Chiba | 7.0h
A Refreshing Cycle through the City of Water, Sawara
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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!

Highlights

・This tour is recommended if you are interested in seeing traditional Japan, and are arriving in or flying out from Narita Airport, as it is easy access from the airport.
・Get in a rowboat and enjoy the view of a historic Japanese landscape from the river.
・Try on traditional Japanese attire, a hanten, and pose in front of an enormous, traditional festival float.
・Cycle through fields of rice.
・Pray at an impressive, historic shrine.
・Visit a local sake breweries and purchase some locally brewed sake to take home with you!
・If you do not have enough time to enjoy the whole tour, you can try the shorter version which is 4 hours long.

Attractions

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.
SAWARA Tourism Information Center: You will rent your bike here. Now your tour in Sawara has started!
Sawara Machinami Exchange Center: Traditional handscraft of Sawara is exhibited here. You can also have a brief calligraphy experience!
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!
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!
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 tastefull diner!
Suigo Sawara Float Hall: A float hall related to the festival of Sawara which is a worlld heritage. There is a huge float and you can take a picture with a traditional cloth for festivals on!
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!
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!
Suwa Shrine: There are steep stairs behind the gate of the shrine. Don’t bother yourself climbing it up since it is beautidul enough below the stairs!

Notes

・If it's rainy on the tour date, your tour routes/spots will be changed as following plan. Please access to URL below.
https://otomo-travel.com/en/plans/131
・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.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・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."

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 4,000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

In front of the roundabout in front of the East Exit at the JR line, Narita Station

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