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

by Aki
(20) Reviews
3:30h $ 125 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • 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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124.60 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 35.60
Extra person.
$ 15.57

Overview

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.

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

I can guide you in Kyoto, Kagawa(Shikoku) and Okinawa.
If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.
I would appreciate it if you could give me an inquiry about the availability at least two weeks before the day of the tour.

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

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
Depart From
Tokyo
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
Duration
3:30 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people   Flexible

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. If the time is likely to exceed the duration of a tour, please pay the extra fee.
The rate of the extra fee is same as the extra-hour fee. Please pay the extra fee when you book.
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, van and minibus according to your request.
The cost varies, depending on type of car, time and mileage.
For example, it costs approximately $155 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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.
Reviews ( 20 )
Excellent
1 week ago |   by Chris

“ Excellent tour of Tokyo ”

We enjoyed working with Aki very much during our recent trip. Many Thanks

Good
1 month ago |   by Pervin

“ Tokyo & Kamakura ”

We were a group of 6 for Tokyo tour and 4 for Kamakura. Aki is a good guide; very patient, polite and professional. He knows the subject matter and explains well; sometimes we wished he gave us more details or background history. He gave us an excellent orientation of the subway stations and how the Japanese rail system worked. We wished he did a better of job of time management. Eg. in Tokyo, the Imperial Palace which was the first place we visited we spent too much time; actually you can do this without a guide and at Kamakura we again spent too much time at the first sight Engakuji temple; as a result we then had to rush around. Also Aki should have done a better research for taking us for lunch; because when lunch time came, we had to scramble and look for restaurants and in Tokyo we wound up eating at a very mediocre place.

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Robert

“ Tokyo and Yokohama ”

Aki was the perfect guide, he was friendly, helpful,and showed us all that we wanted to see ,plus more.without his expert knowledge on Tokyo and Yokohama, we would have missed so much

Excellent
3 months ago |   by Alan

“ The Imperial Palace and First Impressions ”

We are grateful that we were able to spend half a day with Aki at the beginning of our stay in Tokyo. He was engaging, helpful, and the perfect Host for Tokyo. His initiative, concern for our well-being, attention to detail and service orientation were impressive. The best compliment I can give is that we are very much looking forward to spending our next tour - in Nikko on Monday - with Aki! Can't wait!

Excellent
7 months ago |   by Elizabeth

“ Wonderful and caring guide ”

We enjoyed our day with Aki. In advance of our tour of Hakone, Aki checked in several times to confirm the time, the itinerary and even give us clothing suggestions due to the weather. He also purchased train tickets for us in advance so that we were guaranteed to get a seat. He gave us interesting facts about the area and was seamless in his navigation during a very crowded time in Hakone. Aki also went above and beyond by staying with us to make sure we got to our ryokan at the end of the tour. His English and knowledge of the area are excellent. He is easy-going and friendly. I highly recommend a tour with Aki.

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