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Sado Island Full-day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide
Sado Island Full-day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide
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from: $107

This value-packed trip with a government licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Sado Island from Niigata City! Sado Island is well known as the “island of exile” or the “island of gold”, and for being deeply connected with historical figures, tradition and ancient culture. It’s one of the largest Japanese islands, located 32km off the coast of the Niigata Prefecture and even with so much to offer its visitors, it remains to be one of Japan’s best off-the-beaten-path destinations. Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Amazing walk in the picturesque rice terraces in Hoshi-Toge, Tokamachi, Niigata
Amazing walk in the picturesque rice terraces in Hoshi-Toge, Tokamachi, Niigata
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from: $55

Trekking in an area that looks like a painting of the “real” Japan; experiencing the rich history, culture and beautiful scenery of this area. 1. The old samurai road The trekking route from village to village runs along portions of the Kodo Matsunoyama Kaido (the old Matsunoyama Road). Walking along these trails, you feel the history: the farmers who worked and lived here, the merchants carrying goods, the trails that were the roads, often to battle, for the local warlord’s troops. Also, you will see the most beautiful and historic rice terraces in all of Japan. 2. Experienced, dedicated guides This is a private tour, with a dedicated, local guide who can lead guests along the trails with explanations in English. Only on this tour will you be led to places that ordinary visitors could not access. 3. Interact with locals Apart from the trekking, you will have a chance to visit some local farmers or locals who live nearby villages.

Niigata Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
Niigata Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $107

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Niigata! Niigata is a beautiful city whose northwest faces the Sea of Japan. As one of Japan's leading agricultural cities, Niigata has a beautiful landscape of rice fields, well-known for its sake and rice heritage. Thanks to its abundant nature and perfect climate, Niigata became an agricultural powerhouse and historically acquired a reputation for its plentiful, abundant food output. 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.

Private Historical Walking Tour of Niigata Port Town
Private Historical Walking Tour of Niigata Port Town
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from: $57

In the 1800s, Niigata thrived as a port city. Ships from Russia, China, England, and all over the world came here to trade. Niigata citizens led lucrative lives making their living by shipping cargo and selling local products (mainly agricultural). The city was flooded with sailors from all over the world, allowing Niigata to blend and change with their influence. Join us on a historical walking tour through the old port town Niigata, where we will explore the unique harmony of Western and Japanese cultures that developed in Niigata in the 1800s.

Full-Day Ski Experience in Tsunan
Full-Day Ski Experience in Tsunan
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from: $34

Niigata prefecture is known for its heavy snowfalls, attracting large number of tourists here for winter activities every year. "NEW GREENPIA Tsunan" has 330 hectares of land, natural powder snow, 5 different level courses and well-equipped facilities, which make it a popular skiing resort.

A Trip to Pray for Better Fortune in Echigo Nagaoka
A Trip to Pray for Better Fortune in Echigo Nagaoka
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from: $312

【SCHEDULE】 JR Nagaoka St→Transferring by Taxi→Arrival at the shrine→purification ceremony→wear clothes of Shinto priest or shrine maiden→commemorative photos→change clothes→Transferring by Taxi→lunch・taste and compare sake→Transferring by Taxi→visit the fish farm of Nishikigoi→the tour ends 【OUTLINE】This plan enables you to visit a Shinto shrine and experience traditional Japanese food, clothing, and housing. You will be dressed in the traditional costume of Shinto priest or shrine maiden who are engaged in Japanese shrines, and take commemorative photos. First, you will experience the purification ceremony at 1300-year-old Kinpu Shrine and take commemorative photos Then you will go to Kamogawakan, a popular Japanese restaurant in Nagaoka, and enjoy a rich Japanese cuisine prepared with brewing fermentation featuring the local high-quality blackthroat seaperch . Lastly, you will visit the fish farm of Nishikigoi, colored carp. Appreciate how vividly and elegantly they swim!

