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2-Day Traditional Japanese Culture

                               and Cycling Tour

Dates: 06 - 07 Nov. 2019

This area, which is called Nishitama, is a neighborhood located to the west of the metropolitan area in Tokyo. There are no crowds, no skyscrapers and no bustle of a city, but there are mountains, rivers, good old Japanese culture and sound of nature. It's a part of a national park. In such surroundings, people and nature coexist in harmony.
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*This is a trial package tour that is sponsored by local governments so that the date is limited and the price is special deal. Please answer the questionnaire after the tour.

Day 1 ~Cycling, Foot bathing, Zen

            and Traditional Japanese inn~  

  Date: 06 Nov. 2019          Meeting time: 9:30am

1. Meet at JR Musashi-itsukaichi Station

Meet a guide in front of JR Musashi-itsukaichi station in Tokyo. 

It takes about an hour from Shinjuku by train.

Check the meeting point on a map

Rent a bike and depart for an adventurous cycling in the mountain side of Tokyo. 

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2. Cycling along the Akigawa Gorge

Akigawa River runs through this area and it's a sources of environmental sustainability around here. Enjoy seeing beautiful scenery of a stream. 

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3. Koutokuji Temple

This historic temple, founded in 1373, is standing in a quiet area with a thatch roofed entrance gate covered with moss.

There are gigantic Ginkgo trees. So you can enjoy the  beautiful view of changing color of leaves in autumn.

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4. Seotonoyu Hot Spring

Awarded one of the best hot springs that make your skin beautiful as it contains highly alkaline. 

Bathing foot in a hot spring gets your whole body warm without taking all your clothes off by promoting blood circulation. There are many nerves in foot as known as a second heart, so you can also expect relaxing and detoxification effects.

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5. Gyokudenji Temple

We're going to do Zazen Meditation in front of a Zen garden. Zazen is a form of meditation performed in a cross-legged sitting posture. This is practiced in Zen Buddhism to attain the ideal state of supreme enlightenment.

And we will have a Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, Shojin Ryori.

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6. Kabutoya Ryokan

This ryokan, Japanese-style inn, is located in a mountain of Tokyo. The traditional Japanese architectural structure, including the exterior with a thatched roof and the interior with irori fireplace, would totally rest your mind. Sleep in a futon on tatami mats and soak in a hot spring.

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Day 2 ~Cooking Class, Sake Tasting

            and Matcha Tea Ceremony~  

  Date: 07 Nov. 2019          Endng time: 5:00pm

1. Traditional Folk House

There is one traditional house built in the early 18th century with a thatched roof on a mountain.

A small monorail car takes us to this historical architecture located at an altitude of 750 meters. This vehicle slowly goes up on a steep slope and it’s so exciting.

You will see the inside of the important cultural property and a life style of those days.

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2. Cooking Class

We will cook the local specialty in the traditional folk house. Kon-nyaku is a jelly-like food made from a kind of yam which is called Kon-nyaku. Recently it's getting popular around Europe since it's healthy and the texture is rally unique.

Try making it and eating very fresh local food.

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3. Lunch at a Restaurant with Sake Tasting

The restaurant offers homemade vegetables on a big plate with beautiful decoration. They also serves very local sake brand Kisho. We are going to have a sake tasting with the good food.

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4. Matcha Tea Ceremony

Match, Japanese green tea, is well known worldwide. The spirit of tea ceremony is based on Zen philosophy and Japanese spirit of hospitality. You will learn the manners and make a cup of green tea yourself.

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5. Sake Museum at Nakamura Sake Brewery

Traditional Wooden tools  that were formerly used for making sake, are on display. Learn a traditional style of making sake. After that, sampling sake will be available.

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6. JR Haijima Station

We will see you off at JR Haijima station. 

Check the end point on a map

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     Tour Conditions

Inclusions

・English-speaking guide

​・Transportation during the tour

・Breakfast(Day2)

・Lunch (Day1, 2)

・Dinner (Day1)

・Accommodation

・Admission fees

・Travel Insurance

Exclusions

・Transportation to meeting place and from end point

Meeting Place & Starting Time

JR Musashi-itsukaichi Station (JR武蔵五日市駅) at 9:30am

  ⇒Check the meeting point on a map

Duration

2 Days

End Tour

JR Haijima station (JR拝島駅) at 5:00pm

 Check the end point on a map

Cancellation Policy

▷If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

▷If you cancel between 8 and 13 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

▷If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Important Information

▷If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know when you book.

▷Please note that the tour itinerary and order may change.

▷Due to weather conditions, natural disasters or any other special conditions, we could cancel tours. When we cancel the tour, we will refund all the tour cost you paid.

Price (/person)

JPY ¥ 89,800 ⇒ Free

Approximate Transportation Expenses

From JR Shinjuku Station to JR Musashi-itsukaichi Station by train - - - JPY ¥820 /person

From JR Haijima Station to JR Shinjuku Station by train - - - JPY ¥480 /person