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Private guided tour around Mt. Aso volcano, grassland, Aso Shrine
After a special visit to the historic Aso Shrine, which has a history of more than 2000 years, we recommend visiting the quaint town of Monzenmachi, where many stores are lined up, and visiting the water fountains and eating Aso sweets. Finally, we will visit the top of Mount Aso, where you can feel the breath of the earth. After making a special visit to the main shrine of Aso Shrine at the foot of the mountain, you will feel very grateful when you go to the top of Aso and look at the crater, which is the sacred body of the mountain.
Private E-MTB guided cycling around Mt. Aso volcano & grasslands
13:05 Meet at the main entrance of JR Aso Station (there is only one location, so you won't get lost) * You will not be late even if you arrive at Aso Station at 13:02 by the limited express train. The tour begins with an explanation of the characteristics of the active volcano Mt. Aso and "Millennium Grassland". 13:15-17:00 Aso Nakadake “Millennium Grassland” Cycling by E-MTB (Electric Bicycle) If you've never used an electric bicycle before, don't worry, we'll practice how to operate it in the safety of our premises. From the bottom of the caldera at Aso Station (about 500m above sea level) to the Aso Nakadake crater (about 1,300m above sea level), there is an elevation difference of 800m. 17:05 Disband at the main entrance of JR Aso Station * You will be in time for the limited express train leaving Aso Station at 17:14. *We can also guide you to a private hot spring nearby after the tour.
Aso Caldera and Farm Experience Tour
This private tour starts off with you and your English-speaking guide heading to the highest point of the north caldera wall. Here we enjoy the jaw-dropping sight of the five peaks of Mt. Aso and the huge volcanic caldera. After getting a feel for the landscape of Aso we head to one of the small communities that exist in the vicinity of this huge volcano. Here we will explore the true Japanese countryside and meet some of the locals who live here. With their help, we will learn about life and culture in rural Japan, harvest vegetables, cook food, and enjoy a lunch together made from locally sourced ingredients! A true hands-on Japanese farm-to-table experience! This is a half-day tour that gives you the best of two worlds! The amazing scenery of Japan's largest active volcano, but also interaction with local culture! Come and enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes and heartwarming hospitality that Japan has to offer!
Kumamoto Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kumamoto! Kumamoto, located on Kyushu island in southern Japan, strikes a perfect balance between a bustling city fringed by tranquil countryside. The center of the city features its greatest landmark, Kumamoto-jo castle, but a tempting collection of restaurants, bars and shops can also be found nearby. Let us know what you would like to experience, and your guide will arrange 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. Note*3: This tour does not allow for pick up at the Yatsuhiro Port.
Walking through the Aso Caldera, Historical Walk along the "Bungo Kaido"
Aso's knowledgeable guides will take you on an easy-to-understand and enjoyable tour of the Aso Caldera from its birth to the present, from the perspectives of volcanoes, geology, history, culture, and beliefs. By walking down the stone-folded path that descends the northern outer rim of the mountain and entering the caldera on your own, you can really feel the size of the caldera, one of the largest in the world. You can also enjoy spots related to the history, culture, and beliefs of Aso, where people have lived in the caldera for over 2,000 years. On the way, we will have a tea time with yogurt and sweets grown in the grasslands of Aso.
Kumamoto Castle Walking Tour with Local Guide
Kumamoto Castle, renowned as one of Japan’s top three castles, is a beautiful fortress that embodies the philosophy and strategy of samurai warriors from 400 years ago. It represents the identity and symbol of those of us who were born and raised in Kumamoto. Within the castle, which is filled with a wealth of information about Japanese castles, we will provide an easy-to-understand explanation and enjoyable interaction during the 3-hour tour, aiming to reach the observation floor at a height of about 14 stories above ground level. This tour will be guided, who grew up in Kumamoto City. We have an interpreter who has lived in New York for many years. She will provide clear and easy-to-understand explanations about the beloved attractions of the her hometown. Kumamoto Castle tour: Unique experience, Warring States era stories, ancestral contributions, valuable knowledge.
Kumamoto Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced English-speaking tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kumamoto! Kumamoto, located on Kyushu island in southern Japan, strikes a perfect balance between a bustling city fringed by tranquil countryside. The center of the city features its greatest landmark, Kumamoto-jo castle, but a tempting collection of restaurants, bars and shops can also be found nearby. Let us know what you would like to experience, and your guide will arrange 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. Note*3: This tour does not allow for pick up at the Yatsuhiro Port.
Rural Forestry Tour in Aso Minamioguni
This is a unique chance to experience life in rural Japan through a local's eyes. Access areas and meet people that would be impossible without the presence of the guide. Enjoy unique interaction while delving into true Japanese forestry culture. Be mesmerized by the beautiful and unique landscape, born through a long history of living in symbiosis with the mountains and planting cedar trees. All while having your own private guide who is knowledgable and can explain the history of not only the area but the Japanese forestry. But more than anything, this tour aims to be about interaction with locals. As a guide, I wish the meeting between visitors and locals to feel like me introducing friends to each other. The area around Mt. Aso is one of Japan's best-hidden treasures and this is your shortcut to experiencing it. True Japanese culture, food, hospitality, and much much more. Take a chance, step off the beaten track, and come join us for an amazing time in Aso!
Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi Tour
This tour takes a deep dive into the life of Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary swordsman said to have been undefeated in 60 duels! The meditation experience will be held in the cave where Musashi retreated and wrote about swordsmanship and martial arts in general in The Book of Five Rings. Visit the grave where Miyamoto Musashi is said to have been buried. Tour around an art museum where several items related to this famous swordsman, such as his swords and portraits, are on display.
Learn the Higo Ko-ryu of Naginata style of fighting samurai
Characterized by a one-sword deathblow, the Higo old-style naginata(Long Sword), which uses weapons as long as 8 shaku (approximately 2.4m) was developed in Kumamoto before the mid-1700s. Since the end of the Meiji era when there were no male instructors, female instructors have preserved the tradition, and currently, Ms. Hirata is the 15th head of the school. When using a heavy and long weapon that is eight shaku (about 2.4m), there are few movements and moves, the form is simple, and although there is no ""flashy"" movement, training in body handling and foot handling is required to move quickly. This is a 90-minute plan where you can experience the authentic Higo old-style naginata directly from Ms. Hirata, the head of the family. Experience the Higo Koryu style straight from the female master who will pass it on to the next generation. Learn the spirit of the samurai through a samurai swordsmanship experience.