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Best Japanese Garden of your taste, Tokyo(Half-day)

4 hours
up to 11 people
English ( Professional ), Japanese ( Native ), French ( Beginner )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This is a half-day tour to visit Japanese gardens of your taste with an expert.
With my background as a landscape designer, and personal experience to have visited more than 100 gardens all over the world, I can create a special itinerary of your best interests, season and access.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Kaori.

  • Rikugi-en (六義園) : A traditional massive circular-style garden around a big pond with beautiful bridges and gazebos. A typical garden for a federal lord of mid Edo-period (18th century).
  • Hama-rikyu (浜離宮恩賜庭園) : A traditional garden which used to be a second house of Shogun family (17th century). You can access by boats from Asakusa and there is a cafe serving cold macha.
  • Koishikawa Koraku-en(小石川後楽園 ): A traditional garden created for a side branch of Shogun Family (17th century). Some elements were designed to entertain princesses who married from west side of Japan and miss her home.
  • Shiba-rikyu (旧芝離宮恩賜庭園) : A circular-style garden around pond for a federal lord of Edo period (17th century) which used to face seaside. Dynamically and attractively arranged rocks along garden path.
  • Kiyo-sumi teien( 清澄庭園 ): A traditional garden created for an owner of powerful business group Mitsubishi in late 19th century.
  • Kyu Furukawa-tei (旧古河庭園) : The architecture and rose garden were designed by an English designer, and Japanese garden created by a renowned Japanese gardener, Ueji.
  • Happo-en (八方園): A traditional Japanese garden of a former secretary of 1st Shogun (16th century) built on a sloped topography. They have a collection of bonsai some of which came from Edo period.
  • Hotel New Otani (ホテルニューオータニ): A traditional Japanese garden with dynamic stepped topography and a cascade of water, which history goes back to Edo period.
  • Tonogyato teien(殿ヶ谷戸庭園): A traditional stroll style garden with woods and pond on an unique landscape. It used to be a second house for a rich family in early 20th century.
  • Takao Komanogi teien( 高尾駒木野庭園 ): A traditional private Japanese garden belonged to a local doctor(20th century). Very detailed and well maintained.
  • Yamamoto-tei (山本亭) : A traditional small garden which used to be a private property. You can enjoy the interior of the traditional architecture too.
  • Suikei-en (邃渓園 / 柴又帝釈天): A traditional temple garden which history goes back to Edo period. It is attached to a sculpture museum. You can admire garden from corridors.
  • Kyu-asakura jyutaku (旧朝倉家住宅) : A small private garden which you can enjoy through different shapes of windows of the traditional architecture .
  • Akasaka Intercity Air (赤坂インターシティエア) : A hilly landscape garden around a commercial building. The design is in contemporary finish having a rustic atmosphere using native pants. Must to visit.
  • Giburi Museum and Inokashira Park(ジブリ美術館と井の頭恩賜公園): A roof garden with a robot statue from a renowned Gibri animation 'A castle in the sky.' There are beautiful park and irrigation channel in walking distance.
  • Ginza Six roof garden(銀座シックス屋上庭園) : A roof garden on the central commercial building. By using native plants and water fountain they create refresh space for shoppers.
  • Futako Tamagawa Station(二子玉川駅周辺) : A large roof garden dedicated to wildlife on the station building including fishpond and a contemporary interpreted Japanese Garden in its vicinity.
  • Gotenyama Project (御殿山プロジェクト): A contemporary Japanese garden in a narrow corridor between skyscrapers to recreate a naturalistic landscape using traditional plants and materials. The view from a lobby is breathtaking.
  • Mita Sumitomo Twin Building(住友不動産三田ツインビル): A carpet of moss phlox on the slope behind a skyscrapers. Its contemporary, sharp finish is beyond your imagination.
  • Otemachi Forest(大手町の森) : A landscape project create 'Forest' in the middle of central Tokyo. They use an experimental method to recreate the natural transition to a forest.

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What to Expect

This tour includes following elements,

・Tea break (Traditional Green Tea and Sweet)
・Garden visits (1-2) - explanation of history full of dramas and seasonal plants
・A visit to a Traditional Architecture or museum

List of the garden on highlights are example of traditional and contemporary gardens.
When you book, please answer questionnaire then the guide will choose the best gardens to visit of your taste, season, and access.

Departure & Return

Starting time 13:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Wherever you like in Tokyo
Ending Point Wherever you like in Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

・guide fee
・hotel pick up

What‘s not included

・entrance fee (for you and your guide)
・transportation fee (for you and your guide)
・lunch (for you and your guide)
・fee for optional activity such as wearing kimono, or tea ceremony(for you and your guide)


For a customized tour, I recommend you to book in at least 7 days advance for the best preparation. However, if you already are in Tokyo, please just message me. I will see what I can do.

・If the weather condition became bad during tour, I will replace garden with indoor activities with your consensus.

・The tour will be cancelled if a thunder storm or other heavy rain including typhoon are predicted.

・Please wear comfortable shoes, sun-glass, sun-parasol, or hat and prepare an waterproof jacket in case it rains.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 1 )
5.0 (1) Reviews
Very Good
TODD TODD United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ AMAZING at every level!!! Stop searching, BOOK NOW!!! ”

First, we cannot thank Kaori enough for going out of her way (literally) in making such an AMAZING customized day for us. She exceeded all of our expectations at every level – communication, prepared visual images, knowledge of Japan’s history, culture, and intense subway system. Likewise, she was an incredibly nice and humble person who made us laugh and feel right at home in an enormous city we hadn’t been to before. If she is available do not hesitate to experience Tokyo or anywhere with her!!! We now have memories that will cherish for a lifetime and a new friend because of Kaori. We can’t thank her enough for gifting us such a special and unique day. Stop your search and BOOK KAORI NOW!!! I promise you won’t regret it.

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