Top choices of must-do Japan experiences
Top choices of must-do Japan experiences
Near Hakodate! Sledding Tour to Enjoy Smelt Fishing and Cooking on the Lake in Quasi-National Park with Superb View
- 2 Hour(s)
- Nanae-chou, Kameda-gun
【OUTLINE】In the beautiful Onuma Quasi-National Park created by the eruption of the volcano, the entire Onuma Lake overlooking Mt. Komagatake is the sight for ice activity! Enjoy a variety of activities such as panoramic sledding tour, smelt fishing at the private fishing ground, and cooking tempura with freshly caught fish.【HIGHLIGHTS】Sled on the ice on Lake Onuma, which you can experience only in winter! Enjoy the panoramic view on the ice on Lake Onuma! Experience snowmobile riding as well as sledding! Enjoy smelt fishing in a private space different from the ordinary fishing ground Let's eat fresh smelt tempura with hot coffee!【SCHEDULE】Meeting → Snowmobile riding experience (1 km course × 2 laps) → Sledding tour → Smelt fishing in private space → Smelt cooking (with coffee) → Sledding tour → Dissolution* Experience smelt fishing midway through the sledding tour (2 ㎞)【DETAILS】In a 35-minute ride on an express train from Hakodate Station, a winter-only tour on the ice is held in the large Onuma Quasi-National Park. The park has a total area of 9,083 hectares, with large and small swamps created by volcanic eruptions, and untouched nature. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Mt. Komagatake, a symbol of the park and a special protection area. First, get into a snowmobile and run on the ice on the lake while feeling the speed.After that, take a sledding tour to appreciate the beautiful scenery. You can also enjoy smelt fishing in a private space accessed by sled. Freshly caught fish is made into tempura on the spot.A blissful moment to eat freshly made tempura with hot coffee will be an unforgettable memory. Please enjoy the bounty of the wildlife in Hokkaido with your five senses.【THINGS TO NOTE】Time：120 minutesMeeting point：Onuma Godo Yusen 1023-1, Onuma, Nanaecho, Kameda-gun, Hokkaido 041-1354Access：About 30 minutes from JR Hakodate Station by Express Super Hokuto 13 (for Sapporo), and about 5 minutes on foot from Onuma Koen StationLanguage support：A translation device (POCKETALK) is used for communication.Included：Snowmobile riding experience (1 km course × 2 laps), sledding tour (2 km), smelt fishing, things necessary for cooking smelt tempura, coffee, helmet, gloves, boots, cold-proof coatItems to bring：Warm clothesFree Wi-Fi ：×Toilet：〇 (There is only one toilet near the starting point of the tour. No toilet during the sled tour.)Other things to note：The tour may be canceled due to bad weather or deterioration of course conditions. In that case, you will get a full refund.【CANCELLATION POLICY】 7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour priceThe day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Snow Activities and a Hot Spring in Hokkaido
- 2 Hour(s)
- Morimachi, Kayabe-gun
【OUTLINE】This is an activity for everyone, from beginners to experts, to enjoy playing in the snow in Hokkaido!There are 5 types of snowmobile activities, such as banana boats and snow rafting, and 6 other types of equipment, like sleds and tubes, that will be available to you.After enjoying the snow activities for 60 minutes, you can relax and warm up in an open-air hot spring full refreshing water flowing directly from nearby streams.【HIGHLIGHTS】Everyone, from beginners to experts, can enjoy the resort's powder snow.Enjoy sledding, riding a banana boat, and more for a full hour. The resort facility is an exclusive playground where you can play in the snow safely.Relax in a warm hot spring after playing in the snow.Enjoy snow activities with the whole family surrounded by Hokkaido's beautiful nature.【SCHEDULE】Please select your start time in the box on the upper right. Meeting → Playing the snow (60 minutes) → Taking hot spring → End＊Please note that we may not be able to accept a booking if the opening is delayed due to lack of snowfalls or other reasons.【DETAILS】The resort facility overlooks Mt. Komagatake and provides snow activities suitable for everyone to enjoy.There are activities such as banana boating, snow rafting, snowmobiling, sledding, etc. that you can enjoy in the powder snow. It is all yours for 60 minutes!The playground is suitable for everyone, from first-time skiers and children to couples and families who want to ride together.After having fun in the snow, relax and warm your body in a sauna or the in-house, open-air hot spring with water flowing directly from nearby streams. You can come home with your body and mind refreshed and relaxed.We hope you have a fun-filled time enjoying Hokkaido's snow!