Try the local street food and visit a power spot as well.
Nagatoro in Saitama Prefecture is famous for its beautiful canyon. The layered rock formations, known as iwadatami, show us the long history of this planet and the power of nature. On this tour you will enjoy a boat ride through the canyon, taking in its fantastic scenery. Your otomo tour guide will also take you to a museum where you can learn about Nagatoro's natural environment. They will translate anything you need to know if you need help! Make sure you make the most of the local food too - we recommend you try the fantastic shaved ice! The Hodosan Shrine you will be visiting is a great tourist destination and was given a star by the highly trusted Michilen Green Guide.
・Visit the scenic Nagatoro, designated as a natural treasure, and spend a whole day taking in everything there is to see here!
・Once you have learned about the natural environment of Nagatoro at the local museum, enjoy a very popular activity, river boating, through the canyon! Discover the iwadatami rock formations too.
・We recommend you try the local food, such as the fluffy shaved ice that uses natural ice and miso potatoes!
・Visit a shrine that was given a star by the Michelin Green Guide; Hodosan Shrine.
・Saitama Prefectural Museum of Nature: This museum exhibits everything to do with the natural environment of Saitama Prefecture. Learn all about the plants, animals and rock formations (iwadatami) of Nagatoro’s canyon before you go river rafting!
・Sobadokoro Uchida: Enjoy the wonderful flavor of this soba restaurant's handmade noodles. We also recommend you try their deliciously fluffy shaved ice!
・Nagatoro River Boating: The most popular activity in Nagatoro is the 15 minute boat ride through the canyon. Take in the exquisite scenery of Nagatoro’s natural environment and enjoy a rough but very entertaining journey down the river.
・Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks: Nagatoro is famous for its rock formations known as iwadatami. Your tour guide will take you to a place where you can walk on them!
・Iwadatami Dori Shopping District: Enjoy 400m of souvenir shops and places to taste the local food! With your otomo tour guide, you will have no problem in finding your way around and talking to shop assistants.
・Hodosan Shrine: This shrine was given a star by the highly trusted Michelin Green Guide. You can pray here to avoid disasters and also pray to the god of matchmaking! Check out the unusually shaped lucky charm – a hammer shaped omamori.
・Due to the opening dates of the river boating company, this tour can only be enjoyed from mid-March to November. You cannot book this tour during the winter period, so please keep this in mind when making a booking.
・Please meet at the Tobu Tojo Line, Yorii Station, which is roughly a two hour train journey from the center of Tokyo.
[How to get to Yorii Station]
If you are leaving from central Tokyo, we recommend you come from Ikebukuro Station. It will cost ¥890 and will take around an hour and 40 minutes.
1. Board the Tobu Tojo Line service to Ogawamachi Station.
2. At Ogawamachi Station, get off your train and walk across the platform to board the Tobu Tojo Line service bound for Yorii.
3. Get off at the final destination, Yorii Station.
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
・Your otomo tour guide will not join you for the river boating part of the tour.
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 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
By the Ticket Gate Exit at the Tobu Tojo Line, Yorii Station