Oiran Private Experience and Photoshoot in Niigata
Oiran Private Experience and Photoshoot in Niigata
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from: $136

Everyone has heard of Geisha, popular female entertainers in the 19th century Japan. However, before Geisha’s popularity grew, Oiran were considered the trend-setters of the Japanese fashion world. These highly educated women had the precarious nickname Keisei (or Castle-toppler), for their reputation of stealing the hearts of upper-classmen. In Niigata, Oiran were always very popular in the Furumachi area. Today, in the near-by Honcho area there are many places that allow visitors to experience all the splendor of Oiran fashion. Allow yourself to explore your sensuality and project to the world your inner beauty, through the transforming experience of expertly selected dress and make-up. No one has ever walked away unchanged.

Sado Entertainment Noroma Doll or Noh Mask Paint Experience
Sado Entertainment Noroma Doll or Noh Mask Paint Experience
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from: $18

Paint a mini doll or Noh mask to create your own original! The handy sized doll will be your good memory in Sado. Workshop in a place where you can overlook the Sado's nature

Niigata 1day Customized Private Walking Tour (7H)
Niigata 1day Customized Private Walking Tour (7H)
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from: $554

With this private tour, you can see efficiently Niigata and have a deeper understanding in one day. A team will suggest the best itinerary based on your interests, our recommendable and favorite place. Located in the Japan Sea side, is famous for the quality of its rice, and therefore also its sake (with top quality rice being a primary ingredient), also a great place to sample fresh fish and seafood from the Japan Sea. There are sights such as Hakusan Shrine and Gardens,  Bandai Bridge across the Shinano river and the street markets in the old Furumachi district. Take in the view of Niigata and its surrounding countryside from the observation decks of either the MEDIA SHIP building in Bandai or the Toki Messe convention centre near Niigata port. On a clear day you can see as far as Sado island. There are also plenty of onsen (hot-spring) towns dotted through the mountains, perfect for a relaxing soak!

Niigata Custom Half Day Tour
Niigata Custom Half Day Tour
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from: $108

This private and customizable tour for Niigata is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.

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Let's go see the snow flower! ~ Beautiful forest snowshoe and hearth back end experience ~
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from: $21

Stroll through the beautiful winter forest wearing snowshoes (Western style snowshoe-heels are easy to climb). It is safe with a guide. There may be discoveries unique to winter, such as winter animals and winter mushrooms. Heal comfortable tiredness in the hearth. With the warmth of charcoal and amazake, your heart and body will be warm. In case of bad weather, the entrance fee for Kyororo is included, so you can also see Kyororo exhibits.

Seasonal shuttle to Minami-Sado
Seasonal shuttle to Minami-Sado
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from: $14

Recently spotted on SNS, Sado / Minami Sado area. In response to the request that the regular sightseeing buses are a little inconvenient for going to Sukunegi, Yajima Kyoshima, etc., we started operation of the “Shuttle for Ogi” in September 2019. From Tabino Hotel Sado-Sawada-Mano to Ogi. It is also available for those who board a ship from Ogi Port and those who get off at Ogi Port. Of course, it is possible to get off along the route. It runs every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. When using, please make a reservation by 17:00 the day before.

Learn how to snowboard in 3 hours
Learn how to snowboard in 3 hours
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from: $73

My important point is assistant for you. My students became snowboard 3 hours. And I can take photo and movie.

Izakaya Hopping Tour in Tokamachi, Niigata (30 min. Echigo-Yuzawa)
Izakaya Hopping Tour in Tokamachi, Niigata (30 min. Echigo-Yuzawa)
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from: $74

Discover the hidden snow country bars in Tokamachi, Niigata Explore local bars in Tokamachi, Niigata, where normal tourists are not familiar with, but actually has many great bars. Highlights -Enjoy authentic food & drinks from this snowy region that we highly recommend -Hop through 3 local bars and pubs with a local tour guide -Have a feast with a variety of food and drinks that you can try Local Specialties -Niigata's sake is one of the best in Japan, because of high quality rice and great sake brewing technique that has developed during long winter covered by snow. There are many sake breweries there, so you should try as many as you can! -Tokamachi is famous for its high quality rice and veggies, which are fresh and rich in flavor. Some of veggies are aged under the snow, so that its taste becomes sweeter and even more flavorful. -Also, local branded aged pork, Tsumari Pork. Since it is bred with healthy food and environments, it is very juicy and tender.

