Home Japan Tokyo Tours A Japanese garden/mu...

A Japanese garden/museum & Genuine Made-in-Japan handicrafts Shopping

by Yoko
(51) Reviews
6h $ 220 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • East Gardens of the Imperial Palace/ Hamarikyu Gardens/ Koishikawa Kourakuen (Choose one, please)
  • Souvenir Corners of Nihonbashi Information Center
  • Nihonbashi Bridge
  • Nihonbashi Toyama Store: Scruptures of Inami Closed from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2
  • Hakuza Nihonbashi, Gold Leaf Store: Closed on New Year's Day
  • Ibasen Fan Store (Founded in 1590): Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Dec.28-Jan. 4
  • Ozuwashi Traditional Japanese paper Store (Founded in 1653):Closed on Sundays, Dec.28-Jan. 3
  • Mitsukoshi Department Store: Closed on Jan. 1, 23, and Feb. 20
  • Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square (Closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3) and/or Kobuchicho of Kabukiza
read more

Select Date and Travelers

When?
People
219.96 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour(s) (e.g. Ginza/Tokyo National Museum etc.).
$ 36.66

Overview

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.

read more

Organized by

Yoko Licensed Guide
(51) Reviews
Contact Yoko Response Time: 3 hs

Highlights

  • East Gardens of the Imperial Palace/ Hamarikyu Gardens/ Koishikawa Kourakuen (Choose one, please)
  • Souvenir Corners of Nihonbashi Information Center
  • Nihonbashi Bridge
  • Nihonbashi Toyama Store: Scruptures of Inami Closed from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2
  • Hakuza Nihonbashi, Gold Leaf Store: Closed on New Year's Day
  • Ibasen Fan Store (Founded in 1590): Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Dec.28-Jan. 4
  • Ozuwashi Traditional Japanese paper Store (Founded in 1653):Closed on Sundays, Dec.28-Jan. 3
  • Mitsukoshi Department Store: Closed on Jan. 1, 23, and Feb. 20
  • Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square (Closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3) and/or Kobuchicho of Kabukiza

Important

It will be first booked, first served basis.

If you're interested in TOKYO, MOUNT FUJI, or NIKKO, please check the tours before you make inquiries. (Some transportation for Mount Fuji or Nikko might be fully booked if you do last minute booking.)

It's impossible to make quotation without knowing the spots you would like to visit.
Nikko and Mount Fuji are approximately two hours on Limited Express from Shinjuku or Asakusa.
Tokyo is not a compact city, but a huge one.

If you have difficulties with stairs, please tell me in your message. Thank you.

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. read more

What‘s included
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) 
Meeting Point
At the lobby of your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point
At your hotel or the places you prefer to
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

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.

View More Frequently Asked Questions read more

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 51 )
Michael Michael United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Full day in Nikko ”

We (me and my 12 year old son) scheduled a full day tour of Nikko with Yoko. We could not have been happier with the service she provided. No way we could have seen everything we did or navigate the trains/buses so efficiently without her. She also provided terrific insight into the history of the area as well as provided us with a great overview of current Japanese customs and culture. She is amazing. Travel with her, you will not regret it.

Yoko:

I appreciate that you wrote such a warm and kind review. Even we couldn't see Kegon Falls that day because of the thick fog, Jack found interest in the Tamozawa Imperial Villa thanks to the bus ride. Both of you were so nice that I also enjoyed the Nikko visit very much. I hope you enjoyed Kyoto, too. I wish to show you around more places in the future. Thank you again for everything.

Russell Russell United States ( Solo )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Fun and informative Day ”

Had a really fun and informative day with Yoko. We started and ended on time even with a very aggressive schedule of activities. Yoko was pleasant and had taken considerable time to pre plan the day to ensure my desired touring locations were all achieved. I would certainly recommend her.

Yoko:

Thank you so much for your review. Well, your hotel was a little too south to finish on time, but we can squeeze in many places. We visited Imperial Palace Plaza with the view of Double Bridge instead of the Imperial Palace. Please visit the Imperial Palace when you become one of the US's dignitaries some day. There are still so much places to see in Tokyo and we can also see the Great Buddha of Kamakura, so I will be waiting for you to come with your wife on vacation. BTW, the icecream flavor that we had as dessert is the same flavor that President Obama called "unforgettable.":-)

Margit Margit United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Day trip to Nikko ”

Yoko was great. We had a lovely rainy day in Nikko. The rain didn’t matter we still saw lots of sights and had fun. Yoko was very knowledgeable and even gave us great tips for the rest of our stay in Japan. She even sent me links to restaurants and links and directions to make sure I purchased the right train tickets. I would highly recommend her!!

Yoko:

Wow, thank you so much for writing such a sweet review on the way to Mount Fuji area!! It was raining cats and dogs but made the Kegon Falls and the Daiya River along the Kanmangafuchi Abyss much more dynamic. It was an amazing day for me to spend nearly the whole day with you and your wonderful family, Aaron, Molley and Faith, which made me feel just like ♪Singing in the Rain.♪ I wish you enjoy your stay at the Ryokan with Onsen, hot springs, and the rest of your stay. I will be dreaming of seeing you on your next visit some day.

Philip Philip United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ The lesser visited Shrine and Temple ”

Saw a wedding. Yoko is very flexible on the itinerary. I liked the less crowded sites. Tea was very nice.

Yoko:

Thank you for your review, sir. I like Eishoji Temple, too, which is less crowded than Houkokuji Temple and also quite beautiful. You can relax and enjoy tranquility there. On some Sundays you can even have tea there, but we could see a Japanese wedding at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine that Saturday. I hope you will come again and I can take you to Zen Temples. Please take care till then. Thank you again!!

Joseph Joseph United States
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Did and learned more with Yoko than I would have ever imagined ”

I had about a half a day extra in Tokyo and she made it a great and productive experience with lots of local insights.

Yoko:

I appreciate your great review so much. It was like a "bullet train" talk day. I will go to see "RBG" this week. I'm quite grateful you were so interested in Japanese culture and people. I had a great time talking with you, sir, and thank you so much for your generosity. I'll be looking forward to seeing you coming with your kids next time.

More tours by Yoko

Tokyo Up-to-You Tour

(51) Reviews
by Yoko
7h $ 249 up to 5 people

Mt. Fuji's View from Lake Kawaguchiko Up-to-You Tour

(51) Reviews
by Yoko
10h $ 310 up to 5 people

Tokyo Great Walker Tour: East Gardens, Ueno Park & Asakusa

(51) Reviews
by Yoko
7h $ 243 up to 5 people

Tokyo Popular Tours & Activities

Tokyo Must-See Places As-You-Like One-Day Tour

(147) Reviews
by Dai
8h $ 301 up to 6 people

Personalized Tokyo Journey

(132) Reviews
by AKIRA
7h $ 207 up to 5 people

One Day Customized Tour in Tokyo

(69) Reviews
by Tomoko
8h $ 316 up to 5 people

Tokyo 1day Customized Tour

(27) Reviews
by Nobuko
8h $ 263 up to 4 people