Travel by Bicycle

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Travel the Island

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Buddha Experience

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Travel by train

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Anime Tourism

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Visit Yokocho

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Girls Trip

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Japanese Tea Culture

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Travel by Bicycle

Want to travel around Japan by Bicycle?
If you use the bicycle well, you can travel around spots more efficiently and feel exhilarated.
Let's introduce 3 appealing points of traveling via bicycle.

1. Ability to travel faster around destinations. You can use bicycles to travel smoothly around large areas not accessible by foot nor by public transport.

2. The exhilaration of cycling. By traveling by bicycle you can admire the view and feel the breeze of Japan personally. Whether it is crossing a large bridge over the sea with a superb view or feeling the wind blow through the rice fields, you will gain an unforgettable memory of Japan by cycling.

3. Choosing a bicycle that suits you. For example, in Japan, electric bicycles are widely used. With just a few peddles you will move forward. Even if you are nervous about biking, an electric bike trip will support you, give you more freedom and allow you to travel longer. On the other hand, if you are confident at biking, you can rent a road-bike or cross-bike and enjoy a sense of professional cycling.

If you want to ride your bicycle, choose us to experience a journey out of the ordinary.

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Travel the Island

There are about 6,800 islands in Japan. Each island is surrounded by sea, thus each has a climate and culture different to that of the mainland. Each island possesses its distinctive charm. With otomo, you can visit various islands with your private guide.
Here are 5 attractive ways to enjoy yourself. Which island would you live to visit?
1. "Beautiful Island". An island where you can feel the beauty of the sea. Enjoy the view, enjoy swimming, and also enjoy island hopping around the small islands. There are also other tours where you can explore the island on a small boat, and cycling tours to explore islands connected by bridges. Enjoy the sound of the waves, the glitter of the calm sea and the panoramic view of the sea from the 360-degree observation deck all on this cycling tour.

2. "Animal Island". There are small islands called Nekojima (cat island) and Usagijima (rabbit island) across Japan. As the name suggests, cats and rabbits can be found on these islands. It's a chance to see animals everywhere.

3. "Art Island". The whole island is like an art museum, and there are some islands across Japan displaying contemporary art. Nowadays there are artworks where you can be part of the artwork and take photos, this is highly popular to young women.

4. "Gourmet Island". A small island surrounded by sea is sure to have its specialties. Get ingredients at a cheap price, try new food and enjoy the local gourmet. Make the most of the island specialties.

5. "Historic Island". Some islands where fortresses during the war and some were taken off maps to hide locations away from enemies. The weapons and destroyed buildings that remain on the island, offers us the chance to reflect on history.

Don't plan a trip without these spectacular islands! You're sure to find your favorite island!

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Buddha Experience

Most of the travelers who visited Asian countries have probably seen Buddha statues before.
However, the temple/shrine, where the statue is enshrined, are diverse and can be enjoyed by many different ways.

Here, we will introduce 4 recommended ways to enjoy the Buddha statues. Even those who have never paid attention to Buddha statues will want to go to see the Buddha statue!

[Person who want to relax and feel something unusual]
"I want to escape from their daily busy routines, and relax while traveling!" We recommend visiting Buddha statues. It provides a moment to reflect upon yourself. There are many places to see a Buddha, whether it be at a museum where national treasures are stored or a large hall in the precinct of a beautiful temple. Look at the smiling face of the Buddha, and it will allow you to forget about your day to day worries and fatigue.

[Person who want to try an amazing experience]
"I want to have an amazing experience when traveling!" We recommend visiting daibutsu. Only a statue with a height over 4.8m is referred to as a daibutsu. There are many daibutsu across Japan, and there is even a statue 100m tall. If you stand at the foot of the statue, you will be overwhelmed and your breath was taken away by the size of the statue. You will be taken away when you see the daibutsu, visited by many people who have dedicated their prayers and wishes. Feel the deepness of their stories left behind. A fun way to enjoy the daibutsu is to explore the inside! You can explore the inside of some large daibutsu, and admire the scenery from the inside.

[Person who want to enjoy activities]
"I want to enjoy activities when traveling!" We will introduce you to many activities to experience at the temple. For example, in a temple where Buddha statues are lined up, find a statue with a face like your own or a person you want to meet. Other activities include swallowing paper in the shape of a Buddha to gain luck, polishing a Buddha statue to cleanse your body and lift a jizo where your wishes may come true. There are many activities to experience!