【THINGS TO NOTE】Time：120 minutes (Playing in the snow: 60 minutes)Meeting point：Greenpia Onuma [MAP] 229, Akaigawa, Morimachi, Kayabe-gun, Hokkaido 049-2142Access：A free shuttle bus for the customers runs from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station and Onumakoen Station.Departing from Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station: 11:05, 12:30, 13:45Departing from Onumakoen Station: 11:25, 12:50, 14:05(It takes approximately 50 minutes from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station, and 20 minutes from Onumakoen Station by bus.)* Reservation is necessary for the shuttle bus. When you make a booking, please indicate the time and station where you will take the bus.* Shuttle bus stop・ Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station: Leave the North Exit and wait at the parking lot in front of the Main Entrance on the 1st floor.・ Onumakoen Station: Leave the station, and you will find the bus stop on your right.Language support：English, ChineseIncluded：・Snow activities・Admission of the hot spring facilityExcluded：・A set of snowsuit (Available for rent at the facility)Items to bring：・Snowsuit・Boots・Gloves, goggles, cap, etc.Free Wi-Fi：〇 (Inside the hotel lobby)Toilet(Japanese/Western style)：〇Other things to note・Please note that we may not be able to accept a booking if the opening is delayed due to lack of snowfalls or other reasons.【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】・Face masks required for travelers in public areas・Face masks required for guides in public areas・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff・Social distancing enforced throughout the experience・Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas・Gear/equipment sanitized between uses・Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized・Regular temperature checks for staff・Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival【CANCELLATION POLICY】7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour priceThe day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Exciting Snow Trek: Enjoy the Powdery Snow!
- 270 Minutes
- Nikko city, Tochigi
【OUTLINE】On this half-day snow trek, revel in the beauty of Okunikko's powder snow while visiting key, picturesque scenery spots in beginner-friendly snowshoes! 【HIGHLIGHTS】Enjoy Japanese powdery snow that's called japow by locals. Don't have snowshoes? Don't worry--on top of snowshoes, we also offer ski wear, boots, and goggles for rental! You can come empty-handed and still have a great time here! From sliding down steep slopes to jumping into fresh fallen snow, you will experience all the joys that lie in the stunning beauty of nature in winter.You might get to encounter adorable wildlife by following their footprints left in the snow! In the afternoon, you could have a yummy lunch or take a stroll around a famous nearby waterfall--we'll gladly adjust to fit your preferences! 【PRICES】13,915 yen (tax included)【SCHEDULE】 Depart from Residence (Guests are responsible for their own transportation here)9:15 Meet up at Tobu-Nikko Station (Transport by car, fee included)9:15-10:00 Transport to Kinsei Pass. On the way, stop by hotels near Lake Chuzenji or Nikko Yumoto （at around 10:15）10:00-14:00 After arriving at Kinsei Pass, begin snow-trek experience. （Depending on the weather, there is a chance that we will change the location to Nikko Yumoto）(Transport by car, fee included)14:20 Drop off guests staying at hotels near Lake Chuzenji or Nikko Yumoto (Transport by car, fee included)15:00 Disband at Tobu-Nikko Station (Guests will be responsible for their own transportation here)Return to residence【THINGS TO NOTE】Time：4.5 hoursLeast participants：2 peopleMeeting point：Tobu-Nikko Station (Hotels near Lake Chuzenji or Nikko Yumoto)4-3 Matsubaracho, Nikko, Tochigi, Japan 321-1406Access：From Asakusa Train Station, take the Tobu-Nikko-Kinugawa Limited Express train bound for Tobu-Nikko. The trip should take around 2 hours. Tour conductor for 24 hours：NoneAccompanying National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter or Local Licensed Guide Interpreter：NoneLanguage support：Japanese, Spanish, EnglishMeals (included in a tour fee)：NoneIncluded ：Experience fee, equipment rental fee, Insurance feeExcluded：Food during trekking, Snow boots （500yen for rent）Participation requirements ：・Must be 6 years or olderFor safety, ・Not recommended for travelers with back problems.・Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.・Not recommended for pregnant travelers.Special support：Pick up and drop off for guests staying in hotels near Lake Chuzenji or Nikko Yumoto is available. Please let us know which hotel you plan to stay in when registering for the tour. Free Wi-Fi：Not available.Toilet (Western style) ：Western-style*Public restroom around Kinsei Pass is available.Other things to note：・If you wish to meet up at Hotel near Lake Chuzenji or Okunikko Yumoto, let us know the name and the address by apprication form. Note that the meeting point will be Tobu Nikko Station if you submit the apprication form with blank.・If the tour is not possible due to weather or disaster, we will contact you by email the day before. ・Our contact to cancel or reschedule might be on the day in case of unpredictable bad weather or disaster.【TOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS】 Before booking the tour, please confirm the Tour Terms & Conditions and save the document.Check [TOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS]（Japanese）【TOUR PLANNNER AND CONDUCTER】Regional Branding Institute Co.,Ltd.Aqua Terrace UⅡ bld. 8F, 2-20-3 Kaminarimon, Taiko-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034Travel Agency registered with a Tokyo Governor 2-7547A regular member of All Nippon Travel Agents Association【CANCELLATION POLICY】10 to 8 days before the departure date of the tour 20%7 to 2 days before the departure date of the tour 30%The day before the departure date of the tour 40%On the day of the departure date of the tour 50%After the tour departed, No show 100%
Visit Nikko's Craftsmanship Workshop to Experience Historic Techniques
- 190 Minutes
- Nikko, Tochigi
【OUTLINE】Nikko carving is said to have originated with a sculptor associated with the construction of Toshogu Shrine in the early 17th century. Learn the value of Nikko carving by experiencing the skills, beliefs, and stories through interactions with the craftsmen, who have inherited techniques through generations.【HIGHLIGHTS】Learn the story of the forestry industry which flourished in the mountains of Nikko from ancient times, the construction of Toshogu Shrine and the craftsmanship involved, which has been woven into the lives of ordinary people. Visit the workshop of Hirano Kougei (Hirano Craftshop), run by Hideko Hirano and her daughter, who are the first female Nikko carvers to be certified as traditional craftsmen by the local government. Watch the actual engraving called hikkaki-bori (technique) in action with a guidance. Learn hikkaki-bori using a tool called hikkaki. (Additional fees apply)【SCHEDULE】 [13:20] Meet at Nikko Kanaya Hotel.[13:30] Learn about the history of Nikko and the connection with the two shrines and one temple that were said to become the origin of Nikko carving, as well as the wood manufacturing techniques that have been handed over the centuries. [14:15] Transfer by car (3 mins) or on foot (10 mins) .[14:30] Learn from Ms. Hirano about the techniques and distinctiveness of Nikko carving as well as the craftman's life, and observe the actual work with explanations of the techniques. As an option, you can experience a special engraving called hikkaki-bori with a tool called hikkaki for drawing a line on the carving. [16:30] The end of the program.【DETAILS】Nikko-bori is said to have started in the early 17th century when Nikko Toshogu Shrine was rebuilt, and sculptors from all over Japan gathered to make it in their spare time. At Hirano Kougei in Nikko City, Hideko Hirano, and her daughter Hisako, the first Nikko-bori craftswomen of a long history of craftsmen, are preserving and carrying on the tradition. They used to have a shop near Toshogu Shrine but it closed due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Nowadays, it is relocated next to their home, but it is still filled with works that they have poured their hearts into. Hirano's Nikko carvings are combining traditional techniques with an elegant personal style.【THINGS TO NOTE】Duration：3 hours 10 minutesMeeting point：NIKKO KANAYA HOTEL1300 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1401 [MAP]Access：≪From JR&Tobu Line Nikko Station≫ Tobu Bus bound for Oku-Hosoo, Chuzenji-Onsen or Yumoto-Onsen (approx 5 mins), get off at Shinkyo bus stop. ≪From Tobu Nikko Station≫ Kanaya Hotel Shuttle Bus (approx. 