Hato Bus unveils new tour courses for foreign visitors

Hato Bus Co has announced English- or Chinese-speaking bus tour courses from January to June 2018. The courses feature popular tour spots and experience Japanese culture

In recent years, there has been a tendency for foreign visitors to disperse into more diverse tourist spots visited by numerous Japanese travelers, such as cherry blossom spots in regional places and areas where snowy landscapes can be seen, rather than visiting only major tourist spots in Tokyo.

Hato Bus is receiving inquiries from a growing number of foreign people about not only tours it organizes for inbound tourists but also those targeting Japanese travelers.

In response, Hato Bus is scheduled to launch in January 2018 three new courses for foreign travelers who desire to visit sightseeing spots and enjoy Japanese culture.

In one course, participants will visit the Miura area in Kanagawa Prefecture, to view Kawazu Zakura cherry blossoms which attract approximately 300,000 people each year.

Hato Bus will also offer another course in which tourists enjoy the Fuji Shibazakura (moss phlox) Festival held at the Fuji Motosuko lakeside resort in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture. A course for Japanese travelers that includes a visit to the festival is highly popular during the Golden Week holiday period from late April to early May.

In the third new course, travelers can enjoy winter activities such as a sleigh ride at Snowtown Yeti, a ski resort at the second station of Mount Fuji in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture.

A tour example:

Yokohama Sankeien Garden & Kawazuzakura Train (English/Chinese)

Fare: 9,500 yen per person (500 yen discount for child)

Schedule: Specified dates between February 5 and 28

Itinerary: Start at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (9:20); Yokohama Sankeien Garden (freely stroll and taste “matcha” green powdered tea); Mercure Yokosuka (half-buffet lunch); Kawazuzakura Matsuri (Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival, strolling at the festival site); take the Sakura Train on the Keikyu Line (from Miurakaigan to Misakiguchi stations); arrive at Tokyo Station (around 17:20)

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