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Kawagoe Old Town - 7hrs


Saitama
7 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Showcases well-preserved traditional architecture featuring clay-wall warehouses. Kitain Temple has buildings which were relocated from Edo Castle. These are the only surviving buildings of the ancient Edo Castle in Japan. Let's walk in the 350-year-old Shogun rooms! How can we resist the tempting local sweets and sweet potato snacks!?

Come to Kawagoe!
I'd love to show you around!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi(T-chan).

  • 1. Kitain Temple - 350-year-old Tokuygawa Shogun rooms and artwork by Kano Tanyu. The gardens are another treat!
  • 2. Gohyaku Rakan - 540 Buddhist stone statues on the temple grounds posed differently with various facial expressions.
  • 3. Sweet potato delicacies at old-fashioned sweets shops. It's a regional delicacy.
  • 4. Kumano Shinto Shrine - features interesting activities on the shrine grounds, including money-washing rituals, stone reflexology, fortune-telling, etc.
  • 5. Soy sauce factory tour (20min) - fresh soy sauce is made in 180-year-old barrels.
  • 6. Walking in the old town - clay-wall warehouses line the main road (from 100 to 200 years old).
  • 7. Bell Tower (Toki no Kane) - symbol of Kawagoe.
  • 8. Candy Alley - sells old-fashioned candy.
  • Optional - Hikawa Shirine - Popular among young people for photo opps (Extra one hour)

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What to Expect

= Scenic historic spots and good food only 60 minutes away from Tokyo.
= Unique architecture not found in Tokyo's old town.
= Excellent views and plenty of photo opps.
= Perfect for people of all ages!

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Your hotel in central Tokyo or Yokohama, Kawagoe station
Ending Point Ikebukuro station or your hotel in central Tokyo (No hotel drop off outside central Tokyo)

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

= Transportation fee during the tour (you and guide = approx. 1,500JPY++ /person) = subway, train, bus and taxi
= Guide transportation to Central Tokyo or Yokohama (1,000JPY) = given to the guide directly on the day of the tour
= Entrance fee = Kitain Temple 400JPY/person (the guide has a pass for it.)
= Food / drinks (you and guide)
= Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30, Sep20 to Nov20) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.

Important

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/ hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.

PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours and custom tours) = 1,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 20 to April 30
>>> Autumn : September 25 to November 10


***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).

= Optional 5-hour tour (#6, #7, & #8 in the Highlights section) = 17,000JPY
= Involves a lot of walking.
= The area is crowded on weekends. It could affect tour duration.
= Some stores and museums are closed on Mondays.
= The Soy Sauce Factory allows tours at 1:00PM daily. Lunch break afterwards.
......Please note that the factory has the prerogative to cancel tours without prior notice.
= Travel time:
......45min. from Shinjuku and Shibuya station by subway = (1,100JPY) = best option
......60min. from Tokyo station by JR train = (1,680JPY)
= If necessary, we can extend the tour for another hour if you want more time for shopping, dining, sake-tasting, and seeing the Hikawa Shrine or Honmaru Goten (the former Kawagoe Castle). read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 81 )
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Tonia Tonia United States ( Solo )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ A day in Tokyo ”

We had a wonderful time with Toshi. She was prompt and very welcoming. She met us early and took us all around Tokyo. She knew a great deal about the places we visited and we learned a lot. Our schedule included a lot of walking but she was full of energy and good cheer. She has a great sense of humor. I would recommend Toshi to anyone who wants an energetic knowledgeable guide in Tokyo. Thank you Toshi!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Tonia and Ed! So glad you enjoyed your layover-weekend in Tokyo. We took advantage of the day by starting our tour early. Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine were so peaceful. Koi fish welcomed us! The exhibition of the Edo-Tokyo Museum was interesting, wasn’t it? Japan is an island country and we had an isolation policy for over 200 years. That’s why we are still preserving such a unique culture. Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you!

Mariluz Mariluz United States ( Solo )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ 6+ hours in Tokyo ”

My time in Tokyo with Toshi was very enjoyable. Toshi knows so much about the history of Japan and every little corner of the city. I asked her to visit specific sites and she delivered them beautifully. Toshi is graceful and calm which made for a very delightful day. Thank you, Toshi! I will be back!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Mariluz! Glad to know you had fun; I did too! You requested a shopping tour for products made in Japan such as organic cosmetics, ceramics, stationaries, and green tea. What do you think of Ginza stores? I felt like as if we were doing museum-hopping as products were so beautifully displayed. Don‘t you think so? Our next stop was a small shopping mall with unique artisan works. There are more stores you need to check out! Please come back to Tokyo in spring so that you can see the cherry blossoms. Hope to see you again.

Wendy Wendy United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya ”

Toshi is a marvelous guide! We had a great day with her in Tokyo. She is knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with. We especially appreciated her kindness and flexibility as we had to rearrange our plans due to Typhoon Hagibis. Thank you Toshi for both your support and for showing us an awesome day!

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato, Wendy! I also had a wonderful time with you and your family. So glad that we managed to hit all the places (and food) you wanted to visit. There are over 100 choices of crepes in Harajuku. Just looking at the colorful samples in front of the food stands was fun, wasn't it? You looked so cool with the beer at a warmly cozy bar in Golden Gai. How was the taste of Yakitori (skewered chicken) in Omoide Yokocho? Hope you liked it. Please come back as Tokyo has more local food you must try. Matane! (see ya' in English)

Seymour Seymour Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful private tours with Toshi ”

Toshi provided consistently excellent, knowledge-based, personalized touring. She’s a warm, engaging person who immediately made us all feel comfortable. In the planning for our trip, she was very responsive and helpful when replying to our questions and helped tailor our time with her to match our interests and physical abilities. She has very broad knowledge about Tokyo and Japan, their geography and history, and more than satisfied all our questions. She’s a very engaging speaker, she made sure we were all involved. She followed up on all issues in a complete and timely manner. She made excellent recommendations for places of interest we wanted to visit on our own. We couldn’t be more pleased with her service and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a guide.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Seymour. Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour! I aim to please! It was great to spend two days with all of you. We had fun in Harajuku while we had meaningful time to immerse ourselves in the arts and culture in Ueno & Yanaka. The Asakura mansion is stunning, isn’t it? Please come back to Tokyo in a different season to see the flowers, e.g., cherry blossoms in late March and lotus flowers in July. In addition, let’s explore Yokohama together!

Laura Laura United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A Wonderful Day with Toshi ”

The Meiji-jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shinjuku and the Shibuya Crossing, with stops at a cat cafe, DAISO store, a fantastic tonkatsu lunch and shopping all along the way—that’s how my husband and I spent our amazing day with Toshi. She’s informative, fun and could not have been lovelier. I recommend Toshi to anyone reading this review, as I will back home in Los Angeles to my friends planning future visits to Japan.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you for your kind words, Laura and Paul! Your glowing review is very humbling. I quite enjoyed my day with you, too! So happy we could find shirts and shoes that your sons had requested in Harajuku. Maisen, the restaurant we had lunch, is the one of the most popular tonkatsu (pork fillet cutlet) restaurants in Tokyo. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Hope to see you (and your friends, perhaps) again in the near future!

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