【Tokyo】Best Bang for the Buck! Five Recommended Summer Day Tours on Buses

Bus tours are great for those who are concerned about the crowds at summer festivals and fireworks! Day trips are available for a few thousands of yen, the trip is comfortable and convenient, and you can choose from a variety of unique courses. We introduce five select courses with great bang for the buck to enjoy the summer.

Experience Them All in One Day! A Bus Tour of Six Tohoku Summer Festivals

Six Tohoku Summer Festivals in Sendai: Diverse Tohoku Connected by One Kizuna (bond) is a bus tour to see a huge event where six of the Tohoku Region's major summer festivals are held in one location (13,900 JPY per adult. *Meals not included)

This is a very efficient tour where you can take a day trip to the Tohoku Region and have five full hours to enjoy festivals such as Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Akita Kanto Matsuri, Morioka Sansa Odori, Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri, Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, and Fukushima Waraji Matsuri. You'll have an exciting time at these powerful matsuri festivals.

A Bus Tour of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Sawara Float Festival

You can take a bus with a bathroom on-board to see the Sawara Float Festival, which is one of the Kanto region's three great float festivals and is registered as an important intangible folk cultural asset by the Japanese government. Enjoy lunch at Kawatoyo, a famous unagi restaurant in Narita, and see the dazzling float parade. UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage - Sawara Float Festival (8,990 JPY per adult *includes meal). Savor unagi eel at the famous Narita restaurant, Kawatoyo. Includes a visit to Narita-san Shinsho-ji, shopping, and eating various Sawara sweets.

Lake Kawaguchi Flowers & Gourmet Bus Tour to Nurture Your Feminine Side

Lake Kawaguchi Herb Festival and Bottomless Peaches and Melons (3,990 JPY per adult, 9,580 JPY on weekends) is a tour that includes a visit to the popular early summer event, Lake Kawaguchi Herb Festival and all-you-can-eat fruit. Get invigorated by the healing powers of the fields of lavender that spread out on the lake shore, as well as of flowers such as begonias and petunias. Your tummy will be happy too with a French-style lunch, all-you-can-eat peaches and melons, and wine tasting.

A Bus Tour to Fully Enjoy the Summer with Fireworks and Gourmet in the Nasu Highlands

The Nasu Rindo-ko Lakeview Fireworks Festival Tour (9,490 JPY per adult, 9,990 JPY on weekends and holidays) is a tour in which you can enjoy rides, animals, food, and shopping around the Nasu Highlands' only lake. It includes an exciting, close-up view of the fireworks festival held on the lake. Lunch is a buffet of dishes made with seasonal ingredients from the Nasu Highlands in Mekke!, which opened in the amusement multiplex, Nasu Rindo-ko Lakeview, in 2016.

A Bus Tour to See Exciting Handheld Fireworks and Flowers

Tatebayashi Tezutsu Hanabi Taikai is the Kanto region's only event where handheld fireworks are launched. The Super-Powerful Tatebayashi Tezutsu Hanabi Taikai Tour (6,300 JPY - 7,300 JPY per adult; includes boxed dinner) leaves at mid-day, but is still full of activities including a visit to Ashikaga Flower Park and an outlet mall. 6,300 JPY to 7,300 JPY including a boxed dinner is a great deal!

These bus tours are inexpensive ways of enjoying major summer festivals and exciting fireworks festivals. Why not try them out this summer? [This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.19.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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