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Highlights

  •   Hikawa Shrine
  •   Bonsai Village
  •   Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

Information

City Saitama
Depart From Saitama , Tokyo
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At the last site or the station nearby
Departure 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 4h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 4

Bonsai Museum and bonsai nurseries are closed every Thursday and special days.

Booking
4h
When?

People

180.00 USD

total price for up to 4 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

What to Expect

Let's visit Saitama City (approx. one hour train ride from Tokyo Station) to see the one of the most famous shrines around Tokyo and explore the world renowned Bonsai Village!

1) Hikawa Shrine
Founded about 2,400 years ago, it's "Chokusai-sha", a special shrine whose rituals are attended by an imperial envoy (there are only 16 Chokusai-sha in Japan) and one of the most important shinto shrines of the greater Tokyo area. It's also famous for the longest "sando (approach to the shrine)" in the world and the biggest torii gate in the Kanto region.

2) Bonsai Village
Bonsai nurseries moved from Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, seeking for the ideal place and settled here to form this Bonsai village. Here you can visit bonsai nurseries and the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (entrance fee / adult: JPY300-). The collection is overwhelming - please appreciate the highest quality bonsai masterpieces that you can never see anywhere else in the world!

[Please note:]
*We can walk or take a taxi between each site. If you would prefer taking a taxi, please pay the taxi fare.
*I can change the route and length of the tour flexibly. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up in central Tokyo area (Tokyo 23 wards)
*To pick you up at the hotel outside of Tokyo's 23 wards, I will ask you extra charge. Please ask for details.

What‘s not included

Your transportation (from/to your hotel), lunch and entrance fees.
*Entrance fee for the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum -
-Adult : 300 yen
-High school/university students and persons over 65 : 150 yen
-Elementary and Junior high school students : 100 yen
*Your tranportation will be around 1,000-2,000 yen per person, though it may vary depending on where you stay (e.g. one-way ticket from Tokyo to Omiya is 550 yen as of April, 2016).

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do we meet at the hotel?

Please let me know what time is convenient for you from 8:00-11:00. The final pick-up time is 11:00 as the sites we're visiting will be closed early evening.

Frequently Asked Questions

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
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You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
Please check the following link. https://triplelights.com/cancel
Yes, by using our secure online payment system, your payment information is encrypted and you are secured against fraud and unauthorized transaction. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged upon booking. However, if the guide does not accept your booking, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the charge was drawn.
No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Kelly
1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Wonderful tour guide! ”

We had a wonderful time with Kazue. She was extremely helpful prior to our trip by helping us decide what to see while in Tokyo. She was a lot of fun and extremely knowledgeable. She made our trip memorable. Thank you Kazue!

Kazue:
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Kelly! It was great meeting you. I already miss all of you a lot! I hope you fully enjoyed the tour and the rest of your stay in Japan. I wish all the best to you and your family :)

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Terry
1 month ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ When I told her I want to go to the school I attended as a child, she located it and initiated a call to them and then forward to me the web address. ”

It was a wonderful day. It began at the school I attended in K-2 grades and the the Dean of Admissions gave us an hour long tour and showed me the building where I would have had classes. It was rich. Then we visited a park near by that she thought was lovely and I probably went to as a child. On the way I spotted a pastry shop so we digressed for a treat and coffee. And walked thru the neighborhood of Hiro-o. Then we went to the Japanese Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square that I said I want to see as I love to see pottery and crafts of a country. Had a wonderful lunch along the way and then went to the gardens of the Imperial Palace and concluded with going to a big toy story for gifts for grandchildren. It was a fun, delightful day with Kazue who had a good listening hear and suggestions for what interests me.

Kazue:
Thank you for the review, Terry! It was great that you could visit the school you attended. Hope your grandchildren like what you got in Tokyo. Please send my best regards to your friend too :)

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Panos
2 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: Cyprus

“ Our customised tour in Tokyo with Kazue! ”

We had the most amazing day with Kazue during our tour in Tokyo! She is very friendly, polite and we really enjoyed our day with her visiting Tokyo! We contacted Kazue on her availability before arriving in Japan and she was very prompt to respond with ideas on how to customise our tour. After a few emails our plan was set and ready for our one-day (8hrs) tour of Tokyo. She introduced us to must-see areas, shrines/temples and food of Tokyo. The fact that she speaks perfect English, made our life so much easier when we needed a translator into Japanese. She made the first day of our honeymoon very special!

Kazue:
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Panos! I was honored to be the guide for the first day of your honeymoon. It was great that you let me know what you would expect on this tour in advance, which helped me a lot to understand your needs and suggest the itinerary. For me as well, it was an unforgettable, special tour. I'm happy to meet both of you and hope we can see each other again. Wishing you both a happily ever after!

Terrell Terrell
3 months ago , ( Solo ) , From: United States

“ Day trip to Kamakura ”

Kazue was so gracious and kind. We took a day trip together from Shinjuku to Kamakura. Communication prior was great. We connected on a messaging app which made discussing the trip and our meeting place much easier. She kindly met me at the train station closest to me, and she guided me through the temples and shrines of Kamakura. We shared great conversation together. She was very attentive to my needs on the tour, and she wanted to make sure that I was seeing all the historical landmarks I wanted to see in the area. She took me to a great local restaurant for lunch, and we tried different local foods over the course of the tour. Kazue was so great, and you could not go wrong with her as your guide. Thanks Kazue for helping make my trip to Japan so great!

Kazue:
Thank you very much for your wonderful review, Terrell! So many memories just in one day... lovely sceneries from the Enoshima Island, beautiful architectures and gardens, foods like manju, shrimp and octopus cracker & soba noodles... As your omikuji was "daikichi (best luck - it's truly rare!)", I wish you all the success, happiness, and joy in life!!

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Jasmine
3 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Great guide with pleasant nature ”

Kazue was very sweet and pleasant. She helped us cover a lot of the city in a day. Her English was very good so she was able to communicate with us easily. She also helped us make reservations for a restaurant and was very flexible with helping us plan the itinerary. We would definitely recommend her.

Kazue:
Thank you so much for kind words, Jasmine. It was great to meeting both of you! I hope you fully enjoyed your vacation in Japan. You must be busy after you get back home... please take care!

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