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Otaru: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

1. Otaru: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover Otaru’s historical sites, favorite local spots, and hidden gems on a private walking tour with nationally licensed guide. Choose from a 6 or 4-hour tour, whose itinerary can be customized to fit your interests. Be introduced to some of the best spots, restaurants, and sweet shops in Otaru, a famous historical city and a popular vacation spot in Hokkaido Take a relaxing stroll through the footpath of the Otaru Canal, the most famous sightseeing spot in Otaru, running through the central area of the city. Taste fresh seafood at Otaru Sankaku Ichiba, a historic triangular market established in 1957. Get a unique souvenir at Otaru Music Box Museum, featuring a brick-clad main building that exudes a nostalgic atmosphere. Feel and touch Otaru craftsmanship at Kitaichi Glass. See the impressive glasswork created here and learn about the company’s history and the important role it played in the city’s fishing industry.

Kanazawa: Private Tour with Local Guide

2. Kanazawa: Private Tour with Local Guide

Discover the beautiful town of Kanazawa on a fully customizable tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and where you are staying, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Kanazawa and begin your adventure. Visit Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and stroll through the garden of a feudal lord which took years to complete. Afterward, head to Kanazawa Castle Park and visit Kanazawa Castle. Discover impressive buildings and gardens which been successfully and accurately reconstructed in recent years. Then, enjoy lunch at Omicho Market and be amazed by the selection of fresh fish and local vegetables at "Kanazawa's Kitchen". Then, proceed to the Chaya District for a leisurely walking tour. See the area of Higashi Chaya known for its architecture retaining the grace of the Edo Era with its many miso stores, rice shops, and teahouses serving wagashi confections. Visit stores that practice the traditional folkcraft of Kanazawa and the Kaga Yuzen art of dyed fabrics.

Osaka Food Tour (10 Delicious Dishes at 5 Hidden Eateries)

3. Osaka Food Tour (10 Delicious Dishes at 5 Hidden Eateries)

Explore the hidden gem of Shinsekai with your guides and discover the real Osaka. Osaka’s Shinsekai district is a vibrant place combining modern and traditional cuisine. Fill your belly with some of the best food you will have in Japan. Discover hidden, original establishments which have been chosen by two local expert guides. Wander in and around the markets that serve traditional Osakan food for an authentic local experience.  Make your way to the first eatery, a takoyaki, or battered octopus balls, stall. Then visit an Izakaya restaurant and sample some authentic Osakan kitsune Udon along with japanese style chicken wings. Also taste the locally invented kushikatsu, which are lightly deep-fried vegetables, meats and seafood on skewers. Head off the beaten path and visit a cosy, traditional Japanese restaurant you will get dishes of mouthwatering nikudoufu or beef and tofu stew, original yakitori or skewered beef assortments, plus an alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage. Then visit specialized delicious gyoza dumpling establishment. The last dishes of the night will be at a unique Japanese eatery. Enjoy a tonpeiyaki, or pork omelette plus an abundance of edamame and karaage, Japanese fried chicken with spices. Another drink of your choice here is included. Finish off the night at a market eating Japanese castella cake shaped as the local mascot of Shinsekai.

Hakodate: Private Customized Guided Tour

4. Hakodate: Private Customized Guided Tour

Explore Hakodate in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4 hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. Hakodate has a long history of international trade and is home to European-style buildings, churches, and red-brick warehouses, as well as nostalgic streetcars that makes their way around the city. Meet up with your guide at your hotel or anywhere convenient for you in Hakodate. First visit Goryokaku park to get in touch with Japanese history. This popular tourist attraction is a star-shaped fort that became famous as the final battleground in the civil war about 150 years ago. From Goryokaku Tower you have a great view of not only Goryokaku, but also the mountains and the strait between Hokkaido and Honshu. Stop for lunch at Hakodate Morning Market. Also known as Hakodate Asaichi, this market boasts approximately 250 stores offering seafood and souvenirs. Try the mouth-watering "seafood rice bowl", a local specialty. The final stop on the tour is Mount Hakodate, which you can reach by cable car. Admire the incredible views of the city and the sea far below.

From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

5. From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

Experience the most famous sightseeing spots around Mount Fuji. Learn about Japanese history and culture while soaking in the dramatic views around Mount Fuji. Depart from Tokyo by bus and arrive at Kawaguchiko Oishi Park where you can capture beautiful photos with lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji in the background. Head to Oshino Hakkai, one of the most famous spots in the Fujisan area, and see the 8 different lakes located there. Taste the water from Mount Fuji. Continue to Arakura Sengen Park, located halfway up Mount Arakura in Fujiyoshida in the Yamanashi Prefecture. Take in the panoramic views of the city with Mount Fuji in the background and admire the cherry blossoms. Then, explore Gotemba Premium Outlets or Gotemba Heiwa Koen (Peace Park). Enjoy time to shop or visit the Peace Park in Gotemba City with beautiful views of Mt. Fuji. See the chalky stupa which contains some of the Buddha's ashes. Visit the Buddhist Monastery of Nihonzan Myohoji Temple where 33 Kannon, goddess of mercy, images are housed. Stroll around this authentic Japanese garden before being be dropped back at the Shinjuku Subaru.

