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From Tokyo: Private Historical Day Trip to Kawagoe

1. From Tokyo: Private Historical Day Trip to Kawagoe

Meet your host in Tokyo and travel back in time to visit Little Edo, a reference to the grand, feudal Tokyo of old times located less than an hour north of the city. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Discover the relicts of the Japans Edo era and take in museums and the fascinating culture in Kawagoe. Here Japanese history and culture have been preserved in the shape of traditional wooden buildings, fascinating museums, and a festival that celebrates the glory of past eras.  Explore Kita-in Temple, where you find a room that once formed part of Tokyo’s iconic Edo Castle. Witness the power of the annual Kawagoe Festival when locals go to the streets on extravagant floats to celebrate the arrival of summer. If you’re not lucky enough to see it live, you can get a taste at the unique Festival Museum.  Marvel at the remnants of the centuries-old castle town preserved along the modern streets. Your host will help you navigate colossal stone walls to discover the Toki no Kane bell tower, a local icon.  Discover a world of sweet delights in a rustic setting at Penny Candy Lane. Wander along Kurazukuri Street where traditional, charcoal-tiled buildings offer a unique glimpse into the past. Your host will show you how to eat local delicacies like a boiled eel and if you are open all kinds of quirky sweet potato-infused treats before you head back to Tokyo.

From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day trip to Kawaguchi-ko Lake

2. From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day trip to Kawaguchi-ko Lake

Meet your guide in Tokyo and take the train to Kawaguchi-ko, famous for hot springs, museums, cherry blossoms, and views of the iconic Mt Fuji. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Begin your day in the resort town of Kawaguchi-ko by bathing in a local hot spring (known as onsen). Soak any stress away in the healing waters before heading to the Maple Corridor, which boasts beautiful red and gold maple leaves in autumn. Climb up the Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway for views from 1,075 meters above sea level. Follow your guide to offbeat spots such as the Fuji Omoro Sengen Shrine or Tanuki Tea Shop. Found atop Mount Tenjo this offers a new perspective of Mount Fuji. See popular attractions such as Kubota Art Museum and learn about the ancient art of fabric dying. If you need a snack before heading back to Tokyo, your guide can advise on the best houtou noodle restaurant with great views.

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