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Nature Trekking and Unique Local Charm of Shobara (1 Night)

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35,000 JPY - 45,000 JPY

*Charge per one Adult

Tour code : 0043S

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Onbashi
Found in the city of Shobara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Onbashi is a natural bridge, formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, consisting of a form of corroded limestone called karst. It is one of Japan’s registered natural monuments. With a height of 40 meters and width of 19 meters, Onbashi is one of the world’s three largest natural bridges, along with Virginia’s Natural Bridge, and the Prebischtor in the Bohemian Switzerland region of the Czech Republic.
Adding to the fun of a visit to Onbashi is the landmark’s almost mystical appearance, which varies depending on whether you’re viewing it from upstream or downstream. When viewed from upstream (passing beneath the bridge), there’s a spot in the middle of Onbashi that, when the sunlight hits just right, looks like a face. Be sure to try for yourself and see if, as the legend goes, “Those who see the face of a demon will find happiness.” The path to Onbashi is level, making it an easily accessible destination even for those traveling with children.

National Bihoku Hillside Park (Hiba no Sato)
This is a park that recreates life as it was around the 1950s, a rarity in Japan. As you take a step into the area known as Hiba no Sato, the rural scenery spreads before you, there is a water mill, a house with a thatched roof, and you get the feeling of having got back in time to old Japan. In the house there is a large cooking stove that can actually be used, and what’s more in the back craftworkers are making things using straw. It’s a sight to see, as each piece of straw is expertly woven, until it ends up as a pair of sandals!

Tojo Town
In the town of Tojo, blessed with good quality water, the manufacture of sake and vinegar is thriving. Old traditional houses are dotted everywhere and it is interesting to walk around and see the real old Japan that has not been turned into a tourist attraction. Among the highlights are the Kitamura brewery, Takeya Manju Honpo and Sanrakuso. A sake called Kikubunmei is the flagship product of the Kitamura brewery. The sake is made using underground water (hard water) from the Taishakukyo valley, and is robust and dry. A lady with a lovely smile welcomes you and free tasting is possible. For a souvenir, we recommend the Takeya manju of Takeya Manju Honpo. Red bean paste is wrapped in a pastry with faint aroma of alcohol, making these mildly sweet steamed buns.

Sanrakuso
This is a former inn built in 1891 and, as a merchant house of the time that is completely intact, is now registered as a National Tangible Cultural Asset. The interesting “bucho” entrance door that opens and closes vertically is like a trick mechanism, and on display is a scale model of the dance festival that has continued in Tojo town for 400 years. Authentrip offers lunch in a Japanese-style room facing the Japanese garden. Please relax and enjoy the local cuisine, which uses seasonal vegetables, while looking out on the garden.

Kanpo no Sato Shobara
The place where you’ll be staying is “Kanpo no Sato Shobara,” a Japanese-style resort hotel combining the amenities of a western-style hotel with those of a traditional Japanese inn. The most delightful aspects of this hotel are its traditional, multi-course kaiseki meals lovingly prepared from the finest seasonal ingredients, and its bathing facilities, which are particularly well-appointed. From the essential Japanese experience of open-air hot spring bathing, to jacuzzis, guests can enjoy a variety of bathing styles.
For guests who would like to experience the Japanese lifestyle, Authentrip is offering as a gift a free round of table tennis or karaoke. After a dip in the hot spring, you can put on a yukata and play table tennis (a tradition called onsen-takkyu in Japanese), or belt out some karaoke in a private room. With this, you’ll learn how to really make the most of the onsen experience, and that pretty well makes you unofficially Japanese.




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Available period 02/20/2017 - 10/31/2018

Fees(Adult)
35,000 JPY - 45,000 JPY
Tour date
Only Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Minimum number of participants
2 Persons
Departure point
Hiroshima Bus Center

* Price for one Adult
(prices as seen on our booking sites. If you book through other services, the price may vary)

*Included in the tour price
・Taxi fare
・Accommodation charges (1 nights, with dinner and breakfast)
・2 lunches
・Admission fee(National Bihoku Hillside Park (Hiba no Sato)

Reservation deadline
10 days before the tour starts
Cancelation charge
Company name
RIELA

* Depending on weather and road conditions changes to the tour without prior notice can be possible.

Assembly Point
Hiroshima Bus Center
access
Hiroshima Bus Center
From Hiroshima Station -Approx. 15mins byTram
Tram No. 1 get off at Kamiya-cho higashi (East)
Tram No. 2 get off at Kamiya-cho nishi (West)
Tram No. 6 get off at Kamiya-cho nishi (West)

From Tokyo-Approx. 4hrs by Shinkansen
From Kyoto,Osaka -Approx. 1.5hrs by Shinkansen
Assembling time
8:45am
Ending place
Hirosima Okonomi Monogatari
Time required
1Night 2days

