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One-day Tour for Two Castle Towns; Inuyama and GIfu

by TETSUJI
(11) Reviews
8h $ 107

Highlights

  • Inuyama Castle
  • tea-house 'Joan' with tea tasting
  • Gifu Castle
  • Great Buddha statue (Shoboji)
  • Kawara-machi strolling
  • Nagaragawa Ukai Musium
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Adults
Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
Infant
106.80 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 106.80 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
2 people 97.90 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
3 people 71.20 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
4 people 62.30 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
5 people 53.40 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Overview

Visiting two distinctive castle towns make you more familiar with the soul of Japan. One is Inuyama,where visitors can see and touch two national treasures, Inuyama Castle and tea-house Joan. The other is Gifu,where a modernized castle on the mountain and a hidden golden Great Buddha-statue make visitors sigh in admiration. This tour will satisfy your curiosity you might have about Japan.

What to Expect

You will enjoy one-day excursion visiting both a castle town ‘Inuyama’ in Aichi and a local capital city 'Gifu'.

First you will visit a National Treasure Inuyama Castle which is said to be the oldest castle in Japan. You can touch and feel the authentic wooden Japanese castle, climbing steep and narrow steps toward the upper floor. On each floor, you will see some antiques, maps and documents to learn stories about the castle. From the top, you will have a panoramic view while strolling along the outside balcony.

Secondly you will visit another National Treasure, tea-house ‘Joan’ in Inuyama. It is located in a beautiful Japanese garden near the castle, You will find a simple aesthetic value based on Zen Buddhism in it. You can also drink matcha-tea in an adjacent tea-house in the same garden. Once,matcha-tea tasting gave samurai a moment of relief between battles. You might feel it,too.

After lunch, you will move to Gifu city and go up to Gifu Castle standing on Mt Kinka (329m high) by ropeway, where you will have a nice view again and enjoy seeing many antiques,pictures and documents.You can also enjoy feeding squirrels near the ropeway terminal.

Next, you will visit an old temple 'Shoboji' which accommodates a golden Great Buddha statue which is one of the three most famous Buddha-statues in Japan.

Then you will stroll around the street,'Kawara-machi',with many old wooden buildings where you will find some unique souvenir shops,cafes and fancy restaurants.

Finally, you will visit 'Ukaiya' area that is the home town of cormorants 'U' which are birds used for traditional fishing event on the Nagara River. Visiting Nagaragawa Ukai Museum, you can learn everything about cormorant fishing. You can also visit one of the fishing master cafe 'U-no-Iori U' where you can see and come close to cormorants while drinking coffee.


*an attached video is the view from the ropeway connecting Gifu Castle and Gifu Park

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TETSUJI Licensed Guide
(11) Reviews
Contact TETSUJI Response Time: 9 hs

Highlights

  • Inuyama Castle
  • tea-house 'Joan' with tea tasting
  • Gifu Castle
  • Great Buddha statue (Shoboji)
  • Kawara-machi strolling
  • Nagaragawa Ukai Musium

Important

I can guide in Kyoto in case you support transportation fee.

1) The tour is not possible during extremely bad weather, such as typhoons and snowstorms.
2) The destination is flexible. It will be customized according to your interests, preference and physical conditions.
3) Food preference information is important. I would like to know your likes and dislikes in advance.
4) Hotel pick-up is possible depending on the location.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide,It totally costs about less than 3000yen/person)
entrance fee (you and guide,It totally costs about 2200yen/person)
lunch (you and guide)
Depart From
Aichi , Gifu, Nagoya
Meeting Point
At JR Gifu station or At Meitetsu Inuyama Yuen station
Ending Point
At JR Gifu station
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 11 )
Judith Judith Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ The best kinds of tours are ones with local guides! ”

I am so happy that my first experience with TripleLights was with Tetsuji-san! He was very knowledgeable about many things in Gifu and so very friendly! Tetsuji-san's command of English was also very good! My friend and I greatly enjoyed our tour of Gifu with Tetsuji-san. Tetsuji-san was extremely flexible with our itinerary, I had time to do a bit of exploring on my own and ended up going to some of the places on our original itinerary so Tetsuji-san modified it for us. He took us to this beautiful park that would look even more amazing in Spring, something I would not have been able to find on my own. Visiting Shouhouji was an experience as well as we were fortunate enough that the temple master was there to give us a history tour of the temple. Unfortunately due to weather co... read more

TETSUJI:

I can’t thank you enough for your so much appreciation to me, though you regrettably didn’t enjoy viewing Ukai on the boat. I apologize to you instead of the mayor. However, I believe his decision was correct from the security point of view. As you mentioned, you always have a next time. I am really looking forward to seeing you in the not-so-far future.

Andrea Andrea Italy ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A wonderful day across Nakasendo ”

The guide was very well prepared and he kindly agreed our request of earlier meeting. We enjoyed a remarkable experience and we strongly suggest Tetsuji and the Nakasendo tour to everyone will stop in Gifu Area!

TETSUJI:

It was a great honor to be able to guide you in Nakasendo while staying in Japan on honeymoon. I also appreciate your kind review to me. I really hope you and your family members will visit Japan again and spend some time with me in Gifu.

J J Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Seki city and the swordsmith museum! ”

Tetsuji guided our clients in Seki city. He was excellent to work with prior to the tour and helped arrange all the tour details. He went out of his way to assist these passengers and even provided a discount for the entrance to visit the Swordsmith museum. I'm sure our passengers had a great tour and we will be using Tetsuji's services again in the future!

TETSUJI:

Thank you so much for nice review. I hope your clients have enjoyed my guided tour. They were an excellent guest for me. I also learned some new matters because of you.Thanks again. Please give my vest regards to Nadeau & Despatie Family. I am looking forward welcoming new guests from your company.

David David United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Wonderful Day in Gifu ”

We had a wonderful tour with Tetsuji in Gifu. My wife and I took my elderly parents on an extended tour of Japan. The Cormorant fishing tour guided by Tetsuji was one of the highlights of our visit. He was conscientious about our needs and adjusted the tour to keep with my parents pace. He was engaging, open and friendly.  Tetsuji connected with my father especially well as they shared similar interest in feudal Japanese history. We became quick friends. We can't recommend Tetsuji highly enough. Not only is he an excellent guide, (as he was able to show us many cultural highlight that even many locals don't know about), Tetsuji treated us as real friends. We hope to see Tetsuji again soon either in San Francisco, Shanghai, or Hangzhou where we spend time. We look forward to taking him on a... read more

TETSUJI:

Thank you for fabulous appreciation. I am very glad to have shared happy time with you and your family members through my guided tour. Actually, I was able to guide at ease because all of you communicated with me as if I were a member of your family. Above all, your respectable father asked me various questions including the title of a Japanese song. I sometimes enjoyed answering them setting my duty aside. I believe you are a role model of filial piety and your father will be happy. I repeatedly thank you so much. I am really looking forward to seeing you again.

Marna Marna United States ( Friends )
Very Good
4 months ago

“ Trip to Takayama ”

Tetsuji was very nice and enjoyable to be with. He was flexible in terms of our adding places we wanted to see in Takayama. His English is very good. When we asked questions he couldn't answer, he worked hard to find someone who could answer them. We know that Tesuji is fairly new to this, and expect that he will gain more knowledge of Takayama as he takes more clients there.

TETSUJI:

Thank you for nice review for me. I appreciate your kind words that encourage me committing to brush up my guide skills. I believe all unexpected questions from guests could be important ingredients for me to develop. I will make every kind of efforts to get full score. I am looking forward to guiding for you next time.