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Feel locals' life in residential area and nearby supermarket

Unique Experience

Hiroyuki Y.

4.67(12) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

Even if you have taken so many tours in places of scenic beauty and historical interest, not many people have taken a tour in the residential area where you can actually feel the locals' life. In this tour, you are strolling around the residential area along the former racetrack, where you can find lots of things on the way you have almost never seen in your country. You will even have a chance to go into the nearby supermarket to see differences of the things sold there.


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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Aomori City or at Aomori Port

Leave your hotel in Aomori City or at Aomori Port before 9:00

Get on a route bus to the residential area with the former racetrack at around 9:00

Start strolling around the area along the racetrack at around 9:30

Go into the nearby supermarket and other stores to see various things sold at each place at around 10:30

Take a rest then and eat lunch at around noon

Visit the Great Statue of Buddha at around 13:00 and then head back to town by a route bus

Visit the Warasse Nebuta Museum and the surrounding facilities at around 15:00

Go back to your hotel or the port after 16:30

Ending Point

At your hotel in Aomori City or at Aomori Port

What to Expect

If you are tired of just seeing the sights in various cities in Japan, how about strolling around the residential area with me and actually feeling the locals' life, finding lots of things on the way you have almost never seen in your country?

This tour will start after you get on a route bus, where you can meet the locals and even talk to them on the way to one of the residential areas in the city. In fact, there used to be a racetrack in this area and now the houses have been built along the racetrack. You will check the surroundings by the map there before we start the walking tour.

I suggest you check the pictures I've posted on this site to arouse your curiosity about the things you can see in the area. Just guess what some of them are.

After the tour, I will take you to the nearby supermarket as the tour will end in the shopping area. Here I'm sure you can find lots of things that are different from the ones you have in your country, not just kinds of fruits, vegetables and other things displayed but the layout of each section in the supermarket. Aren't you interested in 100-yen shops, where you can not just buy most of the things for about 100 yen (about a dollar) but find a wide selection of things? You name it, they have it. There are also a drugstore, a bookstore and even a sushi-go-round.


You could finish your tour after you have lunch in this area, but you would be able to continue your tour, doing some sightseeing. I'm thinking of taking you to two sightseeing spots before you are going back to your hotel or the port.

1. Great Statue of Buddha in Seiryuji Temple

This is the tallest seated bronze statue of Buddha in Japan and its characteristic is that the Buddha wears a crown on his head and makes a Zen meditation hand gesture. There are also the five-storied pagoda, the dry landscape garden and several other small statues you might get interested in on the temple's grounds.

2. Warasse Nebuta Museum

Here you can see some big 'Nebuta' lantern floats made of paper and wire with lots of light bulbs inside. The pictures often depict the heroes of old Japanese and Chinese historical events. The Nebuta Festival is held every year from August 2 to 7 and attracts nearly 3 million visitors from home and abroad.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

・route bus fare for you and your guide (about 1,000 yen/person)

*The following is the fare and the fees for the additional tour

・taxi fare (about 2,000 yen/group)

・entrance fees

Great Statue of Buddha (400 yen/person)

Warasse Nebuta Museum (620 yen/person)

Important Information

If you want me to guide you in places other than Aomori, you will be asked to pay an extra charge for your guide's transportation to and from Aomori. For example, extra 10,000 yen will be necessary for a tour in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Currently Hakodate is the only place in Hokkaido I can reach you from Aomori.

The tour price includes the price for the additional sightseeing tour to the Great Statue of Buddha in Seiryuji Temple and the Warasse Nebuta Museum as well as for the walking tour in the residential area. This means you could end with the walking tour around noon and cut the visit to the sightseeing spots in the afternoon. The tour price will be lower than the one indicated then. Please tell me about that if you would like to take only the walking tour.

Even if you find I'm not available for your day on the calendar, anyway just ask me. I might be able to change my schedule.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time



Martin S.