[Person who want to meet locals more]
"I want to meet new people while traveling!" We recommend an experience of listening to the stories of a chief priest at a temple whilst also admiring the Buddha statue. What is the history behind this Buddha? What does it bring to us? We can also listen to the monks who will tell us how to receive the grace from the Buddhas. In some temples, the stories are told in a fun, simple and easy to understand way through comical performances. 

A contemporary way to admire and experience the Buddha statues. How would you like to engage in this experience?

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Travel by train

Japanese railways have the world's number one transport personnel, and there are routes all over the country. Some features are unparalleled in the world. For example, leaving on time without delay of 1 minute, a rush-hour driving rate of nearly 200%, and a vehicle full of originality that evolves year by year.
The use of the train is indispensable for your travel in Japan, but it is a beginner who thinks it is just a means of transportation! Let's introduce how to enjoy the train as sightseeing content.

First, let me introduce you to enjoy the train itself.
①Spectacular View from the Train
How about taking a trip to enjoy a spectacular view that can only be enjoyed by the train window? For example, on a trip that connects local and truck trains in Chiba Prefecture, you can see the beautiful scenery of Satoyama from the open car window.

②Visit Local Towns
You can get off the train and enjoy many stations and towns. Of course it is fun to get on and off various stations in the region, but in fact, it is recommended to get off in the middle of the city, especially in Tokyo! The atmosphere and features of each city change drastically.

The next two ways are recommended for those who love the railway itself.
③Explore the Train Mechanism
Let's visit about 10 major railway theme parks all over Japan those who are interested in the train mechanism. From the history of the railway, you can see the display of old and new vehicles and can be the train staff by using a driving simulator. Be a train expert!

④Taking Train Photos
For a person who wants to make a nice memory by taking a picture of a cool train! For example, the area near ""Oji"" in Tokyo can be said that a holy place for railway enthusiasts! In addition to the spots where you can see the trains that come and go constantly, you can see local trains running on the road, the monorail, and the observatory to the Shinkansen.

The point of traveling by train is that adults and children can enjoy themselves without getting tired. Let's jump out all over Japan!

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Anime Tourism

Anime is one of the Japanese popular cultures.
Currently, "Anime Tourism", a tour to visit the location that actually appeared in the anime, is getting popular as a new way of travel.
When you visit the location and see the scene, you will feel like you are in the anime world!
Let's visit the spot that appeared in the anime with the tour guide!

What do you do when you actually visit the Holy Land that appeared in the anime?
First of all, you may take a photo that looks exactly like the scene in the anime! Let's try to take a photo of a character appearing in an anime and look for the same composition as the anime scene.
The whole city is used as the stage for the anime, and you can fully enjoy the atmosphere as if you were in the anime and as if the anime characters were actually there.

Japanese anime often depict the daily lives of the Japanese people.
If you actually visit the location, it is also attractive to talk to people living in the land and feel their life.
And Japanese anime spots are just fun places to travel! Enjoy the local culture such as food, crafts, and views. You can feel that you are playing an anime scene.

Another feature of the anime spots is that some goods and stamps are only available there. Let's get without missing if you find it!
Also, if you have a chance to read notes written by fans, please check them out! There is no doubt that you will be overwhelmed by the enthusiastic comments from fans all over the world. If you write your comments on dozens of stacked notes, you will be part of the tens of thousands of fans.

Let's go to the anime tour with lots of charm with otomo tour guide!

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Visit Yokocho

“Yokocho” is a place where restaurants come together. The value here is reaffirmed because the Japanese old-fashioned taste can be experienced. Why don't you enjoy Japanese food, drinks, and conversation with local people? The most common Yokocho is that local small izakayas (Japanese pubs) are lined up where you can try pub crawl. Day time is usually quiet and not many people around in Yokocho, but once it turns afternoon, there will be super busy! Each izakaya is pretty small and there are only a few counter seats. However, you can try unique Japanese foods as well as drinks at each izakaya! Also, the Yokocho is attractive as a photo spot. If you enter into the red lanterns with the yellow lights in the store, you will feel like you have tripped to a different world. There is no doubt that you will get excited just by walking. Such Yokocho is famous in Tokyo for "Memories Yokocho" and "Golden Gai" in Shinjuku, "Nonbei Yokocho" in Shibuya, and "Harmonica Yokocho" in Kichijoji. Yokocho is perfect for eating and walking even with your children! Yokocho which comes together with many candies and sweets shops is also popular especilly during the day for families with children. For example, you can make your candy at Kashiya Yokocho in Kawagoe, Saitama. Which Yokocho is your favorite? Now, all the locals in Yokocho are waiting for you!

