Gondola Ride to Mt Yahiko Top and Yahiko Shrine Visit

Mutsuko W.

5.00(3) reviews
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Visitors can enjoy the hike to the top of Mt Yahiko by gondra and a 15-minute walk to the very top of the mountain to visit the uppermost Yahiko Shrine. Please take a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan and the vast Echigo Plain. Cherry blossoms in spring and beautiful colored leaves in autumn are marvelous to see. Make a wish at main worship hall of Yahiko Shrine for a good memory.


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Meeting Point

Niigata Station Bandai Exit

Gondra ride to the top of Mt Yahiko and a short walk to the uppermost shirine

Light meal or snack at the restaurant of the mountain top

Visiting the main hall of Yahiko Shrine and messenger deer and birds

Browsing shops in front of the shrine and enjoying local food

Visiting Yahiko Omotenashihiroba and experiencing foot bath

Yahiko Park

Ending Point

Niigata Station Bandai Exit

What to Expect

Visitors are to walk between JR Yahiko Station and Yahiko Shrine, which is a good excercise and gives a good chance to see the local shrine town. You can buy one or two snacks on the way to and from the shrine such as Panda-yaki rice pancakes and konnyaku. Breathe in serene air in the woods of the precinct to get to the gondra station. The gondra ride takes 5 minutes to get to the top and visitors take a 15 walk to the uppermost shrine if the weather is fine. (No walk on snowy days.) After getting down to the ground, visiting deer and messenger birds is waiting for fun. Enjoy feeding sacred deer wishing good fortune. Then please do not forget the main event, to visit the main worship hall of Yahiko Shrine. Practice 2 bows, 4 claps and 1 bow manner at Yahiko, which is different from most other shrines in Japan. This tells how unique Yahiko Shrine is. Yahiko is also well-known as a hot spring resort, so please soak your feet into a foot bath prepared for visitors to the town at Omotenashihirowa.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, snacks, entrance fee, etc.

Important Information

Guiding in Sado is possible if transportation fee between Sado and Niigata is offered. Due to logistics, for those wanting to visit Sado Island, a two day advance notification prior to the meeting day is required. For your information, the boat fee for the round trip is 6,760 yen.

Only available on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays, from late March to mid December

We will visit Yahiko by JR train. The train services are limited so please be careful with the train schedule. We will walk a lot so please be prepared with sneakers or mountain climbing shoes are recommended. If the weather is bad, please be ready with rain or snow gear. Gondra fee is 1400 yen for a round trip.

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



Melissa M.

Jun 3, 2019

very nice tour

We had a beautiful day out in Sado island. We enjoyed our guide and the driver did his job very well. We thank you for the tour!

Mutsuko W.

Melissa san, It is so good to hear from you. I have been worried about one of your daughters health condition. I hope she is all right now. I am glad to know you had a good time in Sado and I hope you also did in other parts of Japan.


Stephen F.

Apr 14, 2019

Interesting time and informative

We focus on history and off the grid local spots. Mutsuko was very knowledgeable and well spoken. Trip timing and planning was exceptional. It was great!

Mutsuko W.

Steve san, Thank you for your great feedback. You two are energetic and curious about things in town. I enjoyed guiding you around the city on such a beautiful spring day! Please enjoy the rest of your trip. I am looking forward to guiding you again.


Sandra N.

Mar 29, 2019

Great Tour

Mutsuko provided us with a very informative tour and meet all of our expectations. We had ask to see and do other things besides the activities on her suggested itinerary. She made it all happen! Plus her English is excellent. Thank you Mutsuko and Triple Lights.

Mutsuko W.

Sandra san, Thank you very much for your wonderful comment on my tour! I'm a lot flattered. I also enjoyed your company and it was another reward for me beside the fun to guide my city. Please visit Niigata again and explore more. I'm looking forward to guiding you and your family next time you visit Japan. Please enjoy the rest of your days in Japan. Please send the best regards for everyone for me. Mutsuko

$271/ per group