|Meeting Point||At your hotel(23wards in Tokyo)|
|Ending Point||At the nearest station of your hotel|
|Departure||09:30 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 6|
This tour will be conducted except on the second of Tuesday every month. I will take you to Yagirino watashi when only the weather condition will be good.
Shibamata is located in Katushika ward, the east side of Tokyo. It takes about 30 minutes from the central Tokyo. Shibamata is famous for Shibamata Taisyakuten (temple), and Yagirino Watashi (wooden ferry) where remains old atmosphere of the early 20th century. It is also well known for a movie shooting location of a Japanese famous movie 'Otokowa turaiyo (It's tough being a man)' which spanning 48 installments broadcasted from 1967 to 1995.
We'll visit three main attractions of this place- Shibamata Taishyaku Ten Temple, Sculpture Gallery & Japanese Garden, and Yamamototei (Traditional Japanese house). You can enjoy a cup of powdered green tea at Yamamoto-tei.
If the weather is good, we might have a chance to ride on a small wooded ferry called Yagirino Watashi and we will across the Edogawa river.
The main street toward the temple startd from Shibamata station. Many restaurants featuring broiled eel, soba noodle, tempura and Japanese snacks-(such as mugwart dumplings and rice crackers) located on this street. You can enjoy eating these snacks while walking to the temple. This district wasn't seriously damaged during the war, so many historical buildings are still well remained. Many restaurants and shops have more than 100 years old history and keep the nostalgic atmosphere.
When you reach the end of the street, the great wooden carving gate called 'Niten mon' welcomes you. You may be surprised by the detailed carving techniques and skills on this gate and the mail hall.
Shibamata Taisyakuten is famous as a sculpture temple. The present mail hall was built in 1929. It is decorated with excellent detailed sculptures which it is worth seeing. In front of the mail hall, there are several other attractions of this temple such as a magnificent pine tree which is said to be about 500 years old, a statue of Bodhisattva which is believed to cure your illness when visitors rub the statue, and the sacred water which is drinkable and you can get the god's blessing.
One of the highlights of our tour is the Sculpture Gallery. It is designated as a tangible cultural asset in 1991. There are 10 large panels of wooden sculpture expressing the story of Hokekyo Buddhism sutra. Each panel was carved by 10 different sculptors. Especially, the great wave carving is excellent which was carved by 4th and 5th Namino Ihachi. Namino Ihachi was the famous and expert sculptor who was very good at carving waves.
If you already finished sightseeing the central city of Tokyo and still have time, this tour will be a very good opportunity to learn more about other aspect of Tokyo!
I am very looking forward to meeting you in my tour.
Thank you! Arigatou!!
|extra hour.||36.00 USD|
|extra person.||29.70 USD|
From the beginning to the end this was an excellent tour guide and tour. Yukiko was on-time at our hotel to pick us up, dressed with a kimono which impressed us. She is very knowledgeable about the city's history and sites we visited. She showed us how to ride the metro so we could move around the city on our own during the days following her tour. Very accommodating with our requests and suggested sites we liked very much. She is fluent in English and taught us a few words and phrases in Japanese. We strongly recommend Yukiko as your tour guide in Tokyo. Thank you, Yukiko, for making our visit so memorable and we look forward to seeing you again! Arigatou Gozaimasu!
Yukiko is an amazing, talented, knowledgeable, and fun tour guide. From the moment of booking she communicated, made suggestions, altered the itinerary according to our needs and throughout the 2 days we were with her she investigated details and made arrangements for the rest of our trip after we would not be with her. I recommend her without hesitation. You'll be lucky if you are able to schedule her.
From the moment we met Yukiko we felt comfortable, she was so welcoming and explained where we were heading and took care of all our travels. My son wanted to see temples and gardens are he loves landscape photography. Yukiko planned our day perfectly allowing plenty of time to take photos and browse through shops without any rush. My sons 17 & 18 thought she was fantastic and they can be hard to please. She catered for our personal requirements perfectly. We will highly recommend her to anyone we know that plans to visit Japan. Yukiko also gave us some great advise and ideas on how to make to most of the rest of our trip on our own. Thank you so much, we look forward to keeping in touch
Yukiko is the best and I'm not exaggerating! Yukiko was recommended to me by two coworkers who have used her tour guiding services in the past. First of all, Yukiko is fluent in English. Communication will not be an issue. Prior to our arrival, Yukiko corresponded with me over email & asked about our interests and what we would like to see in Tokyo. She took our interests and crafted a detailed "plan of the day." We were able to adjust as needed because she was very flexible about the schedule. Well planned but flexible; that was perfect for us! We mainly wanted someone who can give us the inside scoop about the mysterious inner-market of the Tsukiji Fish Market. Without Yukiko's guidance, we would've missed a ton and been prohibited from seeing many things. She translated what the more friendly fish mongers were explaining to us. (There were many "not so friendly" ones) Yukiko made reservations at a delicious restaurant across from the market away from the long lines & she was instrumental in communicating with our wait staff. Yukiko also help translate for me when I purchased two knives at the famed knife purveyor, Masamoto's. I had the Chinese character of my last name etched in the knives and that would not have been possible without her intervening. She also took us to Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. We learned many insightful things that would not have possible had we gone on our own. She was also extremely kind to my two sons (ages 11 & 7). In fact, they missed her so much they kept asking if Yukiko could join us for another day in Tokyo. Yukiko works very hard, is diligent, and is extremely professional. We hired her for 8 hours, starting with her picking us up at our hotel lobby. Towards the end of the day, the subway had some lengthy delays & pushing up against our time limit. Yukiko never made us feel rushed. In fact, she stayed longer than the allotted 8 hours to ensure we got to our dinner destination safely and it had started to rain. I felt really bad because I knew she had to walk in the rain and had to get home to her daughter for dinner. However, she never made us feel rushed. She is truly the best! My boys were disappointed that she couldn't stay with us for dinner. Last tip: Japan is generally a whole country that doesn't expect gratuity for their services provided. However, it does not mean you can't tip Yukiko. We felt she more than earned the gratuity! Just remember to give it to her in an envelope, if possible. The Japanese custom is to not hand money to each other directly. If you are considering a tour guide for Tokyo, look no further. You will not be disappointed! I highly recommend Yukiko!
Yukiko-san is an outstanding guide to have with attention to details. She made our holidays a happy and memorable one.. Not only she heard and guided us, she took her own initiative to write down on a piece of paper in Japanese on some of the special request when dining. Thank you very much Yukiko.