Tour will start in the early morning from your hotel in Tokyo. We will take Shinkansen train to a a local district in Niigata prefecture where we spend a half day tasing various sake, soy source and then Kaiseki dishes for lunch. Will try to match sake with our lunch just like we do for wine After the sake brewery tour, will be able to come back to your hotel in Tokyo in the evening.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Takano.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Shinjuku area
・transportation fee (you and guide) --- If you have JR pass, then round trip transportation cost from Tokyo to Niigata prefecture on JR Shinakansen for you is nill. However, JPY 18,000 for a non JR Pass holder including guide is required.
・lunch --- depending on your preference, any type of lunch can be arranged. My recommendation is to go for mini traditional multi-course Kaiseki lunch which costs JPY3,000 per head.
・wine and soy source tastings on the breweries are free of charge.
Advance reservation is recommended to join sake brewery factory tour
Born and raised in Niigata prefecture, visit my mother and sister who live in Niigata city every month from Tokyo. Niigata has lots of attractions for tourists, including Yahiko Shrine/suspension cable car ride to the top of Mt. Yahiko, Northern Culture Museum where you can see the richest farmer's residence and garden, sake breweries with free sake tasting, castle towns like Shibata city or Murakami city, winter ski resorts with four meters of snow, delicious local sea food from Sea of Japan or from Sado Island/ fruits and brown edamame. It takes only two hours by Shinkansen train to reach Niigata from Tokyo.
Niigata prefecture and Niigata city each has a population of 2.3 Million and 0.8 Million, good sizes but much smaller than Tokyo, the biggest city area in the world. By experiencing both Tokyo on the Pacific Ocean side and Niigata on the Sea of Japan side, you can taste both modern gigantic city life/culture and traditional city/rural life/culture in Japan.
In addition to Greater Tokyo Area where I live, I will be happy to be your guide in any cities/areas on the Sea of Japan side as well.
My tour destinations outside Greater Tokyo area include Niigata-city, Nagaoka -city, Itoigawa-city, Sado island, Nagano city, Snow Resorts in Niigata and Nagano mountain areas, Yamagata city, Tsuruoka city, Sakata city, Kanazawa city, Oono city, Echizen city, Tsuruga city, Fukui city, Gokayama and Shirakawago which are World Heritage sites famous for Gassho-zukuri and Kyoto/Nara.
If you have JR Passes, Shinkansen cost will be minimum. If you do not, it will cost 17,000 yen to purchase Shinkansen round trip ticket per person.
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Thank you Yoshi san for your expertise in guiding us. Without your local knowledge we would not have enjoyed our day out as much and would have never known about the local places to visit and eat. The little place in Ginza we are at lunchtime was amazing. It was spectacular tempura. Our walk through Kagarusaka and the geisha district was fascinating and the Tsukiji Fish Market would so much better with you as our guide. We learnt so much and would hesitate to recommend Yoshi san. Thank you
It was a fun to walk and chat with you Kate san, Paula san, Zoe san and Sack san as it reminded me of the days when my children were about the same ages as yours. I hope you and your family will be met with sufficient amount of snow in your ski-resort in Jyo-shinetsu area next ten days.
Takano has has been able to flexibly organize our tour last minute around weather and transportation constraints and even arrange for the first snow on top of Mount Fuji!
I did also enjoyed the view of snow-covered Mt.Fuji from the top of Mt.Takao with you and your family from Europe. Please enjoy autumn in Japan.
Very knowledgeable on sake making and arranged visit to authentic places. Thank you!
Thank you for visiting local 180-year old soy source and miso brewery owned/operated by my junior-high & high scool classmate in Settaya district of Nagaoka city. I am sure that you and your friend have become two of the most knowledgeable Singaporean women in fermentation products of Japan. Will send you photos later.
The half day we spent with Yoshiro Takano was truly one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. He listened to what was most important to us and accommodated our needs. He even guided us on how to use the train system. We were extremely pleased that we had him for a guide. I would definitely recommend booking with him.
I also enjoyed talking with Harry san and Charlene san. I am sure that your grandchildren are very happy with the souvenirs both of you have carefully chosen at Akagi Shrine in Kagurazaka.
Yoshi-san was a great guide for our 1/2-day Tokyo highlights tour. He is very accommodating, personable and extremely knowledgeable. We had a great experience and would highly recommend.
It has been a pleasure walking with Meg-san and her handsome husband from Maryland/DC. Please re-visit Tokyo next year to see some Olympic games.