Aomori Sightseeing, Cycling: Hirosaki, Towada, Oirase

Sightseeing and cycling in Hirosaki, the city with a lot of historic buildings and French restaurants, and bicycle cruising in Towada & Oirase, regarded as some of Japan’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty

2 days
Aomori

Highlights

  • Explore the highlights of Hirosaki: French cuisine, Hirosaki Castle, Zen Buddhist temples, Hirosaki Apple Park
  • Tour scenic Lake Towada, Oirase Valley, and Hakkoda Mountains
  • Relax at Sukayu, one of the most famous "onsen" hot springs in Japan

Description

Hirosaki
As the city has vigorously encouraged international exchanges since the early 19th century, there are a lot of legacies inside the city, such as historic western-style buildings, coffee houses and French restaurants with long histories. The tour starts with Hirosaki’s French cuisines. Besides, the city has not suffered any damage during the World War 2, a lot of historic buildings still remain. Among them, we visit Hirosaki Castle and Zen Temple Village. Hirosaki is also known as the number one apple producer in Japan. We taste fresh apples, harvested just now, at Hirosaki Apple Park.

Lake Towada
Lake Towada is the largest crater lake (formed in a volcanic caldera) of the main island in Japan. The lake accounts for an area of more than 60 square kilometers on the border between Aomori and Akita Prefectures. Because of its depth, 327-meters, the lake boasts of rich blue color, as well as picturesque colors of the surrounding forests.

Oirase River
Oirase River, a 14-kilometer mountain stream with numerous soothing rapids and waterfalls, flows from Lake Towada. Please do not rush, we enjoy pleasant and refreshing bicycle cruising along the valley.

Sukayu
Sukayu onsen is a famous ryokan with about 300 years of history, and the oldest spa in the Hakkoda Mountain area. Its bathing house, called the "sennin buro", has always attracted visitors from all part of Japan.

Details

Itinerary

Day 1:
 Sightseeing and cycling in Hirosaki
Aomori Airport pick-up at 11:10 (JAL143, HND Dpt. at 9:55) or
Shin-Aomori pick-up at 11:51 (Hayabusa 7, Tokyo Dept. at 8:40)
Vehicle transfer to Hirosaki
13:00 Lunch (at a French restaurant in Hirosaki)
14:30 Cycling to Hirosaki Castle Park, Zen Temple Village, and Apple Park
16:30 Vehicle transfer from Apple Park to Rockwood Hotel & Spa
17:30 Check-in
Accommodation: Rockwood Hotel & Spa

Day 2: Cycling in the Hakkoda Mountain Range (Lake Towada and Oirase Valley)
6:30 Breakfast
7:30 Vehicle transfer to Lake Towada
9:30 Start cycling along the lakeside of Towada
10:40 Cycling along Oirase Valley
12:00 Finish cycling / lunch
13:00 Vehicle transfer to Sukayu
14:30 Vehicle transfer from Sukayu to Aomori Airport / Shin-Aomori Station
15:30 Depart Sukayu for Aomori Airport / Shin-Aomori Station
17:00 JAL148 (HND 18:20)
17:44 Hayabusa 36 (Tokyo 21:04)

Important information

Included in price

  • Hotel accommodation
  • All dinners and breakfasts
  • Tour support fees (by support van)
  • Scheduled transfers from/to Aomori Airport /Shin-Aomori Station

Not included

  • Traveling expenses into Aomori
  • Lunch, snacks and fuel, drinks
  • Travel and personal insurance, medical insurance
  • Onsen fee at Sukayu (JPY 1,000)
  • Rental bike (JPY 3,500 per day)

Minimum number of participants per tour is 4 persons. 
Maximum number of participants per tour is 8 persons.

The tour prices shown are on 2-person basis per room, with breakfast and dinner included (buffet style). 
Please inquire for tour prices for 1-person and 3-person room occupancy.

Know before you book:

  • Cancellation:
    Cancellation 1 day before: 20% of the full price
    Cancellation on the day itself: 80% of the full price
    Cancellation without informing the hotel: 100% of the full price

What you need to bring:

  • Cycle helmet (rental helmets are available)
  • Bike (road bike is highly recommended / rental bikes are available)
  • Cycling shirt
  • Cycling shorts
  •  Cycling socks
  •  Cycling shoes
  • Cycling gloves
  • Light weight jacket (as rain wear)
  • Sunglasses
  • water bottle
  • Spare inner tubes

Meeting point

The meeting points are either at Aomori Airport or Shin-Aomori Station.

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Organised by Rockwood Hotel & Spa

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