Interested in historical sites in Japan?
How about Joetsu City? Just a short ride from Tokyo (two hours.)
Joetsu City is located in Niigata Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan.
Takada Area, a famous sightseeing spot in Joetsu, has interesting features: a castle town, a snowy town, and tasty food and sake. By walking along a local town and communicating with local people, you will feel refreshed and energized.
I hope to see you soon!
Feel free to personalize this offer with Keiichi.
Departing from Tokyo at 7:52, The Hokuriku bullet train arrives at Joetsu-Myoko station at 9:58. We will meet at the station. Then take a local train named Tokitetsu Line to Takada station, two-stations away.
Takada area is a former castle town in a snowy country. Walking along this area you will find what was like a castle town and how local people live in snowy country.
Niigata prefecture is famous for delicious rice and sake. How about visiting a sake brewery and tasting some of it? Musashino Sake Brewery provides an opportunity to learn how sake is brewed and to taste it.
The brewery has a beautiful Japanese garden. If you prefer, you may eat a tasty lunch there.
You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and get refreshed according to the four seasons while taking a walk in the park. 4000 cherry trees bloom in spring, locus flowers occupy surrounding moats in summer, yellow and red leaves decorate the park in fall, and the snow paints white in winter.
Takada Castle was built in 1614. It was one of the largest castle sites in those days.
How about paying a visit to one of the temples and have time to talk to a priest?
Temples were located on the west side of town for security when the castle was built in the 17th century.
An ekiben is a boxed lunch or dinner. "Sake-meshi, or salmon and rice" is the ekiben selling at Joetsu-Myoko station and won the first prize in the ekiben contest in 2019.
Your travel expenses to Joetsu-Myoko Station where the guide meets you.
Your travel expenses in Joetsu City
local trains with a few stations, taxi if necessary.
Sake tasting and learning
there are three courses at Musashino sake brewery
700yen, 1,500yen, 2,000yen
depending on how you taste and learn sake.
Entrance fee some of the facilities listed above for you and the guide.
Lunch for you and the guide.
JPY 1000 for guide's transportation fee to/ from Joetsu-Myoko Station
Joetsu City is located in the middle of Niigata, Nagano, and Toyama cities. If I meet you in these cities, the transportation fee is needed. Niigata and Nagano for 6,000 yen and Toyama for 8,000 yen.
1) There are two types of Bullet train in Hokuriku Line: Hakutaka and Kagayaki. Only Hakutaka trains stop at Joetsu-Myoko Station.
2) Warm clothes and shoes are recommended for walking in winter.
3) Please inform 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.