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Overview

If you want to visit somewhere remains good old days of Japan, Kawagoe is the place to go.
This local town is called little Edo as there are many houses restored as it is in Edo period and it has been very popular among Japanese.
You can visit many traditional temples and shrines and it will be the place for shopping souvenirs made in Japan,too.

Highlights

  •   1. Nakain temple founded in 830 by a grand Buddhist priest named Ennin. This temple resembles those in Kyoto with gardens and graves.
  •   2. Kitain temple meaning much happiness, used to be northern part of a temple of esoteric Buddhist sect of Tendai together with Nakain. It is optional but the special room in Edo castle and 500 statues of Rakan is worth visiting by paying 400 JPY.
  •   3. Eating Kawagoe's specialty such as Japanese noodle with tempura or BBQ eel for lunch from 1000 to 2000 JPY.
  •   4. Walking in the main house of Kawagoe castle with a Japanese garden. Entrance fee is 100 JPY.
  •   5. Eating snacks and shopping in Kurazukuri street and Kashiya street renovated from old warehouse in Edo period where you can buy genuine Japanese products.

Information

City Saitama
Depart From Saitama , Tokyo
Meeting Point at your hotel
Ending Point at your hotel
Departure 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 8:30h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 5
Booking
8:30h
When?

People

165.60 USD

final price

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

extra person more than five. 18.40 USD

What to Expect

We can visit many traditional temples and shrines developed during Edo period by using shuttle buses.
The good old days of Japan remains in the street called Kurazukuri where old warehouses are renovated into specialty shops.
Genuine Japanese products such as sweets and rice crackers are sold in those shops.


What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch and entrance fee

Extras (optional)

extra person more than five. 18.40 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation cost ?

It is about 1500 JPY including the train from Tokyo and buses at Kawagoe

How much is the entrance fee ?

Most places are free to enter.
It is optional but the entrance fee of both special room in Edo castle and 500 statues of Rakan in Kitain temple is 400 JPY and that of Kawagoe castle is 100 JPY.

What is the time schedule of the tour ?

Typical schedule is as follows.
10:00 hotel pick up
10:00-11:00 Train to Kawagoe
11:30-12:30 Nakain temple and Kitain temple
12:30-13:30 Lunch at Kotobukian
14:00-14:30 Kawagoe castle
15:00-17:00 Kurazukuri street and Kashiya street
17:30-18:30 Train to your hotel

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Reviews

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John
1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: United Kingdom

“ Varied Tokyo ”

We spent 5 days with Yuki and from the beginning, he was fantastic. He helped us to navigate the underground system, quickly and efficiently. We went to a variety of places, where he gave detailed explainations, sometimes using his iPad to show us different facts about where we were. We have seen some very modern parts of Tokyo whilst also enjoying more historical aspects too. Yuki has a great knowledge of history and events that shaped modern day Tokyo. He was flexible, helpful and very friendly, whilst helping us to follow Japanese protocol in different situations. We ate in some fabulous restaurants including having the most amazing sushi. We cannot recommend him highly enough for the time and effort he put in to making our stay so wonderful. Nothing was too much effort. We were sad to say goodbye.

Yuki:
Dear John, Thank you for taking your precious time before your depature to UK to write such a detailed review ! Your good fortune makes such a wonderful tour; just on time for the cherry blossom peak and viewing very clear Mt. Fuji due to sudden change of the weather during very rainy days. We missed many places such as Odaiba and Tokyo National museum. There are other places we could not planed such as Lake Kawaguchi and Kamakura. Let's save these places for your next visit to Japan, maybe sometime in autumn. Please give my best regards to your wife and daughters. Your are the best guest I have ever guided.

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Linda
2 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Yuki was Great! ”

Yuki did an excellent job of pre-trip planning, giving us many details and providing options. With our input he tailored the tour to concentrate on the things for which we had the most interest. Yuki did a very good job of letting us know what expenses to expect (admission fees, train ticket costs, etc.) and was able to optimize each trip to take advantage of passes which allow admission to several venues. Yuki made sure the pace was good (we prefer a fast pace), and he tailored the pace to be best for us.

Yuki:
Dear Linda, Thank you for writting such a elaborate review. It was a great pleasure for me to guide your family. Best regards, Yuki.

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Vipin
2 weeks ago , ( Family ) , From: Japan

“ Very Educational Session with Mr. Yuki ”

We were very pleased that it was Mr. Yuki that we chose to guide us around the Imperial Palace Grounds - he imparted to us his knowledge, and it was very edifying for us to know so much about Japanese history and Mr Yuki had the knack to mix the old with the new - in terms of how he related things about Japan to us. We are very grateful to Mr. Yuki. The final touch we Mr. Yuki sent us the photos he had taken - and this to us is very very memorable.

Yuki:
Dear Vipin, Thank you for writing a review of my tour. I was very glad to know that you are interested in Japanese history and gave me a lot of questions. Best regards, Yuki.

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Darren
2 weeks ago , ( Friends ) , From: Australia

“ Day trip to Harkone ”

We did a day trip to Harkone with Yuki. The day was excellent and we go to do lots of different things. We added an extra couple a few days before the trip. The only thing was the itinerary that Yuki gave me was not the one we did on the day. My partner and I really wanted to do a tea ceremony and i explained several times that this was the highest priority. On the train to Harkone Yuki explained all the different things we can do and i reminded him this was the most important. By mid afternoon i asked about the tea ceremony and where we were doing it and he told me it was too late and we were going to miss out. The first half of the day was great but after that we seemed to be running late for everything and rushed through. When we got to the area with the black eggs we had literally 5 mins to look around and then jump on a bus. I feel like the day should have been better planned out and Yuki should have explained if we do one thing we can't do another. He also changed the start time of the day the night before.

Yuki:
Dear Darren, Thank you for writing your review. I am very sorry for your complaints. But it was difficult for me too. If we had visited tea ceremony at first as we had planned we would arrive Mt. Koma later and we may not see Mt. Fuji from there as it was predicted to be getting cloudy. I understood that viewing Mt. Fuji is more important than tea ceremony at Hakone. So I decided to go Mt. Koma at first but we missed the rope way to Mt. Koma as it took too long time to pay all the bills for lunch separately by seven of you. Please remember that I tried to catch the rope way by running but it had just left. I also didn't realize that they have changed the time of the ship from Mt. Koma. At that time I was scolded "you are a busy man" by one of your group member. I visited Hakone more than ten times and I always do my best including this time but it is a difficult place to plan. I am hoping your success of your show in Japan. Best regards, Yuki.

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Elizabeth
4 weeks ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Yuki was amazing ”

This was our first trip to Japan and we hired Yuki for three full days of touring us around Tokyo. He came to our apartment on time each morning to pick us up and took us to our planned events for the day. He even helped pick restaurants that suited our dietary needs. He also made sure we returned to our apartment without getting lost. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend Yuki for anything you plan to do in Tokyo.

Yuki:
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for your complement. I am glad that you enjoyed my tours including the private hot bath in Hakone. It was a good memory for me too. Best regards, Yuki.

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