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Private Tour of selected destinations in Tokyo to learn about Japanese History and Culture!!

by Hiroki
(32) Reviews
8:30h $ 167

Highlights

  • 1. Imperial Palace “Japanese Emperor and Shogun”
  • 2. Tsukiji area “Japan’s Food Culture”
  • 3. Hama-rikyu Gardens “Gracious living of Tokugawa Shogun ”
  • 4. Waterbus Cruise “Edo, flourished as City of water way”
  • 5. Asakusa area “Commoner’s culture, Background of Japanese religious tolerance etc.”
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1 person 167.40 USD
2 ~ 3 people 186.00 USD
4 people 213.90 USD
5 people 241.80 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Overview

It’s the private full-day walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, which is good for learning about Japan’s history and culture!! The destinations are strictly selected and combined from the perspective of answering your simple but significant questions about Japan effectively!! Every destination has its own theme to learn about!!

What to Expect

1. Imperial Palace
◆The imperial palace is the Japanese Emperor’s official residence located in the heart of Tokyo, and is approximately 5 kms around. Since it was Edo Castle, the official residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, the leader of the Samurai government during the Edo Period(1603~1868),even now there are Edo Castle remains including the castle gates and guard towers.
2. Tsukiji area
2-1. Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple
◆The current temple rebuild in 1934 has the unique design of being a stone building as a Buddhist temple in Japan, which was based on an ancient Indian-style exterior and influenced by architectural styles drawn from Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Its columns and wide stairs are reminiscent of Greek and Roman architecture.
2-2.Tsukiji Market
◆ Former Fish Market in Tokyo(at the time called Edo) was founded in Nihonbashi(Near Tokyo station) early 17th century. Since then, Nihonbashi Fish Market flourished as the center of food culture for 300 years until it’s in the devastation of The Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Then 12 years later, current Fish Market was founded here in Tsukiji in the year 1935.
Only wholesaler area of Tsukiji market, so called Inner Market relocated to a new market site on October 11,2018,
however, Tsukiji Outer Market has been stayed current site filled with the nostalgic air of its long history, where you can find anything from foods such as fresh fish, fresh meats, vegetables and dried foods, to food-related products such as knives and dinnerware as usual!!
3. Hama-rikyu Gardens
◆”Hama-rikyu Gardens” respectfully dubbed ”Hama Palace where sea breeze blows as a reminder of the Edo era.” was the family garden of the the Tokugawa Shogun. It functioned as an outer fort for Edo Castle that retains a tidal pond of sea water drawn from Edo bay(present Tokyo Bay) called Shioiri-no-ike, 2 duck hunting grounds, and hawking sites.
◆And also,you’ll enjoy tour of traditional teahouses built in the time of 5th Shogun Tsunayoshi and 11th Shogun Ienari, which are reconstructed faithful to the historical resources!!
4. Waterbus Cruise on the Sumida River
◆You can enjoy 14 unique bridges and views of the heart of the city while passing under the bridges along the Sumida River. And also,from the river, you can see Tokyo’s new hot spot-the Tokyo Skytree!!
5. Asakusa area
◆Traditional Entertainment Area of Asakusa is a typical tourist spot that inherits the energetic downtown area filled with nostalgic air. Once you walk under the large lantern of Kaminarimon(meaning Thunder Gate), there’re many gift shops selling various kinds of Japanese goods on the street of Nakamise-dori. Even now,many shrines and Temples still remain here, and this area is known for its historic atmosphere and warm hospitality!!

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Highlights

  • 1. Imperial Palace “Japanese Emperor and Shogun”
  • 2. Tsukiji area “Japan’s Food Culture”
  • 3. Hama-rikyu Gardens “Gracious living of Tokugawa Shogun ”
  • 4. Waterbus Cruise “Edo, flourished as City of water way”
  • 5. Asakusa area “Commoner’s culture, Background of Japanese religious tolerance etc.”

Important

Please send me message for inquiry about availability for activities regardless of the Availability Calendar.

