Departure date:20 Apr, 2023 (Thu) Coach Tour
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for flight to Haneda.
– Komatsu – Yamanaka Onsen
Day 02 (Sat, 22 Apr'23)
Known as the ‘moss temple’, Heisenji Hakusan Shrine is a temple turned shrine which once served as the beginning of the pilgrimage route to Mt Hakusan. Take a walk on old stone walkways lined with towering cedar trees growing amid carpets of moss and immerse yourself in its serene and mystical atmosphere.
Jagged basalt cliffs bordering the sea, carved over time by wind and waves, are the hallmark of Tojinbo. These unique rock formations can only be seen in three places in the world and paint a breath-taking picture when juxtaposed against the choppy sea. Take one of the trails to explore the cliffs and the different views it offers.
Formerly the site of the Genpei War some 840 years ago, Kurikarakentei Park is known for its historical significance, Kurikara Fudoji Temple, and approximately 6,000 Yaezakura cherry trees within its grounds. Admire these later blooming cherry blossoms as you stroll through the park this morning.
Continue your enjoyment of flowers in the afternoon at the Tonami Tulip Park where the 2023 Tonami Tulip Fair has just begun. See 3 million colourful tulips of 300 varieties carefully arranged to form cheerful fields, flowerbeds and arrangements. Walk through the flower-filled park and head up the Tulip Tower to get an aerial view of the artistic arrangements.
This evening, your tastebuds will be in for a treat at a specially arranged sake pairing dinner. Held at Fujii, a 2 Michelin star restaurant, feast on delectable cuisine paired perfectly with a recent sensation in the sake world, IWA sake. Created by Richard Geoffroy, former chef de cave for Dom Pérignon, each IWA “assemblage” is curated to achieve a harmonious balance of nose, palate and finish.
Day 04 (Mon, 24 Apr'23)
Continue your appreciation of IWA sake this morning on a visit to where the sake is produced. Not normally open to the public, you will get an exclusive look into this brewery, the first to be designed by Kengo Kuma, on a visit specially arranged for Follow Me Japan.
Today’s lunch will be at Ryokan Dangoya, a Japanese guesthouse known for its excellent local cuisine. Meals here are prepared with care to ensure the highest quality, using fresh mountain vegetables picked from their grounds, clear spring water from Mt Oiwa, and traditional cooking methods passed down over 125 years.
The Toyama Bay is known for hotaruika, luminescent firefly squid that can be seen in the bay in the dark of night each spring. At the Hotaruika Museum, you can learn about these fantastic creatures though displays and videos and see them in action in a live show.
You will take part in a special Myoko Activity today with the locals! Visit a local farm where you will learn to make the local speciality of takenokojiru – bamboo shoot miso soup. Dine on a homecooked meal against the beautiful scenery of a snow-capped Mt Myoko and feel the warm hospitality of the locals as they share their way of life with you.
Surrounded by lush forests of white birch trees, the scenic Imori Pond is known for the impressive scenery created by its mirror-like surface on calm days. Capture the picturesque sight of Mt Myoko and the surrounding foliage reflected perfectly on the surface of the pond on a clear day.
In the evening, you will want to head back early to Akakura Kanko Hotel, Japan’s pioneer resort hotel. Built on an area of 3.3 million square metres at an altitude of 1,000 metres high, you are guaranteed uninterrupted views of the surrounding scenery. Panoramas of Akakura Onsen town below can be seen from large picture windows, and even from your private hot spring bath. When weather conditions are right, you may find yourself dining above a sea of clouds, just like being in a castle in the sky.
Hotel: Akakura Kanko Hotel (Private Hot Spring) or similar
Today, you will visit Zenkoji Temple, one of Japan’s most important temples and a designated National Treasure. Housing the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan, the large temple is popular not only for its religious significance, but its architecture and bustling approach lined with restaurants and shops selling local specialities.
Located at the base of a mountain, Togakushi Shrine consists of a lower, middle and upper shrine, each housing different gods. A short hike is needed to reach the upper shrine, but the pathways lined with 400-year-old cedar trees and towering Mt. Togakushi in the background make the walk particularly beautiful.
An unusual sight for a countryside area like Echigo Tsumari, over 100 art pieces can be found around the area, a result of the local Art Triennale. Serving as the centre of the event, the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art MonET is itself an architectural art piece encompassing many smaller artworks by local and international artists that is open to art appreciators year-round.
A small village at the base of Mt Hakkai, Uonuma no Sato is a charming area where you can find sake breweries that produce Niigata’s famous Hakkaisan sake, cafes, restaurants and museums. Pick up some sake and local delicacies at the shops here and be sure to check out the snow storage building which uses snow collected in winter to preserve sake and other food items.
Get a taste of a traditional folk house this evening at your accommodation at Ryugon. Constructed from refurbished farmhouses relocated here, be surrounded by the warm atmosphere and traditional architecture of the building even as all your needs are met with modern luxuries.
The city of Sanjo is well known for superior blacksmithing and at SUWADA Open Factory, you can witness this craftmanship at work. Renowned for its handcrafted cutting tools, the meticulous crafting process of Suwada’s products can be admired in a walk through their open concept factory this morning.
After lunch, stop by at Eguchi Dango, a shop specialising in traditional glutinous rice dumplings. Located in a traditional folk house in the countryside, the century-old shop serves a variety of sweet and savoury dumplings, including the local Niigata specialty of bamboo-wrapped red bean and mugwort dumplings, Sasa Dango.
Take a shinkansen to Tokyo today where you will have the rest of the day free for shopping and exploration!
Hotel: Tokyo Station Hotel or similar
Hotel: Tokyo Station Hotel or similar
Assemble date: 20 Apr 2023, Thu (SO14788)
Flight schedule: (for suggestion only, not included in tour price)
20 Apr SQ 636 Singapore - Haneda
2250 / 0645+1
21 Apr NH 753 Haneda - Komatsu
1025 / 1125
01 May SQ 635 Haneda - Singapore
2255 / 0455+1
Tour price per person (in SGD)
Group size: 8 - 9 pax
Adult single $19,050; Adult twin $14,850; Adult triple $14,150
Group size: 10 -11 pax
Adult single $18,350; Adult twin $14,150; Adult triple $13,450
Group size: 12 pax & above
Adult single $17,650; Adult twin $13,450; Adult triple $12,750
Tour price includes:
Hotel accommodation as stipulated in itinerary
Meals as stipulated in itinerary
Tour price excludes:
Flower-viewing, sightseeing and activities are subject to weather conditions.
The prices are subject to change upon fluctuations of currency exchange rates. Flight schedule and the sequence of the itinerary are subject to change with or without prior notice to ensure the smooth running of the tour.
Minimum group size to confirm tour is 10 adults/children with bed.
Please refer to booking form for further terms and conditions.