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

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

By otomo travel
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!

Ages 12-99
Duration: 6–7 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Chinese, Japanese, English

  • Tour Guide
  • Private tour
  • Necessary expenses for the tour guide
What's not included
  • 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 - Katori
  • Entry/Admission - Sawara Dashi Kaikan

Departure details
  • NARITA STATION, Hanazakicho, Narita, Chiba 286-0033, Japan In front of the roundabout in front of the East Exit at the JR line, Narita Station
Return details
  • Sawara Station, I Sawara, Katori, Chiba 287-0003, Japan

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 85886P26

  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 85886P26

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  • You'll start at
    Hanazakicho, Narita, Chiba 286-0033, Japan
    In front of the roundabout in front of the East Exit at the JR line, Narita Station
    See address & details
  • 1
    Narita City Cultural Arts Center
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    Suigo Sawara Tourism Association Ekimae Information Center
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Sahara Machinami Exchange Center
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Little Edo Sawara boat tour
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 5
    Old House of Tadataka Ino
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Nakamuraya Store
    Stop: 50 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Sawara Dashi Kaikan
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 8
    Katori-Jingu Shrine
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Tokun Sake Brewery
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 10
    Suwa Shrine
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Sawara Station
    I Sawara, Katori, Chiba 287-0003, Japan
    See address & details
About the operator
otomo travel
Joined in February 2019

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Private Tour - A Refreshing Cycle through the City of Water, Sawara provided by otomo travel