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Half day Tokyo tour with Sumida river cruise


Tokyo
5 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour covers a popular sightseeing course; a beautiful Japanese garden called Hamarikyu 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.

Note: From late March to early April, you can enjoy cherry blossoms.

Itinerary

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  • 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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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 (1603-1867). 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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Departure & Return

Depart From Tokyo, Makuhari
Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or the entrance of Hamarikyu garden
Ending Point Asakusa station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

subway or taxi fare: From your hotel to Hamarikyu garden (you )
entrance fee of Hamarikyu garden: General: 300 yen--65 or over: 150 yen-- Child: free (you)
Sumida river cruise fare: adult:740 yen-- Child:370 yen (you)
food and drinks (you)

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 ( 13 )
4.9 (13) Reviews
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LISA LISA United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ The best tour guide we have ever had! Look no further. ”

We have been privileged to travel the world and have had many guides. Eddy will forever stand out as the best tour guide. He was so informative, kind, and it felt like you were spending the day with a relative. We learned so much about the Japanese culture. He packed in a FULL day so that we could see everything we had asked to see. He was extremely organized, and all we had to do was just enjoy the tours. His English is excellent. I would highly recommend Eddy.

Eddy:

Dear Lisa and Steve, Thank you so much for the kind review. I am very happy to hear your words. Although the weather was not very good, we visited many popular spots in Tokyo and saw unique culture. It was good that you got good luck with a sacred lot at Sensoji temple in Asakusa. I also felt lucky to talk with a lovely couple and to learn how to enjoy life. Thank you again and please enjoy your tour in Hakone and Kyoto soon. Eddy.

Gaby Gaby Germany ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Wounderful tour ”

Excellent guide, very informative tour with historical background.

Eddy:

Dear Gaby, Thank you very much for your good review. I think that you came to Tokyo at the best time to see cherry blossoms. I hope that you and your mother made good memories in Japan. And I hope that I will visit Stuttgart, Benz und Porsche Town, in the future. Auf Wiedersehen Eddy

Jacqui Jacqui United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Thank You Eddy ”

It was a pleasure to meet Eddy and learn more about Japanese culture and the area of Chiba. I appreciated his local knowledge and he paced my morning tour well as I had only just arrived in Chiba the previous day.

Eddy:

Dear Jacqui, Thank you for writing such a nice review of my tour so soon. I am very glad you enjoyed the tour. I hope you will come back to Japan again. Best regards, Eddy

Brian Brian United States ( Solo )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Temple tour ”

Eddy, is a very knowledgeable and patient guide. He takes the time to teach and make sure you understand the culture. I would definitely recommend him for your guide.

Eddy:

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. I am pleased that you got some knowledge about Japanese culture. You ate “Unajuu”, grilled eel, at a restaurant near the temple. I think that it was a good experience for you. See you again.

Mona Mona United States
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Amazing day with an amazing guide ”

We had a great day touring the Western part of Tokyo with Eddy. It was our first full day in Tokyo and he was absolutely fantastic. Creating the itinerary with him was easy--he will give you his input and take yours as well to cater a great and feasible experience. We didn't feel rushed through the sights, which was our initial hesitation in booking a guide. He gave some great history of Japan and offered us some clutch phrases in Japanese. He is very kind, professional, and I would highly recommend him to anyone. We wish he could be with us the rest of our trip! Such a great first day largely due to him. Thank you, Eddy!

Eddy:

Thank you very much for your kind review. It is my great pleasure if you were satisfied. I was very happy to go around Tokyo with a nice and smart couple, because you looked happy during the tour. I felt that your positive thinking and good planning make your life good and happy. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your Japan tour. Congratulations on the second anniversary of your marriage.

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