10 mins)Minimum number of participants：2 peopleLanguage support：Japanese, EnglishIncluded ：GuideExcluded：Expenses for production material and transport.Participation requirements ：Over 12 years oldFree Wi-Fi ：NoToilet：Yes (Western-style)/No Other things to note：The tour may not be open due to any difficult situations about the atelier and the shortage of guides.Please select your favorite crafts experience at the booking if you want.【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】・Face masks required for travelers in public areas・Face masks required for guides in public areas・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff・Gear/equipment sanitized between uses・Guides required to regularly wash hands・Regular temperature checks for staff・Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival【CANCELLATION POLICY】 7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour priceThe day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Breakfast on the Shores of Lake Chuzenji at the British Embassy Villa
- 150 Minutes
- Nikko, Tochigi
【OUTLINE】Relaxing at the former British Embassy Villa on the shores of Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park. Breakfast is included in the program.【HIGHLIGHTS】An exclusive usage for one group per day at the British Embassy’s Villa built by Ernest Satow, a British diplomat who influenced the Meiji Restoration (1868) and set the scene for the development of Nikko as a summer resort for foreigners.Relive the same spectacular view of Oku-Nikko, which was praised by Isabella Bird, a travel writer of the British Empire in the 19th century and the author of "Unbeaten Tracks in Japan".Enjoy the ultimate relaxation in tranquillity, with only natural sounds such as from the waves of the lake, the wind, and the chirping of birds.Experience the nature of Oku-Nikko with no tourists in the early morning.A yoga experience by Lake Chuzenji and a craft-making experience at the British Embassy Villa is available. (Additional fees apply) 【SCHEDULE】[06:45] Meet a guide at Utagahama Dai-ichi Parking Learn about the history and natural values of Oku-Nikko while looking at Mt. Ototai and Lake Chuzenji. [07:00] Upon arrival at the villa, take a briefing on the history of the embassy with a look at the documents related to Ernest Satow. [07:20] Breakfast with scones, etc. (American style) arranged by the British Embassy [07:50] Free at leisure at the building or stroll around the lakeshore. ※A yoga experience (about 40 minutes), and a craft-making experience (Nikko-bori carving, 60 mins) at the British Embassy Villa is available for an additional charge. [09:00] Departure from the British Embassy Villa [09:10] The tour terminates on arrival at the Utagahama Dai-ichi Parking.【THINGS TO NOTE】Duration：About 2 hours and 30 minutesMeeting point：Utagahama Dai-ichi Parking [MAP] Chugushi, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1661Access：【From Kiyotaki IC at Nikko-Utsunomiya Road】25 mins by car via Iroha-zaka【From Toshogu Shrine/Nikko Kanaya Hotel】25 mins by car【From Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel】5 mins by carMinimum number of participants：2 peapleLanguage support：Japanese, EnglishIncluded：Admission of the British Embassy Villa, breakfast and a guide feeExcluded：Travel expense to/from Utagahama Dai-ichi ParkingItems to bring：Food fee(¥350-¥1,300ish), Souvenir fee Clothes：Comfortable shoes, clothesParticipation requirements：You like walking.Free Wi-Fi：NoToilet：Yes (Western-style)Other things to note：・This program is operated only between mid-March and late November.・The program is after check-out at Kanaya Hotel but the cost for the overnight stay is excluded.・Those who are not staying at Kanaya Hotel can join the program.・Please choose the option you wish to take a yoga experience or a handicraft experience .・The program may be canceled in the event of adverse weather, icy roads, etc, which restricts access to the Villa. In the event of a cancellation, we will contact you by phone at least one day in advance.【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】・Face masks required for travelers in public areas・Face masks required for guides in public areas・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff・Social distancing enforced throughout the experience・Regular temperature checks for staff【CANCELLATION POLICY】7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour priceThe day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Create Your Own Authentic Glass-Blown Masterpiece
