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Visiting Suwa-taisha Shrines by Bicycle and Sake Tasting in 5 Breweries

by Takeshi
(8) Reviews
6:30h $ 96 per person


  • Suwa-taisha shrines (Akimiya, Harumiya)
  • Town of Shimosuwa
  • Sake breweries
  • Jiun-ji Temple
  • History and Folklore Museum
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96.30 USD

FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.50


This tour consists of two parts. In the first part, we will visit the Suwa-taisha shrines which is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and the former town of Shimosuwa which flourished during the Edo period by riding power-assisted bicycles. In the second part, we will visit up to 5 sake breweries for sake-tasting in Kamisuwa. You can taste each brewery’s original sake.

What to Expect

The city of Suwa is located 200km north west of Tokyo in Nagano prefecture. The Suwa-taisha shrines have a history of more than 1200 years. The former town of Shimosuwa flourished during the Edo period as the only hot spring located on the Nakasendo highway between Edo(Tokyo) and Kyoto.
Using a power-assisted bicycle, we will pass through Nakasendo and stop at points of interest including shrines, temples and old building structures. Since the bicycle ride is in total 5 km in distance, we will have plenty of time stopping at several places including lunch and you will learn about ancient Japanese history and culture along the way.
During sake-tasting, you will learn interesting facts about sake while enjoying its delicious taste.

< Itinerary summary>
(Please take the 8:00 Super Azusa #5 at Shinjyuku St.)
10:15 Meet at Kamisuwa St.
10:21 Take the local train
10:26 Arrive at Shimosuwa St.
Explore the Shimosuwa area
14:31 Take the local train
14:37 Arrive at Kamisuwa St.
Visit sake breweries and enjoy sake-tasting
16:45 Return to Kamisuwa St. and end of tour
(Please take the 17:22 Super Azusa #28. You will arrive at Shinjyuku St. at 19:35.)

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5.0 (8) Reviews
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  • Suwa-taisha shrines (Akimiya, Harumiya)
  • Town of Shimosuwa
  • Sake breweries
  • Jiun-ji Temple
  • History and Folklore Museum


History and Folklore Museum is closed on Monday.

1) The tour will not be conducted during the winter (Dec.1 to Mar.31) and instances of extreme weather such as typhoons and snowstorms.
2) The tour will be conducted with a minimum of two participants.
3) In the case of rain, we may walk to visit shrines and other places instead of using a bicycle for safety reasons.
4) For sake-tasting, participants must be at least 20 years old.
5) The deadline for booking this tour is 3 business days prior to the tour date.
6) Casual and sporty clothes are recommended for the bicycle ride.

What‘s included
Guide fee and Guide transportation fee
Sake tasting fee
Bicycle rental fee
What‘s not included
Guest transportation fee
Lunch for Guest and Guide
(For your information: One way train fee to Kamisuwa from Shinjyuku is
5,830yen including a train ticket and express ticket)
Meeting Point
At Kamisuwa St. of Chuo Main Line 
Ending Point
At Kamisuwa St. of Chuo Main Line
6:30 hours
Starting time
10:30 AM
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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Is the price per person or per group?

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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 )
Sergio Sergio United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Nagano Tailored Tour ”

Takeshi was an excellent tour guide and gave great suggestions for my family. We took his suggestion to try open-fires oyaki and sake tasting. He was kind and flexible and provided great insight to Japan’s history and culture. We would not been able to cover so many places, and have an awesome day without his help.


Thank you for your good review. I am glad I could show you the snowy path to the park. Takeshi

Laura Laura Japan ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Excellent guide and service ”

Takeshi received us right at the train and very friendly/easy-to-understand in guiding. They were super responsive before and during our trip. Very responsible and good service. Highly recommend!


Afra-san, I was glad that I could show you beautifl Nagano. Takeshi

Gery Gery United States ( Family with kids )
4 months ago

“ Excellent guide ”

Takeshi-san is an excellent guide. His English is very good as he lived and worked in the USA for many years. He is clearly highly educated, and knowledgeable. He is well organized, considerate, and friendly. We would absolutely use his services again if needed.


Thank you for your nice review. I was happy to guide you and your family. I would like to see you again in the future. Please enjoy the rest of the trip in Japan.

J J Canada ( Couple )
10 months ago

“ Thank you Takeshi! ”

Takeshi guided our clients in Nagano. He made excellent sightseeing suggestions and was always eager to answers questions to help plan the afternoon tour. Our clients enjoyed the tour and we would use his services again in the future.


Thank you for the good review. It is nice to hear that your clients enjoyed my tour. I would like to work with you again before so long. Thanks.

evelyn Evelyn United States ( Friends )
10 months ago

“ Review of Takeshi ”

Excellent guide, was a pleasure spending the day with him.


Thank you for giving me the good review. It was really nice weather when we were in Obuse. Hope to see you again.

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