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I am a tour guide with national licence of guide interpreter, especially good in Akita. Akita is a prefecture locating south next to Aomori the north tip prefecture of Honshu the main land of Japan, and is facing to the Sea of Japan.
The word Akita may reminds you of DOGS or the Vatican admitted MIRACLE STATUE of St. Mary- Our Lady of Akita-, but there is much more here. The Shirakami Mt. range, the world natural heritage, unique folklores NAMAHAGE the God's messengers-UNESCO stated world intangible heritage-, classical bear hunters MATAGI, beautiful view of the Sea of Japan at the sunset, rice field of world famous label Akita-komachi, sake the rice wine, festivals, various fruits, and so on that I would never end writing up here. Oops! I almost forgot to mention the Samurai Houses district Kakunodate and the Japan Deepest Lake Tazawako!
I am a lisenced Namahage Missionary which means I can tell you a lot about the Akita local lives.
I was not brought up in Akita nor Tohoku the northern area of Honshu mainland of Japan, but have lived here over 13 years. I was brought up in Tokyo and moved here unexpectedly (because of my husband's job). I totally had no idea about Akita nor Tohoku before then. I am proud that I have the view of an etranger and I can show you what you would be interested in. Tohoku has everything you would expect to Japanese local and classical lives.
Please visit Akita and Tohoku area. This area is not well known to the outer world than its residents yet.
You explore Akita and be the pioneer of this region with Miwi.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 8 people
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We arrived in Akita aboard a cruise ship with 5 hours for touring. Our main interest was visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Akita. Miwi met us at the dock with an enthusiastic welcome that matched her bright style. She understood well our priorities and planned perfectly. Besides the Shrine, there was a special coffee house and and the opportunity to taste local highly reputed Sakes. With excellent English and great communication skills, she gave us a full understanding of the region, town and Shrine. When we think of Akita, Miwi's special personality will always come to the forefront. Steve and Pilar Stein, Coral Gables, Florida
Dear Mr.Steve and Mrs.Pilar, The day your tour guide enjoyed to guide you in cherry blossoms is so memorable. This must be a bless of the Lady. I am talking not only about the memory of the beautiful day but also the happy review you wrote for me. I know I must be the blessed one that you found me through this TripleLights site. I always wish you to be more blessed than I am that you came far Akita to see the Lady. I wish to let you enjoy more sake (rice wine and your interest, double meaning LOL) . I am so appreciated I could be a friend of yours.
We were a party of 8 from a cruise ship that stopped for the day in Aomori. Miwi had an excellent day planned for us. We first visited a Samari Blacksmith shop, then went to the Seiben Garden. We then spent about 2 hours at the Cherry Blossum Festival at Hirosaki Castle. We got to see the Festival in process and had lunch then. We finished with the Neputamura museum. We had a full and great day with Miwi. Miwi is an excellent guide and a very likable person. Our driver was also excellent. We had a full and great day in Aomori.
Dear Barbara!! I am so appreciated I could be Your tour guide! It was really a wonderful day that I could be a part of your group. Northern Japan has a lot more to visit and I keep expecting to have another chance to guide you again. Thanks a lot for your nice review also. with love, Miwi
Miwi is a bundle of energy and joy and I was grateful that I booked her for my tour. If I could have added more days to my tour, I would have added more days in Akita and hired Miwi for the extra days. She is full of spirit and has a great love for her country and especially Akita. Make sure to see the Namahage Museum and enjoy the performance there.
Dear Don, The day I had been with you was marvelous! I enjoyed to guide you Oga, but I am sooo happy to know YOU enjoyed it. It was so cold we had snow on the previous day but now you can be in full of cherry blossoms in Akita. I would love to show you all the four different seasons of Akita, and I am quite sure you'll love them. Thanks a lot you found me through this TripleLights site. I am looking forward to read more in your blogs, and expecting we can see each other some day again. with the appreciation more than I can describe, Miwi
Miwi-san is an excellent guide and perfect for exploring the hidden gems of Akita! She was able to offer a very personalised tour considering my interests which made me feel very special. From the efficient coordination with the staff in the places we visited to the wonderful lunch recommendation, I really enjoyed my day tour with her!
My dear Ms. Maria, I am so appreciated to know you enjoyed your day in Akita. It really had been a blessing for me that I could meet Our Lady of Akita with you. It is snowing in Akita today again, I am sure you are well blessed that no rain nor snow bothered you to have your tour. I would love to show you all four different seasons in Akita, so I’ll be looking forward to have another chance to see each other. With too much appreciation to tell you, Miwi
As a seasoned ocean cruise traveler, who along with my wife have used many different private tour guides for our numerous shore excursions, Miwi is arguably the best private tour guide we ever had. She speaks excellent English and is very knowledgeable about Akita and it's surrounding areas. Her expert commentary on the samurai house, the tea house visit and lunch, and the beautiful Tazawako Lake are all memorable. The highlight of our tour was the walk through the Dakigaeri Gorge to the Mikaeri-no-taki waterfall. The two thirds mile walk to the waterfall is a must. To see the beautiful blue water contrasting with the beautiful white boulders and the green foilage is unbelievable. And the falls are a sight to see. I wish I could add pictures I took in them. Maybe Miwi will post s... read more
I should mention that you made me cry quite!! Thank you is not enough at all to show my appreciation that you became my precious guests and gave me such a wonderful comment to my tour. The Koa Clock on my fireplace will always cheer me up. I miss you and your party, but am looking forward that we will have another chance to see each other again!! Hoping all my appreciation can be reached to you!