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A Walking Tour along Old Hokkoku Street in Central Nagahama, Shiga Pref. (长滨市内游览沿旧北国街道)

Yoshi K.

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

Sightseers can admire the retro-inspired atmosphere in the old castletown. Since Nagahama faces Lake Biwa and was located at strategically important place, people here, like the Ando’s, boosted up their power in industry and commerce, with the aid of Hideyoshi’s policy of remitting agricultural taxes. Guests can also enjoy the modern craftworks of elaborate plastic models at Kaiyodo Figure Museum.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

JR Nagahama Station

Hoko-en Park (豊公園) and Nagahama Jyo Castle Museum (長浜城歴史博物館)

Kaiyodo (海洋堂) Figure Museum Kurokabe

Kurokabe Square (黒壁スクエア), a Shopping & Restaurant Street

Hikiyama Float Museum (曳山博物館), the Theme of Which is the Float Parade Festival Registerd as an UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Asset in 2016

Old Ando’s Residence (安藤家)

Old Hokkoku Kaido (旧北国街道) and its Retro Streetscape

Ending Point

JR Nagahama Station

What to Expect

Sightseers can admire the retro-inspired atmosphere of the central area in the old castletown. Nagahama started blossoming after Hideyoshi had based here in 1574 AD. Since the district faces Lake Biwa (hence, playing a role of good shipping port) and was located at strategically important place, people in the town boosted up their power in both the industry and commerce, with the aid of Hideyoshi’s policy of remitting agricultural taxes. The Andos became one of the dominant townsmen. That gorgeous Hikiyama festival, which was registered UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016, has been maintained with such people’s enthusiasm.

On the other hand, sightseers can also enjoy the modern craftworks of elaborate plastic models at Kaiyodo Figure Museum along the old Hokkoku-kaido road.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide Fee

What‘s not included

Admission / Entrance Fee (For Tourists) : Approximately 1000 (One Thousand) JPY Each for 5 hours Course.

Transportation (If necessary, For Tourists and the Guide) : Less than 1000 (One Thousand) JPY Each

Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists) : Less than 2000 (Two Thousands) JPY Each

Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists) : Less than 1000 (One Thousand) JPY Each

Important Information

1. Basically 7 days a week 2. Besides sightseeing spots in Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara), the guide has a detailed knowledge in KOHOKU (Northernmost) district in Shiga Pref. i.e., 1)Shizugatake Old Battlefield, 2)Lake Yogo, 3)Woody Pal Yogo, 4)Tojyuin temple, 5)Kanzan-ji temple, 6)Zencho-ji temple, 7)Kaizu Osaki for Cherry Blossom Viewing, 8)Keisoku-ji temple for Autumnal Leaves, 9)Throughout Central Kinomoto area, 10)Odani Jyo Castle, 11)Sugatani Hot Spring Resort, 12)Chikubu-shima island, 13)Doganji-temple (A National Treasure), 14)Takatsuki Museum of Ethnic and Historical Materials, 15)Throughout Central Nagahama city, etc.

1) The tour’s available season;

During all seasons

2) In a case of snowing / raining weather:

A tourist has to prepare a rain apparel by him/herself.

3) The Course Schedule

10:00 AM at JR Nagahama Sta. Start

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant in Nagahama

15:00 at JR Nagahama Sta. Arrive (Tour end)

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

Reviews

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Julie Y.

Apr 19, 2019

Excellent guide!

Yoshi is an excellent guide! He is a hard-working and wonderful ambassador for his country. Yoshi takes his work seriously and is scrupulously prepared. His care for his clients really shows. He went above and beyond for us. Yoshi is very well-informed about so much, including Japanese history, current Japanese affairs, and the flowers and trees of Japan. He is interesting, energetic, kind, and hospitable. Our only wish was that we had more time with Yoshi! We are grateful we met him.

Yoshi K.

Dear Julie san and Ron san. Thank you very much for your nice feedback. As our mission as a tour guide is, of course, to insure our customers' satisfaction, I've believed (as a former Quality Engineer) that we have to do our maximum effort, sacrificing our short lunch and rest time. I'm so glad to know that you kindly felt a touch of it. Again, I was extremely happy to be able to have an opportunity to go around the best spots with you and Ron san yesterday. Thank you, PS: I will try not to be a "Crybaby" any more. From Yoshi Apr., 19 (Fri.), 2019; 22:23

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Siti M.

Mar 31, 2019

Nara Kyoto Osaka revisited

Very lucky to have Yoshi san as our guide who took care of us from the time he picked us up from the hotel until he send us back to the hotel. I'm very impressed and appreciative when he accomodate to our slow movement. He planned well according to what we wanted even at the short notice of visiting Nara Womens University. Really love the Kimono experience and picnic under cherry blossoms at Osaka castle. Our family especially my daughter had a lovely and wonderful time. Thank you Yoshi san for understanding and being an amazing tour guide for us. - Siti, Malaysia.

Yoshi K.

Siti san, Zainal san, alias sweet Sumo wrestler, and a promising No.1 journalist in Malaysia, Farah san, I thank you very much for selecting such an amateurish tour guide like me for your memorable tour tripping around Kansai district, Japan. I was relieved that the weather on the days during your trip was relatively good (not so cold and not so warm), and we could make it in time when the cherry blossoms that all of you must have eagerly anticipated started. You were able to dabble at OHANAMI (Cherry viewing) at Osaka Jyo park, eating Takoyaki, weren't we? The gift that charming Farah san surprisingly gave me must have become one of my most important treasuries. Thank you so much. PS : As I promised so, I'm going to send all the photos that I took for your wonderful family through e-mail in a few days. From Yoshi

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Sheila S.

Jan 14, 2019

Amazing Guide Yoshi san

Yoshi was very knowledgeable on all the places he took us for the two days we were in Osaka. He picked us up at our hotel. Planned the day according to what we wanted to see and the activities we were interested in. I have a bad knee and stairs were a problem, he made a lot of effort to accommodate this. For this I am very impressed. He definitely went over and beyond. Our family had a great time and will be beyond. Thank you Yoshi San! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas

Yoshi K.

Sheila san and your handsome family members: Thank you very much for your lavish word to this amateurish tour guide. I have to appreciate you, giving me the opportunity to go around here and there in the merchants' city under brisk winter sky. I'll never forget the fantastic memory with you and your family. PS: Have you successfully been able to open all the pictures that I took for your family?

$135/ per group

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