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Autumn Leaves: Naeba Dragondola and Tashiro Ropeway from Tokyo

Autumn Leaves: Naeba Dragondola and Tashiro Ropeway from Tokyo
Holiday & Seasonal Tours > Seasonal Events > Autumn / Fall
$100.18
Duration: 11 hours
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This day trip from Tokyo celebrates some of the most popular autumn leaves viewing spots in Niigata Prefecture from both the ground and the air! Enjoy breathtaking autumnal views at the edges of Lake Daigenta and Lake Futai before taking to the skies on the Tashiro Ropeway and Naeba Dragondola. A Bento lunchbox is served on the bus which you can enjoy as you watch the scenery from the window.

With just a handful of dates through October and early November, places are limited so make sure to secure your seat!

The tour leaves Tokyo for Niigata Prefecture heading to the first stop on the itinerary, the city of Minamiuonoma for a spot of shopping. The city is surrounded by stunning mountains and beautiful countryside and visitors get a real sense of pure Japan here. As a result, its produce is second to none and especially its Koshihikari rice, considered the best quality rice available in Japan. Make sure you take home a small bag of it with you.

Two popular lakes for autumn leaves viewing is up next. First off is Lake Daigenta, a popular autumn spot that attracts photographers from all over Japan when the surrounding mountains, tinged in reds, greens, yellows and golds, reflect off the surface of the lake. A quirky feature of this lake is the concrete arch dam, the oldest of its kind in Japan. Second is the mysterious Lake Futai where the color of the water changes according to the weather and is therefore popular as a filming location.

To save time for more sightseeing, a lunch box will be served on the bus. Two kinds are on offer and you will be asked to choose at the time of booking. The choices are:

1. "Kani-don Bento" (lunch box with 2 crab meat balls) 
2. "Kuromabushi Bento" (seasoned white rice topped with nori seaweed, tempura and vegetables)

Having admired the wonderful scenery at ground level, it’s time to appreciate it from the skies boarding not one but two ropeways. Start off by riding the Tashiro Ropeway for 10 minutes where you can enjoy the autumnal landscape and Lake Futai up to a height of 230m. After a brief walk to Naeba, enjoy the Naeba Dragondola, Japan’s longest gondola at 5,481m that connects Naeba to the Tashiro Kogen highlands. The 25 minute journey takes you up to the mountain top, where the hillsides are covered in autumn leaves and then down to the Kiyotsu river.

The tour ends after the Dragondola ride and the bus heads back to Tokyo taking a scenic route through the Mikuni Pass, where you can catch another glimpse of the autumn colors from the rows of maple trees along the road. Estimated arrival in Tokyo is 19:00.

This day trip from Tokyo celebrates some of the most popular autumn leaves viewing spots in Niigata Prefecture from both the ground and the air! Enjoy breathtaking autumnal views at the edges of Lake Daigenta and Lake Futai before taking to the skies on the Tashiro Ropeway and Naeba Dragondola. A Bento lunchbox is served on the bus which you can enjoy as you watch the scenery from the window.

With just a handful of dates through October and early November, places are limited so make sure to secure your seat!