After meeting at your hotel - by train - arriving at Omiya station at 9:30 am - a 20 minute walking - Hikawa Shrine(famous and high-class) - a 20 minute walking - Omiya Bonsai village: Bonsai Specialty shops, Bonsai Art Museum - by train - Optional one: The Railway Museum or Kawagoe(old castle town) strolling - by train - at your hotel(break up)
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At your hotel in the middle of Tokyo
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum & Bonsai specialty shop
Optional one: The Railway Museum or Kawagoe city walking
At your hotel
Omiya Bonsai village is a mecca of Bonsai lovers, where you feel very unique atmosphere through walking. Hikawa Shrine has long been worshipped by commoners, samurai warriors and the Imperial Family. After Bonsai village, two optional tours are prepared: One is to visit The Railway Museum, where you can make a study about development of Japan's railway. The other is to make a short trip to Kawagoe city, where you are sure to feel atmosphere of a little Edo(now Tokyo) because the old townscape is well preserved.
guide fee, hotel pick-up
- Transportation fee(you and guide: round trip per person about 2000 to 2500 yen)
- Lunch(about 1000 yen to 2000 yen per person)
- Entrance fee per person(Bonsai Art Museum: 300 yen, Railway Museum: 1000 yen, the feudal lord's palace: 100 yen)
Of those destinations, Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is the focal one, which is usually closed on Thursdays. The Railway Museum is usually closed on Tuesdays. Kawagoe strolling includes the old shopping street and the feudal lord's palace called Honmaru Goten(closed on Mondays).
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Dear Div I am very pleased to hear you praise my personality, and you enjoyed walking on the shopping streets and through the park. There are many things to see and experience in Japan. I hope you will come to Japan again and we will see each other again. Thank you so much. Hiro
Hiroyuki is an amicable, pleasant guide whose English is good but not fluent. We had some questions that he clearly did not understand. Our trip to Nikko was not a success because Hiro was not prepared with a “Plan B’” in mind for the difficulties that we experienced. The difficulties were not his fault: a national holiday that created horrific problems and delays on public transportation and fog that prevented us from seeing 2 out of 3 sites in Nikko. We are 4 very active senior citizens but standing on trains and especially crammed busses for hours was not pleasurable. We could not even see the landscape. Adding the fact that it was foggy was a recipe for disaster. We finally made it to the ropeway and Hiro seemed surprised that we didn’t want to go up. There would be nothing to see in total fog! The situation was similar with the waterfall area. We did have a nice lunch but by the time we waited yet again for a packed bus, we decided to skip the shrine as it was already 3:30pm. Basically we traveled to Nikko and saw nothing but the train and bus stations! Much of this was not Hiro’s fault BUT much could have been mitigated by him doing the following: 1. Offer an option for private transportation in Nikko via taxi or van for a fee. 2. Check the weather conditions and have a plan for alternative activities. In our case he should have reversed his schedule so that we could have at least seen the shrine in town! He didn’t know about the fog…we don’t know the area but knew there were foggy conditions because we checked the weather prior to departure! We are experienced travelers and don’t stop because of weather! However, fog that obliterated 2 out of 3 sites plus transportation chaos meant an unfavorable experience.
Dear Debra Thank you very much for joining the tour to Nikko. I am very sorry that your precious day was spoiled by bad weather, traffic jams and my bad conduct. Hiroyuki
Hiroyuki was very friendly but sometimes a little hard to understand and we felt that if his grasp of english had been better he would have had a lot of knoledge to impart. The tour was wonderful and we took a lot of photos to remind us of the beauty of this area.
Dear Frans Thank you for joining the tour in the countryside to see waterfalls. I am very surprised to hear that you are very knowledgeable about Japan. I enjoyed accompanying you as a guide. Hiroyuki
Hiroyuki was very flexible and accommodating as we only had a few hours to spend in Tokio. Very nice experience! Wish we had more time to learn more about Japan and its culture.
Dear Carolina Thank you for your good appraisal on my job. I am very pleased that you spent the precious time on experiencing Japanese culture and talking about many things to each other. I am waiting for you to come to Japan again and at that time I would like to accompany you as a guide. Japan is a wonderful country to travel in and it have many things to see. Hiroyuki