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Walking along the Imperial Palace

by Yuki
(178) Reviews
3h $ 109 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • 1. Sakuradamon Gate where Naosuke Ii ( corresponding to a prime minister) was assassinated at the end of Edo Period which weakened Tokugawa shogunate.
  • 2. The Stone Bridge which is the entrance of the Imperial Palace, with the view of the Double Bridge and Fushimi Turret.
  • 3. The Tatsumi Turret where you can enjoy the view of the old Edo castle at the end of Samurai period in 19th century.
  • 4. Ohtemon Gate which consists of two doors and the square area called Masugata, typical defense system. There is a original statue of Shachihoko made in Edo period.
  • 5. Doshin guard house and Hyakunin guard house to inspect visiting local lords and guard the castle.
  • 6. Many types of stone walls including a sample of the stone as heavy as 35 tons.
  • 7. Open area with lawn which used to be the main part of Edo castle where we will have a box lunch.
  • 8. Base of the Donjon where you can see the good view of the garden surrounded by modern buildings of Tokyo.
  • 9. A Japanese garden named Ninomaru Teien which is a traditional strolling type garden with pond and trails.
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109.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
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Extras (optional)

Extra person ( Additional charge is required from the 6th person inclu....
$ 18.20
Extra place.
$ 27.30
Assistance to join the special tour to visit inside of the western par....
$ 54.60
Early pick up before 10:00AM.
$ 27.30

What to Expect

This tour will cover all the historic sites in the Imperial Palace. Starting from the stone Bridge and the Double Bridge of the Imperial Palace and ending at the Hirakawa Gate. The tour includes many historic sites of the East Garden which used to be Edo castle such as Tatsumi turret, Ohtemon gate, Hyakunin Gardhouse and a Japanese Garden. I will explain not only about the sites but also their historic background so that you will fully appreciate their values. Since I guided this route more than 50 times during last 2 years as a volunteer, I can provide you a lot of materials to help you understand the explanations depending on your interest.

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Highlights

  • 1. Sakuradamon Gate where Naosuke Ii ( corresponding to a prime minister) was assassinated at the end of Edo Period which weakened Tokugawa shogunate.
  • 2. The Stone Bridge which is the entrance of the Imperial Palace, with the view of the Double Bridge and Fushimi Turret.
  • 3. The Tatsumi Turret where you can enjoy the view of the old Edo castle at the end of Samurai period in 19th century.
  • 4. Ohtemon Gate which consists of two doors and the square area called Masugata, typical defense system. There is a original statue of Shachihoko made in Edo period.
  • 5. Doshin guard house and Hyakunin guard house to inspect visiting local lords and guard the castle.
  • 6. Many types of stone walls including a sample of the stone as heavy as 35 tons.
  • 7. Open area with lawn which used to be the main part of Edo castle where we will have a box lunch.
  • 8. Base of the Donjon where you can see the good view of the garden surrounded by modern buildings of Tokyo.
  • 9. A Japanese garden named Ninomaru Teien which is a traditional strolling type garden with pond and trails.

Important

The east garden is closed every Monday and Friday.

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.
The wholesale area of Tsukiji will move to Toyosu on October 11th, 2018 but its outer market will stay at Tsukiji where we can enjoy good sushi and delicious Japanese foods.
I have a one day tour to Kyoto from Tokyo, but you have to pay the cost of about 30,000 JPY per person for the transportation of you and me.

The western part of the Imperial Palace with its Celemony Hall is not open public.
You can see the stone bridge and the double bridge from outside, and the view is very popular with Fushimi turret.
After the area, I will take you to the East gardens of the Imperial Palace, which is open to public except on Monday and Friday.
If you are eager to look inside of the western part, there is a special tour conducted by the security police twice a day.
The number of its participants is limited by 180 persons per time, but I can help you to take the special tour in the afternoon with additional fee. read more

What‘s included
guide fee
Hotel pick up
Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo
What‘s not included
transportation cost of you
Transportation cost of the guide outside of Tokyo (if you stay outside of Tokyo such as Disneyland)
lunch cost of you and the guide
Meeting Point
At your hotel near the reception
Ending Point
Exit of Imperial Palace
Duration
3 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

What are included in the transportation fee?

