After visiting one of the Japanese gardens of your choice from the next three: East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Hamarikyu Gardens, or Koishikawa Kourakuen, we will visit Nihonbashi, which used to be the commercial center of Edo-Tokyo from more than three hundred years ago. You might be amazed by the variety of Japanese crafts.
What to Expect
You can see one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo. Please choose one from East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Hamarikyu Gardens, or Koishikawa Kourakuen. The former two are more spacious than Koishikawa Kourakuen. After the garden walk, we will stop by a nearby free observation deck.
We will take a Tokyo Metro-Subway ride to Nihonbashi, traditional commerce area from more than 300 years ago.
Nihonbashi Information Center has some souvenirs from the stores in their neighborhood. Walking a few minutes will lead us to the historical Nihonbashi Bridge. We will see some beautiful intricate sculptures at a nearby store. We would also visit a gorgeous Gold leaf store, which has its origin in Kanazawa. Even though fans are sold at many souvenir shops, Ibasen has wonderful collections that Japanese will also buy. Ozuwashi Traditional Japanese paper store is not only a store, but has a gallery and a museum with historical materials.
After another metro-ride, we will visit Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square or Kobuchicho of Kabukiza, either or both based on your interest.
East gardens will be closed on Mondays and Fridays, so please choose Hamarikyu Gardens or Koishikawa on those days.,
On Sundays, we cannot visit Ibasen and Ozuwashi, but we can visit some other stores instead.
Possible to add a lacquerware shop and some others and the craftshop of Mitsukoshi Department Store.
Choosing Sato Sakura Museum, having a Japanese painting collection including cherry blossom pictures, at Nakameguro or the National Museum of Modern Art at Takebashi instead of a Japanese garden is possible except Mondays as far as you will pay the admission fee of you and your guide. (Sato Sakura Museum: Adults 500 yen, Over 70 years old 400 yen/ the National Museum of Modern Art: Adults 500 yen, College Students 250 yen)
Sato Sakura Museum will be closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, Jan. 9 and February 13).
Starting after your lunch is also possible.
Suggestions, requests are welcomed. Please make inquiries by sending me messages.
Guiding fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo, The guide's Admission fee for the Japanese gardens
East Gardens are Admission Free
What‘s not included
Transportation fare (You and guide：We might buy a Metro One day Pass at 600 yen at the beginning of the tour),
meals, snacks, drinks,
admission fee （Hamarikyu Gardens／Koishikawa Korakuen ：300 yen,over 65 years old: 150 yen)
At the lobby of your hotel in Tokyo
At your hotel or the places in Ueno Park if you prefer to
09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people Flexible