A getaway to Sawara, “little Edo”of Chiba and to Katori Jingu shrine

This day trip to the countryside will allow you a breath of fresh air, far from Tokyo megalopolis.
We will visit the Katori-Jingu Shrine, one of the oldest and mysterious shrines in Japan which can be traced back to Japanese mythology.
There,you will find an old legend related to earthquakes in Japan!
After the visit, enjoy a lunch time freely in the small shopping street near the sanctuary.
Once our stomachs full, we will move to Suigo Sawara by local bus, a real journey back in time, with its architecture dating back to the Edo period, 18th and 19th centuries.
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.
At the end of the day, we will visit the sake brewery and taste this local speciality.
We will return to Tokyo by bus with a toilet while remembering your beautiful day in the Japanese countryside.

Where to Go

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Détail de l'excursion

Starting point: Station Tokyo
 
Departure time: 9:00
 
Duration (approx): 8hs
 
Highlights of the tour:
Day trip with an English speaking tour leader
- Small-group tour - Round-trip by bus (equipped with toilets) -
Visit of one of the three most important shrines of Eastern Japan : Katori-Jingu -
Visit Sawara; and its neighborhoods  listed in National Preservation of Traditional heritage .
-Visit of the local sake brewery, tasting of sake
 

Description
How about a day trip off the beaten tracks, lost into the peaceful landscapes of the Kanto plain and the Chiba area countryside ?
This trip will allow you to forget for a moment the huge buildings of the capital and its crowded streets.
Japan is a mountainous country, but the area we will visit is located on a wide plain, where the Tone-Gawa river, the  largest river of the country flows.

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.
After the visit, you will have a lunch time (not included), near the entrance to the sanctuary and we will drive to Sawara by bus (only 4 services a day).
Sawara is one of the few towns that can be found near the Katori Sanctuary, along the Tone-gawa River (Japan's longest river), and is known as "The little Edo" due to its old well-preserved quarters that are on the list of the Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings.
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.
Then, the end of this little excursion will be the visit of a Sake brewery carried out for centuries, the perfect place for a tasting.
You will find many souvenirs and sweets made of Sake to bring back.
We will return to Tokyo by bus in which you will have the opportunity to take a nap while remembering your beautiful day in the Japanese countryside.
 

Return details: The tour ends at Tokyo station
*Sending service to the hotel is available with additional fee.
Important to know
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

  • Minimum number of participants required for tour departure is one.

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; please wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Please inform us, at the time of booking, about the participation of any person with reduced mobility or suffering from any condition requiring  special needs during the trip.

  • This tour is not covered by insurance.

  • Itinerary order is subject to change depending on traffic, weather and operation hours.

  • In case of traffic congestion or weather or any other uncontrollable reasons that affect the tour schedule and lead to delay in time, schedule change or visit cancellation etc., the tour will not be cancelled or refunded in such cases.  Please be noted in advance.

Additional informations
  • Small groups, 8 people maximum. The tour can be customized in the case if there is no other participant on the day of trip.

  • Please note that public transportation will be used during this tour and seating is not guaranteed.

  • Please  refer to “Travel information” about any useful information.

  • Pictures are used for illustrative purpose only.

Included
  • English speaking tour leader

  • All transportations during the tour

  • Visit of the brewery

Not included
  • The insurances

  • The personal expenses

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned

  • Transportations and activities not mentioned

  • river cruise at Sawara

  • Transfers to and from the hotel
    *Meeting and/or sending service to the hotel by the tour leader are available with additional fees (each service:5000yen / 1group )

  • Gratuities (Voluntary)

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