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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Yoko.
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.
Guiding fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo, The guide's Admission fee for the Japanese gardens
East Gardens are Admission Free
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)
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.)
If you'd like a car chartered, please check the PRIVATE CARS TOUR by yourself.
It's concerned with your budget, so I'm afraid I cannot make arrangements for that, but I will be happy to guide you with the car you chartered.
It's impossible to make quotes 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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Very friendly and good navigator. I liked her knowledge of current Japanese pop culture and never made me feel stupid for asking questions. She had lots of little tidbits that were helpful, like the story of the 7 thieves. She did seem somewhat flustered by our American habits, I hope she forgives us. She also had to be prompted with questions rather than volunteering the info, perhaps this is cultural. We loved the tea ceremony. Overall worth it!
Thank you for your review. Well, it was five thieves, not Seven dwarfs, but it is fun to find them at Denbouin Street at Asakusa, isn't it? I don't remember what "American habits" you're mentioning to, but if you're mentioning the escalator rules, it would be better to observe when you come next time. Sorry about not asking enough questions that day. If you're talking about the "paper stripe" shide, I usually wait for the guests' to answer what it looks like, but because the day before you the guest had a hard time guessing what it was, I gave the answer without asking you. I appreciate your questions so much proving you're geniunely interested in Japan even though sometimes I had a hard time to figure out where you're looking at and barely had time to catch my breath. You and Jua... read more
Loved our time with Yoko!!! We had a few short days in Tokyo and we love getting a guide for part of our trip so we can learn more out the history and culture of the places we travel. Yoko did not disappoint! She took us to all the places on our list and showed us a few extra things. Loved every minute!!
Thank you so much for such a sweet review. I'm glad that you could find a Netsuke at that antique shop. The weather was also great when we traveled around Tokyo. It was a great pleasure for me to meet you and your wonderful husband. I hope I can see you soon with your daughters soon. Please take good care of yourself till then!! Thank you again.
Me and my daughter had a full day w Yoko. It could not have been better where she shared her knowledge on all the spots she brought us to. We will highly recomend Yoko and you will not be disappointed.
Thank you so much for your review. It was a great day meeting you and your beautiful daughter Emma. I had a great time walking and talking with both of you and it was a pleasure for me seeing both of you appreciating Japanese culture very much. I hope you enjoy the Karate tournament and Osaka, too. Please come again at the Sakura season!!
Let me start by saying Yoko speaks English well with little to no accent which is a huge plus in a guide. She is knowledgeable in Japanese history. We spent an entire day with her and she introduced us to the amazing sites at Nikko. If you want to experience Japanese history (2hr trip from Tokyo) a visit to Nikko is a must and you can not go wrong with Yoko.
Thank you so much for your excellent review. It was a great pleasure for me to enjoy the beautiful Autumn foliage of Nikko with a very intelligent couple like you and Nicole. I appreciated the way you were amazed at each sites and enjoying them to full extent. Please send my best regards to your beautiful lovely wife, Nicole. I will be looking forward to seeing with your kids in the future. Thank you again for everything.
When I decided to participate in a Japanese-only sample-making workshop in Kappabashi, I decided to look for a translator who might be able to act as a guide as well! In my search, I ran across Yoko's profile and messaged her with my plans. She was enthusiastic and ready to accept the task, and she quickly got to work arranging the reservation with the sample shop and building an itinerary to tour Asakusa and Sensoji temple as well. Even a typhoon couldn't stop our plans, and Yoko was very flexible in postponing our tour. She even helped by splitting up our days so I could take the workshop later when the sample shop remained closed on the day of our Asakusa tour. I had a wonderful time learning about Japanese culture and practicing the language as she drilled me on various sign kanji and ... read more
Thank you so much for writing an excellent review, Chris!! It was so much fun exploring Asakusa having Kagetsudo "Melon Pan" and Kibidango etc. It was too bad that the typhoon forced to change the schedule, but I felt lucky you could change your schedule and have the Sample Making Experience Workshop at the second leg of your trip. 想像以上に日本語を知っていて、ビックリしました。I will be looking forward to seeing you again and going to Nikko the next time soon. 日本語の勉強頑張ってください。次回また色々お話しできるのを楽しみにしてます。