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Experience the Ukiyo-e world of Utagawa Hiroshige 「 Saruhashi Bridge & Boat Ride」

2 hours
up to 7 people
English ( License ), Spanish ( Intermediate )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

In autumn, Saruhashi bridge shows a magnificent landscape with colored leaves. November is the best time!
Enjoy the boat ride, the local museum and the local town ! The famous *Ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Hiroshige, was awed by the scenery of Saruhashi bridge and depicted it in the 19th century. You will see the same scenery as he did from the river below. Please experience the Ukiyo-e world !


Feel free to personalize this offer with Kyoko.

  • Boat ride ----- 30 minutes' exciting excursion
  • Saruhashi Bridge ----- See the unique structure of the bridge from close.
  • Otsuki-shi Local Museum ------ Exhibitions about Otsuki city history
  • Saruhashi town ------ Cozy and nostalgic town

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What to Expect

・Otsuki is a great place to stopover for tourists going to the Mt. Fuji area!Please drop in and experience this historic Ukiyo-e site.

・To experience the complete Ukiyo-e world of Utagawa Hiroshige, you need to look up Saruhashi from the river below. This is the only tour to take a boat of Katsuragawa River. Join and experience the Edo Period !

・Saruhashi has a unique building method. If you are interested in architecture, this bridge will attract you .
Saruhashi is a bridge crossing high over the beautiful valley of the Katsuragawa River and does not have any piers and is simply supported by four arrays of cantilever beams protruding from the river cliffs. Also, wooden-boarded special steel beams were used instead of wooden support beams. This was the first attempt in the world to use such beams. You like to know more? If so, please come to Saruhashi and the local museum!

Note* [ Ukiyo-e ] A traditional art form of Japanese wood block prints that flourished in the Edo-Period (17th-19th century)

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Saruhashi Staition ( JR Chuo Line )
Ending Point Saruhashi Staition ( JR Chuo Line )

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee
Rental fee (life vest, boots, hat)
Entrance fee( Otsuki-shi local museum)

What‘s not included

Transportation fee


①  Walking shoes and comfortable clothes (pants) recommended.
   For a boat ride, wear a life jacket, boots and a straw hat.
②  Follow boat crew’s instruction.
 In case of performing a dangerous act, boat ride may be cancelled for safety reasons.
③  Children should be accompanied by adults. Please keep an eye on children.
④  Insurance included.
⑤ We may cancel a tour in case of bad weather.
 In that case, we can offer substitute tour upon request.
  Ex) Visiting a traditional Japanese house, join a class of Tea ceremony or how to wear Yukata.
(Informal cotton Kimono)
⑥ Local museum is closed on Mondays. We can arrange a substitute spot. read more

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 )
5.0 (2) Reviews
Very Good
Han Han Korea, Republic of ( Friends )
10 months ago

“ Wonderful experience in Bridge of Ukiyoe ”

Before we go on a boat trip, we went to the Otsuki Local Museum. We learned about the history and structure of Saruhashi Bridge. The officer who is working in the museum was so enthusiastic, that we could more concentrate and impressed on his explanation. Next we experienced the boat trip. We enjoyed Momiji(autumn leaves) with various panorama. It feels like sailing back to the Edo period, the painter who drew the Saruhashi Bridge as Ukiyoe art. 자연이 예뻤다 그림 속에 들어간 거 같았다 일본 분위기가 좋았다 박물관 직원분이 열정적이었다 정적인 경험과 동적인 경험을 같이 즐길 수 있어서 좋았다 단풍이 예뻤다 풍류를 즐기던 옛날 사람들이 된 것 같은 기분이었다 여러 각도에서 아름다운 경치를 볼 수 있었다 다리 모양이 신기했다. Sori(Korean) - 도시를 벗어나 자연을 느낄 수 있어서 굉장히 좋았고 가이드의 쉬운 설명과 준비성에 감탄을 금치 못했다. Jina(Korean) -가을에 가서 사루하시의 멋진 풍경과 단풍을 볼 수 있어서 좋았다. 사루하시 뿐만 아니라 박물관에 가서 사루하시의 역사를 공부할 수 있다는 점도 좋았다. 가이드... read more


Thank you for the great review. I'm so glad to hear that you all enjoyed the trip. I was so impressed with your enthusiastic in studying about Japanese culture, and having a lot of curiosity about Japan. I am so proud of having such wonderful guests. Thank you again, and please come back and visit this wonderful place !

Fumiko  carla Fumiko Japan
11 months ago

“ A fascinating experience of Utagawa Hiroshige ”

It was a sunny day yesterday and I had a great tour with Kyoko. Kyoko was polite, decent and kind ! She was very informative knowing about the bridge, local history and Ukiyo-e, too. Saruhashi Bridge surrounded by autumn leaves was fantastic ! The view from the boat was just like Ukiyo-e of Hiroshige! As an Ukiyo-e fan , I was moved so much by that view. Would definitely recommend this tour !

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