A getaway to Sawara, “little Edo”of Chiba and to Katori Jingu shrine
There,you will find an old legend related to earthquakes in Japan!
From there, you could participate in the cruise on the small river during which the boatman will reveal all the secrets of the city.
We will visit the museum and the old house of Tadataka Ino, a great man who has traveled throughout Japan on foot and who mapped in details the entire territory.
You will see the preservation district of old city Sawara, called "The little Edo" (as the city of Kawagoe in the region of Saitama), and could relax in a picturesque coffee shop perfectly harmonized with the ancient atmosphere of this district.
We will return to Tokyo by bus with a toilet while remembering your beautiful day in the Japanese countryside.
Where to Go
Détail de l'excursion
This trip will allow you to forget for a moment the huge buildings of the capital and its crowded streets.
We will travel by bus to the east (bus equipped with toilet).
Once arrived to the terminal station, you will be at the entrance to the Katori-Jingu Shrine.
This temple is not very well known to tourists although it is one of the most prestigious in Japan.
It is one of the three great sanctuaries of eastern Japan together with Ikisu-Jingu shrine and Kashima-Jingu shrine, where people has been making a pilgrimage since long ago.
Nowadays, not only elder but also young Japanese go there still considering its sanctuaries as a real spiritual source of energy .
The most prestigious shrine in the country is Ise-Jingu located in Wakayama prefecture; however, only Katori and Kashima are allowed to use "Jingu" suffix excludes Ise-jingu. This categorizes the importance of shrines in the Shinto religion.
The fact that these three sanctuaries bear the name of jingu, proves that they are among the most venerated in the country.
The revered god at the shrine of Katori-Jingu is the god of sword, once prayed for battles, he is now a place of prayer for the success of an exam, a contest or a match.
Apart from the events that it organizes, the temple is rarely crowded with visitors, because it is hard to get to, having no railway station nearby.
This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the quiet and the mystical atmosphere of this sacred place.
Sawara is also named "Suigo Sawara", the term "Suigo" meaning the wetlands along the river.
Guests can enjoy a short 30-minute cruise on the Onogawa River, which joins the Tone River.
This city is also famous for having been the place where Tadataka Ino (1745-1818) lived, the first cartographer who mapped almost all the Japanese territory in a very precise way.
This man studied astronomy and surveys after his retirement and walked throughout Japan for more than 17 years.
You can stroll around the old streets as if you were at the ancient times or you can take a rest in a small picturesque coffee shop from which the view of the river and the beautiful weeping willows.
You will find many souvenirs and sweets made of Sake to bring back.
Return details: The tour ends at Tokyo station
*Sending service to the hotel is available with additional fee.
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