Private Tour - A Refreshing Cycle through the City of Water, Sawara

Rowboats, shrines, festivals and sake breweries!

Sawara, a 30 minute train ride away from Narita Airport, is a city in which you can enjoy beautiful historical townscapes of the Edo Period (1603-1868).

There is an Important Traditional Building Group Conservation Area in the center of town, and you can row down the river to get a great view of it. In Sawara there is also the house of the man who made the first map of Japan, a traditional festival recognised by UNESCO and the head shrine of several hundred Katori Shrines in Japan.

As there is a lot to cover on this tour, you will use bicycles as a means of transportation. If you are flying into or out from Narita Airport, we recommend this tour!

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6 to 7 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Tour Guide
    • Private tour
    • Necessary expenses for the tour guide
    What's excluded :
    • Travel expenses and entrance fees for your own
    • Money for food/drinks, souvenirs and extra activities for your own
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Bike rental fee
    • The use of private van
    • Entry/Admission - Little Edo Sawara boat tour
    • Entry/Admission - Sawara Dashi Kaikan
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Narita City Cultural Arts Center, 828-11 Hanazakicho 3F to 5F Sky Town Narita, Narita 286-0033 Chiba Prefecture

    Narita City Cultural Arts Center, Sky Town Gallery: Let’s go to Sawara from Narita where the airport is! But before we leave, we will stop by a gallery where you can have a brief information about the area.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Suigo Sawara Tourism Association Ekimae Information Center, 81-31 Sawarai, Katori 287-0003 Chiba Prefecture

    SAWARA Tourism Information Center: You will rent your bike here. Now your tour in Sawara has started!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sahara Machinami Exchange Center, 1903-1 Sawarai, Katori 287-0003 Chiba Prefecture

    Sawara Machinami Exchange Center: Traditional handscraft of Sawara is exhibited here. You can also have a brief calligraphy experience!

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Little Edo Sawara boat tour, I-1730-3 Sawara, Katori, Chiba 287-0003, Japan

    Boat tour of Little Edo Sawara: We will get on a hand-rowed boat and slowly look around the river! Enjoy the tastefull town around river while feeling relaxing wind during Summer or while warming in a table with electronic heater during Winter!

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Old House of Tadataka Ino, 1899 Sawara i, Katori 287-0003 Chiba Prefecture

    Historic house of Ino Tadataka: The building where Ino Tadataka, the first Japanese who wrote a map of Japan, lived in the Edo era still remains! It was used around 1762 and it has a kitchen, a study hall, and a space for business!

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: (名)中村屋商店, I-1720 Sawara, Katori, Chiba 287-0003, Japan

    Nakamuraya Shoten: A knick-knack shop with a diner built in 1855 which is located in the center of the city! Let’s have lunch at a tasteful diner!

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Stop At: Sawara Dashi Kaikan, I 3368 Sawara, Katori 287-0003 Chiba Prefecture

    Suigo Sawara Float Hall: A float hall related to the festival of Sawara which is a world heritage. There is a huge float and you can take a picture with a traditional cloth for festivals on!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Katori Jingū, 1697-1 Katori, Chiba 287-0017, Japan

    Katori Shrine: Let’s cycle through a vast rice field heading to a big shrine! The head temple of Katori shrine, there are 400 hundreds of them in Japan, waiting for you!

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Tokun Sake Brewery, 627 I, Sahara, Katori Chiba Prefecture

    Tokun Sake Brewery: They have been making sake for a long time from tasteful pure water. Let’s take a look at the brewery and learn where and how sake are made!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Suwa Shrine, 1020 Sawarai, Katori 287-0003 Chiba Prefecture

    Suwa Shrine: There are steep stairs behind the gate of the shrine. Don’t bother yourself climbing it up since it is beautiful enough below the stairs!

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    NARITA STATION, Hanazakicho, Narita, Chiba 286-0033, Japan
    Return Detail :
    Sawara Station, I Sawara, Katori, Chiba 287-0003, Japan
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • If it's rainy on the tour date, your tour routes/spots will be changed.
    • Please come in comfortable clothing, as you will be riding a bike.
    • The meeting place for this tour is Narita Station, from where you will take the train to Sawara with your otomo tour guide. As there are not many trains, please make sure to arrive on time!
    • The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
    • On Wednesdays "Nakamuraya Shoten" is closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
    • The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest. (Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY 4000)
    • If you do not arrive at the specified starting place after 60 minutes from the agreed meeting time, the tour will be considered canceled.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Activity ID: V-85886P26

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