niigata-Nishi Port
40 miles, 2.5hrs
Sado Island
10 miles, 30mins    
Yahata Hot Spring / Osodo Hot Spring
 
 

Yahiko Shrine: 
Surrounded by Mt. Yahiko, the huge torii gate here is a symbol of Yahiko Shrine, the only shrine in Niigata Prefecture. Established 1300 years ago, it is considered a shrine honoring love and good fortune. National treasures including paintings and other valuable cultural assets are displayed in the treasure hall.

Yahiko Ropeway:
Standing on the top of Mt. Yahiko, enjoy a panoramic view of the sea of Japan, Sado Island and the Echigo Plain at your feet.

Tokinomori Park: 
Visit the conservatory to see one of the world's most endangered species up close, the Japanese Crested Ibis.

Nanaura Seaside: 
Encounter beautiful and strange rock formations along the Nanaura coast paired with fading lights of sunset scenery - an unforgettable view of the Sea of Japan (we will adjust our schedule based on the season and sunset time).

 

Breakfast
Hotel Buffet Breakfast    
Lunch
Lunch Aboard Sado Island Ferry   
Dinner
Sado Island Seafood Banquet
Hotel
Yahatakan (Yahata Hot Spring) or Hotel Osado (Osado Hot Spring)
DAY9

Discover Sado Island, Learn Taiko Drumming & Enjoy a Tub Boat

Yahata Hot Spring / Osado Hot Spring
17 miles, 40mins  
Ogi
30 miles, 1hr 10mins
Aikawa
8 miles, 20mins   
 
Yahata Hot Spring / Osodo Hot Spring
 

 

Yajima:
Picturesque like a postcard, the sight of "Tarai Bune" bowl boats bobbing in clear waters are a unique sight.

Sado Island Taiko Centre:
Learn the art of Taiko from local Taiko Masters, a fun invigorating activity which taps into the full energy of your body. Here, we even have a chance to try taiko drums over 600 years old, where we can hear echoes from ancient times.

Shukunegi:
Unique even by Sado Island standards, Shukunegi was a village of shipbuilders who turned their skills to architecture as the local shipyard demand shrank. Through the course of years, they've managed to create a truly distinct style in this isolated town.

Senkakuwan Ageshima Park:
Take a close look at the marine ecology of Senkaku Bay.

Sado-kinzan Gold Mine: 
The largest gold mine in Japan 400 years ago, the mine today is preserved as a national heritage site. Tour the actual mining tunnels for an up-close understanding of what life was like during the mining era.

 

Breakfast
Hotel Buffet Breakfast  
Lunch
Locally Sourced Pasta   
Dinner
Sado Island Seafood Banquet
Hotel
YYahatakan (Yahata Hot Spring) or Hotel Osado (Osado Hot Spring)
DAY10

Experience an Authentic Geisha Performance

 
Yahata Hot Spring / Osodo Hot Spring
10 miles, 30mins   
Ryotsu Port
40 miles, 1.5hrs
 
Niigatanishi Port
20 miles, 1hr
Tsukioka Hot Spring
 

 

Northern Culture Museum:
Relax your mind in the zen gardens and atmosphere of the museum. Try "3 person mochi pounding" for a fun and delicious experience.

Specially-arranged private Geisha performance - enjoy elegant dancing and play games with authentic Niigata Furumachi Geigi  - Geisha of Niigata

Wisteria blooms of the Northern Culture Museum usually take place late April to early May.

 

Breakfast
Hotel Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Niigata-Style Soba Noodle Set
Dinner
Kaiseki Banquet
Hotel
Shiratama No Yu - Kahou (Tsukioka Hot Spring)
DAY11

Depart for Narita Airport

 
Tsukioka Onsen
16 miles, 1hr
 
 
Niigata Station
250miles, 3hrs
 
Narita Airport
 
 
 
 
Your Next Destination

 

Niigata to Narita:
In the morning, we will leave the hotel together and board the Joetsu Shinkansen (Bullet Train) together from Niigata Station to Tokyo Station, then take Narita Express from Tokyo Station to Narita International Airport (NRT). For guests extending their stay post-tour can disband at Tokyo Station and approximate arrival time is 12:30PM.