Jan 18, 2020

Fantastic day I’ll never forget

I had a wonderful day in Aomori at a junior high school thanks to Yuki. He is very professional and organised and put together a memorable day. Highlights at the school included a lunch in the classroom where I got to chat casually with the students, and joint them in sports activities after school. I have been to Japan many times and this easily ranks as one of my favourite experiences, and I am privileged to have been able to take part. Yuki was very helpful not only on the day but also the preparation beforehand, and made sure any requests were accommodated. I definitely reccomend Yuki as a guide for your time in Aomori. 本当にありがとうございました! Martin

Hiroyuki Y.

Martin, Thanks for your review of the school visit tour we had yesterday. I'm glad to know you had a good time with the students in various activities. Thanks to the principal, we could go into every classroom while showing you around the school buiding. He said he just wanted the students to know about you. If you have another chance to visit Aomori, I'll show you around places we haven't visited. Just keep up with your Japanese language study. Yuki


Frans K.

Oct 18, 2019

Not at all what we expected

Expensive for 1 day when you include all the extras such as Hiroyukis train fare of 10,000 yen from his home in Aromori. We really do not understand why we should pay extra for his comute to his place of work. When he advertises his tour of Hakodate you don't expect to pay for his comute. In the numerious tours we have had in Japan we have never been asked to pay this.

Hiroyuki Y.

Hi Frans, Thanks for your review of the trip you had in Hakodate on October 3. My travel expenses to and from Hakodate are shown on the tour plan and also I often mentioned you the expenses while we were exchanging messages with each other, so I was sure you all understood this. As I mentioned you before you booked the tour, I don't live in Hakodate and usually ask my clients to pay my travel expenses to and from Hakodate. They paid them to me when the tours were over so far. Yuki


Monika V.

Jul 23, 2019

Great guide!

Today Hiroyuki guided us the whole day in Aomori on a personalised tour in the mountainous area. He organised a van so we could travel comfortably. First we visited the Great Statue of Buddha in the vicinity of Aomori. Yuki is very knowledgeable and extremely well prepared as he explains the local customs and traditions. This is a must see! We did also a beautiful tour around lake Towada. Here we had a fantastic lunch. Later we drove along the Oirase Mountain Stream. This is actually a national park with many stunning waterfalls. Yuki did a great job and answered every question about Aomori, and Japan. We can warmly recommend his services. His English is flawless by the way. Thank you for the wonderfull day!

Hiroyuki Y.

Monika, Thanks for your quick review of my guiding today. I really enjoyed being with you! All of you were very polite and kind to me during the tour. We were lucky to visit the Great Statue of Buddha instead of going up the mountain by ropeway. And we were also lucky to see the beautiful Oirase Mountain Stream and Lake Towada from the observatories though the weather was not necessarily good. Now I feel satisfied I could show you around the places I planned to. I have to say thank you to the god who helped us. I'm sure he helped us because you are very nice people and came here all the way from Belgium. I wish I could guide you again some time in the future and other tourists from Belgium. Yuki


Nick B.

May 16, 2019

A fantastic tour around Aomori

Yuki was a truly fantastic guide. Knowing that things would be busy and hectic during Golden Week, I reached out to Yuki to begin planning a tour. Yuki provided very prompt and detailed responses to all my questions, and laid out a detailed itinerary for my consideration. Once we arrived at the train station, Yuki assisted us in booking our return tickets, ensuring we had reserved seats on the right train, and could sit together in the same car. Once we began our adventure it was clear -- Yuki was very prepared to provide detailed information, history, and background that would help us better appreciate each stop on the tour. Yuki's command of English is great -- I didn't tell him this, but his time studying ESL in San Francisco left a slight West Coast accent, which, like his laugh, was endearing and infectious. You can't go wrong booking a tour with Yuki. He takes his job very seriously, and will do everything to make sure you get the most out of your adventure!

Hiroyuki Y.

Nick, I'm glad you came back to the States safe and sound. Thank you so much for your review of the tour. I really appreciate it! You also did a great job getting all the tickets necessary to come to Aomori from Hachinohe in advance. Without your cooperation, I'm sure I couldn't have carried out this tour. I'm glad you've chosen the area far from the place you had stayed and that I could show you around the sightseeing spots popular among international tourists. I really thank you for choosing me as your guide. Yuki

$278/ per group