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Hiraizumi Half-Day Private Trip with Government-Licensed Guide
Hiraizumi Half-Day Private Trip with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $77

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Hiraizumi area! Nestled in the mountains of southern Iwate is Hiraizumi, an ancient city that once rivaled Kyoto for its beauty and elegant surroundings. This was the capital of the Northern Fujiwara lands, an independent country that briefly flowered in the late 1100s. Today, you can see the remnants of that once-beautiful city while enjoying the gorges and other scenic beauty of southern Iwate. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Fish Market Adventure
Fish Market Adventure
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from: $92

As it is called 'squid prince' takes you to the authentic fish auction site. You can stand very close to the fish brokers who are participating in the auction. Not only that, 'squid prince' teaches you about the unique Japanese fishing method and the problems of the fishing industry in Japan. After the lesson, you have a chance to enjoy fresh marine products!

Matt Canyon River Trekking Nishiwaga Town, Iwate Prefecture
Matt Canyon River Trekking Nishiwaga Town, Iwate Prefecture
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from: $54

The artificial lake "Nishikishu" in Nishiwaga Town, Iwate Prefecture, has a seasonal fluctuation in water level. The Mato Canyon is full of snowmelt water in spring and has a depth of about 20m, but during the dry summer season (July-September), the amount of water is below the knees. Observe the flora and fauna that can only be seen in this season as you pass through old bridges and valleys that emerge from the bottom of the water before it submerges in the dam.

 2-Day Jodogahama Scenic Tour with Local Fisherman Meeting
2-Day Jodogahama Scenic Tour with Local Fisherman Meeting
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from: $263

Sanriku area is well known for the unique rias coastline and a variety of seafood. Since the place of scenic beauty, 'Jodogahama' is located in Sanriku Reconstruction Park, you can enjoy some kinds of natural experience and delicious local food used fresh seafood. Also, this tour provides a rare opportunity for you to meet a local fisherman whose livelihood is fishing. Interacting with such local people, you would definitely have a special experience which is not available except in Sanriku.

Demolition show sushi making classic cafe tour
Demolition show sushi making classic cafe tour
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from: $192

(1) Meet at Morioka Station. Chef and owner Yuichi Suzuki is waiting for you in the water square in front of Morioka Station. (2) We will pick you up at Fish Restaurant (Suzutoku) about 20 minutes by car from Morioka Station. It is also possible to guide you to a famous historical café with a connection to Kenji Miyazawa during the transfer. (3) When you arrive at the fish restaurant, the fisherman will show you the fish demolition scene. (4) You will experience using a Japanese knife to handle small fish such as horse mackerel. (5) Please make sushi. Additional optional items ・ Sushi lunch / dinner: Chef offers sushi ・ Provide the highest quality ・ Provides the finest salted sea urchins (limited from June to August) ・ You can bake seasonal vegetables with the seven wheels (very luxurious time if you like vegetables) ・ Provide local sake and whiskey ・ Transfer to the hotel: The tour will meet at Morioka station first, but if you want to go to the hotel first, you will be guided to the hotel first. ・ City sightseeing guide: Information on cherry blossoms and famous natural heritage

Morioka Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
Morioka Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $77

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Morioka! Criss-crossed by rivers and hemmed in by mountains, Morioka has been nicknamed “the capital of forest and water” for its natural beauty. A generous array of festivals truly makes this city come alive with color and excitement. Morioka is both a great addition to Tohoku travel itineraries and a convenient logisticial hotspot. Your guide will start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel. Let us know what special requests you have for the day and we will customize your itinerary in advance! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Nature tour around waterfalls that exudes from the beech forest Nishiwaga Town, Iwate Prefecture
Nature tour around waterfalls that exudes from the beech forest Nishiwaga Town, Iwate Prefecture
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from: $92

After gathering at Hot Yuda Ekimae Yumu Plaza, from there you can drive to the Mt. Mt. Tozanguchi parking lot for about 1 hour, and if you walk an additional 30 minutes from the bollard, there is a stunning waterfall called "Shiraito Falls." Enter the back of the waterfall and feel “cool”. In addition, I will go up while seeing various waterfalls of various sizes, such as Uba Falls, Hime Falls, Grand Falls, Beech Shimizu of the Goddess Reizumi, and the falling waterfalls. After having lunch near the Goddess Reizumi, you can see up close the waterfall that falls from a beech forest with a drop of more than 30m. A rainbow can be seen depending on the time of day. In addition, let's be healed by the beech forest while observing the flora and fauna along the way. You can also see the phenomenon of snow bridges from May to June.

