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The State Guest House & Tea Ceremony

3 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

We will see main building and main garden of Akasaka Palace which is currently in use. Next you will enjoy strolling along the Japanese garden with more than 400 years history. In a tea ceremony room you will drink Matcha with a Japanese sweet.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Yoko.

  • Akasaka Palace
  • The Japanese garden at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
  • Tea ceremony room

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What to Expect

Akasaka Palace provide accommodation for state and official guests of the Japanese government. We will see main building and main garden. This is a rare chance to see the palace which is currently in use. The building itself is the only neo-Baroque European-style in Japan. But you will see Japanese motifs in its elaborate works. With its splendid appearance, its gorgeous and luxurious interior decorations will make you astonished. In the main garden you can buy original souvenirs and have a rest while viewing the Palace in front.
Next you will enjoy strolling along the Japanese garden with more than 400 years history. In a tea ceremony room you will drink Matcha with a Japanese sweet. Through the experience of tea ceremony you will find the spirit of Zen in it.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 13:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Yotsuya Station : JR【Kojimachi Exit AtreB1】or TokyoMetro【Exit 1】
Ending Point Akasaka-mitsuke Station or Nagatacho Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee
Handling charge
State Guest House Admission fee (you and guide)
Green tea and sweets

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch,
Pick-up service is available with additional fee, so feel free to ask.


This tour is available from Thursday to Saturday.

When pick-up service is included in a tour, it is limited to a place within 10 minute walk from a station on JR Yamanote Line or inside the circle of JR Yamanote Line. Outside of the area costs extra.
Please note that my reply could be late when my calendar says not available.
I can also guide you in Kyoto or Shiga, if you pay extra 10000 yen (transportation fee and hotel fee).

* This tour is available from Thursday to Saturday.
* The State Guest House isn't opened on Wednesday.
Regarding Akasaka Palace in the event of receiving distinguished guests at short notice, the scheduled public opening may be cancelled. In this case, cancellation fees will be a matter of consideration.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
I am sorry that a wheel chair is not allowed to be used in The State Guest House.

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
Brian Brian United Kingdom
11 months ago

“ Great Tour ”

Yoko is an excellent guide, who demonstrated very good knowledge. She was extremely helpful and attentive to our needs.


Thank you for your message. It was nice meeting you and I had a good time with you very much. Unfortunately It was a rainy day but you tried to see and know about Japan. It was my pleasure that I could help you. I hope you will enjoy your cruise! Take care yourselves. Yoko

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