They are the fees from your hotel to Sakuradamon or Nijyubashi station.

Where do we have the lunch?

It is your choice, we can buy lunch boxes and eat them during our tour as the tour will end in the afternoon. If you want to take them in a restaurant, we will take you after the tour.

How can I pay for the special tour ?

Please pay me 3000JPY when you can attend the special tour, as the number is limited and there is a possibility that you can not joint the tour.

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 ( 178 )
Susan Susan Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Day in Tokyo ”

Our family enjoyed a Wonderful action packed day touring Tokyo with Yuki. Many many highlights!!! Yuki is an excellent guide - I Highly recommend!! Susan M

Yuki:

Dear Susan, Thank you for writing a review so soon! It was a busy day, but I am glad to know you have enjoyed it. See you tomorrow. Yuki

Robelyn Robelyn United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Yuki is Amazing! ”

Hello Everyone! If you are doing a day tour, Yuki is the best and highly recommended! He gives you historical background of every place we went to and took us shopping to the cheapest places! We will get him again when we come back to Japan for a visit! Thanks Yuki!

Yuki:

Dear Robelyn, Thank you for writing a review of my tour of Tokyo. I was very happy when your family listens to my explanation of each site and gave me questions about our country and people. My tour is very flexible to reflect the interests of the guest so I changed my route to take you to my favorite ramen shop and added Ameyoko discount streets where you bought so many Japanese sweets. I hope your family has enjoyed traveling Japan. Best regards, Yuki

Miho Miho United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Wonderful Day in Kyoto ”

My 11 year old son and I began our trip in Tokyo with Yuki-san. We started the day taking the shinkansen out of Shinagawa Station and taking the local train once in Kyoto to the Fushimi Shrine. We did the Miyabi Tour. We followed the course and had lunch at a delicious tonkatsu restaurant that Yuki-san found for us because of my picky 11 year old eater. The most memorable site for us was the Kinkaku Temple late afternoon. The sunset hit the temple just right and it shone in its beautiful gold color. We were back in Tokyo by 8 p.m. Originally, I thought the 12 hour trip would be too much for my son. Not at all. Time flew by and we were not tired, one bit. My son said, "I want to take another tour with Yuki-san when we come back to Japan". I agree, I highly recommend h... read more

Yuki:

Dear Miho, Thank you very much for writing such a specific review of my tour. It was my pleasure to guide you and your son to Kyoto when it is not so crowded. The day was very fine and mild in the last week of December but it snowed on the next day. Sorry for the walk to find the Tonkatsu restaurant, its entrance was very different from what I expected. I will look for your visit of Japan again. Yuki

Neal Neal United States ( Family )
Very Good
4 weeks ago

“ Toyko day tour ”

Great guide who did all he could to show us this beautiful city under less than optimal conditions. He was keenly aware of how tired we were after traveling the day before from the US.

Yuki:

Dear Neal, Thank you for writing a review of my tour. I am very happy to know you enjoyed my tour. I was glad that your wife could eat Udon without soup. Best regards, Yuki

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

“ Day Tour of Tokyo ”

Thank you for the last minute changes you made to our itinerary in order to ensure our 3 yr old enjoyed the tour as much we did! The photos from all of our stops are beautiful. We had a wonderful time and we really appreciate your help in getting around town stress free. Lunch was also delicious- thank you for the recommendation!

Yuki:

Dear Lalaine, Thank you for the review. I was very glad to see your daughter became happy at the toy street near Tokyo station. I want everyone to be happy during my tour and enjoy good foods to make good memories of Japan. Best regards, Yuki

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