Schedule

Private Tour Plan
Shared-ride Plan


Private Tour Plan

Day 1
8:45 Hiroshima Bus Center Please take a bus from Hiroshima Bus Center, Platform No: 9 to Shobara
10:50 Arrive at Shobara Bus Center Designated taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you in Shobara Bus Center
11:30 Lunch in Sanrakuso Please relax and enjoy the local cuisine, which uses seasonal vegetables, while looking out on the garden.
Tojo Town Free Time
The highlights are the Kitamura brewery, Takeya Manju Honpo and Sanrakuso.
13:30 Onbashi Bridge Free Time
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. For those who are interested we can show you the nearby 'white cloud' caves.
16:00 National Bihoku Hillside Park (Hiba no Sato) Inside the park, head to the Hiba no sato (Village) and experience what living in Japan was like in long ago. Seasonal drinks are also available for purchase.
17:15 Arrive the hotel Collect your complimentary Authentrip table tennis and karaoke vouchers at the reception counter.
Please choose one from the list below (The options you have chosen might not be available, depending on availability).
( Karaoke , Table tennis )
Day 2
10:00 Check out Check out time is 10 am, Please check out until 10 am
10:21 Return to Hiroshima City Please take a bus in front of the hotel to Hiroshima city.
12:42 Arrive at Hiroshima Station. The bus will arrive behind the Ale Ale A building of Fukuya.
Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari is right next to the Ale Ale A building, located 3 minutes away by foot.
If you need to store your luggage somewhere, we suggest you go to the lockers or baggage services after lunch. Both are at Hiroshima Station.
13:15 Lunch Lunch at Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari
Please enjoy Okonomiyaki which is the local specialty in Hiroshima
Tour ends after lunch [Recommended subsequent itinerary]
Sightseeing in Hiroshima City
Visiting Miajima


※Please make sure to read
【terms & policies】.
↑Schedule Top

Shared-ride Plan

Day 1
8:45 Hiroshima Bus Center Please take a bus from Hiroshima Bus Center, Platform No: 9 to Shobara
10:50 Arrive at Shobara Bus Center Designated taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you in Shobara Bus Center
11:30 Lunch in Sanrakuso Please relax and enjoy the local cuisine, which uses seasonal vegetables, while looking out on the garden.
Tojo Town Free Time
The highlights are the Kitamura brewery, Takeya Manju Honpo and Sanrakuso.
13:30 Onbashi Bridge Free Time
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. For those who are interested we can show you the nearby 'white cloud' caves.
16:00 National Bihoku Hillside Park (Hiba no Sato) Inside the park, head to the Hiba no sato (Village) and experience what living in Japan was like in long ago. Seasonal drinks are also available for purchase.
17:15 Arrive the hotel Collect your complimentary Authentrip table tennis and karaoke vouchers at the reception counter.
Please choose one from the list below (The options you have chosen might not be available, depending on availability).
( Karaoke , Table tennis )
Day 2
10:00 Check out Check out time is 10 am, Please check out until 10 am
10:21 Return to Hiroshima City Please take a bus in front of the hotel to Hiroshima city.
12:42 Arrive at Hiroshima Station The bus will arrive behind the Ale Ale A building of Fukuya.
Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari is right next to the Ale Ale A building, located 3 minutes away by foot.
If you need to store your luggage somewhere, we suggest you go to the lockers or baggage services after lunch. Both are at Hiroshima Station.
13:15 Lunch Lunch at Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari
Please enjoy Okonomiyaki which is the local specialty in Hiroshima
Tour ends after lunch [Recommended subsequent itinerary]
Sightseeing in Hiroshima City
Visiting Miajima


※Please make sure to read
【terms & policies】.
↑Schedule Top
Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.
For customers joining tours during the winter period・Tattoo Warning
Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Be warned that if you have any tattoo, you may not be allowed to enter a public onsen or sento. If your tattoo is small enough to cover with Band-Aid and you will have no problem. Please ask the staff at the front desk, if you can go in despite your tattoo. Thank you very much for your kind understanding.
Itinerary Changes
・Customers may make changes to their tour itineraries, such as length of stay, etc. if they so wish.
・Please note that any extensions to the length of stay will incur additional charges.
・Additional charges are generally paid on the day, in cash, to the taxi driver.
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.
Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Our Expert on This Area

Mr.Hiromichi Kumamoto from Shobara City Tourism Association (about Onbashi Bridge)

If I were to put Shobara’s charms in as few words as possible, I’d say it’s a place rich in nature. By that I mean, the people in Shobara all love flowers, they love greenery, they really love that about Shobara. Onbashi is a famous place that just about everyone around here has been to. It’s treasured, as a place that we can boast about to the world. Shobara has other places that are full of that ancient mystery and romance. By all means, please come and visit Shobara.

Mr. Shimomori from National Bihoku Hill Park (Hiba no Sato)

It has been four years since I started working at the National Bihoku Hill Park. What I love about it is that it is a place filled with nature. In order to be able to attract as many customers as possible, we have put in various efforts such as transplanting mountain plants into the park, or planting daffodils in a slanted position such that they all face the same direction. At the Hiba no Sato where we have attempted to reproduce the village forests of Japan, seasonal drinks such as perilla leaf juices in summer and sweet sake (alcoholic drink made from fermented rice) in winter are sold. Please come and visit us at the National Bihoku Hill Park that is abundant with nature and flowers!

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