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Diamond Route Japan - Enjoy local cuisine (self-guided experience)

  • Shinkansen
  • Heritage
  • Onsen
  • Castle

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Diamond Route Japan is a collection of cities within the prefectures of Fukushima, Tochigi and Ibaraki. This beautiful area filled with history, culture and delicious local foods is conveniently located a few hours north of central Tokyo. With so many types of food you can experience in this area, we recommend a 4days/3nights excursion filled with ramen, gyoza, local delicacies and more!

Day 1: TOKYO - TOCHIGI


The Diamond Route is a little-known tourist trail only 2.5 hours away from Tokyo made up of three of its northern neighbours – Ibaraki, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures – which, if you join them together on a map, form the shape of a diamond. History, culture, nature, food, outdoor sports, these three prefectures are full of sparkling treasures, to give you the experience of a lifetime in the heart of Japan.


Depart Tokyo and take a Shinkansen high speed train to Tochigi Prefecture, an accessible peek into rural and ancient Japan. 

Today, enjoy discovering attractions and local foods of Utsunomiya city, known as Japan's top destination for gyoza, boasting over 200 gyoza restaurants serving up this savory treat that originated in Chinese cuisine. Try an authentic gyoza spot called Kirasse Honten, known for their pan-fried gyoza and soup dumplings for lunch. 

Visit Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park. During Edo term Utsunomiya is very important area for Tokugawa government. 

See the Oya History Museum. The Oya Stone Mine was once a major source of wealth for the area. Though long defunct, parts of the mine have been transformed into the Oya History Museum, this underground realm now a site offering a one-of-a-kind exploration.

Head over to Gyotendo for another round of gyoza. This equally famous gyoza restaurant serves up dumplings that are second to none. 

You can listen to live jazz at pubs and event spaces throughout the city year-round, and the summertime Utsunomiya Gyoza Festival is a great chance to listen to live music while feasting outdoors. The local jazz association also organizes live events at restaurants and clubs across Utsunomiya.

Stay in Utsunomiya, Tochigi for 1night

Day 2: TOCHIGI - FUKUSHIMA


This morning, transfer to Nikko city in Tochigi. Nikko is both a renowned town and a National Park full of nature and history. The World-Heritage shrines and temples in Nikko attract many travelers from the world. The World Heritages consists of 2 shrines and 1 temple: the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple and Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine. The Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the most famous World Heritage in Nikko, enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo bakufu (shogunate).

Try a special local delicacy called yuba (tofu skin) at Maruhide Shokudo Honten for lunch. 

In the afternoon, proceed to Aizu-Wakamatsu in Fukushima prefecture, a town with a strong samurai history and the location of historic samurai battles. Visit Ouchi-juku, a traditional Edo townscape known for its noodles. This post-town along the historical highway connecting Aizu and Nikko still contains many buildings with thatched roofs. The entire area is making efforts to protect and preserve the history of the town.

If you are hungy, try a delicious negi-soba (soba noodles served with local leeks) there. 

Tonight, enjoy the stay in the rejuvenating Aizu Higashiyama Onsen , with ryokan and hotels providing private and public hot springs. Enjoy the elegant, historical bathhouses by the river, and the teahouses where geisha once entertained and enchanted lords, samurai and poets. Local geisha, or geigi still perform at festivals and hot spring resorts in the area.

Stay in Aizu Higashiyama Onsen, Fukushima for 1night

Day 3: FUKUSHIMA


 

After breakfast at the ryokan, visit Aizu Bukeyashiki. This sprawling complex of rooms served as residences for the samurai's family, servants, and guests are one of the most complete complexes of its kind anywhere in Japan.Then go to Tsuruga Castle. This castle is known as the "impregnable castle" that withstood a month-long siege at the end of the Edo Period. It is famous for cherry blossoms in the spring and autumnal leaves in the fall.

For lunch, experience the best sauce pork cutlet in Japan. Juicy and tender pieces of pork are covered in specially made katsu sauce served over locally harvested white rice. 

Then transfer to Urabandai area offering beautiful scenery with picturesque surrounding lakes. The colorful ponds and lakes known as Goshikinuma were born when Mt. Bandai  erupted over a century ago. Influenced by the volcanic elements and minerals, each body of water has its own distinctive color, and these hues are enhanced and altered by the changing seasons. 

Aftersightseeing, proceed to Kitakata city, full of quaint streets lined with original merchants’ warehouses and known for one of best ramen noodlesWalk around the town and you'll know why you're in ramen heaven. This city is world-famous for their soy-sauce based ramen. Stroll around Kitakata and try those ramen shops.

Stay in Kitakata city of Fukushima for 1night 

 


Day 4: FUKUSHIMA - IBARAKI - TOKYO


In this morning, depart Kitakata city and proceed to Mito city of Ibaraki prefecuture. See the Kairakuen Garden, one of the country’s best Japanese gardens, home to 3,000 plum trees which burst into a profusion of pinks and whites at the end of winter.

Then enjoy the visit of soy saurce brewing. Shibanuma Soy Sauce, specialized in producing soy sauce in Ibaraki has been established over 320 years through 18 generations. Their products are made from high quality soybean and wheat grown in the local region of Ibaraki. Their soy sauce was selected and presented to the Edo Shogunate as one of the best soy sauce in Japan during the Edo era.Learn about this ancient brewing process and see some of the old-fashioned tools used to create soy sauce. 

Then visit Ushiku Daibutsu, one of the three largest Buddha statues in the world. Climb this statue to take in amazing views of the area and learn about the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism.

After sightseeing, proceed to Tokyo. 


This tour itinerary is tailor made travel arrangement. Dates are flexible and customizable for your preference.

Please contact us for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final itinerary, travel dates, choice of accommodation or other custom preference.

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01/05/2020 12/25/2020 Tokyo $ 0
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