Meet at Atami Station. (50 minutes from Tokyo by a bullet train) From the station, we will move to Kawazu station in Izu peninsula by train (app. 70 minutes). From there, we will walk to see early-blooming cherry blossoms. The Cherry blossoms along Kawazu river are reknown for its beautiful sight. We will then take a train to Odawara and visit Odawara castle. The tour ends at Odawara station.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Takeshi.
The Kawazu area is in the Izu Peninsula. Kawazu is famous for its early-blooming “sakura” (cherry blossoms) in early spring (early February to early March). The "Cherry Blossom Festival" held during the sakura season is very popular.
Odawara is a castle town developed around the Odawara castle which was originally built at the end of the 15th century. Odawara prospered as one of the biggest post towns of Tokaido in the Edo era. We can visit Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine and look around the traditional shops in the town as well as the castle. It takes about 40 minutes to Odawara from Tokyo by the Shinkansen (bullet train), and it is suitable as a one-day trip from Tokyo.
Travel expenses to/from the place where the guide meets you and his residence.
Admission fees to temples/shrines/museums/etc. (customer and guide) (apx.700JPY/person)
Transportation charges during the services. (customer and guide) (apx.6800JPY/person)
Other actual tour-related expenses (if any).
Tour available months：February 13 to March 9
1) The tour will be conducted only during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
2) Warm clothes and comfortable shoes for the walk are recommended.
3) Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or have other specific requests.
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Great guide! Very organized, friendly, knowledgeable, easy to talk with.
Jeff-san, I am glad I could guide you the main sightseeing spots in Central Japan. Hope to see you again. Best regards to your family.
Takeshi helped us to enjoy a fabulous day in Nagano with a very special visit to the Snow Monkeys. He was incredibly helpful in adapting to our needs and paced the day perfectly, always checking if we were ok with any small changes or recommendations. As well as the snow Monkey trip, we also visited the Zenkoji Temple which was stunning. Hint.... be there on the hour to hear the Monk ringing the shrine Bell that was also used in the Nagano winter Olympic opening ceremony. Takeshi has very good English skills, and we had no problem chatting with him at length about many topics. We had a truly memorable day and would highly recommend him to any prospective clients
Thank you for your review. I am glad you liked the tour. It was interesting to see mother monkeys with newborn babies. Hope to see you again.
Takeshi is great guide! He gave us very good observation of the major highlights of Tokyo, it’s history and the culture. Takeshi is also a great person - From the time of making our reservation, until the very end, he was very accommodating, flexible, and attending our (unexpected) needs. We highly recommend Takeshi!
I am glad you enjoyed the tour. I hope you continue to have a wonderful time in Japan.
Had a wonderful time with Takeshi. We didn't have much time to spare in Tokyo so we had to be as effecient as possible - Takeshi was happy to craft and alter an itenriary on the day to take to us to as many places as we can see / let us have the rest we need across when needed. Especially appreciated the little things Takeshi assisted with, such as booking lunch / buying Skytree tickets early
Thank you for writing the review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the day. Especially, I was happy I could show you cherry blossoms at the imperial Palace. Hope to see you again.
My clients, Mohan Ramachandran and his family, had a wonderful tour of Nagano and Ueda with Takeshi-San. They were stunned by Zenkoji Temple, saw so many sakura groves, and had a delicious Indian lunch at a local restaurant. They really enjoyed and learned so much from Takeshi. Thank you!
Ashish-san, thank you for your review. I am glad they could enjoy the day in Nagano. The cherry blossoms just started to bloom in Ueda castle ruin park, but it was pretty.