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Historical Exploring in Ueno (half day)

by Tomoko
(29) Reviews
3:30h $ 118


  • Ueno Park (walking in nature and visiting historical spots)
  • Tokyo National Museum (Japanese Gallery)

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117.85 USD

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1 person 117.85 USD
2 people 127.40 USD
3 ~ 4 people 136.50 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 36.40
Hotel pick up (inside Tokyo's 23 wards).
$ 16.38


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?

What to Expect

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.

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  • Ueno Park (walking in nature and visiting historical spots)
  • Tokyo National Museum (Japanese Gallery)


Not available on Mondays as Tokyo National Museum is closed

★ 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. I will do all I can to keep you away from such risks, of course.

★ The pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards.

☆ Generally, I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me.

※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.)

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
■ 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
Meeting Point
At Parkside Exit (Koen-guchi) of JR Ueno station *I will be waiting just across the street from the exit with a signboard or something you can recognize me
Ending Point
At Tokyo National Museum
3:30 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 29 )
Justine Justine Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Would have been lost without her! ”

My husband and I spent two days with Tomoko as she showed us around Tokyo. We had never been to Japan and only had two days in the city before moving on to Hakuba for a week of skiing. We are so very pleased that we arranged this time with Tomoko. Right from the first contact she demonstrated how well she would look after us. She tailored our trip to show us the things we had expressed an interest in and constantly checked in with us if we wanted to see or experience anything else along the way. As a former teacher, Tomoko is very good at providing detailed information about what she is showing you and you need to be ready for her pop quizzes as you go along ;-) She has a lovely personality and is very nurturing. She is fluent in English and does not hesitate to help you with your tra... read more


Thank you so much Justine for your great review. I’m glad you enjoyed the days in Tokyo and a week of skiing in Hakuba. I wished I could go there, too, with the last train ticket left :) We walked and visited so many places, which made us always hungry. We had a lot of good food, too . The gyoza was superb! Thank you for letting me know your interests, where you stay, and the whole tour plan in Japan. It was helpful when I plan the itinerary. That is one of the fun parts for me, but sometimes I put too many places with the intention of showing as many places as possible. However, as you know, what counts is not the number of places we visit but is how you enjoy them. So, I try to ask my guests how they feel on our way. That’s another fun part of private tours, the fun collaboration! We ... read more

 Susan United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Amazing Time ”

Spent a wonderful two days with Tomoko. Tomoko is very charming and knowledgeable. We told her what we were interested in and she took us to gardens, temples, shrines, markets, museums, and parks which we would have spent days trying to find on our own. We had delicious food, rode the intimidating subway with ease, and learned so much about Japanese culture and history. We enjoyed immensely our two days with Tomoko and I highly recommend her if you want to experience the very best of Japan.


Thank you for your great review! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the 2-day tour with me. It was cold outside, but we walked and did a lot blessed with fine weather. Thank you for telling me your general interests in advance, which made me easier to make up plans. I also thank you for your asking countless questions while we were together. They gave me the chances to reconsider our life, history, customs, etc., which I would take just as a matter of course if not being asked. I will never forget the beautiful crescent we see together on our way back from the Matcha, tea place. That was a real ‘once in a lifetime’ moment 😊

JoAnn JoAnn United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent day Tomoko ”

I reached out Tomoko prior to getting to Japan to arrange a one day tour of Hakone for my parents. Tomoko was very responsive and offered other options as well just in case of bad weather. Hakone was a full day trip for my parents - 10 hours - and they had a blast. Tomoko is an attentive guide and a pleasure to be around. I would not hesitate to use her service again the next time we are in Tokyo.


Thank you for taking your time to post a nice review for me. I’m glad that your parents enjoyed the time in Hakone. I really enjoyed the day with Teresa and Eddie, too. They are very pleasant with warm sense of humor and I felt relieved that they seemed to be enjoying the Hokone song I sang. :) We were so lucky to see Mt. Fuji whole day. Thank you for bringing sunshine😊 It would be great if I can guide you next time when you come to Tokyo. Thank you again!

Jill Jill United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing day in Konokura and Yokohama ”

We had a terrific day with the best guide, Tomoko!!! She was kind, knowledgeable, fun and knew exactly how to navigate the cities. Tomoko is a great guide but we have found a new friend for life in her in Japan. We are a mom and 2 college age sons and loved every minute with Tomoko. We can’t wait to come back and visit new places with her. Best decision we made was hiring Tomoko!


Hi Jill! Thank you for your great review. Yes, that was a memorable day and I enjoyed every second with you and your two young gentlemen😊 The day in Kamakura, Enoshiima, and Yokohama was great. We visited many beautiful places and above all had a lot of good local food! All of your smiles and appreciation made them more delicious! Tanoshikatta-desune. (That was fun) and Oishikatta-desune (Everything was yummy!) I’m looking forward to seeing you again😊 Your Japanese friend, Tomoko

Monique Monique United States ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Absolutely amazing ”

We did an 8 hour tour of Tokyo with Tokomo and she was fabulous! So much knowledge and willing to do whatever we wished. We asked many questions and she was so kind and patient with us. We have already recommended her to our family coming to Tokyo. She was able to answer and tell us anything about The history of Japan along with traditions and cultural information. Thank you so muxh TOKOMO!!


Thank you so much for taking your time to post such a nice review, Monique. It was so much fun for me to share the time and experiences with active and inquisitive young people like you and Ryan. The contrast between serene atmosphere of Meiji Jingu shrine and the packed experience in Tsukiji was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour with you, too. I’m looking forward to seeing your family in Tokyo, and of course yourself again someday! 😊

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