What to Expect
In this tour, you can visit four most attractive touring spots combining history and culture: Tsukiji Fish Inner and Outer Market, Hamarikyu garden, Ginza and Asakusa. (If you book another one day tour named 'Popular spots in Tokyo!', you can switch the visiting spot from Asakusa to Ueno or Akihabara.)
Firstly,we'll visit Tsukiji Fish Market which is the largest marine product market in Japan. It consists of two main areas-the inner market and the outer market. We will go to both markets. The inner market is the wholesale market for the professionals where about 480 kinds of marine products are traded. You can meet various kinds of fish and shellfish like tuna, eel, octopus, sea urchin and more! There are about 800 small family-run retail shops in the inner market, each shop has own specialty selling tuna, eel and so on. So you can see not only merchandises but also workers, shops, and the human interactions in Tsukiji. Inside market,intricate narrow streets are like a maze but I'll take you anywhere you're interested in safely. (Tsukiji Inner market will allow to get in maximum 5 people including a guide. If your group is over 5 people, I'll take you only the Outer market.)
At the outer market, there are about 400 retail shops which are open to the public. Almost all kinds of Japanese ingredients and foods can be found here. This is like a kitchen of Japanese cuisine. You can enjoy buying Japanese food, seasonings, tea, knives, dishware, wrapping goods and so on.
Next, we'll walk to Hamarikyu garden (10 minutes). It is a high class Japanese garden in Tokyo which has about 340- year history. It's used as a detached residence of Tokugawa shogun's family in the Edo era and a guesthouse for foreign diplomats and royal families in the Meiji era. In February 2015, Prince William (England) visited this garden and experienced the tea ceremony. One of the greatest thing is that you can drink finely powdered green tea and a seasonal Japanese confectionery in the tea house which is located in the middle of the pond. Shoguns, ladies and Imperial Court nobles enjoyed the view from here. Why don't you enjoy the tea and sweet while send your thoughts back in time to these eras.
After that, we will take a taxi (about 10 minutes) and visit Ginza where has the cutting edge and sophisticated products to shoppers.
We will have lunch in Ginza.
Lastly, we'll go to Asakusa. It preserves the old atmosphere of Edo era and it's a vivid town. On the way to Sensoji temple, we can enjoy shopping at Nakamise shopping street. It's very fun to see so many kinds of traditional crafts, sweets and souvenirs. Sweets like a small pancake stuffed with red bean paste and rice crackers are famous here. There are several specialized Kimono shops in this area. If you're interested in some particular shops like Kimono, Japanese folding fan or hand towels, I can take you these shops.
(If you book another tour of mine 'Popular spots in Tokyo!' on another day, you can switch the place from Asakusa to Ueno or Akihabara. If you choose Ueno, we'll visit Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Kiyomizu Kannon Do in Ueno park and Ameyoko shopping street. If you choose Akihabara, we'll walk around Akihabara district and if you'd like to visit a maid cafe or other particular shops, I can take you there.)
If you have any questions or requests, please send me a message. I'll reply as soon as possible.
*As Tsukiji Inner market will be closed and the new market will be opened in Toyosu on November 2016, the tour itinerary will be changed after that.
I'd like to make your trip a real pleasant one. I 'm really looking forward to meeting you in my tour!
Thank you, Arigatou!