|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|
My family and I had two wonderful Days with Yukiko. On the first day, she met us at our hotel in a beautiful kimono even though it was cold and rainy. We wanted to see old and new Tokyo and she did not fail to give us both sides of this city. She was prepared and mapped the best route possible so we did not waste time waiting or trying to find out where to go. We went to Mejia Shrine, Harajuku, Senso-Ji Temple and Akihabara on the first day and experienced both worlds. We stopped and tried a lot of the moiji with red beans and different types of rice cracker. We had lunch at Maisen for the world's best Tonkatsu meal!! Our second day started with a visit Tsukiji Market which was eye opening. Just watch out for the motorized carts. They do not stop for anyone! The surprising fact that for a fish market, the smell was minimal which attests to the freshness of the seafood. After that we headed out to Kamakura to visit the Big Buddha. The Daibutsu was impressive, but Hase-dera Temple stole the show. Also know as the flower temple, it was stunning! Even though the cherry blossom was not in full bloom, the gardens and layout of the temple was beautiful. Thank you, Yukiko for two wonderful Days in Tokyo
My friend and I booked Yukiko for a one day tour. Leading up to the tour, Yukiko was very responsive and helpful through our online messages. She was accommodating to our needs, patient, and polite. She was prepared with a binder that had pictures to supplement her explanations of history. My friend had expressed a liking to Monchhichi and Yukiko emailed me a few days after our tour to inform my friend of a giant Monchhichi statue she saw at a museum. I thought that was very sweet of her to think of us even after the tour ended. Yukiko also handmade use origami coasters with a thank you note. Overall a great experience!
We had a rough idea of things we wanted to see and do during our day with Yukiko; things like "do something cultural," and "see amazing architecture." Yukiko was extremely responsive and helpful, and came up with great ideas we could choose from. On our tour day, Yukiko met us at our ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). We had a full fun day. Yukiko was a delight, answering all our crazy questions and guiding us through each venue. She even had historical information and little visual aids in a notebook prepared for us! Outstanding. Yukiko has a great, fun attitude, and her attention to detail is bar none. Our day tour with her was definitely a highlight of our trip, and I would book her again without hesitation.
The experience felt like a friend with enthusiasm and very familiar with the places, is showing us around Tokyo. My family and I were not helpless wanderers because of Yukiko's help and knowledge. The conversations, care and patience will be remembered and valued.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Tsukiji with Yukiko! Thank you very much!