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Getting a taste of Saitama

by MICHIKO
(14) Reviews
8h $ 116 Price up to 3 people

Highlights

  • 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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115.51 USD

Price up to 3 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up within Tokyo-23-ward.
$ 9.30

Overview

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 with local dishes at a traditional Japanese building.

What to Expect

With this tour, you'll get the best of the southern part of Saitama near Tokyo:
You'll see the Japanese sense of beauty through one of time-honored Japanese cultures, Bonsai and be exposed to the spiritual atmosphere by visiting the famous Shinto shrine and Temples.
You can savor local dishes with excellent Japanese sake at a restaurant formerly used for a sake brewery.
You can taste 4 small cups of sake out of 40 kinds of sake produced in Saitama at a cost of ¥500.

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Highlights

  • 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

Important

This tour is not available on Thursdays.

I don't accept after 5 pm bookings.

What‘s included
guide fee: ¥10000
transportation fees and entrance fees for your guide: ¥2420
What‘s not included
transportation fees and entrance fees for each guest: ¥2420
food and drink
at a tasting place: You can choose 4 glasses of Japanese sake out of 40 kinds at a cost of ¥500.
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.
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM
Number of people
up to 3 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 14 )
Dondino Dondino United States
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Thank you!! ”

Michiko was on time to meet us at Narita airport. She showed us where to store our extra luggage’s at the airport, oriented us with the JR pass and subway system, SUICA card. She accompanied us to Tokyo station and got us into our hotel safely. This was a stress free arrival for us since we have two young kids with us. We would have used her for our sightseeing guide around Tokyo but unfortunately it rained most of the time we were in Tokyo. But the knowledge she shared with us was great. Thank you Michiko!!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your good review. I was really happy meeting your cute children and charming wife. Please give my regards to your wonderful family. Thank you Dondino!!

Melanie Melanie United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Kamakura day excursion ”

Enjoyed our day in Kamakura with Michiko-San. She was very sweet and kind. Very prepared and knowledgeable. My daughter and I had a wonderful time.

MICHIKO:

" A peaceful and precious time " Thank you for your good review and giving me a great opportunity to study the history of Kamakura from a religious perspective. It was also a peaceful and precious time for me.

Jeanne Jeanne United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic experience ”

I had never been to Tokyo before and had no idea where things were. I sent a message listing the things I wanted to see, and Michiko created a customized tour for me that far exceeded my expectations!

MICHIKO:

Dear Jeanne, Thank you for your good review. I greatly appreciate your cooperation that let us carry out the busiest tour pleasantly without delay. By the way, I like your class on "info-graph" that makes it easier to see things from a different perspective and that could help human society. It was nice talking to you. Please enjoy Japan! Best regards, Michiko

Guy Guy United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ First visit and Michiko took very good care of us! ”

Michiko met us at NRT and walked us through the process of getting our metro card (Suica) and then a ticket for the Skyliner to get us from NRT to Tokyo. We visited a few shrines on the way to our hotel. We met on the second day and visited the Bonsai garden and museum then walked around the area visiting several bonsai nurseries. We had a lunch break, then went to Kawagoe and visited a couple of shrines, seeing a fire ceremony. Following that, we came back to Tokyo and visited Shinjuku garden and then a shopping mall to pick up an adapter to charge my laptop (no 3 wire plugs in our room). Michiko heard us talking about a place called Yakatori Alley, or something like that, so she took us on a walk through there as it was very close to Shinjuku station. Our third day began with a su... read more

MICHIKO:

Dear Guy, Thank you for your good review. It's only because of your cooperation that made the tour special in spite of the holiday congestion. I've learned a guiding principle for human life from you two. Your words will uphold me greatly now and forever. And I've also leaned the function of the V-shaped roof material. I greatly appreciate your kindness. Bon voyage! Best regards, Michiko

Tracey Tracey New Zealand ( Solo )
Good
1 month ago

“ Day trip from Tokyo to Saitama and Kawagoe ”

I booked a full day with Michiko. We went to Saitama to visit the Bonsai museum and then on to the Edo-period village of Kawagoe which was lovely. As a solo traveller I appreciated Michiko meeting me at my hotel. I found Michiko to be professional and helpful. I had difficulty communicating with Michiko in English which meant questions and discussions were limited throughout the day.

MICHIKO:

Dear Tracey, Thank you for your honest views. Actually, I felt the same way as you wrote. Sometimes I couldn't catch your English and I gave up deepening our communication especially about religion which is still deeply rooted in the people's lives today. But your review will be my great motivation for future tours. I will practice my English more and more and make every effort for better communication with my guests. I hope you've had a good time in Japan. Best regards, Michiko

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