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Ueno & Yanaka - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening

4 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Would you like to explore Ueno, full of tradition and art?
It's a walking tour which encompasses a visit to a park, museums, temples, shrines, and back alleys.
Yanaka walking is an optional for old town lovers.
Like shopping? We'll also go to Ameyoko street which an Asian maze-like market.
In early April, we also take in the soothing sight of cherry blossoms.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi(T-chan).

  • The numbered photos correspond to the following: we will visit #1-7, and 1 or 2 places from the options below.
  • 1. Tokyo National Museum (National treasures, art pieces and Samurai armors = 1-2hrs, entrance fee 620JPY, age over 70 years old and younger under 18 years old = free by showing ID)
  • 2. National Museum of Western Art (sculptures such as Rodin, outside only = free of charge)
  • 3. Shinobazu pond & Benzai Hall (lotus flowers in summer, Buddhist temple on the island)
  • 4. Kiyomizu Hall (Buddhist temple)
  • 5.Hanaszono Inari Shrine (dozens of rod trii gates - Shintoism)
  • 6. Toshogu Shrine (golden gate and beautiful decorations, Shintoism, 30min, entrance fee 500JPY )
  • 7. Ueno Daibutsu (just the face portion of Buddha, a symbol of a god “surviving all odds”.)
  • Option A: Yanaka walking and Asakura museum (walking in old town = 1 hours or more, taxi fee approx. 900JPY required.)
  • Option B:Ueno zoo (panda bears, polar bears and monkey mountains are popular.= 1.5 hours or more, entrance fee 600JPY)
  • Option C: Boat rental at Shinobazu pond (30min, rental fee: 700JPY)
  • Option D: Ameyoko shopping street (Asian maze-like market = 30min or more strolling, lunch and evening beer)
  • Option E: Museum of Downtown Customs (showcases of the history and life in old days= 30min, fee 300JPY
  • Option F : Kanei-ji Buddhist Temple (It was one of the largest and wealthiest temples in the city 400 years ago.= 30min)
  • Option G: Visiting Asakusa area by subway (shrine, temple and shopping street =1.5hrs.)
  • Option H: Drop off at Tokyo SkyTree (please visit the observatory deck by yourself = 30min)
  • Opion I: Shopping at Akihabara (1.5hrs.)
  • Option J Shopping at Nippori Fabric Town (1 to 2 hrs.)

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What to Expect

We will see the best Ueno has to offer!
Cherry blossoms are an extra delight in March and early April.

We'll learn about our history and enjoy national treasures at Tokyo National Museum.
You can enjoy street food by Shinobazu pond or we'll have some scrumptious food at Ameyoko street for lunch.
In the evening, we'll grab a beer at an intimate old-fashioned pub.

Please choose morning, afternoon or evening tour, depending on your preference.

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama) or Ueno station.
Ending Point At the final destination or Ueno staiton.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

= Transportation fee(you and guide), guide transportation to Central Tokyo (1,000JPY = given to the guide directly on the day of the tour),
= Food/ drinks (you and guide, if necessary)
= Entrance fee (you and guide) i.e. Entrance fee for National Museum 620 JPY (Guide has a pass)
= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.


I may be able to move things around for those who book me for at least two days. This means, if I can reschedule some appointments in closed slots, I will be able to reopen them for multiple day bookings. It's not guaranteed, but it's worth a try! Send me a message :‑)

= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/ hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.

PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours and custom tours) = 1,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 20 to April 30
>>> Autumn : September 25 to November 10

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).

Museums and zoo are closed on Mondays. Asakura museum is closed on Thursdays.
The time and order of itinerary may change due to weather and other condition on the day.
FOOD RESTRICTIONS : Please let me know beforehand so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 90 )
4.9 (90) Reviews
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Annette Annette Australia ( Family with kids )
5 days ago

“ Fantastic tour! ”

We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x


Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!

Kristina Kristina Australia ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Great day in Tokyo with a large family group ”

We spent a fabulous day with T-Chan! She was organised, knowledgeable, polite, expert and caring. She took us to the places we were interested in but enhanced our itinerary further with other suggestions and places. We fit a lot in the day but didn’t feel overly rushed. Our relatively young children also enjoyed the day very much which can be challenging. T-Chan even provided us with summary notes at the end of the day of everything we had seen. Really great! Thank you so much T-Chan!


Thank you, K-chan! So delighted to know that all of you enjoyed our tour. I did, too. We were so lucky that we were able to take group photos with two sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku! The atmosphere in Asakusa was still quite festive with its New Year decor. The highlight of the tour was Harajuku. The girls really liked the store and said “I want to buy everything here!” It was hard to leave as there were so many cute stuff, wasn’t it? Next time, let’s take a Purikura photo together! Hope to see you again.

Wendy Wendy Australia ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Shinjuku Tour ”

Thank you so much Toshi for accomodating our large group during very busy times. You went out of your way to help us organise the bookings with our JR passes & then it was down to the fun stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed your tour & appreciated the maps you gave us at the end to help us. Your suggestions you emailed to us after our tour as to other activities the kids might enjoy and what train line to use when we returned to a different area of Tokyo were also greatly appreciated. You went above & beyond so thank you 😊


Thank you, Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear my travel tips helped you. It was fun to see all of you enjoy our tour! The weather was very cooperative that day. The Meiji Jingu Shrine grounds was so serene that we totally forgot we were in the center of a big city. Don’t you think so? Harajuku has been my favorite place since I was a teenager. One day is not enough to check out all trendy stores. Did you go to Kabukicho at night? It’s quite different compared to what we saw in the morning. Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. A different season is also good. Hope to see you again!

Shyam Shyam United States ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Best time spent on a layover ever! ”

I was on a 12 hour layover from Narita airport so I decided to take a tour of Tokyo in that time. I booked Toshi in that time and I was surprised to find out that I could customize the tour to whatever I wanted, so I picked the tour and settled the timing of everything with her. The tour was really thorough and expansivr as Toshi seemed to know everything about Tokyo and Japan, If I had a question then I just had to point and ask and I would get a detailed explanation. Aside from the main tour Toshi was really nice, I have a leg surgery so we took breaks when necessary and she helped us with the train tickets and everything. She even helped us reschedule some train tickets when the tour was technically over which she didnt have to do but she helped us with it anyway. I totally recomend Tos... read more


Thank you, Shyam. So delighted to know you and your son had a meaningful time with me. (I did, too!) It was fortunate that we saw some of the New Year traditions and the early blooming of cherry blossoms in Asakusa. The view from Roppongi hills was breathtaking, wasn’t it? Tokyo is quite a big city, indeed. We barely even scratched the surface of Tokyo! Please stay for a couple days next time. Let's go to an animal café in Harajuku together!

Todd Todd United States
4 weeks ago

“ Great first day in Tokyo tour ”

My daughter and I had a very nice day with Toshi. During it, we visited the Asakusa – Sensoji Temple, tasted melon pan (sweet bread), took in sweeping views of Tokyo from the 46th floor of the Shiodome, visited Miyazaki’s Giant Clock, saw where the Olympic village and venues were being completed, and generally had a wonderful time. Thank you Toshi.


Thank you, Todd! So glad you enjoyed the traditional Japanese atmosphere in Asakusa. The atmosphere was quite festive with its New Year decor. We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day on our tour. Your daughter’s omikuji (fortune-telling paper strip) appears to be true as it said she has good travel luck. The view of Tokyo Bay from Odaiba was breathtaking, wasn’t it? Please come back for the cherry blossom season. It's one of the greatest attractions in Tokyo!

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