Chichibu Night Festival and Outdoor Adventure Trip

2017 December 3 (Sunday)

Chichibu, Saitama

A fun day full of outdoor adventure and Japanese culture for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • Mitsumine Shrine is the biggest tourist attraction in Chichibu. You'll find a unique torii gate that's actually a combination of three gates, and 'Wolf Statues' on the left and right sides of the gate are an indication of the many wolves that are worshiped at this shrine. At an altitude of 1,100 meters, this is an area that gets a lot of fog. Leave the fog behind and walk about 10 minutes to arrive at the main shrine. With its finely detailed, vividly colored sculptures, Mitsumine Shrine has a beauty that's unparalleled in the Kanto region. Try touching the "God Trees" which are over 800 years old and can be found on the left and right of the main hall.
  • Nakatsu Valley is a beautiful vista and is one of Japan’s 100 famous spots for viewing autumn leaves. The views of red leaves extend for a full 10 kilometers when they're in season! This spot is also popular for its dynamic landscape. As you go you’ll pass by 100-meter cliffs and rock formations carved into fascinating shapes by the Nakatsu River. Autumn is 2 weeks late this season so we can get a final glimpse of the colorful autumn colors while we drive along this gorgeous valley.
  • Nagatoro Wooden Boat Rafting is one of the main outdoor attractions in Nagatoro. The boats piloted by skilled boatmen glide smoothly through the calm sections of the river so you can enjoy the pleasant scenery and also provide a thrill down the river rapids. In addition to the Iwadatami Rocks, designated a natural monument, you can enjoy some breathtaking scenery that is always changing with the seasons along the river's banks.
  • Hodosan Shrine was awarded one star in the 2011 Michelin Green Guide Japan. It stands at the foot of Mount Hodo and is said to date back nearly 2,000 years. About 1 million worshipers visit the shrine each year to receive protection against fire, theft, and various other difficulties.
  • Hodosan Ropeway has a total length of 832m, taking approximately five minutes to travel to the summit of Mt. Hodo, located 497m above sea level from the Sanroku Base Station. The Summit Station is surrounded by seasonal flowers, including chimonanthus, Japanese plum, rhododendron and winter cherry, offering a spectacular view of beautiful flowering trees together with the view of the Chichi Mountain Range.
  • Chichibu Night Festival is considered one of Japan's top three festivals to feature floats, the others being Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and the Takayama Matsuri. Held in early December as Chichibu Shrine's annual festival, it has a history stretching back more than 300 years. Its floats are ornately decorated with lanterns, tapestries and gilded wooden carvings, and move to the accompaniment of music from flutes and drums. The most exciting scene of the festival unfolds on the evening of December 3, when kasaboko and yatai floats fill the streets as fireworks erupt in the air.

Experience the beauty and culture Chichibu has to offer!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 9:50am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep, or chat with other members and get excited
  • Stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive at Mitsumine Shrine around 1pm
  • Picnic lunch
  • Explore/take photos of Mitsumine Shrine
  • Get on the bus at 2:30pm
  • Drive along Nakatsu Valley on the way to Nagatoro (we'll have a short stop to take some photos of the autumn leaves and breathtaking scenery)
  • Arrive at Nagatoro station around 4pm
  • FREE TIME (4pm-6) *Try 'Wooden Boat Rafting' or visit 'Hodosan Shrine'
  • Get on the bus
  • Arrive at Chichibu area around 6:30pm
  • Enjoy the Chichibu Night Festival until 8:15pm
  • Get on the bus at 8:30pm
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 10:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (Shinjuku-Ashikaga-Roppongi)
  • Entry to Mitsumine Shrine
  • Harvest kit
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guides ;)
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extras [Pay directly on the day];

  • Wooden Boat Rafting (1,6000yen) *20mins course
  • Hodosan Ropeway (820yen) *Round-trip


  • Birthday on Dec 3 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (500yen/person) *Group leader/name required
Price: 4,500Yen
Space left: 0 out of 50

Important notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • This event is "ON" rain or shine!
  • Autumn arrived two weeks late this season so we might be able to see beautiful colors while we drive along Nakatsu Valley on the way to Nagatoro.
  • You can try 'Wooden Boat Rafting' or visit Hodosan Shrine during FREE TIME.
  • The area near Chichibu station (festival area) will be very congested on the day so our bus will be parked about 10-15mins away from the festival.
  • You can enjoy the Chichibu Night Festival until the end and just take the train back to Tokyo (at your own expense).
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Waterproof/windbreaker jacket/pants
  • Warm fleece/thermal clothes
  • Trekking shoes or sports sneakers
  • Comfortable socks
  • Spare clothes
  • Small backpack
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Music player
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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