Feel free to personalize this offer with Fujiko.
Located on the Japan sea side of mainland Honshu, about 2 hours bullet train ride from Tokyo, Niigata city has been flourished as one of the major port towns for centuries. Along with this historical background, Niigata city is now well known for delicious "koshihikari" rice, varieties of tasty sake, fresh products from both land and sea.
In this tour, you can choose 3 or 4 places to visit for 7-hour sightseeing tour.
We mainly use public transportation networks like Niigata city loopline bus service ( one-day ticket JPY 500 ) and taxi if necessary.
The places of choices are as follows:
1. Niigata City Aquarium "Marinepia Nihonkai"
Displaying both marine and fresh water fish in the region and aquatic animals. Dolphin shows are performed daily.
JPY 1500 Closed from Dec.29-Jan.1, Mar.3,4
2. Pia Bandai
Fish and vegatable market with restaurants popular for locals and tourists.
3. "Imayotsukasa" sake brewery
There is a guided tour and you can sample tasty sake.
4. The Niigata Saito Villa
Built about 100 years ago, this gorgeous villa and Japanese style garden attracts visitors all year round.
JPY 300 Closed on Mondays, from Dec.28-Jan.3
5. Minatopia with Former Niigata Customs House
There are also Former Daishi Bank building and Niigata City History Museum by the Shinano River.
6. Former Ozawa Family Residence
Authentic machiya-style house with beautiful garden from the Meiji Period.
JPY 200 Closed on Mondays, from Dec.28-Jan.3
7. Honcho Market
Located on the bustling Furumachi ( old town ) district, vendors sell all kinds of food with reasonable prices.
* vendors are less on Sundays
8. Strolling Furumachi district for 1 hour
Furumachi was once known as geigi (geisha) district like Kyoto and there are many restaurants, temples, old and
new buildings in this area.
* you can combine this choice with the Saito Villa or/and the Ozawa Residence (both in Furumachi district).
Please choose places you'd like to visit and email me.
Let's have fun in Niigata city!
JPY 5000 for the guide's transportation fee from/to Sado Island and Niigata city
entrance fee of some of the facilities listed above for you and guide
your transportation fee in Niigata
lunch for you and guide
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.
Fujiko was a wonderful guide. She loves S Sado Island and knows the best places to show you to get to know the island. It is lovely to talk to her. We had so much fun exploring the island with her!
Hi, Adrienne san Thank you very much for writing an encouraging review of the tour. I also had a wonderful time with you! It was a beautiful autumn day and I still remember that beautiful tree near the gold mine. You must be busy but I hope you will visit many other unknown places in Japan whenever possible. Take care and have fun! Fujiko
Fujiko planned the perfect day for us. As a resident of Sado Island, she knows it well and shared many interesting facts about it. We got to try taiko drumming, visited a historic village and went for a tub boat ride with a nice dog named Asti and his owner. We had an amazing seafood lunch, then visited a sake brewery. The local apples, pears and persimmon were so sweet and delicious and Fujiko knew the best places to get them. We even got to see some endangered Toki, thanks to Fujiko. Visiting Sado Island was the highlight of our vacation!
Hi, Laurie san Thank you very much for writing such a sweet review of the tour! It was only a 6-hour tour but we had a lot of fun together. It was great that each place gave you special memories. We sampled fruits in season and sake which included freshly brewed one before and after lunch so I think it was a "betsubara" or "second stomach" tour! I hope we can do another betsubara tour in the near future because Niigata is a special place for you. Thank you again from Hide san and me, Fujiko
We had a wonderful day in Sado with Fujiko. She was responsive starting the first message we exchanged and throughout the whole process. She helped us booked a local rental car in Sado, which we would not be able to do on our own from 5000 miles away. We noticed this local shop was the only one opened (and all the Japanese went to) when we arrived. She took care of all the rental car details/questions, and even took calls during the trip from the car company, which we without a local phone, really appreciate. The day in Sado was nice and smooth. She took us to local markets, rice fields, and temples that we only saw local people which made us feel 'privileged' to be part of. At the temple, she took us to the back and pointed out the very unique spot we would never discover even i... read more
Dear Jennifer san Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful review of Sado tour. I'm really happy that you enjoyed being in Sado and still remember the day and places we've visited. Sado is not well known to foreign tourists yet and don't have world famous sightseeing places like Kyoto but we have a lot to offer. I understand that your luggage was heavy with rice bags but it was worth bringing back. I will work hard to make my guests fulfilled and happy while they are in Sado or other places like Niigata. Yes, I hope to see you again and be your guide!! Until then, please take care and have fun. Arigato, Fujiko
Fujiko san spoke excellent English. Was very knowledgeable about Sado. Worked hard to give us a very good experience. A pleasure to be with!
Hi, Joanna san Thank you very much for writing the review so fast! I'm sure you've reached the lodging by now and feel accomplished! I'm thinking to do the same in the near future. Anyway please enjoy Japan to the fullest wherever you visit. Arigato! Fujiko
She got everything well-prepared and studied in order to bring me a wonderful journey. I can get my job done smoothly and it should be credit to Fujiko too. Thanks very much.
Dear Cloudy Thank you very much for writing me a wonderful review of the tour. It was such a great and rare experience for me! I'm sure this trip was a big success for you. Otsukaresama deshita and Aisareru hitoni narimasuyouni! Fujiko