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Miharu, Koriyama & Abukuma-do cave customized tour

by Go
6h $ 200

Highlights

  • Abukuma-do limestone cave
  • Beautiful Peach Flowers & Azaleas around Koriyama City(Peak time is until early May)
  • Deko Doll House
  • Ryokusui-en(Flower Garden)
  • Castle Town Miharu (Old temples ,Buffet Lunch , etc)
  • Takizakura cherry tree(National Treasure)
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200.20 USD

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1 person 200.20 USD
2 people 209.30 USD
3 people 218.40 USD
4 ~ 7 people 227.50 USD
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 27.30

Overview

This tour focuses on the rustic beauty of easten area in Fukushima prefecture located between Koriyama city and Iwaki city.
Especially weeping cherry trees in Miharu worth coming to see expressly from Tokyo.
We use public transportation such as buses, taxi and local train of JR Ban'etsu East Line .
You can make a day trip from Tokyo if taking Tohoku Shinkansen.

What to Expect

You can choose a few places to visit from the following sights.
Of course I can arrange your itinerary on your request.
1 Abukuma-do cave (Recommended)
A 3000 meter long limestone cave in eastern Fukushima prefecture discovered in 1969.You can see various beautiful rocks formed over 80 millon years in the carverns. About 600 meters of the carverns are opened to the public now. It takes 5 minutes by taxi from JR kanmata station(approx 1300yen)

2 Miharu town
A lovely little town with a rich cultural and historical heritages. There are several old temples in central Miharu where you can see many old weeping cherry trees.

3 Taki-zakura cherry tree(A national treasure)
An ancient weeping cherry tree (over 1000 years old) and is considered by many as the single most beautiful cherry tree in Japan."Taki" litarally means waterfall. Mid to late April is the best time to view the peak flowering season. Takizakura can be reached by bus from JR Miharu station(15 minutes,1000yen).

4 Takashiba Deko Yashiki
A small community of doll makers which continue to handcraft Miharu paper-mache dolls in the traditional way. Deko means wooden doll. You can tour the workshops and paint their own paper-mache doll. It takes 10 minutes by taxi from Miharu Station(approx 1300yen).

5 Fukushima Sakura Yugaku-sha
An anime museum run by Fukushima Gainax. It houses exhibits on anima production process as well as original drawing. It takes 15 minutes by taxi from JR Miharu station( approx 2000yen).

6 Commutan Fukushima(The Centre for Environmental Creation)
A kind of museum where you can learn radiation and the environment issue in Fukushima. It takes 10 munites by taxi from JR Miharu Station(approx 2000yen).

7 MIharu Herb Hana Garden(Recommended)
A complex facility which houses gardening shop,cafe, restaurant(lunch buffet 1690 yen), and food market .A very popular spot among locals.It takes 10 minutes by taxi from JR Koriyama Station(approx 2000yen) or 15 minutes by taxi from JR Miharu Station( approx 3000yen).

8 Natsui one thousand cherry trees
A 5000 meter long cherry tree road along Natsui River. Late April is the best time to visit. It is in front of JR Natsui Station.

9 Rika-chan castle
A two story museum, sore and small scale doll factory for the Licca-chan line of dolls. It takes 10 minutes on foot from JR Ono-Niimachi Station

10 Peach Flowers Corridor(Recommended)
From late April to early May, you can see the colorful landscape of peach flowers around Koriyama city.

11 Ryokusui-en Garden, Koriyama
You can enjoy various seasonal flowers in this huge garden through the year.

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Organized by

Go Licensed Guide
Contact Go Response Time: 14 hs

Highlights

  • Abukuma-do limestone cave
  • Beautiful Peach Flowers & Azaleas around Koriyama City(Peak time is until early May)
  • Deko Doll House
  • Ryokusui-en(Flower Garden)
  • Castle Town Miharu (Old temples ,Buffet Lunch , etc)
  • Takizakura cherry tree(National Treasure)

Important

*Cherry trees in full bloom may not be seen by weather condition.

I can guide you in Tokyo and Chiba area if you pay my transpotation fee.

