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Best of Aomori Customized Private Tour

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8h $ 273 Price up to 8 people

Highlights

  • Great Statue of Buddha in Seiryuji Temple
  • Nebuta Museum Warasse
  • Mt. Hakkoda Ropeway
  • Oirase Mountain Stream and Lake Towada
  • Hirosaki Castle in Hirosaki Park
  • Rice Paddy Art
  • Goshogawara Tachi Neputa
  • Takayama Inari Shrine
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What to Expect

Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on the main island of Japan and is blessed with both diverse culture and magnificent nature, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakami Sanchi, the Jomon Period archeological site Sannai Maruyama, the famous cherry blossom viewing spot Hirosaki Park, and other beautiful natural areas such as Lake Towada, the Hakkoda Mountains, and Hotokegaura.

Among these areas, I've picked out seven sightseeing spots that are quite popular among foreign tourists. You can choose three or four spots from them. It takes about 7 or 8 hours by van to visit the spots and come back to Aomori City. You can make your tour shorter in time for your cruise ship. If you would like to visit other places, I can make plans for you upon request.

A. Great Statue of Buddha in Seiryuji Temple
There is the Great Statue of Buddha, the tallest seated bronze statue of Buddha in Japan at Seiryuji Temple in the suburbs of Aomori City. Its characteristic is that the Buddha wears a crown on his head and makes a Zen meditation hand gesture. There are also a five-storied pagoda and a dry landscape garden on the premises.

B. Nebuta Museum Warasse
Here you can see big 'Nebuta' lantern floats made of paper and wire with lots of light bulbs inside. The pictures often depict the heroes of old Japanese and Chinese historical events. The Nebuta Festival is held from August 2 to 7 and attracts nearly 3 million visitors from home and abroad.

C. Hakkoda Ropeway
Mt. Hakkoda is located on the outskirts of Aomori City. The mountaintop station is 1,324 meters or about 4,300 feet above sea level. It takes about 10 minutes to the top. This cable car can carry 100 passengers and the distance between the two stations is 2,459 meters or about 8,000 feet. The difference of elevation is 650 meters or about 2,000 feet. You can see not just the mountains around but the panoramic view of the city from the mountaintop.

D. Oirase Mountain Stream and Lake Towada
You will be able to enjoy watching the stream from various angles along the road leading to Lake Towada. Several falls flowing into the stream make the scenery more attractive. Lake Towada is a dual crater lake that was formed by the caving in of a volcano mouth formed by an eruption. The lake reflects the four seasons in its clear blue water accentuated by the fresh green of spring, autumn leaves, and the snow in winter, giving it a mysterious beauty.

E. Hirosaki Castle in Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle was the residence of the Lord who governed Hirosaki and its vicinity for about 260 years. This castle was built in 1810 and it is one of the 12 castles in Japan that remain intact without being reconstructed. The castle is in Hirosaki Park. This park is famous for its cherry blossoms. There are about 2,600 cherry trees in the park. More than 2 million tourists from home and abroad come to see the cherry blossoms in spring.

F. Rice Paddy Art
The rice paddy art started about 20 years ago, when Inakadate Village had an event in which local people and tourists had experience in planting rice seedlings. Now they use various kinds of seedlings in different colors. Year by year its artistic value has been increasing. Several years ago the emperor and the empress came here all the way from Tokyo to watch the work of 'Gone with the Wind'. The history of rice-planting in this vilage is very long and rice-planting started about 2,000 years ago.

G. Goshogawara Tachi Neputa
Tachi Neputa is big lantern floats that march in procession through the main street downtown during the summer festival. Its characteristic is the height of the floats. The entire height is 23 meters (75 feet), which is equivalent to a seven story building. You can see these gigantic floats throughout the year at Tachi Neputa Museum. The museum exhibits three floats that marched the street last year and you can see them from different angles on the spiral staircase.

H. Takayama Inari Shrine
The huge torii or gate welcomes you when you get to this shrine. You usually see this gate in front of the shrine as it is a shrine's symbol. The gate works as a border between the sacred place and our world and keeps evil things from coming in. The distinctive characteristic of this Takayama Inari Shrine is that the shrine has 202 small torii or gates that stand close to each other winding like a dragon toward the top of the hill. They look magnificent and you can go through under the gates to the top. There is also a rock garden that matches the gates.

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Highlights

  • Great Statue of Buddha in Seiryuji Temple
  • Nebuta Museum Warasse
  • Mt. Hakkoda Ropeway
  • Oirase Mountain Stream and Lake Towada
  • Hirosaki Castle in Hirosaki Park
  • Rice Paddy Art
  • Goshogawara Tachi Neputa
  • Takayama Inari Shrine

Important

If you want me to guide you in places other than Aomori, you will be asked to pay an extra charge for your guide's transportation to and from Aomori. For example, extra 10,000 yen will be necessary for a tour in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Currently Hakodate is the only place in Hokkaido I can reach you from Aomori.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
・van charge (50,000 yen/group) or taxi charge (35,000 yen/group)
・entrance fee or fare
Great Statue of Buddha (400 yen/person)
Mt. Hakkoda Ropeway (1,850 yen/person)
Hirosaki Castle (310 yen/person)
Rice Paddy Art (600 yen/person)
Goshogawara Tachi Neputa (600yen/person)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Aomori City or at Aomori Port
Ending Point
At your hotel in Aomori City or Aomori Port
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

We are on a cruise ship. Would it be possible for you to meet us at the port?

