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Yahiko Shinto Shrine Walking Tour

Yoshiko K.

5.00(2) reviews
3 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

You will see the precinct of Japanese Royal Family related Yahiko shrine and main hall. Take the ropeway and Panorama Tower ride. Also walk around the hot spring town, soak your feet in the hot spring and relax, enjoy the local delicacies.

Meeting Point

JR Yahiko Station or your hotel in Yahiko

Yahiko shrine precinct and the main hall

Yahiko ropeway and panorama tower ride

Yahiko hot spring town walking

Ending Point

JR Yahiko Station or your hotel in Yahiko

What to Expect

In the very serene atmosphere, Yahiko Shrine is without a doubt, the most sacred shrine in Niigata. In its precinct, you will see the sumo rink, the Japanese archery arrow shooting range, the Shinto music and dancing stage and other ritual-related facilities. If you are lucky, you can see their performances on festive occasions. Not only visiting the shrine, but also you can enjoy the ropeway and Panorama Tower ride, footbath in the hot spring, eat local delicacies and see the natural beauty in each season. Yahiko shrine is located in Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Quasi National Park. Especially cherry blossoms in spring and maple leaves in fall are something you shouldn’t miss. The shrine area is very photogenic even in rain or snow.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

lunch for you and your guide

Yahiko ropeway return fare ¥1500

return fare of Climbing Car and Panorama Tower fare¥960

Important Information

The ropeway and Panorama Tower may be out of operation due to bad weather conditions.

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



David N.

Oct 27, 2019

Exceptional customer focus

Absolute wonderful experience with Yoshiko. My custom tour started 3 months ago in the planning stages. Yoshiko patiently helped over the many changes that the itinerary developed into. She recommended the best transportation option from train arrival to departure and car rental. The day of arrival she met me on train platform, her oral English skills were excellent with virtually no accent. During the tour, her warm, fun loving personality shone through. At the end of the tour, she ensured I got to the correct train platform. Yoshiko also gave good help and advice that will help for the rest of my stay in Japan. My whole experience with Yoshiko from planning to day of tour was 100% positive.

Yoshiko K.

David, Thank you so much for your warmhearted compliment. I respect your deep affection for your ancestors and uncle. Because of your wonderful personality, I could meet and contact all the kind and compassionate people. Even when I called each and every Kusakabe one after another, they didn’t feel suspicious but got sympathized with you and me. Please take Shuji Kusakabe’s address and phone number with you on 31st. If you should lose that, tell Go to dial 104 and look for the phone number of Shuji Kusakabe living in Numagasaku. I hope you will have another unforgettable experience in Nihonmatsu. I am so grateful to you and Tadashi and also everyone else involved in this tour. Please say hello to your family for me.


Phillip L.

Aug 27, 2019

A Meeting with Geigi in Niigata

I have been hoping to interact with the Geigi of Japan, and Niigata is a good place to start. For this purpose, I have made the reservation of the restaurant, very helpfully, Yoshiko san has helped me confirm with the restaurant. On the day of the appointment, she waited for me on the station platform and made sure I don't get lost. She waited for me to let me complete some of my work, led me to a local liquor store for some good sake. and brought me to the restaurant. Over in the time, she frequently explained to me some local excursions and historical facts. When we got to the restaurant, she also helped in explaining the situation, translating the interactions, and most of all, immersed and enjoyed herself in the experience. She often brought in some insights and historical facts to make conversations more interesting and brought it to a higher level. Yoshiko san has been very helpful, attentive and caring. She genuinely caters my needs and has made the experience best suit my requests. She also has extremely well English conversation skills, which makes it essential for people who are not familiar with Japanese. I highly recommend her to anyone that wishes to go around the Niigata with the help of a friendly local.

Yoshiko K.

Thank you, Phillip, for your compliment to me. It was such an experience to talk with geigis and see their dances right before us. I was so much amazed by your knowledge on Japan. It was the very first time to see a person with profound understanding of our history and culture as old as Jomon period or Japanese prehistory. I learned a lot from you and geigis. I know those beautiful Furumachi geigis had a wonderful time with you too. Please have enough rest after that bullet tour. You must have learned a lot in that short period of traveling Japan. Please have more time in Niigata next. I would love to show you around more then. Thank you again for coming all the way to Niigata.

$46/ per group