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Ueno, Yanaka and Around - Appreciating Nature, Architecture and Culture

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

Ueno is a distinguished place where we can see contrasts between tradition and modernity, and tranquility and vibrancy. We walk around in Ueno Park and drop in at several sites such as museums, a zoo, temples and shrines built for centuries ago.
Ame-Yoko, a retro street market, is a must place to enjoy various cuisines. Don’t miss it!


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  • Ueno Park's beautiful nature - Shinobazu Pond and the forest, Cherry blossoms, Autumn leaves, etc.
  • Traditional buildings - Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Kiyomizu Kannon-do Buddhist hall, etc.
  • Excellent buildings - The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, etc.
  • The Tokyo National Museum and The National Museum of Western Art, the architectures and exhibits
  • Yanaka - a quiet area retaining old atmosphere of Tokyo
  • Ame-Yoko Street - A vibrant and chaotic market having various shops, restaurants and bars

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What to Expect

We stroll in Ueno Park and enjoy watching various scenes including nature and architectures. We visit several sites such as religious facilities and museums. Some of the buildings are designated as Japan’s Important Cultural Properties. For example, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Western Art are placed on our itinerary.

We can also appreciate various exhibits in the museums. At the Tokyo National Museum, which has Japan’s largest collection of more than 100,000 pieces of arts and artifacts including Japan’s representative works such as samurai sword and armor, ceramics, ukiyo-e and Buddhist sculptures.
The National Museum of Western Art, designed by a notable French architect Le Corbusier, is the only site placed on the World Cultural Heritage list in Tokyo. We can find the architectural features of the World Cultural Heritage site and see various Western sculptures and paintings, searching an influence of ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodblock printings, on the works of European impressionists such as Claude Monet.

After visiting Ueno Park, we will go to Yanaka, a residential area which retains traditional atmosphere of good old days of Tokyo.

This tour can be customized according to your request.
Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

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Departure & Return

Depart From Tokyo
Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or Ueno Station both JR and Tokyo Metro
Ending Point At Ueno Station or wherever in Tokyo within the duration of this tour, including your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up(in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel to Ueno Park)

What‘s not included

transportation fare(you and guide), admission fee(you and guide: Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, etc.), meals


The museums are usually closed on Mondays and some specific days.

I can guide you in Okinawa and Kagawa including Naoshima and the other venues of Setouchi Triennale.
If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.

Museums in Ueno Park are usually closed on Mondays and some specific days.

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

Besides guide fee, how much does it cost for this tour?

Although the cost varies according to the situation, a typical cost is approximately 3,500 JPY per person.
- transportation fare: 500 JPY (Hotel - Ueno, for a round trip)
- admission fee to 2 museums: 1,050 JPY (The Tokyo National Museum & The National Museum of Western Art)
- lunch: 2,000 JPY
For more details, please refer to the Questions and Answers below.

How much are the admission fees of the museums?

The Tokyo National Museum:
- Adults: 620 yen
- University Students: 410 yen
- High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70: Free
The National Museum of Western Art:
- Adults: 500 yen
- University Students: 250 yen
- High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 65: Free

What is the price range of lunch in Ueno area?

There are various types of restaurants serving many kinds of cuisines.
The typical price ranges per person are, for example,
- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY
- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY
- A lunch in a Cafe: 1,500 to 2,500 JPY
- A Ramen and a noodle shop: 1,000 JPY approximately

Can you escort me to my hotel?

Yes, I can. In this case, please pay Hotel escort fee.
Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.

Can you pick me up at an airport?

Yes, I can, however, during the daytime only.
If you use Narita Airport, please pay the extra fee.
The rate of the extra fee is same as the extra-hour fee. Please pay the extra-hour fee for two hours when you book.
In case of Haneda Airport, you don't need to pay the extra fee.

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 ( 48 )
4.7 (48) Reviews
Very Good
jerry Jerry United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Invaluable ”

We spent three days with Aki, exploring the Setouchi Trienniale , using Takamatsu as a home base. We never could have done this without him. We had a great time. Thanks again Aki.


Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! I enjoyed touring around the Setouchi islands and had a wonderful time with you too. Thanks for coming to Takamatsu and having me as your guide! Sincerely, Akio

Jerome Jerome Israel ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Aki gave us a great opportunity to experience Kamakura in a tight schedule ”

We had only 5 hours to visit Kamakura....and gave Aki an almost impossible mission. He succeeded! We saw all of the major sites and enjoyed the wonderful explanations that Aki provided with clear and nuanced English.


Dear Jerome, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! That's very nice of you to say. I hope you are all fine after the tour on a hot day. It was my pleasure to have guided you around Kamakura. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Robin Robin United States ( Friends )
7 months ago

“ Aki provided all we had hoped ”

Aki was a great guide. He took us to all the places we were interested in and was flexible in his plans given our interests and needs. He clearly knew his way around the island and all the museums. Couldn't have asked for more.


Dear Robin, Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such an excellent review! It was my pleasure to have guided you around Naoshima. I enjoyed touring with you too. It was fun to bike around the island! I hope you enjoyed your stay on the beautiful island. Thanks for coming to Naoshima and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Janis Janis United States ( Friends )
7 months ago

“ Naoshima Island ”

From Osaka, with Aki guiding us, we arrived on Naoshima. If it weren’t for Aki I’m afraid we’d still be wandering aimlessly around. While on the island; Aki’s knowledge of the architect represented here and the designers/artists was great. With his guidance we could just follow as had clear understanding Of how to navigate the island. This provided a pleasureable day. As I got a sense of his services and then began arranging the itinerary, Aki was incredibly quick in his responses to my many online questions. He speaks English very well. One can’t go wrong with Aki’s guidance


Dear Janis, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! It's a great pleasure for me to have guided you around a beautiful island, Naoshima. I also enjoyed touring and had a pleasant time with you. It was very nice to meet you! I hope you have a good day and go back to your home safely. Please convey my regards to your husband and friends. Thanks for coming to Naoshima and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Kelli Kelli Japan
7 months ago

“ Tour of Nikko ”

Aki was a very knowledgeable and accommodating tour guide! We had to reduce our time in Nikko by an hour and Aki was able to manage the schedule with ease while still covering everything we wanted to see. We learned a lot and a had beautiful day exploring. I would absolutely recommend him as a guide!


Dear Kelli, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed a day in Nikko. I enjoyed touring with you too. I hope you are all fine after a day tour on a hot day. Thanks for coming to Nikko and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

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