Niigata Private Artistry Tour
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.
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What's included :
- Transportation costs (private vehicle) within Tsubame City only
- English-speaking tour guide
- Small handicraft souvenir
- Photo opportunities and more
What's excluded :
- Meals, food and drinks
- Lunch (options are local ramen or kamameshi (kettle rice with other ingredients and you can choose)
- Costs for lunch will usually range from 1000 to 1500 JPY per person for the meal.
- Bullet train to and from Tokyo (can be booked as an add-on at checkout)
- Other fees not included in the tour
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Tsubame Cultural Education Facility Bunsui Ryokan Historical Museum, 9-9 Kamisuwa, Tsubame 959-0181 Niigata Prefecture
showcasing the craft-making industry especially crafts made with metals. There was a time when 90% of silverware and aluminum containers in all of Japan would be made from the little town of Tsubame. Although Tsubame isn’t the largest producer of such products anymore, much of the same hand-crafted techniques and skills are continued here. After marveling at the different metal crafts made throughout the centuries from Japan and around the world, enjoy an early lunch at a local restaurant.
Pass By: Shinano River, Chubu
the longest river in Japan, and can view and learn about the significance of Okawatsu-bunsui River, a man-made river that has provided water to the ubiquitous rice fields all over Niigata. the longest river in Japan, and can view and learn about the significance of Okawatsu-bunsui River, a man-made river that has provided water to the ubiquitous rice fields all over Niigata. Take in the beautiful views of rice patties along the rivers before making one last stop to the Tsubamesanjo Regional Products Center.
Pass By: Oyama Rice Terraces, Hiratsuka, Kamogawa 296-0232, Chiba Prefecture
Local rice terraces
Departure Point :Tsubamesanjo Station, Shimosugoro, Sanjo, Niigata 955-0093, Japan
Departure Time :10:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- The first stop will be at Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum, showcasing the craft-making industry especially crafts made with metals. Historically, 90% of silverware and aluminum containers in all of Japan has been made from this little town of Tsubame, and even to this day, much of the same hand-crafted techniques and skills are continued here. At Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum, you can enjoy a hands-on experience at making copperware and utensils such as spoons, cups, and more (depending on availability). After marveling at the different metal crafts made throughout the centuries from Japan and around the world, enjoy an early lunch at a local restaurant.
- After lunch, take a drive to Gyokusendo, a historic copperware shop that still uses hand-crafted techniques passed on from generations since 1816. You’ll see a demonstration from the master of the craft on how he beats the piece repeatedly by hand, with some items taking a few hours to a few days just to perfect. In a different silverware shop nearby, you’ll see some of the best silverware in the world that is only to be exported to various European countries for exclusive use within the quarters of royal families
- Next, visit Toujiro Knife shop and gallery for an introduction to Japanese knives. Anyone who is serious about food knows the value of a good knife and Japanese knives are known around the world to be the best and most highly valued knives. Over centuries, Japanese metalworkers perfected the art of a strong sharp blade and it all started in the city of Tsubame. Here, you’ll learn about what makes traditional Japanese knives so special and you can get your hands on your very own prized kitchen knife that will take you to the next level in cooking.
- From there, you’ll stop by to see the Shinano River, the longest river in Japan, which feeds into a nearby man-made river that has provided water to the ubiquitous rice fields all over Niigata. Take in the beautiful views of rice patties along the rivers before making one last stop to the Tsubamesanjo Regional Products Center where you can see the various unique local products such as pots, knives, and other kitchen tools that are only sold here and no where else in Japan or in the world. Pick up some gifts here to bring home for family and friends.
- From here, you can stay at Tsubamesanjo Regional Products Center to shop longer and return to the train station that is just a 10 minutes walk away at your leisure (without the tour guide), or the tour guide and driver can take you to the station, ending the tour at 3:45 PM. You can take a train to return to Tokyo by 6 PM, or alternatively, you can choose to stay at Yahiko Hot Spring Resort (available as an add-on option at checkout).
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.