Dive naturally! Melting Kinshu Lake Submerged Forest Canoe Tour
Dive naturally! Melting Kinshu Lake Submerged Forest Canoe Tour
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from: $115

It is a tour to cruise by canoe while observing the buds of the submerged forest. A guide born and raised locally will explain carefully. This is a private tour with no one but guests. Kinshu Lake, whose water level fluctuates throughout the year, is filled with melted snow in the spring. The submerged forest that emerges from the surface of the lake is very fantastic when reflected on the surface of the lake. All you can hear is the sound of paddles grabbing water and the sounds of nature such as the chirping of wild birds. You can also observe wild birds such as kingfishers, mandarin ducks, and gray wagtails. Use your five senses to dive deep into nature! Especially the morning tour is immersive and you can regain the feeling that you are here now.

Story-telling of Tsunami Disaster on the Spot
Story-telling of Tsunami Disaster on the Spot
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from: $19

On March 11, 2011 at 14:46, the powerful earthquake in Japan occurred 70 kilometers off the Pacific coast of the Tohoku Region. Approximately 30 minutes later a devastating tsunami struck the Sanriku Coast. Taro-district is located in the middle of Sanriku Coast. A local resident who experienced the disaster in Taro takes you around Taro-district. You are walking through Tsunami struck area including the massive breakwater and Tsunami memorial building Taro-Kanko hotel. You certainly feel the spirit of 'never surrender'.

Japanese Sword-Smith Workshop Experience
Japanese Sword-Smith Workshop Experience
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from: $61

You can observe professional Japanese Sword-smith craft center. You feel the heat and watch sparks in the process of making the sword. Also, you have a lesson from the sword-smith how to make the sword and actually make a knife for cutting paper.

Early morning fantasy "snow crossing" experience
Early morning fantasy "snow crossing" experience
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from: $84

This tour can only be experienced at the end of winter. It is an experience from before sunrise until immediately after the temperature rises. Japan's leading fairy tale writer, Kenji Miyazawa's "Snowwalk" world is here. You can experience the fun of nature that changes subtly depending on the snow quality, temperature, and weather.

Samurai Dance Performance
Samurai Dance Performance
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from: $576

You observe the traditional performing arts: Kenbai literary means dance with a sword. Kenbai has a long history. In the Edo-period it was performed in order to pray for dead Samurai. Now, local residents including children take over the performance. You can feel the spirit of the local history and interact with dancers.

Hiraizumi Full-Day Private Trip with Government-Licensed Guide
Hiraizumi Full-Day Private Trip with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $96

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Hiraizumi area! Nestled in the mountains of southern Iwate is Hiraizumi, an ancient city that once rivaled Kyoto for its beauty and elegant surroundings. This was the capital of the Northern Fujiwara lands, an independent country that briefly flowered in the late 1100s. Today, you can see the remnants of that once-beautiful city while enjoying the gorges and other scenic beauty of southern Iwate. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Forest healing around the giant beech and katsura trees
Forest healing around the giant beech and katsura trees
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from: $92

If you gather at Hot Yuda Ekimae Yume Plaza, drive from there to the parking lot of Usadaira Midday for 1 hour and walk for another 1 hour to reach the vast beech forest in the foot of the Ou Mountains. .. In the past, cattle were grazing and charcoal-grilled, so there is almost no undergrowth and it is a walkable forest. However, it is now a spot that locals rarely visit. Also, since there are almost no signs and the beech forest looks similar, it is easy to get lost without a guide. In this forest, which everyone knows now, you can get energy from the giant trees by going around the beech's mother tree, a large katsura with a circumference of more than 12 m.