◆Hama-rikyu Gardens, Cherry blossoms(EST Best Viewing : 3/27~4/4)
◆Waterbus cruise may starts from Hinode pier located 1.4km away from Hama-rikyu Gardens due to the extreme congestion during the cherry blossom viewing period(3/16~4/7).
◆While the inner market's wholesale functions and tuna auctions for businesses relocated to Toyosu Market in October 2018, the Tsukiji Outer Market for personal customers, a lively community of merchants and suppliers of food, kitchen equipment, and some of Tokyo's best restaurants, remains in business and boasts its bustling and nostalgic atmosphere as ever!!(All of images of Tsukiji are taken in late November!!) read more

What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel pick up and drop off in Tokyo, transportation fee(guide), admission fee(guide)
What‘s not included
Transportation fee(you): around 1,500JPY/person(including water bus), Admission fee(you): 300JPY/person(Hama-rikyu Gardens), Lunch(you and guide): around 2,500JPY/person(Sushi restaurant at Tsukiji outer Market), Tea and sweets(if any, you and guide): 720JPY/person(at the teahouse in the garden)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point
At your hotel in Tokyo
Duration
8:30 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

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 ( 32 )
Lee-Ann Lee-Ann United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Tokyo Tour with Hiroki ”

Hiroki San was our local guide in Tokyo for 2 Days. He was excellent and cheerful throughout. Our family of 5 visited many places with Hiroki over 2 days. He planned a personalized itinerary for us. The highlights of which were a personal visit to a Samurai Dojo (Ryuseikan) and Tsukiji Markets (excellent choice for a sushi lunch as well). We absolutely recommend Hiroki as an excellent guide for all things Tokyo.

Hiroki:

Dear Lee-Ann, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my guests had a memorable time !! I and the Grand Master of the Samurai martial arts dojo had a memorable time, too !! Actually, the personal visit to the Dojo has just made a debut to make guests of various ages enjoy Samurai culture including warrior spirits easily after consulting it with the Grand Master. We're so moved by your family's(including 10 years boy)sincere attitude particularly during the Samurai swords appreciation lesson. I think it'd be unforgettable experience for them. And also, it's so wonderful memory for me to enjoy conversation with your cute and smart children !! Thank you again, and please give your family my best regards !! Yours sincerel... read more

David David Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
6 days ago

“ Great Guide with excellent knowledge of Tokyo ”

We had a great afternoon with Hiroki who was very professional and very patient with us as our plane was delayed by 90 minutes so are meeting time was deferred. Hiroki adopted our initial brief to fit our revised timeframe. This started with an introduction to the extensive Metro system to buy tickets for us to use for the next three days. Our tour included the area around the old fish market and its many streets and stalls and an excellent sushi place for lunch. we also visited the Imperial Palace and Yanaka. Hiroki answered all our questions ( even the silly ones) and paced the tour to suit our walking speeds and the time even extended past the planned finishing time. Hiroki -Thanks for great afternoon from David and Margaret ( Australia).

Hiroki:

Dear David, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review !! I'm so glad to hear that the tour was a satisfying one including selected destinations and walking speed for you and your wife !! (Actually, I concerned about your physical conditions as it's just after 11 hs flight!!) And also, I really had a great time with nice couple , and it became really memorable tour for me !! Thank you again, and please give your wife my best regards. Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Stephen Stephen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ One of the best! ”

There is no question that Hiroki is one of the best private guides in Tokyo! He was on-time, courteous, friendly, knowledgable, and organized. Hiroki patiently entertained my questions about Japanese history, culture, religion, and cuisine. I have plans to return to Japan with my family and will make sure to request Hiroki as our guide. I am confident that you will not be disappointed spending a day with Hiroki.

Hiroki:

Dear Stephen, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review!! I really had a great time with you as your extensive questions to the point fullfilled my tour !! Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family !! Best regards, Hiroki

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ This is a must do! ”

It was such a wonderful and memorable day spent with Hirokisan. Hirokisan is a fountain of knowledge, not just about samurais, but Japanese history in general. He taught us SO MUCH, from cemeteries to katanas to samurais to dry moats to the Jomon period, and everything in between. Hirokisan made our last day in Japan very special and he is a consummate professional from beginning to end. You have to book this tour, it is unforgettable. Hirokisan, we thank you so much!!!

Hiroki:

Dear Maria, Thank you very for such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time !! And also, I really had a memorable time with you and your husband. Especially, your unexpected but significant questions led me to realize many things related to cultural differences. (I also really enjoyed cultural exchange!!) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband !! Hiroki

Kim Kim United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Iaido tour ”

Hiroki was amazing. Our train in was delayed an hour but he was able to rearrange things so we could continue with our tour. He was s kind and very easy to understand. We had many tours and guides over our two week vacation but Hiroki was the best!!!! We hope to have him again in the future. He also brought us to and fro the event. He even went out of his way to bring back some items to the school that we had brought. He went out his way to help us and was so sincere.

Hiroki:

Dear Kim, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review!! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time!! I had a great time with you and your family too!! (Having conversations with all of you was really fun.) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family!! Hiroki

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