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The city is proud of its connection to Momotarō, the demon-quelling 'Peach Boy' hero of one of Japan's best-known folk tales. You'll spot his face beaming out at you all over town.


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$233.03 Cultural & Theme Tours

Yakage Town Historical Walking Tour

10:00            Get picked-up from Yakage train station (on Ibara Train Line)10:20            Receive an information booklet and brief orientation from your guide10:40            Visit Yakage Honjin the Samurai Residence11:40             Visit Ishii Soy Sauce Brewery12:00-13:00   Eat a traditional Japanese-style lunch13:00-13:45   Participate in a Traditional Japanese Sweet-making workshop14:00-15:00   Learn how to write Japanese Calligraphy15:15-16:00   Visit Daitsuji-teien Temple to walk around the temple gardens, sit and drink tea.16:00-17:00   Free time to do some shopping17:30             Return to Yakage train station What is included: Lunch is included in the tour price, if you require special menues please tell us and that can be arranged. Additional costs may be applied.Entrance into museums and historical sites is included.Workshop fees and materials are included.An English speaking guide is included. If you require other language support we can arrange for it. Additional costs may be applied if multiple guides are needed for language purposes.All transportation within Yakage Town is included in the tour. Transportation to and from Yakage Town is not included and is the responsibility of the visitor.

$22.19 Classes & Workshops

Yakage Town Japanese Sweet Making Workshop

In collaboration with the town, Sato Gyokuundo offers a special sweet making workshop where you can learn from the owner herself, some of their iconic sweets. A brief introduction to the history of the shop and the sweets made over the last 180 years. Taste samples of the different sweets, served with local tea that helps enhance the flavor of the sweets. Prepare the table and get familiar with the equipment that will be used. Do the sweets workshop, learning how to cut, fold and twist the sweet. Relax afterwards and eat the rewards of the workshop. Time to shop and purchase sweets to take away with you.

$94.04 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kibi Daijin Shrine New Year Festival

10:00            Get picked-up from Yakage train station (on Ibara Train Line)10:20            Receive an information booklet and brief orientation from your guide10:40            Visit Yakage Honjin the Samurai Residence11:40             Visit Ishii Soy Sauce Brewery12:00-13:00   Eat lunch at the udon restaurant at the park13:00-15:30   Free time to do some shopping and have afternoon cake and coffee.16:00              Return to Yakage train station.            WHAT’S INCLUDED: + Pick-up and drop-off at Yakage Station + Guide (English) + Lunch + Afternoon cake and coffee (from a selection of cafes in Yakage) + Temple Stamp Fee (book not included)

$65.95 Classes & Workshops

Bizen Ware Pottery Lesson with a Craftsman in Okayama

During this experience, you will enjoy making some Bizen ware in the town of Imbe, one of the most well-known places for pottery.Japan is known as a country that has many areas that are famous for their various pottery styles. The 6 oldest areas famous for pottery are called the Nihon Rokkoyo and known as representative of the pottery production areas.One of Nihon Rokkoyo is Bizen ware, and it is also called Imbe ware since the Imbe area is famous for producing Bizen ware.This will be a private lesson at a potter's studio. You will need to choose either the electric wheel or hand forming option and sketch a drawing of the idea you have for your creation. Afterward,  you will make your own pottery with a professional potter.There is also a clay making experience for Bizen ware option.1. Smash the dried original clay with a wooden hammer (20 min.)2. Dissolve and put in a pot. Knead clay with your foot. (20 min.)3. Sieving all stones using the wire  (20 min.)*Please note: an additional shipping fee will be incurred if you would like your pottery to be shipped to you.

$4323.72 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Luxury Osaka Kobe Himeji Okayama Shikoku Island Tour Two Full Days

Day 1: • Pickup from your Osaka metro area hotel at approx. 8:00 am • Osaka Castle • Lunch at Michelin rated Kobe Beef restaurant in Kobe City (included) • Himeji Castle • Check-in at luxury ryokan (Japanese Inn) in Okayama, enjoy a beautifully appointed evening of luxury onsen & traditional seasonal kaiseki dinner (included) • Explore more onsen by walking nearby to other famous bathhouses Day 2: • Full traditional seasonal breakfast at luxury ryokan (included) • Okayama Castle • Marugame Castle • Udon lunch at Kagawa Prefecture restaurant (included) • Kotohira-gu Shrine • Motoyama-ji Temple, No. 70 of the famous “88 Temple Pilgrimage” in Shikoku Island • Return to your Osaka metro area hotel by approx. 8:00 pmBe photographed! Have beautiful photos taken of you while being guided on a private tour. The beautiful and rich history of this region will be the perfect backdrop for stunning photos! Our experienced guide/photographer will tour you around the sites, and photograph you along the way, both casually and posed. This service is for individuals, couples and families, as well as for engagement photos/ceremonies.This tour includes photography service from an 10+ year experienced professional photographer. At the conclusion of the Photo Tour, unedited JPEG or RAW photo data on an SD Card will be handed to you. What better way to document your exciting trip than with beautiful photographs that will last a lifetime!

$42.32 Tours & Sightseeing

Kurashiki Rickshaw Tour

Your tour begins in Kurashiki's old town between 9.30am and 5.30pm. Meet your local guide, hop onto your rickshaw, and get ready to be transported back in time. Ride your rickshaw away from cars, toward the wide walkway along the historical canal, lined with weeping willows. As you soak up the views, you might just find yourself imagining how the city must have felt like a couple of hundred of years ago. Admire the small side streets, still filled with shops and old warehouses. With help from your knowledgeable guide, learn the important role Kurashiki played in the past and why it is dotted with buildings belonging distinct to the Meiji period. The tours described below are sample routes. They may be further customized based on your preferred starting and ending point, the length of your tour, and points of interests.30-Minute OptionStarting at the Kurashiki Monogatarikan, a large, traditional building at the entrance of the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in a typical Kurashiki style. The streets in the town are lined with small shops and coffee shops. Your tour continues along the picturesque canal lined with weeping willows. 45-Minute OptionStarting at the Kurashiki Monogatarikan, a large, traditional building at the entrance of the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in a typical Kurashiki style. You also pass by former mansions of affluent merchants, as well as streets lined with small shops. Your tour continues along the picturesque canal lined with weeping willows. 1-Hour OptionStarting at the Kurashiki Monogatarikan, a large, traditional building, close to the European art museum, at the entrance to the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in a typical Kurashiki style. Admire the streets in the town, lined with small shops and coffee shops. Your tour then continues along the canal lined with weeping willows. 2-Hour OptionStarting at the large mansions belonging to affluent merchants at the entrance of the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in Kurashiki style, and the small shops. Your tour continues to the Tsurugata Mountain and then across the former cotton mill and the picturesque canal lined with weeping willows.