Optional Tour

For those of you, visiting Japan for the Nature Aquarium Party 2012, Aqua Design Amano prepared special optional tour after the party. These tours are specially designed by ADA to meet your wish, visiting sites of interests in a limited time frame. For the first time in our NA Party history, we organize a tour, visiting a national park of Japan. So we are looking forward to welcoming you in our optional tour after the party!

Oct. 27   NATURE AQUARIUM PARTY at Tokyo International Forum
Oct. 28   Optional Tokyo Tour
Oct. 29   Optional Niigata Tour
Oct. 30-31   Optional Urabandai & Aizu Tour

One day bus tour, visiting two major public aquariums, and the world's largest Nature Aquarium layout, created by Takashi Amano.

DATE: October 28, 2012

We meet at Tokyo International Forum at 8:30 a.m., and take a bus for visiting following sites of interests.

  • The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
  • Sunshine Aquarium
  • Asakusa---Sensoji temple & Nakamise shopping street
  • Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo Sky Tree Town

You can enjoy the visit to traditional Buddhist temple, and Japanese garden. Nakamise shopping street is a famous shopping area for buying souvenirs of Japan. At Sumida Aquarium, you will have a chance to see the latest works of Mr. Takashi Amano, 7m & 4m wide Nature Aquarium.
Tour is scheduled to end at 17:00 in Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo Sky Tree Town.

Tour Fee: JPY8,000 per person
The fee includes chartered bus fare, lunch, and admission charge of Sunshine Aquarium & Sumida Aquarium.

One Day tour visiting Nature Aquarium Gallery, and enjoying the autumn foliage at Yahiko momijidan park, and dinner banquet at Yahiko Grand Hotel.

DATE: October 29, 2012

We meet at Tokyo Station (Marunouchi North Exit) at 8:45 a.m. and take a Shinkansen train to Niigata for visiting our Nature Aquarium Gallery. At the gallery, we exhibit our 20th anniversary products, and latest Nature Aquarium publications for your purchase, and answer your any questions, in regards to the Nature Aquarium and NA GOODS. After the gallery visit, we take you to Yahiko Shrine, where you can enjoy the autumn foliage and chrysanthemum festival. For your accommodation in Niigata, we prepared one night stay at Yahiko grand hotel, a ryokan style inn, where you can enjoy the hot spring spa, and delicacies of Niigata with all the guests visiting Japan.

  • Nature Aquarium Gallery (Link)
  • Yahiko Shrine
  • Yahiko grand hotel (Link)

Tour Fee: JPY12,000
The fee includes bus fare during your stay in Niigata, overnight accommodation fee at Yahiko grand hotel, dinner banquet & buffet style breakfast.

Round trip train fee from Tokyo to Tsubame-Sanjo Station is not included in the tour fee.
We recommend to purchase JR EAST PASS, allowing you unlimited ride on all JR EAST lines during your stay. For details, please visit following website.
For those of you, returning to Tokyo on October 29, we will provide a bus ride to Tsubame-Sanjo Station after the dinner. We also provide a bus service to Tsubame-Sanjo Station on the following day after the breakfast.

<AIZU & Urabandai>
Two day bus tour, visiting Bandai Asahi National Park, and Aizu, once a thriving castle town.

DATE: October 30-31, 2012

We will depart from Yahiko grand hotel at 7:30 a.m. for visiting Bandai Asahi National Park, where many lakes, marshes, waterfalls, and mountain streams formed by volcano eruption are making up a beautiful landscape. In this time of the year, many forest trees turns their foliage color into yellow and red in Urabandai area of Bandai Asahi National Park, situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, and many landscape photographers and tourists visit this area in autumn foliage season. Mr. Takashi Amano also visited Urabandai area many times in the past, and some of his layouts were created based on motives found in the landscape of Urabandai area. Aizu is once a thriving castle town, and many historical buildings, cityscapes and Japanese style gardens are still remaining. Aizu area, including Urabandai is located in Fukushima pref., but far from coastal lines. Geographically it is located in inland area close to Niigata pref., and there is no need to worry about radiation effect of nuclear power plant accidents.

We are scheduling to visit following sites of interest.

  • Hibara Lake, including a tour boat ride
  • A walking tour to Goshikinuma lakes
  • Nakatsugawa valley, a famous scenic site, where you can enjoy autumn foliage by walking the promenade along the valley
  • Bandai Atami Spa resort
  • Tsurugajo castle
  • Aizu bukeyashiki museum
  • Oyakuen garden

Tour Fee: JPY25,000
The fee includes chartered bus fare, accommodation at Bandai Atami Spa, Dinner banquet & Buffet style breakfast, admission charge to museum/castle/garden, tour boat ride fee, lunch.

The tour ends around 15:30 at Koriyama Station of Tohoku Shinkansen Line, where you can catch train returning to Tokyo.

For those of you joining the optional tour, we take every measure for making your travel during your stay in Japan safe and comfortable one, but we strongly advise all the guests to take out travelers insurance against unexpected accidents, disease/injuries and liability coverage.

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