Yes, in that case, I'll be able to meet you at the port and take you back to the ship after the tour.

When are we paying the van charge?

You are paying the charge to the driver after the tour.

Can I add more people to join this tour?

I'm afraid not. The van can accommodate as many as 10 people including a driver and a guide. So 8 is the maximum.

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 ( 8 )
Carol Carol Philippines ( Family )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Thumbs Up! ”

Excellent communication with Yuki. All questions were answered promptly while preparing for the tour. He is patient, dedicated to his job and speaks very good English (he was a former English teacher). Time to see the sights of Hakodate was limited (1 day only) and challenging due to snowing but Yuki was able to show us a lot of places in a short time and he gave us time to enjoy the snow (we were able to build a snowman!) as it is the first time for the other younger members of our group to experience snow! 😊

Hiroyuki:

Hi Carol, Thank you for the review of your trip. I'm really sorry you spent the time in Hakodate on a stormy day at the end of the year. It was very cold and the view was blocked by the bad weather. The good thing for you was that we had more snow in Hakodate after you came to Hokkaido, and some of you started making a snowman, which was the last thing I had expected. Their snowman was almost perfect! I wonder where they learned a skill to make such a pretty snowman. Well, I hope you will remember the time you spent here and that you may have another chance to visit the city, say, sometime between spring and fall. Yuki

Ivy Ivy Singapore ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Memorable Hakodate. ”

We had an awesome time with Yuki-San. He has a very good command of English and we are able to understand each other’s needs. He had been extreme patience with us, especially we had a physically handicapped guest with us. He made sure her well being was looked after and warned areas where might be a challenged for her to walk. Intinerary was carefully planned and we did not feel the rush we used to experience in a tour group. Will certainly recommend him especially when needed one who can communicate with you in English.

Hiroyuki:

Hi Ivy, Thanks for writing a review of your tour. I was a bit worried about your flight to Tokyo the following day, but I'm glad you could finally leave snowy Hakodate. I myself really enjoyed being with you during the tour, especially the time I spent with Zixin while you were shopping. I was fascinated by his character. He's very nice. The best memory I had with you during the tour is that we could see the panoramic view of the harbor and the city from Mt. Hakodate. We were very lucky, weren't we? That was the only time that day the view could be clearly seen from there. Well, thank you so much for choosing Hakodate as one of your destinations and thank you for choosing me as your guide.

Dall Dall United States ( Friends )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Great tour of Hakodate with Yuki ”

Our group of 8 spent the day touring Hakodate with Yuki in a private van hired for the day. We enjoyed our visit to Hakodate and all the sites that Yuki managed to pack into our short stay. Our lunch stop was especially memorable as we all tried different things. We were fortunate to experience the last days of the cherry blossoms in northern Japan - Yuki understood our wishes and ensured that we had a fabulous view of the blossoms at the Goryokaku Park, and the view from the Goryokaku Tower was wonderful. We highly recommend Hiroyuki to any group or couple looking for a knowledgeable guide in Japan

Hiroyuki:

Dall, how have you been? Fine, I hope. Time flies! It's been two months already since we met in Hakodate. I guess the people in your group have exchanged their wonderful memories with each other. I really enjoyed myself with you. Yes, I still remember taking orders from all of you and I was glad the foods each of you ordered were served just as you did. To tell you the truth, I was a bit nervous at that time as you tried different things. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the lunch. Well, you made me feel confident about that. Thanks! Oh, thank you also for showing me how to use AirDrop. That function has really worked, and I've showed my clients how to use that since then. Anyway, I can't forget about you and your group, and I really had a very good time with each of you. Please k... read more

Cheryl Cheryl United States ( Couple )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Best tour ever ”

We booked many private tours on this trip to Japan,but Yuki was the best tour guide. His English is outstanding, his knowledge of Aomori was excellent, he was fun and flexible and he took us to a restaurant frequented by locals that was both great and very inexpensive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Yuki very highly.

Hiroyuki:

Hi, Cheryl Thanks for your quick response with your real satisfaction with the tour. Your words of encouragement have made me feel how wonderful this job is! I really appreciate it. I'm glad your group really enjoyed the tour to Hirosaki. I also enjoyed being with you very much. In fact, I felt from what we had exchanged your kind personality. So Cheryl, I was really looking forward to meeting you. I truly believe we could finish our tour successfully because of you and other members in your group who were very nice and cooperative. Thank you again and I do hope we can see each other again sometime in the future. Yuki

Ronald Ronald United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excellent guide ”

We used guides throughout Japan on our trip and Hiroyuki or Yuki spoke the best English. Highly recommend.

Hiroyuki:

Hi Ron, Hope you and your wife returned to the States safe and sound. It's my good memory that I took you to the Nebuta Museum and the Seiryuji Temple. I hope you enjoyed the temple with the Great Statue of Buddha, the five-storied pagoda and the dry landscape garden. And you must have really enjoyed the Nebuta parade at night. I'll be looking forward to seeing you again. Yuki