In the late morning, your tour starts by meeting your private guide at Kitakata Station. Then set off on your journey of the city's religious sites and culinary venues.
You'll visit a sakagura (sake brewery) founded during the Edo period, where you can see how sake is made and enjoy the chance to taste it, if you wish (own expense). Then take a break for lunch (own expense) before continuing your tour with a visit to a Shinto shrine, home to a sacred gingko tree that's more than 600 years old. Learn about the significance of this Kumano shrine, which used to be worshiped by the local samurai.
Next, head to a Buddhist temple on the cliff, where you can see one of the largest Buddha statues in Japan with a length of about 26 feet (8 meters), carved out of wood. Then visit a wagashi shop, which sells Japanese sweets, before your tour ends in the early evening at your starting point.