SATOYAMA @TOKYO is a neighborhood located to the west of the metropolitan area in Tokyo. There are no crowds, no skyscrapers and no bustle of a city, but mountains, rivers, good old Japanese culture and sound of nature. In such surroundings, people and nature coexist in harmony.
The one of the most remarkable aspects of this region is the distance from the central Tokyo. You will enjoy cultural experiences, visiting historic sites and even outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and river rafting as a day trip from downtown hotels in Tokyo.
All our tours include transport by chartered vehicle or public transportation and English speaking tour guide. Check out the details of this tour.
8:00 Meet a guide at Shinjuku station & take a train to SATOYAMA @TOKYO area
10:00 Historic Temple with a thatched roof
This historic temple, founded in 1373, is standing in a quiet area with a thatch roofed entrance gate covered with moss. This temple has a great deal of relationships with the Hojyo family(*). In the guest room, there are Buddhist tablets of the family standing in line.
In the precincts of this temple, there are huge Kaya tree (=Japanese torreya 24.5 m) and Tara Yow tree (=Latifolia 19.1 m) designated as a natural monument of Tokyo Metropolis. Also, there are cherry trees and gigantic Ginkgo biloba trees. So you can enjoy the nature of seasons like beautiful views of cherry blossoms in spring, changing leaves in autumn.
(*)One of the leading lords and a pioneer of the Sengoku period (=Warring States Period). "Hojyo family" dominated the wide range of the Kanto region and lived at "Odawara Castle", one of the largest castles of the Warring States Period.
12:00 Japanese Dishes with Local Foods for Lunch
Savor an amazing Japanese cuisine at a wooden modern-style restaurant. They serve seasonal local food on unique serving dishes. You can enjoy the taste and the pretty appearance.
14:00 12 Meters Tall Statue of Buddha
The 12 meters tall Great Buddha has been unveiled at Houkouji Temple in Hinode Town, Tokyo. This statue, called Rokuya Daibutsu (大仏：statue of Buddha), is taller than the Great Buddha of Kamakura（鎌倉） and the second tallest Daibutsu in Japan, following the Great Buddha of Nara（奈良).
The former chief priest planned this project about 40 years ago and current chief priest made it come true. The thought that he wants to mourn for victims of The Great East Japan Earthquake drives him finish it up.
He made the facial expression gentle to give people some peace of mind.
16:00 Sake Brewery Tour
5 sake factories are located in this area because of the fresh and clean water from rivers. All the breweries are founded over 120 years ago and the oldest is established in 1702. 2 buildings are nationally registered tangible cultural properties.
Enjoy taking one of the guided brewery tours and knowing how to make sake and how the factories are. And sake sampling is also available to find your favorite one and buy it or two on the spot.
*The schedule is subject to change.
18:30(approx.) Arrive at Shinjuku station
・If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know when you book. ・Please note that the tour itinerary and order may change. ・Due to weather conditions, natural disasters or any other special conditions, we could cancel tours. When we cancel the tour, we will refund all the tour cost you paid.
Departure & Return details
Meets a guide & concludes at 新宿駅 Shinjuku station in central Tokyo at 8:00am & 6:30pm (approx.).
*We take a train to SATOYAMA @TOKYO area from Shinjuku, and on the return trip guide services end after guiding you to a train bound for Shinjuku station.
**Hotel pick-up is available with an additional charge. Please contact us for details.
If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 8 and 13 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
We can arrange hotels and a historic ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in this area. If you don’t want to rush in the morning or you want to stay overnight and relax in onsen (hot springs), feel free to contact us for more information.