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7h $ 279 Price up to 8 people


  • 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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279.00 USD

Price up to 8 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

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 in 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 more than 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. Last year 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) tall, which is equivalent to a seven story building. You can see these gigantic floats throughout the year at the 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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Organized by Hiroyuki

Licensed Guide
(4) Reviews


  • 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


City Aomori

Meeting Point At your hotel in Aomori City or at Aomori Port

Ending Point At your hotel in Aomori City or Aomori Port

Duration 7 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 8 people

What‘s included
  • guide fee

What‘s not included
  • ・van charge (about 50,000 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)

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Hiroyuki

Licensed Guide

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Response Time 7 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

As a national licensed guide-interpreter, I'd like to tailor your tours to meet your individual needs as well as show you around places of scenic beauty and historical interest. I can show you around the entire Aomori Prefecture and the southern Hokkaido including Hakodate. Aren’t you interested in visiting Japanese schools and talking with the students and teachers, for example? Leave it all to me. You name it, I’ll make it possible for you.

I lived in San Francisco from 1983 to 1985 and majored in MATEFL (Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language) at San Francisco State. Just call me George if it's easier for you to call. read more

Reviews ( 4 )

6 months ago |   by Ronald

“ Excellent guide ”

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

1 year ago |   by Yvonne

“ Pleasant day with Yuki ”

We were glad to have Yuki as our private tour guide in Hakodate. He was very prompt, attentive and thoughtful in adjusting our itinerary. He showed us the beautiful sights by using public transportation.

1 year ago |   by Paul

“ Great tour! ”

The tour was well thought out and organized. Also, Yuki was flexible and able to make last minute changes to the tour based upon weather. We had a great time!

Very Good
1 year ago |   by Yin

“ Hakodate trip ”

Yuki-san is knowledgeable and speaks prefect English.

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