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Historical Exploring in Ueno (half day)

by Tomoko
(18) Reviews
3:30h $ 106


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

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105.60 USD

People People
1 person 105.60 USD
2 people 114.40 USD
3 ~ 4 people 132.00 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.68
Hotel pick up (inside Tokyo's 23 wards).
$ 15.84


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 ( 18 )
Joel Joel Belgium ( Couple )
Very Good
6 days ago

“ Very friendly guide ”

We did a one day private excursion with Tomoko to Kamakura from Tokyo. The first thing we noticed is that our guide is a very friendly person by nature. Very social also. The tour was organised to perfection and she took very well care of us. We did a nice nature walk and visited some small shrines and a big one. Tomoko followed up the weather report in detail and adapted our schedule so that we could do everything before the rain came. We recommend this guide who speaks well English also. Joël &Ilse. Flanders. Belgium.


Hi Joël & Ilse! Thank you for taking the time to post such a nice review. It was great fun for me to show you some of my favorite places in Kamakura. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too. It was great relief that we escaped the heavy rain while hiking. Thank you for your information about your country and safety tips while traveling. I’m looking forward to visiting beautiful places in your country someday in the future! Best wishes to you two. 😊 

Jonathan Jonathan United States ( Family )
6 days ago

“ Most amazing tour guide and new friend/family member! ”

My family and I had the most wonderful and unforgettable visit to Japan all thanks to Tomoko’s superb tour and planning before and during our trip. She is not only extremely knowledgeable of Japanese tourist spots and culture but was passionate to fill our minds with all the beautiful things that encompasses Japan's astonishing history. We asked so many questions and she answered happily. We went from Tokyo to Fuji and Tomoko was with us enthusiastically every step of the way. If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish and see so many places in one short day in Tokyo. It was perfect! We don’t consider her a tour guide but now a dear friend...Tomoko, maybe you are even the newest member of the family and we cannot wait to see you on our next Japan adventure, perhaps H... read more


Hi Jon and all, Thank you for the great review. I enjoyed every moment shared with you all. It was a great honor and pleasure for me to have the chance to accompany you on your special life-time occasion! I was impressed with your great appetite not only for good food but for all cultural, historical, and natural beauties of our country. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in a different season at some different beautiful places in Japan. Best wishes to you all! – Your friend and auntie Tomoko😊

julie Julie United States ( Family )
4 weeks ago

“ Tokyo and hakone ”

What a great way to begin our time in japan! Tomoko was a delight to spend our day with! She was always on time, organized, friendly and easy to understand. She made us feel like family! Highly recommend her tour! Thank you again for your time!


Hi Julie and all! Thank you very much for taking your time to posting such a warm review. I’m glad you enjoyed the evening in Tokyo and the full day in Hakone. I really enjoyed the time with you feeling like your old friend. The day in Hakone was just great. Thank you for blowing off the clouds and soothing the strong wind. I’m sure you will have more fun together traveling around the world as you all have eaten the eggs and poured the holy water over the Jizo! Thank you again, Arigato-gozaimashita😊

Konstantin Konstantin Russian Federation ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful, sunny day in Kamakura ”

It was a great tour and we enjoyed it a lot. Tomoko is an enthusiastic and very competent guide who took us for a hike around Kamakura and its highlights. She told us a lot of interesting facts about her home town Kamakura and Japan in general, we would otherwise miss. We are highly impressed by her attitude and dedication, and we could certainly recommend her services.


Hi Konstantin! Thank you very much for posting such a nice review so promptly. Before the tour, I had been worrying about the weather, but you brought beautiful sunshine to Kamakura. The hiking trail was sometimes muddy and slippery, but we enjoyed even that. I’m glad to hear you and your jolly friends from Estonia enjoyed the tour. It was great fun for me talking to you all, too. Especially, I was impressed by the story with some specific examples that you had had some stereotyped images about Japan and Japanese people, but you found out many of them were not true through your real experiences. I agree that it is the joy of traveling abroad. Lastly, I wish the money you washed in the temple will bring you great fortune and happiness😊 Hope to see you again someday!

Marisa Marisa Germany ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Wonderful trip with a wonderful guide ”

Tomoko was an excellent guide that I would definitely recommend to anyone. Her tour allowed us to see so many great places in one day: 1) Zojoji temple and Tokyo Tower (Shiba area)  2) Sensoji temple, Asakusa  3) Kappabashi street (all goods to run restaurants) -here we went to a special japanese knife shop  4) via Butsudan street to Ueno area  5) Local Soba(back wheat) noodle restaurant 6) Ueno station and Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) street  7) Ueno Park - statue of Saigo Takamori, Kiyomizu Kannon temple hall, the face of Great Buddha, Ueno Toshogu shrine, etc.  8) Yanaka area - Kanneji temple, Yanaka cemetary (the last Shogun's tomb), Tennoji temple, and some other small temples and quiet residential area  9) Imperial Palace East Gardens, Outer Gardens, Nijubashi (the double bridg... read more


Hi Marisa and Florian! Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review for me. Yes, we visited so many interesting places just in one day. It’s amazing. I’m proud of you. I’m glad you enjoyed differences of those areas. As you saw, Tokyo has many different faces and features. I genuinely enjoyed the time shared with you. The only thing I regret is that we couldn’t go through the grand gate of Zojoji (Three Emancipation Gate) because it was closed, and we still stay ‘greedy, angry and stupid’ _ hahaha. It’s just a joke. I was impressed how you are nice-hearted and smart. See you someday, again. Take care!😊 Tomoko

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