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Asakusa and Hama-rikyu gardens half day tour with Sumida river cruise [cherry blossom viewing]

by Eddy
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4h $ 113 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Hama-rikyu gardens ( beautiful Japanese garden, green tea )
  • Sumida river cruise ( one hour to Asakusa, enjoy fresh air and relax )
  • Asakusa (Sensoji temple, Nakamise shopping street, Japanese food restaurants )

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112.80 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 23.50

Overview

This tour covers a very popular sightseeing course; a beautiful Japanese garden called Hama-rikyu garden, Sumida river cruise, and Sensoji temple in Asakusa, which is the most popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo. Through this tour, you can see old and modern Tokyo, and traditional Japanese culture especially in Asakusa. Also, you can enjoy cherry blossoms from late March to early April.

What to Expect

1. Hama-rikyu Garden

Hama-rikyu Garden is a large Japanese garden located by the Tokyo Bay. It is the strolling landscape garden that features paths around ponds, and a tea house on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. A peony garden, plum tree grove and cosmos fields have flowers for every season.

Walking slowly in the quiet and beautiful garden while seeing various flowers and plants is very refreshing. After strolling for a while, it is a good idea to rest at the tea house that offers green tea and Japanese sweets in a tea-ceremony style.

It was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period (**********). It was used as a guesthouse for foreign diplomats and royal families in the Meiji era. In February 2015, Prince William of England visited this garden and experienced the tea ceremony.

2. Sumida River Cruise

From Hama-rikyu garden to Asakusa, we cruise along the Sumida river. The Sumida River Cruise is popular for those who wish to breathe in the fresh air while riding around the city by a large boat. You can relax and enjoy beautiful sceneries including 12 bridges, the Tokyo Sky-Tree, water front buildings, and traditional neighborhoods of old Tokyo.

It takes about one hour from Hamarikyu garden to Asakusa via Hinode pier.

3. Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the must-see-spots of Tokyo having a historical atmosphere.
One of the landmarks of Asakusa is “Kaminari-mon Gate” of the Sensoji temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. A huge red lantern is hung in the center of the gate. Two fearsome guardian gods of thunder and wind are installed at the gate to ward off evil spirits.

The street between the gate and the Main Hall of the temple is called Nakamise shopping arcade. It is the ideal place to see local snacks and souvenirs, such as folding fans, inexpensive kimonos, traditional toys, paper umbrellas, figures of beckoning cats, and more. At the end of the arcade, there are beautiful temple structures including the main gate, the Main Hall, and a tall five-storied pagoda.

Around the Sensoji temple, there are many kinds of restaurants including Japanese food and western food. You can rest and have Japanese food or western food there.

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Organized by Eddy

Licensed Guide
(2) Reviews

Highlights

  • Hama-rikyu gardens ( beautiful Japanese garden, green tea )
  • Sumida river cruise ( one hour to Asakusa, enjoy fresh air and relax )
  • Asakusa (Sensoji temple, Nakamise shopping street, Japanese food restaurants )

Important

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
subway or taxi fare: From your hotel to Hamarikyu garden (you and guide)
entrance fee of Hamarikyu garden: General: 300 yen--65 or over: 150 yen-- Child: free (you)
green tea at Hamarikyu garden: 510 yen (you)
Sumida river cruise fare: adult:740 yen-- Child:370 yen (you)
food and drinks (you)

Depart From
Tokyo, Makuhari
Meeting Point
At your hotel or the entrance of Hamarikyu garden
Ending Point
Asakusa station
Duration
4 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Eddy


Licensed Guide

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello. My name is Eiichi and my nick name is Eddy. So, please call me Eddy because Eiichi is difficult for visitors to pronounce.
I am a licensed guide interpreter certified by Japanese government.

I was born and live in Chiba prefecture, which is next to Tokyo and I have worked in Tokyo for more than 20 years. So, I know Chiba and Tokyo very well. My hobby is ceramic art, golf, and Zen meditation, and I like traveling and reading history books. Based on these experience and knowledge, I will introduce Japanese culture and history.

I used to work as an engineer for one of major electronic manufacturers which exports communication systems and components to overseas. Through the job, I visited many countries including New Zealand where I fortunately stayed for four years with my family. I have found it fun to communicate with people in other countries. So, after my recent retirement, I started to work as a licensed guide interpreter.

I’m looking forward to meeting visitors who are interested in Japanese beautiful nature, unique culture, variety of foods or history.

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Reviews ( 2 )

Very Good
1 week ago |   by Marcy

“ Our Day with Eddy ”

Eddy is a polite gentleman and a thorough and thoughtful guide. More restrained than dynamic, he planned our one day visit with care, adapting to our interests. He gave us a great mini lesson on Japanese language and characters, an overview of Japanese food and even taught us some origami. Arigato Eddy!

Excellent
3 months ago |   by Tuyet

“ It was the best experience with such a short time around tokyo. Love it ”

I have been taking quite a few tours but i’m sure that Eddy was the hard working tour guide i ever knew. He tried his best to let us know about Tokyo, from history to religion, which is very interesting to know. Thank you for guiding us around Tokyo. It’s such a pleasure to meet him.

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