Please arrange flights departing from NRT after 4:30PM.

 

Breakfast
Hotel Breakfast Buffet
Lunch
Refund For Lunch at Tokyo Station

Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport

Just 2.5 miles from Narita International Airport, the Hilton is the best in the area. Its proximity to Japan's largest international airport makes it the ideal resting point after a long flight. Available amenities include swimming pool, fitness center, and tennis court (fee required).

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Deluxe Room (only twin beds available) 

Room Size: 35m²

Twin Bed: 120 x 200cm

Double Bed: 180 x 200cm (only available at lower categary-Hilton Queen Room / 25m²)

Triple room: Rollaway bed (90 x 180cm) will be added to Twin Room.

 

Hotel Nikko Narita

Its convenient location makes the Nikko Narita one of the top two hotels in the area. Its proximity to the airport means travelers with late arrivals can rest well and avoid a long commute into the city.

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Executive Room in Annex Building

Room Size: 33m²

Twin Bed: 120 x 200cm

Double Bed: 160 x 200cm

Triple Bed: 120 x 200cm 

 

Oku Nikko Hotel Shikisai

Sourced from nearby Oku Nikko mountains, the hot springs here replenish over 58,000 gallons of fresh onsen water daily. The unique hot springs here are characterized by white mineral deposits which bloom in the water like flowers called "Yubana." The yubana effect creates a distinct milky appearance in the onsen baths.

The atmosphere of this ryokan is warm and friendly. You may curl up with a book and cup of coffee in the spacious lobby, enjoy birdwatching through telescopes, or watch the faint lights dancing off the surface of Lake Chuzenji.

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Japanese-Style Room

Roome Size: 8 Tatami mats

Twin Room: two Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Triple Room: three Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Shima Tamura

One of the oldest businesses in Japan, Shima Tamura was founded 450 years ago and is considered one of the best hot springs in the country. The name, Shima, originates from the word representing 40,000 - signifies the nickname for the natural hot springs which were said to be able to cure 40,000 ailments. Our two night stay here lets you try each of its seven unique baths.

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Japanese-Style Room

Roome Size: 15 Tatami mats

Twin Room: two Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Triple Room: three Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

 

Hotel Ohashi Yakata no Yu

The ancient hot springs of Ohashi began flowing in 1713, making it one of the oldest local onsen. Supera Tours provides special arrangements for our guests to enjoy the unique stone spa in the hotel. Created exclusively with natural water and ore, the sauna will rejuvenate your body with a unique sauna experience.

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Japanese-Style Room ( Yubae no Kan )

Roome Size: 12.5 Tatami mats (Main) +3 Tatami mats (Side)

Twin Room: two Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Triple Room: three Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Yahata Onsen Yahatakan

Cradled in a vast pine forest, this ryokan features a combination of modern facilities and Japanese tradition. It is a favorite for celebrities and members of the royal family visiting Sado Island. Enjoy beautiful local gardens and luxurious hot springs including a magnificent open-air bath with views of the pine garden.

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Japanese-Style Room

Roome Size: 10 Tatami mats (Main) + 6 Tatami mats (Side)

Twin Room: two Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Triple Room: three Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Osado Onsen Hotel Osado

Located on the coastline of Sado Island, enjoy an unrivaled view of the Sea of Japan and Aikawa Bay which is reddish during the setting sun. When you soak in the open-air hot springs during the day, you can see the vast expanse of the Japanese seascape. At night, the view transforms into a starry sky to let you relax.

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Japanese-Style Room

Roome Size: 10 Tatami mats

Twin Room: two Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Triple Room: three Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Shiratama no Yu - Kahou

Drawn from 3000ft underground, the mineral content of the onsen here is rich in hydrogen sulfide, known as the "beauty mineral." This hotel is one of the top ten hot spring hotels in Japan, combining natural hot springs, delicate and intimate service, and exquisite meals.

