|Meeting Point||At your hotel in 23wards in Tokyo|
|Departure||09:30 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||2 ~ 4|
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.
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|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!