Concise Japanese history tour. Recommended especially for those who like to overview Japan’s history and art at the start and the end of your trip. Focusing on the early modern era in Ueno Park, we survey the entire history at Japanese Gallery in Tokyo National Museum. It’s not in a lecture style, but in relaxed, interactive way. Why don’t you share its real treasures with me, an Ueno local?
Feel free to personalize this offer with Tomoko.
1.Fun Walk at Ueno Park: Ueno Park is a spacious public park enjoyable to walk around and many excellent museums and Japan’s oldest zoo are located here. Not only that! The whole area was once the grounds of Kaneiji temple, the city’s largest, wealthiest temple in 17th to 19th century. Many historical events happened here. Let’s spot such remains* while walking in beautiful nature with seasonal flowers blooming.
(* statue of Saigo Takamori, Shinobazu Pond, Kiyomizu Kannon hall, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Great Buddha of Ueno, etc.)
2. Tokyo National Museum (Japanese Gallery): We are to appreciate the museum’s Highlights of Japanese Art exhibition. While exploring the exhibition rooms with Japan’s authentic treasures, you can travel from over 10,000 years ago to the late 19th century. Sharing my personal views and answering your questions, I would like to deepen your understanding and make your travel experience unforgettable!
※ In the large museum complex, there are 5 more buildings and a nice gift shop. If you are interested in other exhibitions or have request to extend the tour, I would be glad to be your company.
- guide fee
- transportation fee (you and guide),
- admission fee of Tokyo National Museum (620 yen / adult , if you are under aged 18 or 70 or over, showing your ID will make your admission free)
□ admission fee of Ueno Toshogu Shrine if you want to take a close look at it. ( 500 yen / person) * You can have its general view from outside
□ lunch if needed
Not available on Mondays or the Tuesdays just after National holidays as Tokyo National Museum is closed
★★Kamakura Hiking tour is now temporarily unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoons hitting the area in September & October, 2019.
★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. You can find the counter of a few insurance companies at the airport when you arrive.
★ Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary.
★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.
☆I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me before booking.
※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.
■ Please wear comfortable shoes and outfits for walking.
■ I could extend the tour and guide you to Yanaka * if requested.
＊Yanaka is a nostalgic residential temple town with old houses and lifestyle remaining, just adjacent to Ueno.
■ Maximum number of participants is 6 (taking the convenience of other visitors to the museum considered.)
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
I could tell just by listening to Tomoko's video that she was the person for us. She had a lovely personality and after only being with her for an hour or so, you felt that you had known her for a long time. She took us to some amazing places that no one on their first visit to Tokyo would ever know about. The metro system is very confusing and her knowledge of that was brilliant. I had asked for her to take us for a suchi lunch and she did take us to a really lovely restaurant. We also had some street food with her at the end of the day. She also took a lot of photos of us which she sent to us when she returned home. I fully recommend Tomoko as a guide, she was wonderful.
Thank you for your great review and for finding me out as your Tokyo guide at the first stage of your MYSTERY tour to Asia. Oh, thank you also for assisting me to collect stamps there, hahaha. Although the weather was not much favorable, we laughed a lot and enjoyed many places, such as the traditional garden, Imperial Palace, Ginza, Asakusa, Shinjuku as well as the sushi place and the narrow Yakitori street. I’m sure you will be blessed with lots of happiness this year, 2020! Hope to see you again, Ian & Anne😊
I will start by saying that our day spent with Tomoko felt like a day visiting a good friend. We started off our Japan trip with Tomoko and it was one of the most memorable. I was very hesitant to commit to anything because I have 2 small children aged 5 and 7. There is a lot of walking involved as a tourist throughout Japan and this often was difficult to manage with my 5 year old. Tomoko helped ease these fears by being so incredibly flexible with her schedule and also adding in some spontaneous fun and rest time for the children. Not only that, she came prepared with written material consisting of timelines of Japanese eras with their significance - I referred to these papers throughout our stay in Japan!! She did a wonderful job in giving me a quick overview of the art history too - ... read more
Thank you for your passionate, detailed, great review, Shivani 😊 I’m glad to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your whole trip in Japan and are now settled at home. Depending on the family age, status, and the taste of each member, what we can enjoy will be varied. You love art and history, and your husband has great tastes in best food and advanced technology, while your adorable children are fond of crafts, animals, and trains! Shibuya and Harajuku are very fun places, but I just thought wondering there after visiting so many other places must be exhausting to your little ones. I’m very much proud of your hard work for research, preparation, and arrangement as a mother. Thank you again for sharing fun and heart-warming time with you all. Best wishes to you, Shivani, Rishi, Aasha, and Nirvaan. ... read more
Tomoko met us in our Tokyo hotel & travelled to Hakone area with us. She made the transfers easy. We had a wonderful day with Tomoko providing lots of local knowledge. She doubled checked any information I had given her about our hotel & baggage transfer without prompting. I would highly recommend Tomoko particularly if a group - much better than organised tours. Thank you again Tomoko
Thank you for your great review, Tonya. It’s my pleasure to make tours perfectly fit to the needs of each party. Thank you also for bringing us the perfect weather, which is something I cannot control by double-checking 😊 Excursion to Hakone is very susceptible and changeable to all different conditions, such as weather(wind, rain and snow), traffic, geological situations, and typhoon damage last year, etc. So, even if we prepare, some unexpected thing can happen. I appreciate all your cooperation and it was a very memorable day for me, too. Hope you enjoy all the rest of your journey in Japan, Tonya, Simon, Jade, and Skye⛄
We enjoyed the time with Tomoko. She is knowledgeable and very organised. Mt Fuji is so beautiful in a clear day! Toshogu Shrine is a must visit place, not only the amazing architecture and decoration, but also the beautiful natural surroundings. Local foods are delicious thanks to Tomoko’s recommendation.
Thank you for taking your time to post such a nice review, Amy. Glad to hear you enjoyed the two big excursion to Mt. Fuji (Lake area) and Nikko. I’m impressed with the way you prepared for your family trip and it was my great pleasure to work with you. I hope you get recharged and your children had fun skiing after our tours. Best wishes to you, Emily, and Kevin😊
Highly recommend Tomoko. As first time visitors to Tokyo with Tomoko we covered many and varied aspects of Tokyo. As a large group of 14 (4 adults and 8 older children) Tomoko did a great job engaging with us all and confidently helping us access some very busy areas of Tokyo. We were also lucky enough to see and do some things we never would have experienced without Tomoko. Tomoko was also very responsive leading up to our trip and while we were in Tokyo. Thankyou Tomoko!!
Thank you for your great review, Sean. It was my great pleasure to share the 2 fun days with you all. Yes, we covered so many places from the market, shrines & temples, Imperial Palace, busy downtowns & the cemetery, Samurai place and commoners’ town of old times, and so and so. I greatly appreciate all of your cooperation, even of your children when they needed to wait patiently for the ticket booking, as without it, the tour would not have been that much smooth and fun. Thank you again and the best wishes to your friends and family.