 

Room Information:

Room Type: Japanese Room Standard Room

Roome Size: 12.5 Tatami mats

Twin Room: two Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Triple Room: three Japanese mattresses (100 x 200cm)

Reviews

Minako B.
(October 30, 2019)

Thank you for everything. Super Value [now Supera Tours] is the only company we will travel with to Asia.

Evelyn S.
(November 11, 2019)

Super Value did it again! We had a wonderful trip except my husband got a bad case of gout at the beginning. However, the hotels, airlines, and especially our escort, Hui Liang, all took specially good care of him. She arranged & escorted him to the Dr. for which we are grateful. She even went back to NRT airport from the hotel to buy him a cane; took her at least 2 hours. Can't say enough good things about her and her cheery disposition.

Carol S.
(April 1, 2020)

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was well run, the places we stayed at were very nice and the food was excellent. Above all, Hui, our tour guide was absolutely fantastic!! Thank you for such a wonderful trip!

Travel Information

  Health & Safety 

This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
Guests in wheelchairs may be accommodated, but please understand some historic sites in Japan are not wheelchair accessible.
In traditional ryokan hotels, we will overnight in tatami rooms and sleep on futons on the floor. This is a very traditional itinerary - we stay in tatami rooms for eight nights on this trip.

Upgrades

In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.

Dietary Restrictions

It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no sashimi, no lamb, etc), please let us know two weeks before tour date. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

In order to travel comfortably, we recommend leaving large suitcases which may not be needed on the bus. Before taking the ferry to Sado Island, please prepare 2 nights/3 days of clothes in a small and light suitcase (or backpack). Large baggage will be retrieved from the hotel on the last night. 
On the last day of our tour, while we are on the bullet train, we will ship everyone's large suitcases to NRT airport via private truck freight. If you are extending your stay elsewhere in Japan, we would be happy to provide shipping instructions to your next destination, but this will be at your own expense.
Porterage service included in hotels where available (most ryokan hotels do not offer porterage).

Fares + Dates

Tour Price (Our pricing is always upfront and all inclusive)

Room Type
(price per person)

OR 
Twin OR Double


Triple


Single

6/1-9/30

$3900 $3900 $5750

10/1-11/30

$4000 $4000 $6000

2021 Travel Season

4/9-7/4

$3950 $3950 $5800

10/1-11/30

$4100 $4100 $6100
  • Prices above are per person and include taxes, inclusions as shown in itinerary.
  • International air tickets & tour guide gratuities not included.
  • 2% discount available for payments made by check or ACH deposit. 

 

Fares vary based on origin, seasonality, & availability. We are happy to help find the best balance between price and flight quality for you. You may also arrange your own flights in conjunction with the following arrival and departure times to qualify for our free airport transfers. If you are arriving or leaving outside these timeframes, please go to the designated place to meet on your own expense.

Flight Arrivals
on tour start date

Narita Airport (NRT) 12:30PM - 6:00PM
Airport pickup not included for arrivals in NRT Terminal 3 or HND Terminal 1 or 2. Please take the airport limousine bus directly to our hotel. NRT Terminal 3 details are available on the Narita Airport website.

Flight Departures
on tour end date

In the morning, we leave our hotel together and disband in Narita Airport (NRT). Please arrange flights departing from NRT after 4:30PM.

Airport transfers for early arrivals/late departures

For early arrivals, we recommend taking the shuttle to the hotel. Call for more details.

 

No additional options for this programs.

 

 

Room Type
(price per room)

Period

Day

OR 
Twin OR Double


Triple


Single

Call or email for availabilty.

Hotel rates are listed per room night. Breakfast taxes, and fees included. A one-time fee of $30 will be charged for cancelled hotel extensions

 

 

IMPORTANT: All prices above based on USD. Land tour price is shown per person. 
Prices subject to change. We encourage reserving early to ensure availability.
Guests departing from Canada may pay in CAD at the market rate of exchange.