[All tour course] Aoyagi Kimono Factory workshop tour-Until one kimono is made-
[All tour course] Aoyagi Kimono Factory workshop tour-Until one kimono is made-
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from: $29

In this workshop tour, you can see the techniques of dyeing kimono up close. Aoyagi was founded in 1938 in Tokamachi, a kimono-producing area. At Aoyagi's workshop, which has been making use of the traditional techniques of kimono creation, you can observe the process of creating a single kimono. We carry out all processes from weaving, dyeing, squeezing, yuzen, embroidery and foil in our own studio. Recommended for those who are interested in traditional kimono techniques and those who are interested in kimonos from the Tokamachi production area.

 Have your own time in the space of important cultural properties and natural hot springs.
Have your own time in the space of important cultural properties and natural hot springs.
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from: $20

The lounge offers coffee, soft drinks and sweets. From an open Japanese-style room to a sofa with a sense of privacy You can bring a book to your favorite space and enjoy reading, It can also be used for remote work while traveling. While watching the rich nature at the foot of Mt. Please have a good time. In the large public bath, it is a large public bath with a tasteful wooden storehouse. The building that was used as a rice brewery was relocated. The spring quality is sodium chloride hot spring (hypotonic weak alkaline high hot spring) which is said to be effective for fatigue recovery. Muikamachi was designated as a national hot spring resort in 1964, The odorless and colorless hot spring is also characterized by being gentle on the skin and hard to hit with hot water. You can soak in hot water slowly and heal your daily fatigue.

Full of Gold at Sado Kinzan! Gold foil pasting experience
Full of Gold at Sado Kinzan! Gold foil pasting experience
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from: $18

Paint a mini doll or Noh mask to create your own original! The handy sized doll will be your good memory in Sado. Workshop in a place where you can overlook the Sado's nature

Cooking the finest rice balls using salt and rice from Sado
Cooking the finest rice balls using salt and rice from Sado
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from: $16

Delicious rice from Sado called "Toki to kurasu sato". Sado's delicious salt. A tour of Shiogama factory and explanation of salt making. Observe Meoto rocks and experience chopping firewood. Sado's En Musubi salt will be given to you as a souvenir.

Full Day Ski Lesson (6 hours) in Yuzawa, Japan
Full Day Ski Lesson (6 hours) in Yuzawa, Japan
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from: $342

Experienced, international instructors who have spent many years perfecting their teaching and who love to share their passion for snow sports. Amazing mountain views. Fun in the snow of the Japanese mountains - fresh air and great views.

Learn How To Make Vegan Sushi From A Master Sushi Chef in Tokamachi
Learn How To Make Vegan Sushi From A Master Sushi Chef in Tokamachi
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from: $67

A master sushi chef has created a vegan version of Japan's most famous dish -Sushi! And now it is your chance to learn how to make them directly from the man himself! Sushi which is synonymous with fish to many, was actually made with vegetables and wild mountain shrubs in the mountainous regions of Japan in the past. Which makes this learning experience actually a very traditional art. As the nature rich region of Tokamachi is famous for its high quality vegetables and rice, it is an ideal location to try many varieties of vegetables in this traditional form of preserved food. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste and learn this healthy and delicious form of sushi from a master of this craft! Highlights 1. Learn the art to making delicious vegan sushi 2. Explore the flavours of Tokamachi’s vegetables 3. Exquisite food, minus the guilt! 4. You can even harvest your own veggies in the summer and autumn seasons *The menu changes based on the vegetables in season.

Bike Tour in Sado with a Local Guide
Bike Tour in Sado with a Local Guide
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from: $26

Let's cycle the Ogi district with a local guide. You can get off the bicycle and take a walk through the streets of the lodgings, This is a shukuneki fun course where you can see the cave "Iwayasansekkutsu" where 88 stone buddha statues line up.

Private Japanese Sake Tasting Lecture in Niigata
Private Japanese Sake Tasting Lecture in Niigata
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from: $78

Freshly prepared Japanese food is waiting for you. Enjoy the rich flavors of Japanese sake while tasting the harmony of Japanese cuisine and rice wine. Learn about the process of making sake and the connection between sake and Japanese people. The fragrance of sake is classified into four categories, each of which will be carefully explained. Learn about which dishes pair well with which kinds of sake. We will also teach you how to order (in Japanese) at a Japanese style pub. Make no mistake. You too will surely be called a connoisseur.

