If you are interested in thrilling experiences when you're away, I'd like to offer an exclusively thrilling tour by riverboat. You'd be on board at Hamarikyu for Aasakusa. It takes about 60 minutes, and you will get another city view of Tokyo from water. In Aasakusa, you will have a range of lunch options, enjoy shopping and visiting historic spots, or try some workshop of Japanese tradition.
What to Expect
1. A new discovery of Tokyo city view from water:
You will find another brand-new view of Tokyo while you're on a riverboat from Hamarikyu to Asakusa. For about 60 minutes, you will pass by Tsukiji, where there is one of the biggest wholesale markets in the world. Also, you will pass by Ryogoku, which is home to Japan's signature sport, sumo, and Edo-era's culture.
2. Asakusa full of Japanese-twist experiences
When reaching Asakusa by riverboat, you will be definitely hungry. There in Asakusa is a lot of restaurants and cafes to try a wide range of food and sweets. Also, you will enjoy shopping there. There's the Nakamise Street, which is the temple precinct’s shopping street. You’ll find many traditional craft shops and I'm sure you'd like them. If you are interested in kimono, or Japanese traditional attire, I'd be glad to help you find your one-of-a-kind kimono. If you are or not an expert in traditional Japanese art and crafts, I'd recommend you join some workshops. There are some workshops, where you can experience woodblock printing or hand-made Hanko seals. Don't worry, beginners! You are supposed to take lessons always under professional craftsmen. It won’t be so easy, but you will feel fulfilled and happy to see your own creation. Also, if you’d like, I can arrange some other workshops of Kendo martial art, Ninja training experience, Japanese calligraphy, Japanese tea ceremony, or etc. I'm sure those experiences should remain in your mind even after you're back home.
During July through August in 2018, please check my schedule. From September, my schedule at my present office hasn’t been decided yet. However, if you need me during your stay in Japan, YOU TAKE FIRST PRIORITY! So, please contact me, and I'll reply to you ASAP!
1. Please bring an umbrella or a raincoat in case of rain. The riverboat is equipped with a roof-topped cabin. However, if you'd like a view outside the cabin, that would help you enjoy this tour without worrying about getting cold.
2. Be sure to check how to get to the starting point, Hamarikyu Gardens. The nearest station is Hamamatsu-cho on JR Line. Also, remember you'd have to enter Hamarikyu Gardens to get to the boarding stop (plus, the admission fee is included). I;ll be waiting for you just in front of the entrance of Hamarikyu Gardens at the appointed time.
3. If you'd like to join some workshop of Japanese art and crafts, Kendo martial art, Ninja experience, or etc., please let me know when you sign up for this tour. I'd be pleased to make reservations for you.
4. If you'd like to ride on a rickshaw, please let me know when signing up. I'd be pleased to make reservations for you.
5. Some workshops are NOT designed for small children. Therefore, please make sure how old the youngest participant is.
6. In Asakusa, you are free to try a variety of foods, sweets and drinks@restaurants and cafes, or some designated eating areas. However, please REFRAIN FROM bringing in foods, sweets and drinks within the stores while shopping. Also, NEVER TOUCH any items in stores with your hands "coated with some sauce, sugar, butter or even your mouth's water."
7. Be responsible for your own belongings ANYTIME. You might have heard "Japan's the safest in the world," but strictly speaking it's not true! We do have some (professional or not) pickpockets, especially in tourists' spots in Tokyo.
river boat ticket fee including admission to Hamarikyu Gardens 760 YEN/person (guide), guide fee
What‘s not included
river boat ticket fee including admission to Hamarikyu Gardens 760 YEN/person (you), transportation fee to Hamarikyu Gardens (you←please check the fare), charge for workshop of Japanese woodblock printing (you and guide) 2,160 YEN/person, charge for workshop of hand-made Hanko seals (you and guide) 3,000 YEN/person, Riding a rickshaw lunch (you and guide) 5,000 YEN/2 people, Riding a rickshaw for wheelchair users (you and guide) 8,500 YEN/2 people, Kendo Japanese martial art experience (you and guide) 19,000 YEN/person, Ninja training Experience (you and guide) 6,000 YEN/person, Japanese calligraphy (you and guide) 10,800 YEN/person, Japanese tea ceremony (you and guide) 4,000 YEN/person, lunch or dinner (you and guide) 1,000～2,000 YEN/person, shopping fee (you and guide←10,000～20,000 YEN/person would be enough to buy some items at souvenir shops along the Nakamise Streets), transportation fee from Asakusa (you and guide←please check the fare).
In front of the entrance of Hamarikyu Gardens
10:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 10 people Flexible