How about getting a taste of Saitama located next to Tokyo on your vacation? You have a good time viewing beautiful Bonsai at the world-famous Bonsai mecca. Then you sense a solemn spiritual atmosphere at the old temple halls. And you can taste many kinds of Japanese sake made in Saitama at a traditional Japanese building.
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At your hotel within Tokyo-23-ward area
The Omiya Bonsai Museum, Bonsai village and Hikawa Shrine: to see the Japanese sense of beauty through the time-honored Japanese culture,Bonsai and the famous shrine
Koedo Kurari: to taste local dishes and many kinds of Japanese sake, rice wine produced in Saitama.
The Old Town in Kawagoe: to find many beautiful traditional fire-resistant storehouses on the main street and small traditional sweet shops along a narrow street.
Kita-in Temple and Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Temple: to sense a spiritual atmosphere through the temple halls, the only surviving buildings of Edo Castle and the 538 stone statues of the disciples of Buddha
At your hotel within Tokyo-23-ward area, JR Ikebukuro station or JR Tokyo station.
You'll get the best of the southern part of Saitama near Tokyo:
You'll see the Japanese sense of beauty through one of time-honored Japanese cultures, Bonsai and be exposed to the spiritual atmosphere by visiting the famous Shinto shrine and Temples.
You can savor local Japanese sake in Kawagoe.
You can taste 4 small cups of sake out of 40 kinds of sake produced in Saitama at a cost of ￥500 at a building formerly used for sake brewing.
Kawagoe is well known for its excellent restaurants serving delicious Japanese food, such as, buckwheat noodles called "soba",delicious grilled eel called "unagi" and a deep-fried breaded cutlet of pork.
Also, you can try lots of sweets made of sweet potato produced in Kawagoe.
Let's enjoy the beauties of the southern part of Saitama with Michiko!
guide fee: ￥10000
transportation fees for your guide: ¥2065 (¥1565 for train fare ¥500 for "one day pass" of bus)
transportation fees for each guest: ¥2065
entrance fees for each guest: (¥300 for Bonsai Museum & ¥400 for Kitain Temple)
food and drink
at a tasting place: You can choose 4 glasses of Japanese sake out of 40 kinds at a cost of ￥500.
This tour is not available on Thursdays.
We spent two days with Michiko in Kamakura and Nikko. She did a fantastic job of organizing our time and sharing her knowledge and love of these beautiful places! It was a pleasure to work with Michiko.
Thank you for your kind review. I was impressed by your excellent empathy skills being based on your attitude trying to see things from a different perspective. I believe people like you make the world peace!
Michiko met us promptly at the start of our tour and showed the schedule and said she is very flexible and can move things around. This actually happened because of bad weather conditions and with our approval, she suggested changes that reversed the morning itinerary with the evening. It was a long and busy day and crammed with activities as per my suggestions and Michiko kept us on track and allowed a lot of time for us to enjoy each site. Though English is not her native language, we were able to communicate with her fairly effectively. I would definitely use her services the next time I am in Japan.
Thank you for your kind words! They encouraged me a lot. I’ve not been confident in my English. However, I’m a nationally licensed English tour guide and medical interpreter with a certificate of the highest grade in the English proficiency test. Come to think of it, I have no time to despair. I’ll continue practicing English everyday slow but sure to help my guests make their dreams come true. Again, thank you for your kindness!
Michiko is a heart warming person. She is very attentive , kind and generous. She took us to all the places we requested. She is fun and knowledgeable. We were happy to have her as our guide.
Thank you for your review. It’s encouraged me a lot to carry out nice tours for future guests. I’m on the Shinkansen to go back home from the final route check in Hakone (near Mt. Fuji) for the tour expected the next week. Hakone has an amazing “onsen”, hot springs. Let’s go there next time!
Michiko tries very hard and does her homework to prepare for her tours. Her lunch suggestions were really great and we appreciated that very much.
Thank you for your review, Veronica. It will be my great motivation for future tours! I always do my best for my guests. I hope you all have refreshed yourselves at the magnificent views of waterfalls and architecture in Nikko and a sea breeze in a Japan’s old capital, Kamakura.