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Northern Ibaraki and Iwaki cherry blossoms customized tour

by Go
7h $ 189

Highlights

  • Cherry bloosoms Viewing in Northen Ibaraki and Iwaki area
  • Kita- Ibaraki (Izura Coast,Rokkaku-do,Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art,etc ).
  • Southern & Eastern Iwaki(Aquamarine Fukusima,Kozo-ji temple, Shioyazaki light house,etc)
  • Central Iwaki(Coal & Fossil Museum, Shiramizu,Amida-do temple,Spa Resort Hawaiians)
  • Northern Iwaki & Tamura city( Wonder farm, Natsui-gawa Valley, Abukuma-do cave)
  • Local Cuisine(Seefood & Hitachi-gyu Beef)
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189.00 USD

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1 person 189.00 USD
2 people 198.00 USD
3 people 207.00 USD
4 ~ 7 people 216.00 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 27.00

Overview

This tour covers my favorite places in northern Ibaraki prefecture and sourthen Fukushima prefecture. Little known to even Japanese except that Kita-Ibaraki and Iwaki area was heavily damaged by the East Japan great earthquake, but this coastal area is a quiet and wonderful place, and the beautiful shoreline and the mild climate have been loved by many famous artists such as Tenshin Okakura.

What to Expect

On this tour,we will use public transportation such as train, bus or taxi
Since Kita-Ibaraki and Iwaki are very large, please choose a few places to visit from these spots below.
I can arrange the itinerary on your request
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(Kita-Ibaraki city)
1 Ajisai-no Mori ,or Hydrangea Forest(Recommended)
1200 kinds, about 28,000 hydrangeas can be seen from middle of June to late June.

2 Akane-daira
Located on the top of hill. There are a restaurant( Beef steak is popular) and a glass blowing studio where you can try various glass experience.

3 Izura Coast ( Recommended)
A picturesque place for its beautiful seashore with different shapes of bays and a pine tree forest. Its name came to be known for what Tenshin Okakura,a leading figure who contributed to the modernization of Japanese art ,moved there from Tokyo in 1903. Tenshin Museum exhibits various precious materials such as the first edition of "Book of Tea" penned by Tenshin. Rokkaku-do(Hexagonal Building ) and Cape Izura park are the unmissable points, and you can imagine that ex-famous painters during Meiji era worked hard at fictionization if you stand on this ground.

(Southern Iwaki)
1 Kozo-ji temple
In early May , 500,000 light purple flowers called Shaga blooms around the three story pagoda in ceder forest.

2 Iwama Coast
The area damaged by tsunami in 2011. Popular surf spot with beautiful bow-shaped bay.

(Eastern Iwaki)
1 Aquamirine Fukushima(Recommended)
The most popular spot in Iwaki city and an aquarium where you can learn the water environment of Fukushima Prefecture and its surroundings.

2 Misaki Park , Onahama
From lookout of huge park , you can see the stunning views of the harbor and the pacific.

3 Toyoma Coast
This area was heavily damaged by tunami in 2011. Over 120 locals lost their lives there.
The shioyasaki light house is a white beautiful building located on the hill. You can see the state of reconstruction from the top of the hill.

(Central Iwaki)
1 Coal & Fossil Museum"Horuru"
You can see the display of fossil and dinosaur sceletons and learn the history of the coal mining town.

2 Hot Spa for Racehouses
At the rehabilitation facility, you can see racehouses relaxed in hot spring bathes.

3 Spa Resort Hawaiians
A huge theme park with hot spring. The polynesian dance show by the hura girls there is absolutely impressive.

4 Shiramizu-Amidado Temple (National Treasure)
The Main hall in Shiramizu Amida-do temple was built in 1160 .Lotus flowers in July and coloured leaves in the fall are so beautiful.
To Shiramizu- Amidado, 25 minutes by bus from Iwaki station.

(Nothern Iwaki and Tamura city)
1 Wonder farm, Yotsukura
You can enjoy tomato picking through the year and taste various tomato dishes at Womder farm. It is also a good idea to enjoy local seafood at Road Staton Yotsukura.
To Wander farm , 15 minutes by taxi from Yotsukura Station.

