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An hour's distance excursion from Narita Airport to a small historic city, Sawara

Nobu S.

4.60(75) reviews
Japanese (Native), English
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Are you going to stay in Narita or transit at Narita Airport? If so, this excursion is just right for you.

A day trip to Sawara, a small historic city near Narita.

You can walk in a traditional Edo-era townscape, enjoy a leisurely cruise along the river, go to a Japanese Sake brewery for a tour and tasting. I hope you will fully enjoy yourself in Sawara. Departure from Tokyo is also welcome.

Meeting Point

At Narita Airport, JR Narita Station or your hotel (Narita area or Tokyo area)

A nostalgic Edo-era townscape

Leisurely cruise on a small boat along the Ono River

Tokun Sake Brewery

Inoh Tadataka Museum

Katori-jingu Shrine (Option)

Ending Point

At Narita Airport, Narita Station or your hotel (Narita area or Tokyo area)

What to Expect

- Walk in a nostalgic townscape (about 1 hour)

- Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Ono River (about 30 minutes)

- Learn about the most famous land surveyor in Japan, Inoh Tadakata (about 1 hour)

- Visit the Float Museum to see the parade floats for the festival (about 1 hour)

- (Optional) Visit Katori-jingu Shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Japan (about 30 minutes) *We would need to use a taxi or rent bicycles

- Enjoy a tour of a Japanese sake brewery, with a chance to taste the sake (about 30 minute tour)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, meeting point pick-up in Narita or Tokyo area

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee, taxi or rental bicycle fee (you and guide, if necessary)

Important Information

I can guide you in Tohoku District including Akita, Aomori, Iwate, Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata only if you could bear my transportation fee of 8,000Yen. (Sorry, but I usually live in Chiba.)

For Kanto District including Chiba, Hakone, Ibaraki, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Mt. Fuji, Narita, Nikko, Saitama, Tochigi, Tokyo and Yokohama, the pick up fee is 3,000Yen.

If you would like me to guide you in any other area, please feel free to contact me.

- Comfortable shoes are recommended (We will walk approximately 2 hours' distance in total)

- If starting from the Narita area, we will use local trains

- If starting form the Tokyo area, we will use a highway bus from the Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station

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 far from Tokyo/Narita Airport to Sawara?

Approximately 100 minutes from Tokyo Station by highway bus

Approximately 50 minutes from Narita Airport by local trains

How much is the transportation fee?

From Tokyo Station, 3,500Yen per person round trip (1,750Yen x 2) by highway bus

From Narita Aiprport, 1,520Yen per person round trip (760Yen x 2) by local trains

How much is the taxi fare from Sawara Station to Katori-Jingu?

It would be approximately 1,500Yen. (one way)

It takes 10-15 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

How much is the rental bicycle fee?

It is 500Yen for one day. Please note you are requested to return it before 4:30PM.

How much is each fee for museums, leisure boat, etc.?

Inoh Tadataka Museum: 500Yen for adult, 250Yen for child

Float Museum: 400Yen for adult, 200Yen for child

Boating on Ono River: 1,300Yen for adult, 700Yen for child

What kind of lunch can we have?

You can have various kinds of meal in Sawara.

For example, if you would like to have traditional Japanese food, a lunch box at Chiyofuku would be recommenable. It is from about 2,000Yen.

Sushi and Japanese noodle are also available at many places from around 1,000Yen.

There are also several Western style restaurants.



Brodie P.

Mar 27, 2023

Tokyo G-Cans/RyuQKan tour

Nobu was fantastic. Visiting the RyuQKan without fluent Japanese skills is difficult as you require your own translator and it's also an unusual request when looking for a translator. Nobu put together a plan for us including meeting time at the nearby train station and had confirmed the local bus schedule. He translated all the pertinent information of the tour for us.

Nobu S.

Thank you very much for your review. It is different from my normal tour guide job, but still interesting for me. I know there are various requirements depending on guests. It is my pleasure to meet each requirement. Thenk you again for having me as a guide/translator. Nobu


Anthony T.

Mar 19, 2023

Day visit to Chiba

Great & wonderful experienced for a day visit to Chiba. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time for the last place. Nevertheless, Nobu continue to guide us as much as the time allow. It was good to drive to and around Chiba. The experienced journey along the coastal road were beautiful. Traffic is very much lesser here than in Tokyo. A random pick on local cottage for lunch was a lovely experienced as well. Managed by an old couple with authentic Japanese cuisine normally served to the locals. All the spots we went were not packed with many people. Providing us to see more and take beautiful pictures. In summary, great and nice to have Nobu as our guide for this trip. Highly recommended to everyone.

Nobu S.

Thank you very much for your review. I am glad you know that you enjoyed the tour. Chiba is not very far from Tokyo, but still remains good old days in Japan. I would be happy to guide every guest coming to Japan in this area. Thank you again for having me as a guide. Nobu

Susan C.

Mar 14, 2023

Spend time in Narita and Sawara! What a delight. 5 Stars

Nubo is friendly, accommodating, and very knowledgeable. He designed the perfect itinerary for my short time in Narita and Tokyo. We packed a lot in! I highly recommend Nobu his communication was superb both written and spoken. Susan (Hamilton, ON, Canada)

Nobu S.

Thank you very much for your review. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. I am always try to prepare the best itinerary for each guest. Thank you again for spending your time with me. Nobu


Jared S.

Feb 23, 2023

A wonderful Narita tour!

Nobu provided us a well-planned and enjoyable tour of Narita on our long layover. While our stay was much too short and we were very jet-lagged, Nobu helped give us a good taste of Japanese cultures, sites, and food with just enough local details without being overwhelming. He is highly recommended as a tour guide.

Nobu S.

Thank you very much for your review. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. I hope you stay longer in Japan next time so that you can enjoy more Japan and Japanese. Nobu

$330/ per group

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