Hato Bus Announces Summer Package Tours to Hakkeijima Resort Island and Tambara Lavender Park for Foreigners

2016-07-20 14:00 2220

TOKYO, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hato Bus Co., Ltd. on July 20 announced summer package bus tour plans from July to October 2016 accompanied by attendants speaking English and Chinese. The package tours, numbering 32 in all, include a tour to the Yokohama Hakkeijima resort island beginning this summer and a summer-only tour to Tambara Lavender Park as well as overnight tours with English-speaking guides.


(1) First Yokohama Hakkeijima tour for foreign visitors

According to the Japan Tourism Agency, 33.2% of foreign travelers to Japan were accompanied by family members or relatives. Meanwhile, our staff members assigned to inbound tours, who were in China to visit a recent travel fair, were told by local travel agents that there was a strong need for bus tours for families. In view of such a need and the fact that it is time for summer vacations for children, the company decided to add a new course to visit Hakkeijima, just an hour's ride from Tokyo. Yokohama has a number of sightseeing spots for foreigners interested in Japanese culture and history, including the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise and the Nissin Cupnoodles Museum.

(2) Tambara Lavender Park tour to enjoy flower of summer

In spring, the company's first tour to Ashikaga Flower Park, known for its big wisteria trees, created a sensation among foreign tourists, many of them seen eagerly taking pictures of the trees. In summer, we organized a tour including a stop at Tambara Lavender Park in Gunma Prefecture to enjoy lavender, the beautiful flower of summer blooming across the hillside. If any of tourists posted the photogenic Tambara Lavender Park on SNS, the person might well trigger the next sightseeing boom.

Tour examples

- "Yokohama Seaside Story" (English- and Chinese-speaking guides)
Prices: 9,800 yen per adult and 8,800 yen per child
Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2016
Itinerary: Depart at 9:20 from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal - Yokohama Sankeien Garden (tea ceremony experience) - walk in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse district - mini cruise from Red Brick Warehouse zone to Yamashita Park - lunch at Kanifusen (crab dishes) - Nissin Cupnoodles Museum - Osambashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal - arrive at 17:30 at Tokyo Station

- "Tambara Lavender Park" and Fruit Picking (English- and Chinese-speaking guides)

Prices: 9,800 yen per adult and 8,800 yen per child
Schedule: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from July 5 to Sept. 4, 2016
Itinerary: Depart at 9:20 from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal - fruit picking - Tambara Lavender Park (lunch and strolling) - arrive at 18:50 at Tokyo Station

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Source: Hato Bus Co., Ltd.