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Best of Aomori with Great Statue of Buddha, archaeological site and Nebuta museum

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8h $ 270 Price up to 8 people

Highlights

  • Great Statue of Buddha
  • Sannai Maruyama archaeological site
  • Nebuta Museum

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What to Expect

Aomori City is located on the northern tip of Honshu, the biggest island, and is a port city with a beautiful city skyline and a magnificent mountain range in the background. You first head for the Great Statue of Buddha, the tallest seated bronze statue of Buddha in Japan. Its characteristic is that the Buddha wears a crown on his head and makes a Zen meditation hand gesture. Then you head for the Sannai Maruyama archaeological site, where ancient people lived for about 1,500 years from 5,500 to 4,000 years ago. You can see their lives with things they actually made and used in several dwellings that were precisely reconstructed based on the scientific and archaeological data. On your way back, you will visit the Nebuta Museum. Nebuta are lantern floats, which march along the main street of downtown Aomori during the summer festival.

Brief Info about Nebuta
The floats are made of paper and wire with lots of light bulbs inside. Its origin is unknown as it has a long history. Some say it's about 300 years old, others say 500 years old. And there are several theories about its origin. The most influential one is that Nebuta was used in local communities in those days to get rid of sleepiness of the farmers while they were working during hot summer days.

Nebuta consists of such components as the drum, the bamboo flute and noisemakers as well as its big floats with scary faces of warriors because Nebuta is thought to have been used to scare enemies during the battle. People who dance to the music of Nebuta marching with the floats along the street downtown also play an important role for Nebuta. The Nebuta Festival is held from August 2 to 7 and attracts nearly 3 million visitors from home and abroad.

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Highlights

  • Great Statue of Buddha
  • Sannai Maruyama archaeological site
  • Nebuta Museum

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
public transportation fare for you and your guide (about 1,000 yen/person) and taxi fare (about 3,000 ~ 6,000 yen/group), and entrance fees (1,000 yen/person)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Aomori or at Aomori Port
Ending Point
At your hotel in Aomori or Aomori Port
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 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.

I want to visit other sightseeing spots. Will that be possible?

Yes, the plan can be altered to suit your preferences. Extra charge will be added as taxi fare if the places are far away from your hotel or Aomori port.

I want you to arrange for a taxi or a van to visit sightseeing spots. Will that be possible?

Yes, the charge for a van is about 7,000 yen per hour here.

Can I add more people to join this tour?

I'm afraid not. If the number of people is more than three, we are moving by van that 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
7 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
9 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