We cater for all types. From the experienced traveller who doesn't want to follow the beaten path and wants to see something special, to the first time visitor to Nagasaki who wants to see and do as much as they can whilst in the area. Even the second time visitors are catered for, more specific and intensive places of interest can be viewed and appreciated in order to further understand and create a stronger impression of the area.
At present the 3 main tours that i do on a regular basis are as follows:
1) Half Day Private Nagasaki City Driving Tour:
This tour encompasses a pick up and drop off system to either a preset course of attractions or can be customized to allow the customer to choose which destinations that would like to visit on the day. A customized tour comes in handy especially when weather is an issue and more indoor locations would be more convenient.
Light refreshments and drinks are provided in a relaxed environment within a air conditioned vehicle. Pick up and drop off times are flexible but the 9am to 1pm time slots seem to be the most popular.
|The incredible Peace Park|
2) Full day Private Nagasaki and Shimabara Peninsular Driving Tour:
The emphasis of this tour is to allow the customer to diversify their choices and create an opportunity to see more sights within a longer time frame. The Shimabara Peninsular in particular is loaded with many different attractions and one can feel satisfied once the tour is finished as many interesting places have been visited.
Light refreshment and drinks as well as lunch are provided in a relaxed environment within an air conditioned vehicle. Generally pick up times are around 8am and drop off times are at 5 to 6pm.
|Lots of smiles and greetings at Shimabara Castle|
Check out the video below to see some main attractions that can be seen on the Full Day Nagasaki and Shimabara Driving Tour:
3) Private 2 Days / 1 night stay Full Tour of Nagasaki:
This tour will allow one to see most of the sights around all of Nagasaki. Many locations will be visited and time will not be a factor as customers will be able to stay at a specific location for as long or as short a time as they desire. The accommodation chosen will be either a Traditional Japanese Ryokan (Japanese Hotel) or a Western Style Hotel. All accommodations are of the highest class and definitely a night that won't be forgotten quickly.
Light refreshment and drinks as well as lunch are provided in a relaxed environment within an air conditioned vehicle. Dinner and breakfast are provided for in the chosen accommodation facility and lunch is also provide on Day 2 as well. One will be extremely satisfied once the tour is finished, beautiful locations, amazing accommodations and delicious foods will be enjoyed for a once in a lifetime travel experience! General pick up times are 9am and drop off times at 4 to 5pm the following day.
|The popular Shimabara Castle|
|Walking around the Unzen Hell Ponds|
All full day tours include a fully catered lunch at one of the local restaurants in the area. All clients have a choice of Japanese style or western style a la carte set lunches however if you would like the best of both worlds including Chinese style dishes as well then the Mikado Buffet Restaurant is right up your alley. The foods are delicious and a huge variety is available to satisfy every palate including the most fussy eaters. The interior design is well laid out and the decor is completely finished in wood. They have many wooden sculptures that can be appreciated in fine detail and the atmosphere is very nice as well.
Here are some of the photos of the Restaurant:
|Many choices available|
|Lots of wood features|
All full day tours also include a visit to the Obama Thermal Water Foot Bath site where complimentary drinks such as sparkling, white and red wine are served plus non alcoholic drinks for those not so inclined. Refreshments are also provided as an afternoon snack because we all know that touring can create a ravenous appetite. We can nearly guarantee that the combination of relaxing weary feet in the 40 degrees C (approx 100 degrees F) foot bath combined with some beverages and snacks will create doubt about how long you will stay at the destination. The scheduled 25 minute stop always turns into a much longer stay by all participants.
Check out some pictures and see for yourself how relaxing it can be:
|Talking with my wife|
|Ahhh, that`s better!|
Our Tour Vehicles currently consists of the following 2 vehicles that I use exclusively:
Luxury vehicles are part of the experience:
Check out this vehicle at the following site:
2) Toyota Estima Hybrid Wagon- I use this tour vehicle for my larger tours and for customers that require more room and comfort as well as for bigger luggage requirements. It carries 7 passengers, 6 comfortably but of course 5 passengers will have more room inside as an extra space option. It is a fabulous vehicle to drive and to be a passenger too, may I add. It has 4WS and is a Hybrid that averages 15 kms per litre. It has all the features and mod cons that anyone could ask for in a vehicle and I thoroughly enjoy driving this car at all times!
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3) Occasionally i will get a request for a larger party and will upgrade to a larger vehicle like the Toyota Hiace. Check out the specs here:
This vehicle can seat up to 10 people comfortably and is very easy to drive and to get in and out of the vehicle. It is a true people mover but with a high degree of luxury as well. Please contact me if you would like to use this vehicle for your party and I will be happy to provide you with a quoted price for the tour requested!
At present I have no desire or inclination to use a bigger vehicle than those listed above. I have had many comments about how I could transport more people at one time but that idea really is not what I am trying to achieve here.
Tour Nagasaki was born out of the idea of giving people the feeling of being connected with the destination in every facet of the tour. Whether it be from the on board commentary, insights into daily Japanese life, historical and important information of each attraction, cultural experiences, Japanese food and drink tastings as well as personal opinions and facts about what it is truly life to live as an expat in this weird and wonderful country we call Japan.
It is my belief that only a Private Tour consisting of a small numbers of members can create this important connection that will stay with us for the rest of our lives!