- 45 Minutes
- Ōta-ku, Tokyo
【OUTLINE】In just 45 minutes, you will learn how to create your own glass-blown wonder at an authentic craft shop in Tokyo. Choose what you want to create, such as a bowl or a vase, and then choose your favorite color, shape, and pattern. Then, mold the glass by melting it in a high-temperature hearth with the special manufacturing method of blowing.【HIGHLIGHTS】Make your own, one-of-a-kind glass art using your favorite color, shape, and pattern.Easily finish your piece in less than 45 minutes. Take part in the exciting process of blowing your breath in the hot glass and molding it to your liking.Enjoy a special experience at an authentic glass craft educational institution, where professionals also practice their trade.【SCHEDULE】 Arrival→Glass Molding→Finishing Touch→Work Completed→End【DETAILS】During this activity, you learn directly from experienced lectures at a professional glass craft educational facility where professional artists and teachers also practice. The entire process from start to end takes 45 minutes, making this the perfect activity for when you don't have much time. The most exciting step is molding the glass: as the glass melts at a temperature of about 1100 degrees, you blow inside of the glass and shape it to your liking. Our completely personalized glass art will make the perfect Tokyo souvenir. Children 10 years or older can participate.【THINGS TO NOTE】Time：45 min./1 personMeeting point：TOKYO GLASS ART [MAP]1chome-26-13 HigashiRokugo, Ota Ward, Tokyo 144-0046 Access：It is a 9-minute ride from JR Kamata Station with the Keikyu Bus. Get off at Higashi Rokugo 1-chome and it is a 2-minute walk from there. From JR Yamanote Line Shinagawa Station, transfer to Keikyu Main Line and get off at the 11th stop, Zoshiki Station (KK18). It takes around 25 minutes on board. (Express train will not stop）It is a 5-minute walk from the station.1. Leave Zoshiki Station, go straight ahead and turn right at the first corner and walk through the Arcade shopping street. 2．When you come out of the arcade and you reach the `Daiichi Keihin` highway, turn left. Walk around 250 meters.3．Cross the road when you reach the first traffic light and then cross the `Daiichi Keihin` highway to the opposite side. 4．Turn left and walk 40 meters. It is in front of a 9- story apartment building. Language support：Japanese, EnglishIncluded ：・Experience fee・Material costsExcluded ：Shipping FeeParticipation requirements ：10 years and overFree Wi-Fi ：×Other things to note ：The item will be sent to you on a later date. The shipping fee differs for each country so please pay the shipping cost on the day of the tour at the reception.【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】・Staffs wear masks to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.・ We have installed an alcohol disinfectant in the facility to prevent infection and spread.・ Alcohol disinfection is practiced on desks, chairs, blowing rods, and other places that are touched by human hands.【FUN FACTS】 It is said that glass came to Japan during the Yayoi period (300 BC – 250 AD). It is used as a simple vessel or container in everyday life today, but in the overall history of Japan, glass was used as an ornament and was carefully handled as a symbol of prayer and treasure. The design, curves, and patterns of hand-carved Japanese glass, are striking and distinctive, and with its gentle warmth, continues to attract people with its appearance and feel. 【NEARBY AREA INTRODUCTION】 Located near the facility you can find the `Zoshiki Shoutengai`, a shopping area boasting the largest number of stores in Ota Ward, Tokyo. This is a vibrant spot where not only the local people but also tourists visit. It has a lot of shops with delicious foods in addition to all the shops necessary for daily living. In the line of shops called`Yakitori Street,` you can find the popular shop `Delica King` known for its deep fried chicken which was also introduced by television. While enjoying an atmosphere that is nostalgic to Japanese people, it is recommended to try cheap and delicious foods.【CANCELLATION POLICY】 7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price 3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price ※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation. ※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.