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Nature and Culture in Akiu Hot Spring District

Japanese (Native), English
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Akiu is one of the most famous hot spring districts in the north-eastern part of Japan.

Thanks to its accessibility(only 30 minutes ride from the center of Sendai), it is visited by many tourists and local people.

You can also enjoy the great view of nature, and even try Japanese traditional handicraft.

Akiu is an adorable tourist spot through the year, but autumn is especially wonderful

Shunsuke W.
5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)

Meeting Point

At Sendai Station or anywhere you like around downtown Sendai

Lunch at a traditional Japanese house restaurant

Rairaikyo Gorge

Akiu Otaki Falls

Akiu Traditional Craft Village (optional)

Ending Point

At Sendai Station or anywhere you like after the final destination

What to Expect

Akiu is a famous hot spring district.

It also has the great nature and traditional culture.

Akiusha is a restaurant in a preserved traditional Japanese house.

It serves unique cuisines using fresh vegetables of this area.

Rairaikyo is a gorge running along a long river.

The unique-shaped rocks, colored leaves, and small falls make a impressive view.

You can enjoy hiking through walking path.

Akiu Otaki Falls is one of the three most great falls in Japan.

The waterfall of 6m wide and 55m high has a spectacular view.

Craftsmans of Japanese traditional handicrafts offer workshops at Akiu Traditional Craft Village.

You can make your own kokeshi(traditional wooden doll) here.

If you like, you can try it (optional).

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch or dinner, entrance fee

Important Information

We use the public transportation(mainly bus).

The number of buses to Akiu Traditional Craft Village is not so large.

And their workshops usually take about one hour.

So if you want to visit Akiu Traditional Craft Village, our tour will be a little busy.

Akiu district has so many tourist spots(hot springs, natural parks, restaurants, museums, etc).

If you would like to visit the places which are not on this page, please do not hesitate to ask me.

I will be as flexible as I can.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation fee?

We use public transportation. The cost will be approx. 2000yen per person(round trip).

Can I visit spots which are not on the list?

The guide will be as flexible as possible. You can visit anywhere(around Akiu district) you are interested in.

How much is the entrance fee?

Akiu Otaki Falls: free

Rairaikyo Gorge: free

Akiu Traditional Craft Village:

The entrance fee is free.

The workshop(painting kokeshi doll) costs 1000yen per person.



William K.

5 / 5
Jun 9, 2019

Customized Half Day Sendai Tour

My wife is a true Hanyu Yuzuru’s fan and that’s the main reason why we decided to spend half day (on our way to Akita) in Sendai to visit his birth place and hometown. If triplelights allow us to give Shunsuke a six stars rating, we are more happy to do so. Shunsuke diligently planned a special tour to make sure my wife can experience her “Yuzuru” experience, Shunsuke even went beyond and helped my wife to get the limited Yuzuru subway pass two months before we arrived. He understand our group is traveling with an elderly and pre arranged taxi service besides using the subway. Shunsuke is very communicative, patient, courteous and accommodative. We decided to schedule another half day trip with him when we travel back from Akita to Tokyo. Anyone who is interested in exploring the beautiful Sendai should hire Shunsuke.

Shunsuke W.

Thank you for the great review. I had a great time with you and your family, too. Hanyu Yuzuru is a hero to Sendai people. I am so glad that he attracts many fans to Sendai.


Murat T.

5 / 5
May 3, 2019

A Very Memorable Tour in Matsushima Area

Shunsuke was a great tour guide with a lot of experience, he planned our tour carefully and also took into account my preferences about what to do along the way. I wanted to see the cherry blossoms and he took me to a park on the hills of Matsushima where the view of cherry blossoms together with the view of Matshusima Bay area was amazing! I wanted to try some of the local food and he took me to a local restaurant for a great sushi course and famous local oysters. Of course, we also visited all the important monuments in the area, even witnessed a real buddhist wedding ceremony in Zuiganji Temple! Every step along the way, he told me about the importance and the history of the places we visited. I really enjoyed the tour and also learned a lot from him. I would highly recommend Shunsuke as a tour guide to anyone planning to visit Matsushima area..

Shunsuke W.

Thank you very much for a great review. I am glad that you I enjoyed the tour in Matsushima. You were interested in many things in our local town, which made me happy. I also had a great time with you.


Revance victoria V.

5 / 5
Apr 29, 2019

The View is Great and Nice Tour Guide

Very Welcome..and Have The Right Time To See Wonderful Scene...Great Job

Shunsuke W.

Thank you very much for the great review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour. I also had a great time with you and your family.

$55/ per group