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Getting a taste of Saitama


Saitama
8 Hours
up to 3 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

How about getting a taste of Saitama located next to Tokyo on your vacation? You have a good time viewing beautiful Bonsai at the world-famous Bonsai mecca. Then you sense a solemn spiritual atmosphere at the old temple halls. And you can taste many kinds of Japanese sake made in Saitama at a traditional Japanese building.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with MICHIKO.

  • The Omiya Bonsai Museum, Bonsai village and Hikawa Shrine: to see the Japanese sense of beauty through the time-honored Japanese culture,Bonsai and the famous shrine

  • Koedo Kurari: to taste local dishes and many kinds of Japanese sake, rice wine produced in Saitama.

  • The Old Town in Kawagoe: to find many beautiful traditional fire-resistant storehouses on the main street and small traditional sweet shops along a narrow street.

  • Kita-in Temple and Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Temple: to sense a spiritual atmosphere through the temple halls, the only surviving buildings of Edo Castle and the 538 stone statues of the disciples of Buddha

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel within Tokyo-23-ward area
Ending Point At your hotel within Tokyo-23-ward area, JR Ikebukuro station or JR Tokyo station.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee: ¥10000
transportation fees for your guide: ¥2065 (¥1565 for train fare ¥500 for "one day pass" of bus)

What‘s not included

transportation fees for each guest: ¥2065
entrance fees for each guest: (¥300 for Bonsai Museum & ¥400 for Kitain Temple)
food and drink
at a tasting place: You can choose 4 glasses of Japanese sake out of 40 kinds at a cost of ¥500.

Important

This tour is not available on Thursdays.

* I'm afraid I cannot guide my guests until the eradication of COVID-19 in Japan. I’m looking forward to helping you make your dreams come true in your sightseeing tours in beautiful Japan.
* I can't work as a guide after 5 p.m.
* I can't guide solo male guest or a group of all male members.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
Thank you for your understanding.

This tour is not available on Thursdays.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 35 )
4.6 (35) Reviews
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Dorothy Dorothy United States ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ A Wonderful Experience! ”

We spent two days with Michiko in Kamakura and Nikko. She did a fantastic job of organizing our time and sharing her knowledge and love of these beautiful places! It was a pleasure to work with Michiko.

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your kind review. I was impressed by your excellent empathy skills being based on your attitude trying to see things from a different perspective. I believe people like you make the world peace!

Narendra Narendra United States ( Couple )
Very Good
9 months ago

“ Very Efficient and Friendly ”

Michiko met us promptly at the start of our tour and showed the schedule and said she is very flexible and can move things around. This actually happened because of bad weather conditions and with our approval, she suggested changes that reversed the morning itinerary with the evening. It was a long and busy day and crammed with activities as per my suggestions and Michiko kept us on track and allowed a lot of time for us to enjoy each site. Though English is not her native language, we were able to communicate with her fairly effectively. I would definitely use her services the next time I am in Japan.

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your kind words! They encouraged me a lot. I’ve not been confident in my English. However, I’m a nationally licensed English tour guide and medical interpreter with a certificate of the highest grade in the English proficiency test. Come to think of it, I have no time to despair. I’ll continue practicing English everyday slow but sure to help my guests make their dreams come true. Again, thank you for your kindness!

Somsri Somsri United States ( Friends )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ A wonderful ”

Michiko is a heart warming person. She is very attentive , kind and generous. She took us to all the places we requested. She is fun and knowledgeable. We were happy to have her as our guide.

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. It’s encouraged me a lot to carry out nice tours for future guests. I’m on the Shinkansen to go back home from the final route check in Hakone (near Mt. Fuji) for the tour expected the next week. Hakone has an amazing “onsen”, hot springs. Let’s go there next time!

Veronica Veronica United States ( Friends )
Very Good
10 months ago

“ Tries hard ”

Michiko tries very hard and does her homework to prepare for her tours. Her lunch suggestions were really great and we appreciated that very much.

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review, Veronica. It will be my great motivation for future tours! I always do my best for my guests. I hope you all have refreshed yourselves at the magnificent views of waterfalls and architecture in Nikko and a sea breeze in a Japan’s old capital, Kamakura.

Suandari Suandari Canada ( Family )
Very Good
11 months ago

“ Lake Kawaguchiko / Kamakura-Hase ”

My husband and I spent two days with Michiko and had a wonderful time. Always so cheerful and full of energy, she took care of us in every way. Her knowledge of the Japanese culture made these tours the more interesting, as was her choice of lunch menu. Thank you Michiko, till we meet again.

MICHIKO:

It was nice talking with you. The Kamakura shogunate was the country's first "samurai" government established in the end of the 12th century. The town is surrounded by mountains and facing the Sagami-bay on the south.That's why the place is called "a natural fortress". I think Zen temples including Kenchoji which is well-known for its quiet simplicity and fortitude must have supported "samurai" who need extraordinary powers of concentration and decisiveness. I hope you have a good time in Japan!

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