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Exciting Experience Tour in Shinjo (EETS)

8 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

You can experience three exciting things in this tour. First, you can see Shinjo Festival float ( Intangible World Cultural Heritage), and play the "hayashi" music at the museum, wearing a "happy" coat. Second, you can enjoy a thrilling boatride down the Mogami River, like Matsuo Basho, a haiku poem master from about 400 years ago. Third, you can hike in "Genso-no-mori", Fantasy Forest.


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  • Shinjo Matsuri Festival (UNESCO Intangible World Cultural Heritage)
  • Thrilling Boatride Down the Mogami River
  • Exciting Hike around Genso-no-mori (Fantasy Forest)

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What to Expect

Shinjo Festival is registered as a UNESCO Intangible World Cultural Heritage along with Japan’s 32 festivals featuring floats. If you are interested in float festivals, this is a must-see in Japan.You can not only observe the spectacular floats, but also experience the atmosphere of the festival, wearing a ”happy” coat and performing the ” hayashi” music. In fact the festival is held from August 24th to 26th every year. This tour takes you to the spots and facilities related to it.
Also you can enjoy an exciting boatride down the swift Mogami River (the 8th longest in Japan, about 230 kms) , which runs through Yamagata-ken only. Matsuo Basho, haiku (17-syllabled peom) master took the same trip about 400 years ago and wrote a world-famous haiku, which read: Flowing so swiftly, Gathering early summer rains; the Mogami River. Why not try making your own haiku on a boat?
Lastly, definitely you 'd like to visit "Genso-no-mori", which literally means " Fantasy Forest". We can see and hike around a lot of one-thoudand-year-old funny-shaped cedar trees. The strange curves are said to have been caused by an annual heavy snowfall, which is usually more than 3-to-4-meter deep.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At Shinjo Station
Ending Point At Shinjo Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide) : Chartered Small Taxi ¥6,600 , Chartered Jumbo Taxi ¥8,800 (per hour), About ¥3,000 ( per person In case of using public transportation : JR train and bus), Boatride ¥ 2500 (per person), Lunch ¥1000, Dinner ¥2000 (If necessary), Museum Admission Fee ¥300 (per person)


I'm available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.

Transportation fee and lunch of you and a guide will be paid by the customer.
If you book me before making inquiries, please note that you may be requested to pay extra guide fee for hotel pickup (about 3,000 yen) depending on the location. So, please ask me first.

The itinerary is very flexible. I can adjust the schedule to your liking. So, please let me know your preference in advance.

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 ( 2 )
4.5 (2) Reviews
Very Good
Spencer Spencer United States ( Couple )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Very Nice Person ”

Shimizu-San is a very nice person and we enjoyed his company. The first day to Yamadera was lots of fun but we could have done without the Basho museum. The second day was less interesting. Though the old Prefecture building was OK, it was not worth the time. Yamagata Castle was a bit of a bust. Lunch, however, at Gura was very good.


Thanks a lot for writing a review for me. I was very happy to have an opportunity to show you around Yamadera mountain complex and Kajo Koen Park. It was a pity, however, that we could not climb up to the top of Mt. Zao on the second day as originally scheduled becase of the weather and the cable car check-up. Maybe next time! I personally enjoyed your sophisticated talks and jokes all through the tour. You are definitely one of the best couples I've ever met in my whole life. Thanks again for choosing me as your personal guide for two days. Next time why not visit Mt. Zao and the Shinjo-Mogami region for another exciting tour? I'm very much looking forward to it. I do hope you'll enjoy the rest of your tour in Japan. See you again. Bon voyage!

Richard Richard Canada ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Sakata full day tour ”

We had a very good time with Kuniaki visiting Sakata while our ship had a stop there. When we arrived Kuniaki was waiting for us at the agreed meeting point. His English was excellent. Since we had limited time to visit, we were happy to have a very well organized guide with us. The tour was well managed and we got to see what was in our program for the day. We enjoyed every place we visited. The monk sanctuary is not a place to be missed. Kuniaki is very knowledgeable and a pleasing person to be around. Without hesitation we would recommend Kuniaki as a guide.


Thanks a lot for your tour review. It is a very good reminiscence for me, too. I'm happy that you had the time of your life visiting the Five-Story Pagoda, Mt. Haguro, Rice Storehouses, Maiko Teahouse, and Kaiko-ji Temple, which houses two living Buddhas (you mentioned above). Your family is always very punctual and considerate to others. I've never met such an amiable family in my whole life. Have fun with the rest of your trip in Japan . See you around. Bon Voyage! Thank you so much.

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