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2-Day Thatched Roof Craftsman Visit in Ouchijuku and Trekking

2018.01.19

Introduction

This is 1 night 2 days package tour from Tokyo. Please feel Japanese local atmosphere, and enjoy trekking in spectacular nature.
With this tour for the first day you will be traveling from Asakusa station to Aizu-Tajima station. Ticket will be sent to your staying hotel in Tokyo 23 wards. After you arrive Aizu-Tajima station, please take local train towards Yunokami-onsen station. Pick up service will be provided from Yunokami-onsen station to Ouchijuku.

Ouchijuku, once a flourished post town during the Edo period (1603 - 1868) where feudal lords and soldiers would stop by at this area during their travels. Restrictions were set by shogunate that required travelers to make their travels on foot so as a result these post towns were developed to help these travelers with food and accommodations. The main road was once called the Aizu West Road or the Shimotsuke Kaido which was an important road due to its connection from the Aizu Wakamatsu (Castle town in Fukushima Prefecture) and Imaichi (Tochigi Prefecture).
Even though this post town was busy during the Edo period a new national road, the National Highway 121 was constructed far to the east, affected the town drastically due to it. However it could be a blessing of a sort since the buildings and the town itself was left alone preserving its history making it a very popular sightseeing spot in Japan.

When visiting the Ouchijuku village you will notice the thatched roof of the building.
Usually a thatched roof in Japan can be up to a meter thick and are all hand woven from thick reeds that comes from communal grasslands. They are woven into matts that are tied on to the beams of the house by straw ropes. What makes these roof different is that they are no nails used. Usually the thatched roofs are replaced every 30 or 40 years. As many as 500 people will take part in replacing a single roof.

During this tour you will be able to get a hands on experience on how to make a thatched roof by a veteran craftsman.

Kannon-numa Walking
At the Kannon-numa Pond Forest Park, you can enjoy many varieties of flowers, trees, and wild birds throughout the year. The walk around the pond is very beautiful and a great place to take pictures with you and the nature. It is especially beautiful when the weather is nice since the pond reflects our world like a mirror giving a gorgeous atmosphere to the area. There are many paths which you can take to trek around the area, along the way you will find yourself the Dakekannondou Temple which has a lot of stories to tell.

Tour Detail

Tour Style

This is 1 night 2 days package tour.
This tour is operated from May to November

Price per person

Group of 1: 67,400 yen
Group of 2: 46,700 yen
Group of 3: 39,800 yen
Group of 4: 36,400 yen
Group of 5: 34,300 yen
Group of 6: 32,900 yen

Group Size

Min. 1 person
Max. 6 persons

Duration

2 days

Destination

Tour Itinerary

9:00am Asakusa Station - 12:24pm Aizu-Tajima Station (Ticket will be sent by BOJ)
12:34pm Aizu-Tajima Station- 1:02pm Yunokami-onsen Station (Customer pays)
Shuttle bus
1:30pm Check in at Ougiya
Walking of Ouchijuku area with Thatched Roof craftsman
Thatched Roof making experience
(Stay 1 night)
9:10am-9:30am Yunokami-onsen Station - Aizu-shimogou (Guests pay at site)
10:00am Arrive at Kannon-numa Parking Lot
10:30am-12:20pm Kannon-numa Trekking
(Taxi)
12:50pm-4:16pm Aizu-Tajima Station - Asakusa Station Arrive
End of tour

What's Included

- Train ticket from Asakusa to Aizu-Tajima
- Accommodation
- Dinner on Day 1
- Breakfast on Day 2
- Local guide in Ou chijuku and Kannon-numa
- Taxi from Kannon-numa to Aizu-Tajima station
- Train ticket from Aizu-Tajima to Asakusa

What's not Included

- Local train fare (Aizu-Tajima to Yunokami-onsen, and Yunokami-onsen to Aizu-shimogo) *Approx. 1,500 yen
- Lunch
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Tokyo

Tour Tips

Booking process
1. Please contact us for availability and pricing through ‘BOOK IT’ button below.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 1 business day.
3. Payment request will be sent.
4. Reservation will be confirmed upon payment is received. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.
*Payment needs to be made in advance

Payment
- Fees shall be paid through Credit Card. Currently no other payment method is accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 8 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled less than 7 days before the program date will incur the following charges:
- Between 7 days and 5 days: 30% of the program charge

- Between 4 days and 2 days: 50% of the program charge

- The day before the date of travel: 80% of the program charge
- Less than a day or no show: 100% of the program charge 

*Time is in JST.