Kyoto: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Food and Culture Tour in Gion

6. Kyoto: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Food and Culture Tour in Gion

Explore the Gion district by night with an experienced English, German, French, or Spanish-speaking tour guide who knows everything there is to know about the area. The tour starts near Kamo river, where you’ll learn about how the tradition of Geishas came to be. After a short stroll along a busy commercial street, you’ll slip into a calm, quiet area to visit the Yasaka Jinja shrine. After that touch of education, it’s off to the Gion.   The Gion has secrets and history scattered across its narrow streets, but this is also a modern entertainment district—so it’s time for a deep dive into what goes on here. Your guide will keep it light and fun, and explain some of the more interesting cultural mores of these parts. Step into a restaurant and graze from a multitude of small plates at a sort of Japanese-style tapas experience. Enjoy a drink as well before continuing on.   Between restaurant stops, there will be an exploration of Kiyamachi, Ponto-cho, and some other commercial and nightlife streets. Your guide will show you both modern and historical Kyoto, painting a well-rounded picture that gives you a real sense of the place. This tour keeps the groups small and includes your food and drinks, so that you can have a carefree night like you’re simply hanging out with someone who knows the neighborhood. A delicious Kobe (or nearby sourced) Beef option is available on top of the usual food and drink. This option is for bookings at least 10 hours in advance.

Kyoto: 2-Hour Maiko Makeover and Photo Shoot

7. Kyoto: 2-Hour Maiko Makeover and Photo Shoot

On this special 2-hour activity, learn about the life and art of the maiko, or apprentice geiko. Maiko are female performing artists who wear traditional makeup, hairstyles and costumes. They work in the Gion area and perform various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games. The maiko are apprentices and are between 15 and 20 years old. You don’t have to be in this age range to participate in the Yumeyakata Maiko Makeover project, however! The professional staff will apply your makeup, use a wig, and dress you extravagantly to look like the real thing. They'll also show you the proper maiko poses for beautiful pictures.  The package includes studio photography, so you’ll have souvenir photos to show your family and friends.

Nozawa: Full-Day Fire Festival & Snow Monkey Tour on Jan 15

8. Nozawa: Full-Day Fire Festival & Snow Monkey Tour on Jan 15

Your tour begins with pickup from one of two locations: Hakuba’s Happo Bus Terminal at 11:45 AM or JR Nagano Station at 1 PM. After meeting your guide, you’ll hit the road and head towards Yamanouchi, home to the only hot spring-bathing monkeys in the world, Japanese snow monkeys.  After arriving near the monkey park area at 2 PM, your guide will lead you along a snow-covered forest trail to the park itself. Found deep inside Jigokudani, or “Hell’s Valley”, your guide will explain the history and importance of the park and give you plenty of time to enjoy the unique experience of observing the snow monkeys in close proximity. Then enjoy an early dinner at a nearby restaurant where you’ll learn all about Nagano’s renowned food culture. Next, you’ll head to Nozawa Onsen, where you’ll witness one of Japan’s three great fire festivals. After arriving at around 6 PM, you’ll have ample time to explore the village before the main event begins. Preparations start at 7 PM with singing, drumming, fireworks, and more. Then it’s time for the main event, during which the town will converge on a wooden shrine. Fueled by tradition, bravado, and drinking, the mock battle takes place with an explosion of embers. After the gods have been deemed happy and ready to bless the villagers with good luck, harvest, and happiness, the shrine will be set on fire at 10 PM.  At 10:45 PM you’ll regroup with your guide at the designated meeting point and be transported back to your original pickup point.

Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour with Private Van

9. Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour with Private Van

After being picked up, head 1.5 hours to the Fuji Visitor Center. From there, take some photos of Mount Fuji and capture its beauty. Enjoy the scenery before heading to Oshinohakkai, which is 8 ponds near Mount Fuji. Stop by Gotenba for a lunch break. In the afternoon, visit Hakone area, famous for its nature and hot springs. Stop by the Hakone Ashinoko Lake, and then go to Owakutani, the volcano valley. At the end of the day, head back to Tokyo, arriving at 6:00 PM.

From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

10. From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

After pickup from one of 3 locations in Osaka, head towards Kyoto, once the former capital of Japan, on the island of Honshu. The first activity of the day is a scenic and romantic railway ride from Kameoka to Arashiyama. During the 23-minute journey, feel immersed in nature as you admire the beautiful blossom trees and breathtaking mountain views. Upon arrival at Arashiyama, enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch with soft drinks to prepare you for an afternoon of sightseeing. After lunch, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. The tour continues onto Fushimi Inari, world-famous for the thousands of Torii gates that line the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. Spend some free time exploring the mountain trails and the shrine buildings themselves, and learn about the fascinating culture of Japan. The tour ends after your visit to Fushimi Inari, and you’ll be dropped-off to your original pickup location in Osaka.

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3.9 / 5

based on 41 reviews

The tour guide, a female whose name I don't remember, was great. I don't speak Japanase so she explained how the tour worked while on the bus, because her English is limited. The destinations have signs in English so I got by on my own just fine. This is not a fully guided tour, meaning; the tour guide doesn't lead you throughout the locations, every one sets off on their own. She said the most important information to me in English before getting off the bus, so I knew when and where to be back. The biggest part of this tour is the aquarium. I found the 3 hours were plenty of time to see the highlights of the aquarium and have lunch. The food at the aquarium isn't great, before the aquarium we stopped by a beach that had shops and I wish I had eaten there instead because it had better options, so keep that in mind. The bus was comfortable and had wifi. Later in the tour there were places that I wasn't interested in, it was fine to stay in the bus, as others guests besides myself did.

Shirai-san is a local guide that speaks English well and was very knowledgeable about her home city. We learned a lot about how the Kenrokuen gardens were created, and could easily imagine how things were like in the Samurai era. Highly recommended.

I gave this experience as a gift for my dad and he loved it! Nik was fantastic and took him to so many places, even if the language barrier was present it was overcome without problems!

If you ever get the chance, of going to Kyoto, use a guide called Noriko, She is outstanding, knowledgeable, kind and accommodating.

Great tour! Knowledgeable guide with very good English, who answered all of our questions.