Visitors can enjoy the hike to the top of Mt Yahiko by gondra and a 15-minute walk to the very top of the mountain to visit the uppermost Yahiko Shrine. Please take a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan and the vast Echigo Plain. Cherry blossoms in spring and beautiful colored leaves in autumn are marvelous to see. Make a wish at main worship hall of Yahiko Shrine for a good memory.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Mutsuko.
Visitors are to walk between JR Yahiko Station and Yahiko Shrine, which is a good excercise and gives a good chance to see the local shrine town. You can buy one or two snacks on the way to and from the shrine such as Panda-yaki rice pancakes and konnyaku. Breathe in serene air in the woods of the precinct to get to the gondra station. The gondra ride takes 5 minutes to get to the top and visitors take a 15 walk to the uppermost shrine if the weather is fine. (No walk on snowy days.) After getting down to the ground, visiting deer and messenger birds is waiting for fun. Enjoy feeding sacred deer wishing good fortune. Then please do not forget the main event, to visit the main worship hall of Yahiko Shrine. Practice 2 bows, 4 claps and 1 bow manner at Yahiko, which is different from most other shrines in Japan. This tells how unique Yahiko Shrine is. Yahiko is also well-known as a hot spring resort, so please soak your feet into a foot bath prepared for visitors to the town at Omotenashihirowa.read more
Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, snacks, entrance fee, etc.
Only available on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays, from late March to mid December
Guiding in Sado is possible if transportation fee between Sado and Niigata is offered. Due to logistics, for those wanting to visit Sado Island, a two day advance notification prior to the meeting day is required. For your information, the boat fee For the round trip is 6,870 yen.
We will visit Yahiko by JR train. The train services are limited so please be careful with the train schedule. We will walk a lot so please be prepared with sneakers or mountain climbing shoes are recommended. If the weather is bad, please be ready with rain or snow gear. Gondra fee is 1400 yen for a round trip.
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.
We had a beautiful day out in Sado island. We enjoyed our guide and the driver did his job very well. We thank you for the tour!
Melissa san, It is so good to hear from you. I have been worried about one of your daughters health condition. I hope she is all right now. I am glad to know you had a good time in Sado and I hope you also did in other parts of Japan.
We focus on history and off the grid local spots. Mutsuko was very knowledgeable and well spoken. Trip timing and planning was exceptional. It was great!
Steve san, Thank you for your great feedback. You two are energetic and curious about things in town. I enjoyed guiding you around the city on such a beautiful spring day! Please enjoy the rest of your trip. I am looking forward to guiding you again.
Mutsuko provided us with a very informative tour and meet all of our expectations. We had ask to see and do other things besides the activities on her suggested itinerary. She made it all happen! Plus her English is excellent. Thank you Mutsuko and Triple Lights.
Sandra san, Thank you very much for your wonderful comment on my tour! I'm a lot flattered. I also enjoyed your company and it was another reward for me beside the fun to guide my city. Please visit Niigata again and explore more. I'm looking forward to guiding you and your family next time you visit Japan. Please enjoy the rest of your days in Japan. Please send the best regards for everyone for me. Mutsuko