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Harajuku/Omotesando Walking Tour - Sacred Forest, Contemporary Architectures, and Pop Culture


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

Located in between the inner and outer gardens of Meiji Shrine, Harajuku/Omotesando is an especially unique area deeply associated with Japan’s Imperial Household.
We'll visit both traditional and modern sites such as Meiji Shrine, Omotesando boulevard, and backstreets filled with Japan’s pop culture.
I'll deliver the stories of the area and introduce must-see architectures with my explanation.

Itinerary

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  • Visit Meiji Shrine surrounded by the sacred forest
  • See an outstanding architecture built for Tokyo Olympics in 1964
  • Walk down Omotesando street lined with contemporary architectures designed by distinguished architects
  • Feel Japan’s pop culture at the backstreets

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What to Expect

With its sacredness and beautiful landscape, Harajuku/Omotesando has been a magnet for people both from home and abroad. We can see and feel both traditional and modern aspects in the area.

First, we'll visit Meiji Shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. With over 100,000 trees planted, it’s like an oasis in the urban center of Tokyo.
You can see the traditional aspects such as Shinto, Japan’s native religion, and know the history of Imperial Household both deeply ingrained in Japanese culture.

As for the modern aspects, Western culture has been rooted in Harajuku/Omotesando since the end of WWII. It was a venue of Tokyo Olympics in 1964, which spurred the development of the area. We see Yoyogi National Stadium built for Tokyo Olympics in 1964, which is designed by a world-famous Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange.

Then, we'll walk Omotesando, a kilometer boulevard lined with Japanese zelkova trees and flagship shops of famous foreign brands, which is like a showcase of contemporary architectures. We can see the works of world-famous architects including Pritzker Prize winners such as SANAA - Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates, Tadao Ando, Toyo Itoh, Fumihiko Maki, Herzog & de Meuron, and so on.

Finally, we'll visit backstreets dotted with small shops catering for young people, where you can feel Japan’s unique pop culture.

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Departure & Return

Depart From Tokyo
Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or JR Harajuku Station
Ending Point JR Harajuku Station or wherever in Tokyo within the duration of this tour, including your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up (in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel too)

What‘s not included

transportation fare(you and guide), admission fee(you and guide), meals

Important

I can guide you in Okinawa and Kagawa including Naoshima and the other venues of Setouchi Triennale.
If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.

This tour is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes.

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

What is the price range of lunch in Harajuku/Omotesando?

There are various types of restaurants serving many kinds of cuisines.
The typical price ranges per person are, for example,
- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY
- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY
- A lunch in a Cafe: 1,500 to 2,500 JPY
- A Ramen and a noodle shop: 1,000 JPY approximately

Can you escort me to my hotel or other places?

Yes, I can. In this case, please pay Hotel escort fee.
Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.

Can you arrange a private car? How much does it cost for a car?

Yes, I can arrange a private car, and van according to your request.
The cost varies, depending on the type of car, time and mileage.
For example, it costs approximately $175 USD for 4 hours and 2 passengers.

Can you pick me up at an airport?

Yes, I can, however, during the daytime only.
If you use Narita Airport, please pay the extra fee.
The rate of the extra fee is same as the extra-hour fee. Please pay the extra-hour fee for two hours when you book.
In case of Haneda Airport, you don't need to pay the extra fee.

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 ( 47 )
4.7 (47) Reviews
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Jerome Jerome Israel ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Aki gave us a great opportunity to experience Kamakura in a tight schedule ”

We had only 5 hours to visit Kamakura....and gave Aki an almost impossible mission. He succeeded! We saw all of the major sites and enjoyed the wonderful explanations that Aki provided with clear and nuanced English.

Aki:

Dear Jerome, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! That's very nice of you to say. I hope you are all fine after the tour on a hot day. It was my pleasure to have guided you around Kamakura. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Robin Robin United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Aki provided all we had hoped ”

Aki was a great guide. He took us to all the places we were interested in and was flexible in his plans given our interests and needs. He clearly knew his way around the island and all the museums. Couldn't have asked for more.

Aki:

Dear Robin, Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such an excellent review! It was my pleasure to have guided you around Naoshima. I enjoyed touring with you too. It was fun to bike around the island! I hope you enjoyed your stay on the beautiful island. Thanks for coming to Naoshima and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Janis Janis United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Naoshima Island ”

From Osaka, with Aki guiding us, we arrived on Naoshima. If it weren’t for Aki I’m afraid we’d still be wandering aimlessly around. While on the island; Aki’s knowledge of the architect represented here and the designers/artists was great. With his guidance we could just follow as had clear understanding Of how to navigate the island. This provided a pleasureable day. As I got a sense of his services and then began arranging the itinerary, Aki was incredibly quick in his responses to my many online questions. He speaks English very well. One can’t go wrong with Aki’s guidance

Aki:

Dear Janis, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! It's a great pleasure for me to have guided you around a beautiful island, Naoshima. I also enjoyed touring and had a pleasant time with you. It was very nice to meet you! I hope you have a good day and go back to your home safely. Please convey my regards to your husband and friends. Thanks for coming to Naoshima and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Kelli Kelli Japan
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Tour of Nikko ”

Aki was a very knowledgeable and accommodating tour guide! We had to reduce our time in Nikko by an hour and Aki was able to manage the schedule with ease while still covering everything we wanted to see. We learned a lot and a had beautiful day exploring. I would absolutely recommend him as a guide!

Aki:

Dear Kelli, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed a day in Nikko. I enjoyed touring with you too. I hope you are all fine after a day tour on a hot day. Thanks for coming to Nikko and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Nancy Nancy United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ An unusual, beautiful day touring Naoshima ”

Naoshima was a lovely day-trip destination from our port in Takamatsu. Our guide, Aki, arranged for a high speed boat for our 6-member group to travel to and from the island, which was a bracing trip and a great way to go (faster and less crowded than the ferry). We had a lovely day looking at modern art on the island, including the spectacular and very unusual Chichu art museum. Aki was very pleasant, full of information, was easy to understand (his diction is excellent), and knew how to negotiate the island in the most efficient fashion. He helped us order delicious Udon noodles for lunch (the area's famous for them), and was happy to talk about any topic we raised. A lovely, special day.

Aki:

Dear Nancy, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! That’s very kind of you to say. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip to Naoshima. It was really a beautiful day. I also enjoyed touring and had a wonderful time with you, your husband, and your friends. Thanks for coming to Takamatsu and Naoshima! Sincerely, Aki

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