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Historical Exploring in Ueno (half day)

by Tomoko
(71) Reviews
3:30h $ 122


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

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122.20 USD

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1 person 122.20 USD
2 people 141.00 USD
3 ~ 4 people 150.40 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 37.60
Hotel pick up (inside Tokyo's 23 wards).
$ 16.92


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.

★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.

☆ 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 ( 71 )
2 days ago

“ Amazing Tokyo tour ”

I only have good words for Tomoko.. warm, friendly, knowledgeable and gracious. She offered in depth info about each place we visit.. always looking out for our comfort and flexible with the itinerary.. we were able to cover so many places in one day and the tour was just worth it.. will book her again !


Thank you so much for the great review for the tour yesterday, Mercy! It was a hot, humid day with occasional rain, but I’m glad you enjoyed the tour visiting the temple, the garden after the cruise, the origami place, the shrine and downtown popular among anime lovers! I felt happy when I saw your daughters got energized again there. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Please make sure not to leave anything behind and to wear your shoes_ hahaha 😊 Looking forward to seeing you again, dear Mercy, Charlie, Cheriess, Isaiah, and Angela.

greg Greg United States ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ 1/2 Day Tokyo ”

We had a very short amount of time after our cruise to see a few sights in Tokyo. Tomoko setup a few sites for us and arranged an excellent driver for us. We would definitely use Tomoko again when/if we return to Tokyo when we have more time.


Thank you for your great review, Greg! I’m glad you made the best of your limited time in Tokyo. Yes, our driver was very kind and professional Thank you also for your request, which expanded my experience. Looking forward to seeing you again, Greg and Donna 😊

ANTHONY ANTHONY United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ The BEST tour guide in Tokyo! ”

What an incredible first day we just spent in Tokyo with our wonderful tour guide Tomoko. She tailored our day as we requested to include both some history of the city and shrines, as well as the busy shopping areas and the train system. She has a great knowledge of Tokyo and it was an absolute pleasure to spend our day with her learning about Japan. She speaks excellent English and was great at helping us communicate with locals as we navigated the city. We would highly recommend Tomoko to anyone visiting Tokyo and ready for a great day in the city. Tony & Cassidy - Golden, Colorado


Thank you so much for your great review just after the tour, Tony. It was my great pleasure and honor to show you around the city of Tokyo on your first day. Thank you for showing great interest in our history and culture. Starting with both sides of Shinjuku station, we visited the forestry Meiji shrine, explored the different phases of Harajuku town including adorable creatures, Shibuya town, the supermarket, and above all, your daughter’s favorite district! Her knowledge and passion about the figures and anime and her artistic talent impressed me a lot! Thank you, Cassidy, and wishing you have a fruitful autumn semester in Japan. Looking forward to hearing from you again😊

Michael Michael Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Interesting and meaningfull tour ”

We spent 1.5 days in Tokyo (on 10th and 11th of July, 2019) with Tomoko as a private guide. In all honesty, we've have been impressed by her knowledgeable comments, as well as friendly and kind attitude. We also appreciate a great deal of flexibility Tomoko shown in tailoring the program of the tour to our individual interests and circumstances. Not less important, she was very helpful in providing a valuable advice on the practical aspects of being in Tokyo, such as using a transportation system, shopping and eating. We have no hesitation in recommending Tomoko to everybody who considers hiring a private guide in Tokyo. Michael & Faina T.


Thank you for your heart-warming review, Michael & Faina! Glad to hear what I did was helpful for your further stay in Japan. I was impressed by your story I heard at Imperial Palace site. That was very insightful about general human history and the history of where you are originally from. The view we shared at the observatory in Shinjuku is also unforgettable. Thank you again and the best wishes to you and your family. – Tomoko😊

Nick Nick United Kingdom ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Guiding us through our first day in Japan ”

Travelling with family for first time to Japan time spent on first day with Tomoko was so useful. She was great fun, informative & knowledgable. Had a really good day. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.


Thank you for the great review, Nick. I’m glad the guiding on your first day in Tokyo was helpful for you to map out your whole stay with special purpose. It was a very hot day, but I won’t forget the taste of refreshing gelato shared with you and the happy smile of Charlie when we succeeded in finding THAT! SIM, SIM, SIM♪(^^♪ Best wishes to you, Helen, Katie, Charlie, and Dom!

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