What to Expect
This tour is designed for those who would like to make the most of earlier time of the day.
All sample itineraries include nice morning walk in parks, gardens, and sites of quiet Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples. You might encounter local people enjoying their morning walk. The sight of Tokyo’s crowded trains and stations during commuter hours would also be your cultural experience. Refer to the sample suggestions and get the idea! Choose one of the following 4 itineraries or let me know where you want to visit.
1. 1) Ueno Park – a spacious public park with unique history. As Shinobazu Pond is a lotus flowers are beautiful in the morning. 2) Yanaka temple town – Nearly 100 smaller-sized temples are in Yanaka area. Every temple precinct is swept up by the Buddhist monks every early morning and is perfectly clean. Nice calm walking. 3) ‘Asakura Museum of Sculpture’ (designated as Japan’s tangible cultural property/ Japan’s place of scenic beauty) or ‘Rikugien’, traditional Japanese garden (designated as Japan’s special place of scenic beauty)
2. 1) Tsukiji Hongwanji temple – a huge Buddhist temple with its grand main hall of ancient Indian style. 2) Tsukiji outer market – consisting of a few blocks of small retail shops and restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. You can find all sorts of food related goods, knives and fresh seafood. A fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants would be worth trying 3) Hamarikyu garden – a large historical Japanese landscape garden 4) Sumida river cruise – fun way to transfer to Asakusa 5) Asakusa – Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple and its surrounding town, one of the must-visiting spots in Tokyo.
3. 1) View of the Diet Building 2) Imperial Palace Outer Gardens – grand historical site, which used to be the ground of Edo castle 3) Tokyo station area – enjoy the great view of historical architecture of the station and its surrounding financial districts 4) Fukagawa Edo Museum – fun, cute museum where you would feel as if you'd slipped into the lives of the commoners in Edo, old Tokyo 5) Kiyosumi garden, traditional Japanese strolling garden or Fukagawa Fudoson, an atmospheric, impressive Buddhist temple.
4. 1) Zojoji temple – a grand Buddhist temple for Tokugawa Shogun family 2) Tokyo Tower – Eifel tower in Japan? You can see the great view of Tokyo from its ovservatory 3) Meiji Jingu shrine – large, tranquil Shinto shrine with Emperor Meiji as its deity, Atago Jinja shrine - located in the center of Tokyo, famous for its steep historical stairways.