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US$ 39 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
Wednesday & Friday : Guide is avilable on 8:30 - 13:00
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Cities where I can guide: Nagano

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Hourly rate 39 USD Price up to 4 people
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I am living in Shiojiri city Nagano prefecture for 4 years. Before living in Shiojiri, I lived in Shanghai (2.5 years) and Beijing (2 years) in China for business. (I could speak a little bit Chinese.) I lived in Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dusseldorf in Europe for 11 years. I could accommodate you with my experience lived in overseas. Please give me your need of trip in Japan. Let’s create good plan with you for enjoying staying in Nagano.

The location of Shiojiri city is around 200Km from Tokyo and from Nagoya toward mountain area, center of Japan. You take JR train, highway bus or rental car. It takes around 3 hours to come to Shiojiri or Matsumoto area. Matsumoto city are second largest city in Nagano prefecture, which has Matsumoto black castle called as “crow castle”. Matsumoto castle is the 5 famous old castles designated as national treasure.

Nagano prefecture is mountainous area, so that you can enjoy cool and comfortable weather. Japanese summer period (from the end of June till September is terribly hot and humid, but if you stay at Nagano prefecture in summer period, you can escape from hot and humid and enjoy Japan. (Hokkaido area is also good in summer period.) These are a lot of sightseeing spots especially for the beautiful nature, sport area for trekking and ski / snowboarding, various type of hot springs, shrine and temples in Nagano prefecture. You can enjoy Japanese four season in Nagano prefecture.

Here are some cities recommended for tour in Nagano prefecture.

Suwa district for lake and 4 famous shrines, Matsumoto district for castle and museums, Kamikouchi district for trekking and national park (starting from Matsumoto), Shiojiri-Kiso district for old post town from 17 century, Hakuba ski area (winter) trekking (summer), Azumino country side for cycling, Spa and gourmet, Nagano city for Togakushi shrine and Zehkouji temple, Jigokudani monkey park near Yudanaka hot spring.

Compared to big city such as Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, shopping area, big hotel and international restaurant are not so many, but I am sure you can enjoy comfortable Hotel and Japanese-inn with good taste Japanese local food such as Soba noodle (Buckwheat noodle), horse meat, Sanzoku yaki (Deep fried Chicken) and Source Katsu Don (Deep fried pork bowl) and so on.

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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$39.25 US$39.25 US$9.82
4 Hours US$156.99 US$156.99 US$39.27
7 Hours US$274.73 US$274.73 US$68.72

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 7 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum

Private Tours

Buckwheat noodle making and eating

by Masaru
Do you like Japanese food? This is special experience to make buckwheat noodle (soba noodle). At first, Watch carefully how to make soba noodle then try...
4.5 Hours US$ 157 up to 4 people

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?

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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 time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.