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Getting a taste of Saitama


Saitama
8 hours
up to 3 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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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

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  • 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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What to Expect

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 Japanese sake in Kawagoe.
You can taste 4 small cups of sake out of 40 kinds of sake produced in Saitama at a cost of ¥500 at a building formerly used for sake brewing.
Kawagoe is well known for its excellent restaurants serving delicious Japanese food, such as, buckwheat noodles called "soba",delicious grilled eel called "unagi" and a deep-fried breaded cutlet of pork.
Also, you can try lots of sweets made of sweet potato produced in Kawagoe.
Let's enjoy the beauties of the southern part of Saitama with Michiko!

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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 don't work as a guide after 5 p.m.

This tour is not available on Thursdays.

Cancellation Policy

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

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 ( 29 )
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i-mei I-mei United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 hours ago

“ Perfect for me ”

Lovely day with sculptures, prints, gardens and a private music show! Thanks for the memories!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. I just enjoyed the tour with you. I think you have a special talent on art. I was surprised when you told the meaning of the Japanese dance. It was nice talking with you.

Stephanie Stephanie Indonesia ( Friends )
Excellent
19 hours ago

“ We plan 3days tour Tokyo, Kawaguchigo and Nikko ”

We really enjoy our time with Michiko that has patient with all of us 5 people ... Thank you so much Michiko .. especially our time at kawaguchi go and Nikko ... have a nice travelling Ms Michiko

MICHIKO:

Thank you for joining my tour. I'm happy to hear that you've enjoyed the tour. I think I've done my utmost to help you experience the best of Japan such as visiting a beautiful and quiet garden and having "Kaiseki" dishes at a small Japanese restaurant in addition to viewing Mt. Fuji covered with snow. Give my regards to your friends.

Jerry Jerry United States
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Michiko-san was a great choice! ”

Michiko-san epitomized professionalism by pre-planning our individual tour based on what we'd like to see in the Tokyo area. The pre-planning included her going through prior dry-runs of routes to ensure that we'd be able to accomplish what we prioritized on our wish list and within the allotted time. If we chose to linger more at one location, Michiko-san was flexible and adjusted our itinerary. Without her, we couldn't have seen half the sites if we had tried on our own to find and navigate to these places through Tokyo's extensive rail and subway system. Additionally, she provided some written brief background & context on our tour stops prior to the actual meeting - which was quite thoughtful. We were very pleased with Michiko-san!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. I found a good dish called "sweet potato rice" at a small restaurant in Kawagoe on the day before the tour date. Sweet potato is a specialty of Kawagoe and I thought it was good for your stomach. Let's try it next time! And now I'm on the way to Lake Kawaguchiko to do the final route check for the tour expected next week. It's a beautiful day to enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji. Michiko

Lorne Lorne Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great day in Nikko with Michiko ”

My wife and I met Michiko at the Nikko station and had a great day discovering the wonders of Nikko. Michiko was the perfect guide - friendly, thoughtful and informative. She gave us great information but also gave us space when appropriate. We would highly recommend Michiko for tours in Nikko and Tokyo. Thank you Michiko!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. I just enjoyed the tour with you two. I was thrilled with the heavy traffic in the peak time of autumn color viewing. But we walked faster than the bus, right? And thank you for your interest in a Japanese sense of beauty called "Wabi Sabi". Michiko

Denise Denise United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Very accommodating ”

She was very kind, and adaptable to schedule changes. She knows Tokyo very well and was able to point out information, such as history, customs and culture. Very pleased! Would book again!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. It was really nice talking with you. Let's enjoy our third act of life, where we create value for things that we love to do! Please give my regards to your friends.

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