Morioka Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
Morioka Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $77

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Morioka! Criss-crossed by rivers and hemmed in by mountains, Morioka has been nicknamed “the capital of forest and water” for its natural beauty. A generous array of festivals truly makes this city come alive with color and excitement. Morioka is both a great addition to Tohoku travel itineraries and a convenient logisticial hotspot. Your guide will start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel. Let us know what special requests you have for the day and we will customize your itinerary in advance! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

2-Day Private Tour of The Michinoku Golden Culture and History
2-Day Private Tour of The Michinoku Golden Culture and History
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from: $327

Northeastern Japan, called Michinoku is said to be the place where gold was discovered for the first time in Japan. The area from inland of Iwate Prefecture to the coast of Miyagi Prefecture is newly named 'The Road of Michinoku Gold Roman', which was designated as Japan Heritage in 2019. In this tour, you can visit Golden Hall of Chusonji Temple, one of the World Heritage Sites. It is well known that the locally produced gold were lavishly used for this hall in the 12th century. Since Kesennuma used to be a famous gold production site, your tour guide will tell you about history, culture, nature, and food under the theme of gold. You may be able to feel rich at the end of the tour.

Morioka Walking Tours
Morioka Walking Tours
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from: $71

Take a guided walking tour around Morioka city, and visit all the main tourist destinations in the area. We will show you the best places to get nice views of Mt Iwate if the weather is nice. Depending on the season, we may take you to places that you can see the cherry blossoms in flower (spring) or the colored leaves in Autumn.

All Must-Sees Tono Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
All Must-Sees Tono Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $96

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Tono! Tōno is a rural town in the hills of central Iwate Prefecture. The area is notable for its rustic landscapes and traditional farming culture. But Tono is best known as a repository of Japanese folklore due to its legends of spirits, animals and supernatural creatures. This rich oral tradition was passed down through generations of storytellers. Your guide will start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel. Let us know what special requests you have for the day and we will customize your itinerary in advance! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Original Hanamaki! Eat traditional Wanko soba like a samurai lord (with tempura)
Original Hanamaki! Eat traditional Wanko soba like a samurai lord (with tempura)
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from: $40

【OUTLINE】 Wanko soba is a unique regional cuisine that is served in bite-sized portions in small soba bowls. You can enjoy eating as many of these little bowls of soba as you please. It is said that the origin of Wanko soba is the soba that was served by the Hanamaki farmers to a samurai lord who was traveling to Edo. You will be able to enjoy this soba like the samurai lord did wearing a traditional Kamishimo apron. Your feast begins with the sound of a Japanese taiko drum, and you will see how many of these soba bowls you can finish and stack up before you give in. It's an entertaining experience suited for both families and groups. In addition to the soba noodles, you can also have freshly fried tempura. There is also an explanation about the history and manners of eating Wanko soba at the beginning (Japanese only).

Icicle Trekking Nishiwaga Town, Iwate Prefecture
Icicle Trekking Nishiwaga Town, Iwate Prefecture
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from: $61

In Nishiwaga, a sunny day in winter is indescribably beautiful. In midwinter, when it snows the most, a secret place appears -large icicles. The icicles are illusions during the winter. Let's go through the forest, go down the valley, and meet the mystery of nature. ◯ It is attached to the Japanese version of the snowshoe "Kanjiki". ◯ A guide that is familiar to nature walks on the table of flora and fauna this season.

 Kinshu Lake Private Snow Trekking Activity
Kinshu Lake Private Snow Trekking Activity
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from: $46

The artificial lake "Kinshuko", which was created about 60 years ago, has a water level that fluctuates depending on the season. You can enjoy the change of scenery in that season. January-March is the dry season, and you can walk just past Kinshu Lake. By wearing the traditional Japanese craft "Kanjiki" You can walk on snow that is close to your height. It can only be seen in this season while observing the winter buds of trees and the footprints of animals along the way. I'm going to see a precious sight.

Odate local farm stay experience
Odate local farm stay experience
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from: $247

Travel to the country town of Odate in Akita prefecture by local bus from Morioka station. Experience a night with a local family in their house. Depending on the season and weather, there will be a variety of activities organized by the family for you to participate in, such as making dinner together, farm activities etc. Depending on the numbers, you may stay in separate farm houses.

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