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Explore Yamato-Koriyama, a grand combination of castle town and goldfish enjoyment

Enjoy the scenery of a gorgeous castle town which is known as the #1 place in Japan to revel in the beauty of goldfish!


Yamato-Koriyama is located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture, and flourished as a castle town since ancient times. Nowadays, it is a city rich in historic vibe and also known as one of the best producers of goldfish in Japan. Here we offer a walking tour which shows you the spots unique to Yamato-Koriyama. The start time can be either morning (9 a.m.) or afternoon (2 p.m.). The tour runs about three hours, and is limited to a maximum of nine people.

After gathering at Yamato-Koriyama Station, we will first visit Koriyama Castle, a proud symbol of the city. The castle was built in the 16th century, and is known as one of the most famous cherry blossoms viewing spots in Japan, as noted in the definitive "Japan Cherry Blossom Hundred Picks" list. Depending on the season, here you can enjoy cherry blossoms (spring) or vivid fall colors (autumn). Your approximately 45 minutes spent at Koriyama Castle will wow you not only in terms of the stunning stone walls and architecture, but also in terms of the spot’s glorious harmony with nature, as well as splendid exterior gate that was relocated from Negoriji in Wakayama – not mention a breathtaking view from the top that overlooks the town of Yamato-Koriyama.

At our final stop on the tour, we explore the goldfish production center known as "Kingyoda," just outside the center of the city. Yamato-Koriyama hosts one of Japan's leading goldfish production sites, distributing approximately 60 million goldfish nationwide, or about 40% of the national share. Here on the outskirts of the city, the Kingyoda facility maintains about 50 hectares of goldfish culturing ponds, and the visuals of seeing great numbers of goldfish swimming about such a large area is something unforgettable. You’ll also visit "Koriyama goldfish museum" to observe and photograph various kinds of goldfish. Altogether, you will have around 50 minutes to enjoy this goldfish extravaganza.


・Enjoy splendid views from atop Koriyama Castle.
・Marvel at the goldfish phonebooth.
・Soak in the nostalgia while walking around the Yanagi-cho shopping district
・Be awe-struck at the largest goldfish farm in Japan.


・Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
・Solo travelers may also take this tour for a 2,000 yen supplement, payable directly to the guide.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 1,000 yen per person, per half hour, payable in cash.

  Price ¥6,500(tax included)

Children (Age 7 -12): ¥ 3,250
Children (Age Under 6): Free of charge

  Duration 3 hours
  Hours of availability

Start Time 9:00 or 14:00


・English speaking guide


・Food & Drinks

  Participants 2-9 persons

Meeting Point

Kintetsu-Koriyama station
※ Tour end st Kintetsu-Koriyama station

Reviews (2)


Fun time with Barbara

Nara is new to us. Our guide Barbara impressed us with Nara Park and Todaiji Temple site. But we loved the Deer Park best, really awesome.


Yamato Koriyama

Tolle Tour. Masako hat uns viele und tiefe Einblicke in das japanische Leben und Historie etwas Abseits der Touristenströme vermittelt.
Sehr empfehlenswert.

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