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Visiting Togakushi Shrine, Ninja Museum and Zenkoji Temple in Nagano

by Takeshi
(3) Reviews
9h $ 328 Price up to 6 people


  • Togakushi Shrine (Okusha, Chusha)
  • Ninja museum and Ninja House
  • Zenkoji Temple

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328.10 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


Meet at Nagano station. Travel by bus for an hour to the entrance of Togakushi Okusha Shrine and walk about 40 minutes to the Okusha. After visiting Okusha Shrine we will visit the Togakushi Ninja Museum where we can see ninja tools on display. At Chusha Shrine we will have lunch at a soba noodle restaurant. From Togakushi, we will move to Zenkoji temple by bus (or taxi).

What to Expect

The land of Togakushi is related to Ama no iwato (Cave of heaven) in "Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters)" in Japanese mythology. Along the way to Okusha shrine, we will walk through a beautiful path surrounded by 400-year-old cedar trees. The path will exude an almost spiritual feeling of the majesty and power of nature.
It is believed that Togakushi is home to the Togakure School of Ninpo, a group of ninjas with a history of over 800 years. You will see ninja tools on display at the Ninja museum. Togakushi is also well known for soba noodles (buckwheat noodle) and we will sample them during the tour.
At Zenkoji Temple, we will buy a ticket for the kaidan meguri and take the stairs down into the pitch-black crypt passage under the main hall of the temple. If you touch the key below, you will be guaranteed to connect with the pure land.

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Organized by Takeshi

Licensed Guide
(3) Reviews


  • Togakushi Shrine (Okusha, Chusha)
  • Ninja museum and Ninja House
  • Zenkoji Temple


Tour available months:April 23 to November 2

1) The tour will not be conducted during the winter (Mid-Nov. to Mid-April) and instances of extreme weather such as typhoons and snowstorms.
2) Casual clothes and warm clothes (in Spring and Autumn) are recommended for the walk.
3) Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or have other specific requests.

City Nagano

Meeting Point Nagano Station

Ending Point Nagano Station

Duration 9 hours

Starting time 08:00 AM

Number of people up to 6 people

What‘s included
  • Guide fee

What‘s not included
  • 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)
  • Transportation charges during the services. (you and guide) (apx.3000JPY/person)
  • Lunch
  • Other actual tour-related expenses (if any) .

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.

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.

About Takeshi

Licensed Guide

(3) Reviews

Contact Takeshi
Response Time 6 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello! My name is Takeshi. Please call me Tony.

I was born in Tokyo. I worked for Canon for more than 30 years including a 5-year assignment to the U.S. office. Before joining Canon, I received a master's degree in engineering in the United States.

After retiring from the company, I began working as a volunteer guide for foreign visitors in Kamakura and Yokohama.
However, I became fascinated by the beautiful nature of Nagano prefecture and decided to move here to the Yatsugatake Mountains, 1000m above sea level in Nagano last year.
Since then I go out to look at the breathtaking mountains, lakes, and shrines every day. I would like to guide you to these special sites and also share with you the Japanese culture in my guided tours.
I am a Licensed Guide Interpreter in English and a Certified Travel Service Administrator. My hobby is Aikido and I hold the 2nd Dan black belt.
Hope to see you soon.
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Reviews ( 3 )

2 months ago |   by Minnie

“ Nagano highlights plus Matsumoto ”

Mr Toni Takeshi is a seasoned guide who is very friendly and resourceful. He brought us around Nagano and to Masumoto and managed to cover the highlights for the day. He even found a very good ramen restaurant Ippudo for my kids who wanted to eat ramen that day. We all enjoyed the tour and the lunch very much. Big Thank you to Mr Takeshi.

2 months ago |   by Michael

“ Excellent guide covering Nagano area ”

Tikeshi was very knowledgeable and made for a very fun day around Nagano. His English is excellent and he was very flexible around my schedule. His insight and conversation made for a great trip. He developed a schedule and then let me stay as long as I needed. He also included an extra sake stop at my request. He was fun and friendly and made my trip great!

4 months ago |   by Claudia

“ Excellent guide! ”

Very gentle, knowledgeable person. We had a very nice day in Nagano.

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