2 Ogawa town & Natsui-gawa Valley(Recommended)
A very peace countryside where Kusano Shinpei,a famous poet, was born. The 500 year-old weeping cherry tree at Ogawa suwa shrine is very stunning. The peak time of full bloom is early April.

3 Abukuma-do lime stone cave, Tamura city
You can see various types stalactites formed over 80 million years.

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Highlights

  • Cherry bloosoms Viewing in Northen Ibaraki and Iwaki area
  • Kita- Ibaraki (Izura Coast,Rokkaku-do,Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art,etc ).
  • Southern & Eastern Iwaki(Aquamarine Fukusima,Kozo-ji temple, Shioyazaki light house,etc)
  • Central Iwaki(Coal & Fossil Museum, Shiramizu,Amida-do temple,Spa Resort Hawaiians)
  • Northern Iwaki & Tamura city( Wonder farm, Natsui-gawa Valley, Abukuma-do cave)
  • Local Cuisine(Seefood & Hitachi-gyu Beef)

Important

Flowers 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.

*Rokkaku-do and Tenshin Museum will be closed on Mondays.
*I can arrange other places on your request or weather condition.
*Please inform it beforehand when there is much baggage.
*I highly recommend you take out travel insurance before leaving tour country.
* I recomend you exchange money before this tour.
* To Purchase"JR JAPAN RAIL PASS(7 days 29,110 yen)" beforehand is highly recommended.
* The bloom time of seasonal flowers may vary according to werather condition.

What‘s included
Guide fee, round trip transportation fee to the meeting point(Mito or Iwaki area: for guide),
What‘s not included
entrance fee for you and guide (Rokkaku-do 300 yen, Tenshin Museum 190 yen ,Aquamarine Fukushima 1800 yen, Coal & Fossil 650 yen,etc)
lunch (you and guide),
transportation fee (you and guide),etc
Depart From
Ibaraki , Fukushima
Meeting Point
JR Mito Station ,Iwaki Station, other stations between Mito and Iwaki ,or at your hotel in northean Ibaraki or Iwaki area
Ending Point
JR Mito Station,Iwaki Sta(Joban line), or at your hotel in northern Ibaraki or Iwaki area.
Duration
7 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 7 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to take a day trip from Tokyo ?

Yes, it is. I show you some time tables below. For your reference. Of course I can arrange other itineraries on your request.
e.g.
(From Tokyo)
8:00 a.m. Depart from Ueno station-(Express Hitachi)-Arrive at Mito at 9:19(3,820 yen),Isohara at 9:56,Izumi at 10:11, Yumoto at 10:16 and Iwaki at 10:23 a.m.(6,170 yen)
8:00 a.m. Depart from Tokyo station-(Highway bus 2,080 yen)- 10:13 a.m. Arrive at Mito.
8:00 a.m. depart from Tokyo station -(Highway bus 3.450yen)- 11:03 a.m. Arrive at Iwaki



(For Tokyo)
4:18 p.m. Leave Iwaki- (Express Hitachi)-4:29 Izumi-5:22 Mito- Arrive at Tokyo at 6:43 p.m
Highway buses for Tokyo run every 30 minutes.

Can you pick you up at our hotel in Tokyo?

Yes, I can. However, please make sure that an additional fee will cost.

Pick-up only (5,000 yen to 6,500 yen)
Pick-up plus to take you your hotel (10,000 yen to 13,000 yen)

I will show you how to get to Mito or Iwaki very politely if you want to save the cost.

I want to see cherry blossoms. Tell me some recommended itineraries

In early April(April 1 to 7), I recommend the following itinerary.
12:00 Meet at Iwaki station and Have Lunch near Iwaki station
1:13 p.m. Depart from Iwaki -(local train )-Ogawa-go (See 500-year old cherry blossoms: 40 min)
2:40 p.m. Depart from Ogawa-(local train)- 4:10 Arrive at Hitachi (See cherry blossoms 60 min)
5:12 p.m. Depart from Hitachi- (local train & taxi)-5:50 Amida-dera temple ( See Old weeping cherry blossoms 40 min)-(taxi & train)-7:05 p.m. arrive at Mito station
(Reverse route is available ,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 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.