Private Sushi Master Class in Niigata
Private Sushi Master Class in Niigata
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from: $78

Make sushi with fresh seasonal fish Every morning the chef visits the market and carefully selects the best local fish for the day. In this course, you can taste Nigita's local fish (for example “Noppe”) that had been caught that very morning. Become an expert of sushi making and eating Did you know that sushi gripping method differs depending on the ingredients? You must subtly change the force of your grip and the manner of your grasp. A professional sushi chef will give an easy to understand lecture on all the secrets! You can become a sushi-grip expert!

Walking & cycling
Walking & cycling
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from: $4

ryugon is located at the foot of Mt. Sakado, and the Uono River, which runs right next to it, is a natural environment where you can see ayu fishing in summer. Please enjoy walking and cycling in the rural landscape that changes from spring to autumn. Located a little farther away, "Undo-an" is a famous temple that has been around since the Muromachi period and is suitable for calming and spending time.

Niigata Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
Niigata Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $86

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Niigata! Niigata is a beautiful city whose northwest faces the Sea of Japan. As one of Japan's leading agricultural cities, Niigata has a beautiful landscape of rice fields, well-known for its sake and rice heritage. Thanks to its abundant nature and perfect climate, Niigata became an agricultural powerhouse and historically acquired a reputation for its plentiful, abundant food output. 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.

Niigata Private Artistry Tour
Niigata Private Artistry Tour
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from: $171

This 6-hour Private Niigata Artistry Tour with tour guide and private vehicle will visit the scenic Tsubame City which is known for its beautiful rice terraces and famous for being the birth place to the artistry and craftsmanship of many specialized techniques in silverware, knives, and more. Get some hands-on experience learning from masters in the craft and enjoy the atmosphere of a small town in the countryside of Japan. The tour will begin at 10:30 AM at Tsubame-Sanjo Station in Tsubame City of Niigata (for guests coming from Tokyo, take the 8:24 AM train at Tokyo Station to arrive just in time to start the tour). The tour guide will be waiting at the station upon your arrival (we will have a designated location for guests to meet). Alternatively, guests can stay overnight at Yahiko Resort (available as an add-on at checkout) and the driver will pick you up at the hotel in the morning.

Toori Cooking Class
Toori Cooking Class
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from: $27

Every Saturday and Sunday, limited to 10 people per day, Experience cooking with a grandmother who lives in the local area and is a local culinary master of the snowy country. You can feel the countryside and warmth of the snowy country while teaching the excellent local cuisine using salted wild vegetables and the tips for deliciously cooking seasonal ingredients. If you are interested in the food and culture of the area, please come!

Oyster Lunch and Oyster Shelf Trip in Sado
Oyster Lunch and Oyster Shelf Trip in Sado
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from: $43

An irresistible plan for oyster lovers. Please try this plan for lunch unique to Sado. Sado Geopark is the largest brackish lake on a remote island. You can see the beautiful scenery in both spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Niigata Custom Full Day Tour
Niigata Custom Full Day Tour
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from: $188

This private and customizable tour for Niigata is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.

Private Sacred Sake Tasting inside a Shrine
Private Sacred Sake Tasting inside a Shrine
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from: $71

Sake has a long history in Japan. Since 700 A.D. it was used in religious ceremonies. For almost 1000 years, sake was mainly produced in Shrines and temples. Even now, Sake is one of the main offerings left for Shinto Gods. Learn all about the history of this ancient relationship, while tasting the delicious Niigata Sake in the heart of a Shinto Shrine.

Discover the wilderness forest by trekking (Sotokaifu route)
Discover the wilderness forest by trekking (Sotokaifu route)
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from: $66

Majestic nature. Limited to 15 people per day. You can see the famous powerful Kongo cedar giant trees. English route guide brochure available. Tour in Japanese by local guide (1 guide for every 4 people)

Full Day Snowboard Lesson (6 hours)
Full Day Snowboard Lesson (6 hours)
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from: $342

Experienced, international instructors who have spent many years perfecting their teaching and who love to share their passion for snow sports. Amazing mountain views. Fun in the snow of the Japanese mountains - fresh air and great views.

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