*I strongly recommend that you should take out travel insurance before leaving your country.
*If you have much baggage, please tell me before the tour starts. There are some coin lockers at JR Koriyama Station and JR Iwaki Station.
* I do reccommend to exchange money beforehand. There are some banks near JR Koriyama Station or JR Iwaki Station.
* It is sensible to purchase Japan Rail Pass before leaving your country.
* If you visit Abukuma-do, please come in shoes which are easy to walk because we go and down the stairs in the cave.

What‘s included
guide fee,round-trip transportation fee to Koriyama Station (guide,4000yen) (If our meeting point is in Iwaki city, the transportation fee will be deducted from the tour fee.)
What‘s not included
transportation fee(you and guide), lunch or dinner(you and guide), entrance fee(1,200 yen for Abukumado cave), etc
Meeting Point
JR Koriyama Station or JR Iwaki Station
Ending Point
JR Koriyama Station or JR Iwaki Station
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 7 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is transportation fee?

We basically use train of JR Ban'etsu East Line through this tour.
From Koriyama,Miharu (15 minutes 240 yen) , Kanmata(45 minutes 760 yen), Iwaki(100 minutes 1660yen)
From Iwaki, Kanmata(55minutes 970 yen), Miharu (85 minutes 1490 yen)
From Miharu to Kanmata(30 minutes 500 yen)
If we use a charterd taxi for 3 hours, it would cost 12,000 to 15,000 yen.

Also Highway buses run between Koriyama Station and Iwaki Station(90 minutes 1600yen)

As to the fare of taxi or local bus, please refer to the specific informaton above.

Is it possible to take a day trip from Tokyo ? If so, tell me some rough itineraries.

I have made some plans below. For your reference.
Of course, I can arrange it on your request.

(From Tokyo)
7:32 a.m. Leave Tokyo station- (Shinkansen"Yamabiko" 8000yen)-8:55 Get off at Koriyama Station

(In the morning)
PlanA(train & taxi)
9:55 a.m. Leave Koriyama-(local train)-10:07 Arrive at Miharu- (taxi 10min)-10:20 Deko Doll house(you can try doll painting experience if you like) -(taxi)- 11:30 Local cuisine lunch at Central Miharu
PlanB(chartered taxi)
9:00 a.m. Leave Koriyama-(chartered taxi)-See rural flower landscape & Deko Doll house-11:30 Buffet lunch & Shopping at Miharu Herb Garden(To Herb Garden ,10 minutes by taxi from Mougi station, 15 minutes by taxi from Koriyama station)

( In the afternoon)
Plan A(Abukuma -do cave)
1:22 p.m.Leave Mougi Station-(Local train)- 1:30 Miharu-2:02 Arrive at Kanmata-(taxi 10 min)-See Abukumado Cave(50min)-(taxi)-3:34 Leave Kanmata-(Local train)-4:20 p.m. Arrive at Koriyama
Plan B( Miharu Town)
1:22 p.m. Leave Mougi Station-(local train)- 1:30 p.m. Get off at Miharu Station- (Walk in the old town ,Temples, Sake Brewary, Cafe,120min)-4:08 Leave Miharu-(train)- 4:20 p.m. Arrive at Koriyama
Plan C(Azalea Garden ※Only limited in May)
1:30 p.m. Leave Miharu- (train)-1:50 Koriyama -2:00 Get off at Sukagawa-(taxi)-2:20 Ookanbara Azalea garden-(taxi)-3:52 p.m.Leave Sukagawa-(train)- 4:04 p.m. Arrive at Koriyama


(From Koriyama)
5:05 p.m. Get on Shinkansen"Yamabiko"for Tokyo-6:24 p.m. Arrive at Tokyo.


(From Iwaki)
7:15 a.m Leave Iwaki station-(Highway bus 1,600 yen)-8:51 Arrive at Koriyama station
(To Iwaki)
3:24 p.m Leave Miharu station-(local train)- 3:55 p.m. Kanmata Station- 4:42 p.m. Arrive at Iwaki Station.
※ Highway buses run between Koriyama and Iwaki every hour(1,600 yen 80 min)

I want to see cherry blossoms at night. Is it possible ?

Of course, I can make new itinerary on your request. .For example the tour which starts at 2:00 p.m. and finishes at 8.p.m. is possible,too.

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.