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Girls Trip

Are you planning a “girls trip” around popular spots in Japan? Have you decided what to do and where to go? As everyone has own particular interests, the style of girls trip can be varied. From various girl trips, find the perfect style for you! First of all, if you love whatever really "Cute" and "Kawaii", let's go to an must-visit area where cute general stores gather in one place. The Harajuku area in Tokyo and the American village Horie area in Osaka are particularly famous for youth. There are shops that you can experience princess feelings at the fairytale-ish shop, and take photos of fancy wall arts. You may always want to take photos while you are walking around the area! The next thing you can't miss is to eat delicious foods which are also attractive to your eyes. How about this idea? You will wear the kimono to walk around and eat Japanese sweets so that you can experience the traditional atmosphere full of cuteness! For example, in Inuyama, Gifu Prefecture, you can enjoy cute mini Temari sushi and pink dumpling sweets that you can hold with one hand on the way to the national treasure Inuyama Castle. It looks cute and you can eat lots of Japanese-style meals easily! Be careful not to eat too much! As a plan to experience the uniqueness of Japan, the tour plan "Japanese traditional spots for cute-lovers" can be recommended for you! In Kyoto, for example, there are shrines with cute rabbit-shaped fortunes, shrines with beauty water springs up, and shrines that wish to be beautiful. This sounds a bit weird, but here is the only shrine where you can use your own cosmetics to make Ema (a wooden votive picture which is hung in shrines )! A trip to visit the God of Beauty is sure to be one of your best travel experiences in Japan! Do not miss the sophisticated girl's trip as well! If you consider that "I want to spend my time in Japanese traditional place with a gorgeous and calm atmosphere", this is a recommended tour plan for you! For example, a tour to visit shrines in Sendai Miyagi where the area is known as a power spot, or a tour to enjoy delicious foods with dramatic views surrounded by ocean and mountains in Onomichi Hiroshima. Lastly, we recommend a unique tour plan which never been popular. It is a tour to improve yourself at the places related to beauty. Professional hairstylists and nail designers will help you to makeup! Other than that experience, you can take photos at the studio, try the latest beauty goods, and eat organic foods! The tour includes interesting, amazing, and exciting spots in Tokyo Ginza and Shibuya area.

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Japanese Tea Culture

Japan's “tea culture” is attracting attention from around the world because of its health-oriented and Zen spirit. Why don't you take a trip to the deep world of "tea culture"? “Tea” that you drink on a daily basis and “Matcha” that tastes extraordinary are both perfect for a special Japanese cultural experience! Here, we introduce the “tea” experience such as tasting rich flavors, enjoying the scenery of the tea plantation and tasting matcha in various situations. Exploring matcha-flavored foods and appreciating tea utensils and tea rooms are also common ways to enjoy! “Matcha” is something you can feel extraordinary. The “tea ceremony” that invites guests to the house is packed with traditional Japanese cultures such as meals, tea utensils, and flower arrangements. First of all, let's try the matcha tea! There are many ways to enjoy not only tasting matcha but also enjoying Japanese gardens and wearing kimono. Even there are places where you can taste matcha in a temple or in a tea room that is actually used in a tea party. The atmosphere changes depending on the location! Next, we will introduce how to enjoy Matcha-flavored meals and desserts, not Matcha itself! The powdered green tea can be put in anything, so it can be transformed into a variety of desserts such as ice cream, cakes, and other Japanese sweets. In particular, when you go to the matcha production area, you will be amazed by the surprisingly large number of foods and drinks that have become the matcha flavor. You will surprise when you try matcha flavored soba, takoyaki, and curry! Lastly, we will introduce how to enjoy things related to “tea room” instead of drinking matcha. The equipment used in the tea room is called “tea utensils”. You can visit the museum to see the tones of old tea utensils as art objects. How was it? Even if you say "I am going to try tea in Japan", you may have understood that there are various ways to enjoy Japanese tea culture. Take a step into such a world of tea.

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Japan has a bunch of attractive places providing unique experiences. Depending on the season, the same destination can provide a completely different perspective. However, many of these destinations are not well known to travelers, resulting in a common tourists' trip. We want our travelers to discover the diversity of Japan.

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