Meet at Nagano Station. From the station, we will move to Zenkoji temple by bus (or taxi). After visiting Zenkoji temple, return to Nagano station. From there, take a JR train to Matsumoto. (about 50 minutes) In Matsumoto we will visit Matsumoto castle, Nakamachi Street and shops along the street. The tour ends at Matsumoto station.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Takeshi.
We will visit Matsumoto castle in Matsumoto which was built in 1593-94. The 5 roofed, six story tower castle is the oldest in existence in Japan. It is designated as a national treasure of Japan. In Nakamachi Street area there are old “Kura” storehouses lined along the street. Some of the highlights of the area include traditional crafts and small cafes.
Zenkoji Temple is one of the most well-known temples in Japan. The temple is believed to be established 1400 years ago.
Sake tasting is also available for those interested.
Travel expenses to/from the place where the guide meets you and his residence.
Admission fees to temples/shrines/museums/etc. (you and guide) (apx.1600JPY/person)
Train fees. (you and guide) (apx.4600JPY/person) *For those who have the JR PASS - train ride is covered.
Bus fees. (you and guide) (apx.500JPY/person)
Other actual tour-related expenses (if any).
1) The tour will not be conducted during instances of extreme weather such as typhoons and snowstorms.
2) Warm clothes and shoes are recommended for the walk in winter.
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.