Aren’t you interested in visiting Japanese schools and experiencing some activities with the students there?In this tour you will visit an elementary school and/or a junior high school as well as see the sights in the neighboring area.Just take a look at the following to learn more about what you can expect to do at school and what sightseeing spots are available for you.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
At your hotel in Aomori City or at Aomori Port
At your hotel in Aomori City or Aomori Port
Your tour would be something like the following. Of course, the schedule is flexible at your request. You could make the school visit shorter and spend more time seeing the sights or vice versa. You could also visit a high school if you would like to enjoy talking more with the students in English. I could tailor your tour the way you would like me to, even the activities you would experience with the students at school.
Suggested 'School visit with sightseeing spots' tour
・Leave your hotel or Aomori Port at around 9:00 a.m.
①Visit the sightseeing spots in the morning in the area where the school you are visiting is located
＊You could choose the places from the following, but make sure to read the 'Note' below
A. Great Statue of Buddha in Seiryuji Temple & Warasse Nebuta Museum
B. Hirosaki Castle in Hirosaki Park & Five-storied Pagoda
C. Goshogawara Tachi Neputa Museum & Tsuru no Mai Bridge over Tsugaru Fujimi Lake
Note : The sightseeing spots you are visiting may be decided by the school you are visiting. The sightseeing spots and the school should be in the same area to save time to move and spend more time in school.
②School lunch with the students in the classroom during lunch time
＊If you don't want to try school lunch, we can eat out before we head for school.
③Observe and even participate in the class
＊You are likely to visit an English class, so you can join the students during the lesson
④Get-together with the students
○The students will welcome you, introducing their school and themselves and/or giving you some performances to entertain you
○You will tell them your impression of your visit, answer their questions and briefly introduce your country
＊I would interpret for you and them, so both of you can understand each other
⑤Watch the students clean their classroom after school
＊You can even do the cleaning with them
＊Japanese students are expected to clean their classrooms and other places in the school building after school
＊If you are interested and still have time, you can discuss with the teachers with my help or watch the extracurricular activities
・Head back to your hotel or Aomori Port
・taxi or van charge (about 30,000-50,000 yen/group)
Great Statue of Buddha (400 yen/person)
Warasse Nebuta Museum (620 yen/person)
Hirosaki Castle (320 yen/person)
Goshogawara Tachi Neputa Museum (600 yen/person)
・lunch (260 yen/person)
The school year starts in April and ends in March in Japan. Most schools have three semesters in a year.
The following roughly shows when we have summer, winter and spring vacations. There is no school during these periods.
Summer vacation : from July 21 through August 20
Winter vacation : from December 21 through January 14
Spring vacation : from March 27 through April 6
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.
Yes. I'll be able to meet you at the port and take you back to the ship after the tour.
Yes. You can visit more sightseeing spots and spend just a few hours at school. I can tailor your school visit the way you would like me to, especially the activities you would experience with the students at school.
No, not necessarily. If you don't want to try lunch at school, we can eat at a nearby restaurant before we visit a school. If you want to know the menu for school lunch in advance, I can show it to you.
Yes, but you may visit two schools without doing the sights.
Yes, I'll interpret for you so you can have a good time with the students.
You are paying the charge to the driver when the tour is over.
I'm afraid not. The van can accommodate as many as 10 people including a driver and a guide. So 8 is the maximum.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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