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by Yoko
(25) Reviews
6h $ 187 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
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187.44 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour(s) (e.g. Ginza/Tokyo National Museum etc.).
$ 29.04

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.

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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

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.

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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 ( 25 )
Amanda Amanda United States ( Friends )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Kamakura 1 Day Trip ”

My friend and I wanted to do some sightseeing outside of Tokyo during the last couple of days of our trip. After consulting with Yoko, we selected a day trip to Kamakura as Nikko would be too busy during the Kouyo (leaf changing) season. Neither of us had visited Kamakura before, so we were hoping to see some places that we couldn’t see by researching the city online prior to our visit. Yoko-san did not disappoint in this area. She was very knowledgeable about the area and the shrines we visited. She also was very prompt with her communication. She catered the trip towards my friend’s difficulty with stairs, and in addition to visiting the famous Buddha statue there, we also saw a very quiet bamboo forest that put the one in Arashiyama to shame. She took pictures of my friend and I... read more

Yoko:

I appreciate your detailed review, Amanda. I love the way you were so eager not to miss anything you can, and going up extra stairs didn't hold you back even after we walked a lot. I'm surprised, however, that you and Tara got the wrong impression on some points. About the omamori, because among young people it is quite popular to get those charms, and your young friend seemed to get all the things she would like to, I just thought she didn't notice the one. I never ever asked if "she didn’t want to find someone." I'm enjoying single life myself.:-) About the diet, I'm afraid of your getting diabetes, an incurable disease that my dad suffers for such a long time. He even had eye surgeries twice, caused by the complications. About how to wear kimono, if you search on the internet,... read more

Alexander Alexander United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Expanding knowledge of Nikko heritage ”

Yoko demonstrated professionalism not only in English language and presentation of the subject of excursion but also in different aspects of religions and culture of Japanese people for better understanding of the country.

Yoko:

Thank you so much for a prompt review, Mr. Mostakov. I was so amazed that both you and your lovely wife had visited Japan so many times and quite familiar with Japanese cuisine. I'm glad that I could contribute to your better understanding of Japanese culture. As we visited the shrines for peace, may peace prevail on earth. Please enjoy the rest of your stay. Please give my regards to your beautiful wife, Mrs. Mostakov. I'll be looking forward to seeing you on your next visit to Japan and wish we could see Nihon Minkaen, folkhouse museum with houses from the Samurai period together next time.

Sarah Sarah United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tokyo tour ”

Yoko was a very nice guide and was very knowledgeable about Tokyo. We had an awesome time exploring Japan, and would definately recommend Yoko to show you around. She was very accommodating to what we wanted to see, and wanted to make sure we made the most of our day. I would book her again for my next trip to Japan.

Yoko:

I appreciate your review, Sarah. I had a wonderful day meeting you and your wonderful parents, Barbara and Robert. The weather was also nice to stroll through the East Gardens and I had a great time myself sharing the time seeing the beautiful sculptures and traditional Washi (Japanese paper) store together and talking about the Nikkei society with you. I will be looking forward to seeing you and your lovely parents in the future. Thank you again!!

Derin Derin United Kingdom ( Solo )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Very passionate and knowledgeable guide ”

Spent 1.5 superb days with Yoko getting to know Tokyo. Yoko demonstrated incredible service way before I arrived in Tokyo. She provided a lot of useful information on arriving, hotels and planning my trip beyond Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Yoko met me promptly at the hotel and took me on the whirlwind tour of Tokyo with a detailed tour the next day. Yoko is very passionate about Tokyo and this comes across in the information and instructions she provides on navigating the city. I saw a great deal - highlights being the fish market and the different shrines. It was incredible. I couldn't have hoped for a better introduction to Japan. The only comments I have that prevents me from rating Yoko a 100% is that at times in being do passionate about is doing guidance I sometimes felt a sch... read more

Yoko:

Thank you so much, Derin, for your review. So many customs are really different. I'm sorry I repeatedly told you about the escalator rules, keeping to the left in Tokyo, which is the opposite with those of London. We won't touch food we're not going to buy, so I was extremely shocked when you touched a Nikkuman at the Market to check if it was soft or not, so I had to tell you about those rules. I saw that you were waiting for people to get off at the station but I said that just to make sure, but I understood that was too much for you. I hope you would enjoy the other parts of Japan and please tell me about your journey when I see you in two weeks. Have a lot of fun!!

SALIK SALIK United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great day in Tokyo! ”

I had a wonderful first full day because Yoko made everything less daunting. I highly recommend her as a private guide as she is fluent in English and knows how to balance visits to culturally enriching sites as well as commercial areas. I would advise everyone to be ready to walk a lot if you want to make the most of this tour.

Yoko:

Thank you, Mr. Shaikh, for such a prompt great review. You're the first guest who had the Geisha experience and Samurai Museum on the same day with visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Nihonbashi, Shiodome and Ginza. Tokyo sightseeing requires a lot of walk, so congratulations on surviving the day.:-) I'm always amazed even they usually won't walk so much, the Americans can do it. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your stay in Tokyo!!

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