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Traditional Maiko and Music Performances and High Japanese Culture – collaboration with the Homma Museum of Art

Experience high Japanese culture in the heart of Sakata City.

Shamisen, shakuhachi, koto; hear these beautiful Japanese instruments at a private evening performance held in a gorgeous Japanese villa. Along with seeing Sakata maiko performing shamisen and talented shakuhachi and koto instrumentalists, experience the best of Japanese high culture on this tour including tea ceremony, a guided tour of the Homma Museum of Art, zazen meditation, a French course meal using local Japanese ingredients, appreciate historical Japanese architecture and more. This two-day private tour includes a English-speaking interpreter guide to assist you through your journey.

Tour at a glance


What this private tour includes



¥175,000 (per person for a tour of two participants)

Minimum number of participants

2 people
Solo applicants may be accepted on a case-by-case basis for additional fees.

Tour Length

2 Days, 1 Night

Tour availability

All-year round

Meeting Location

Sakata Station

Important notes

It is recommended you make a reservation request 1 week in advance of your desired tour date.
Experience availability may vary. Reserve to confirm availability.
Customization of this tour is available on request.

Day 1: High-class culture of Japan

Meet your English-speaking interpreter-guide at Sakata station and start your high-class culture tour with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Arrive at the venue to see the magnificent Sukiya-zukuri style architecture, a type of design originally made for the purpose of tea ceremony. Other Japanese fine arts are also practiced in the building like tea ceremony, flower arrangement and Japanese painting exhibitions. When you enter the tea ceremony room, you will have the main role of being the guest receiving the tea, but if you wish, you will also have the opportunity to make your own tea using the tools that tradtional tea masters practice with. 

After your tea ceremony, make your way to the Historical Homma Residence and witness the over 250 year-old building for yourself. See how this historically wealthy family lived with the residence’s unique architectual design elements and interesting additions they added to the residence over time. 

Proceed to the next location, LE POT AU FEU for a quality French lunch course meal. They use ingredients local to the Shonai area, including from the UNESCO recognized City of Gastronomy, Tsuruoka City. 

After enjoying your delicious course meal, move on to the Sankyo-Soko Rice Storehouses Site, where you can see the sleek rice storehouses which used to store the lucrative rice that Shonai produced and exported to other areas of Japan during the Edo period. Nowadays, you can enter part of the storehouse building to be able to purchase the best local souvenirs and products of Sakata.

After shopping, have a tour of the Homma Museum of Art building, the Seienkaku villa and its gorgeous Japanese garden. After listening to the in-depth tour about the fine art the Homma Museum of Art exhibits, view your first traditional Japanese instrument perfomance with a Sakata geiko performing the shamisen with an accompaniment of a maiko performance. Next, koto and shakuhachi performers will take the stage as you listen to their melodic music. After each performance, there will be the opportunity to try out the performer’s instruments on your own. 

Walk to your hotel and check in, then you will have free time until tomorrow’s tour activities. You could have dinner at the hotel restaurant, relax and sleep during your free time. 

Day 2: Zazen meditation and visit a waterfall

Start off by checking out and leaving your luggage with the front desk. Meet your English-speaking guide-interpreter and head to the venue where you will experience zazen meditation. After cleansing your mind with meditation, head to enjoy a lunch at a local sushi restaurant, one of the best in Sakata city. After enjoying the fresh fish sourced from the sea of the city, refresh your body by laying your eyes on a beautiful waterfall, one of the tallest in the prefecture. Afterwards, head back to your accommodation to pick up your luggage; the tour ends here, but you can freely go sightseeing in Sakata or start to transfer to your next destination.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
9:40 AM Sakata Station
9:50 Hotel lobby
10:00 AM Tea ceremony
11:35 AM Historical Homma Residence
12:55 PM LE POT AU FEU lunch
2:45 PM Sankyo-Soko Rice Warehouses Site
4:00 PM Homma Musuem of Art Tour
5:10 PM Traditional Japanese instrument performance and maiko performance
6:30 Arrive at hotel, check in

Day 2
10:00 AM Check out and depart hotel, have luggage held at hotel
10:10 AM Zazen meditation experience
11:40 AM Sushi Lunch
1:45 PM Tamasudare falls
2:45 PM Arrive back at hotel to pick up luggage, tour ends


You can send a booking inquiry below. After we receive your inquiry, we will confirm if we can accommodate your group and tour dates and contact you from there. 

Cancelation Policy

Our cancellation policy for this tour is below. Cancellation fees may vary according to exceptional circumstances. 

21 days or more before date of tour

No penalty

20 days to 8 days before date of tour

20% of total price

7 days to 2 days before date of tour​

30% of total price

1 day before date of tour

40% of total price

Day of the tour

50% of total price

After start of tour or no-show

100% of total price