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Getting a taste of Saitama

by MICHIKO
(17) Reviews
8h $ 113 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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113.41 USD

Price up to 3 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up within Tokyo-23-ward.
$ 9.40
Extra person.
$ 9.40

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 at a traditional Japanese building.

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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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 work as a guide after 5 p.m.

This tour is not available on Thursdays.

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.
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 ( recommended )   Flexible
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 ( 17 )
RON RON Sri Lanka ( Couple )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ she looked after us ”

MICHIKO LOOKED AFTER US VERY WELL ON OUR 2 SEPARATE DAY TOURS OF TOKYO, WE WERE VERY GLAD THAT SHE TOOK IN CONSIDERATION MY CONDITION FOLLOWING SURGERY ON MY LEG EARLY IN THE YEAR.

MICHIKO:

Dear RON, Thank you for your review. I'm really happy to hear you. Actually I've been worried about your condition as a person who had the same experience as you had. Please say hello to Brenda. She is one of the most wonderful ladies I've ever met. Best regards, Michiko

William William United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Sightseeing in Tokyo ”

I'm so grateful i got blessed with such a pleasant guide as Michiko. She was so helpful in setting up my agendas as to what we wanted to see in Tokyo and also gave us multiple sample itineraries. She met us at our hotel lobby and and we are promptly off on our adventure. It was so nice having someone guide us around Tokyo esp the transportation systems. I think one could def do it on their own but it sure was nice having someone take out the stress of getting around. It was also very nice having her tell us exactly what each thing we were looking at was and presenting the history behind a structure/shrine. My travel companion was a Vegan and Michiko was so kind that she took time to find and reserve a restaurant for her without us even telling her to do so. When i come back to Ja... read more

MICHIKO:

Dear William, Thank you for your good review. I was encouraged by your words greatly. I really appreciate it! Best regards, Michiko

Marcin Marcin United States ( Family )
Poor
1 month ago

“ Visit in Tokyo 10 of 10 ”

She doesn't show up for Mt. Fuji trip.

MICHIKO:

Quick request to go see Mt Fuji is difficult to meet in this rainy season. I think it would help you, but it did just the opposite. I'm sorry to hear your review, in spite of all my efforts. I was not able to meet your sudden request, " We'd like to go see Mt. Fuji tomorrow." If you'd let me know in advance, I could surely take you to there, using another route. Even though It was three days before. I had asked you many times "Where would you like to go". But I had not got any answer related to Mt. Fuji until just before the day. You know, this time of the year, rainy season, Mt. Fuji rarely shows up. I thought that you might not see Mt. Fuji from my best Fuji tour, Hakone route. And the main attraction of my tour to enjoy dynamic views of Mt. Fuji. from a ropeway is not availab... read more

Dondino Dondino United States
Excellent
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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