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Walking along the Imperial Palace

by Yuki
(188) 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.
  • Optional with extra fee: Inside of the western part of the Imperial Palace by attending the special tour (12:30-15:00)
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109.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( from the 6th person older than 12 ).
$ 27.30
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.
  • Optional with extra fee: Inside of the western part of the Imperial Palace by attending the special tour (12:30-15:00)

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 ( 188 )
Amanda Amanda United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Amazing tour in a day! ”

Yuki was so knowledgeable and had so much insight on our tour. Yuki also helped us learn and use the subway so we were able to spend the next few days navigating the city on our own! Would definitely recommend Yuki!!!

Yuki:

Dear Amanda, Thank you for writing the good review of my tour. It was a cold day, but not too cold to walk around. I am very happy to know that you enjoyed my tour. Please give my best regards to Cole and Sara. Yuki

Gillian Gillian Ireland ( Couple )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Fantastic introduction to Tokyo ”

We had a day long tour with Yuki on the first day of our holidays. It was excellent. We found Yuki to be extremely informative and interesting. We really appreciated the way he explained things and personalised the tour to our tastes. We visited Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji market, Hama-Rykyu Gardens, took a boat trip and ended the day at Sensoji Temple. In addition Yuki brought us to an amazing sushi restaurant for lunch. The food was delicious and there is no way we could have found it on our own. All in all this was a fantastic first day of our holiday and we would have no hesitation in recommending a trip with Yuki to other tourists with similar interests to our own (Japanese history, culture, food).

Yuki:

Dear Gillian, Thank you for the nice review of my tour. It was my great pleasure to guide your party and explain the historical background of each place. I hope my tour helps you to make your tour more interesting and fruitful. Please give my best regards to Cathal, too. Yuki

Lauren Lauren United States
Excellent
3 days ago

“ 31st Bday in Tokyo ”

I spent my 31st Birthday with Yuki as a guide and it was an awesome choice. Yuki was absolutely amazing. He was super kind and knowledgeable. He showed us photos and gave us history of the places we visited. He was also very flexible with time and his English was good. He even guided us to our night tour as my friend and I weren’t sure how to navigate the subway. I would definitely recommend Yuki. Thank You for making my birthday memorable.

Yuki:

Dear Lauren, Thank you for your review of my tour. I feel very happy to know that you enjoyed my tour. Best regards, Yuki

Stacy Stacy United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Excellent Tour ”

I can’t say enough good thing about Yuki. He was just excellent all around. Punctual, Happy, Helpful with Transportation and Good Company. We are Family of four with 2 small kids from USA and they were calling him Uncle Yuki by end of tour. We could enjoy Japan with out any hassle. Good explanation of temple history and He even recommended a nice family restaurant for us that evening. Thank you so Much !! Stacy and Family

Yuki:

Dear Stacy, Thank you for writing the review of my Tokyo tour so soon. I am very happy to know that you and your family enjoyed my tour. Please give my best regards to your family, too. Best regards, Yuki

Charlotte Charlotte United Kingdom ( Family )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ A great tour that was tailored very well for us, and the best sushi meal ever! ”

Yuki was very knowledgable and great at helping us navigate the fish market, explaining what everything meant and how things work here in Japan, and lots about the history of the place and the culture. Highly recommend a tour with him. He also took us to an incredible restaurant for lunch, which we'd never have found on our own. The quality of the sushi we ate was extremely high, and good value for what it was.

Yuki:

Dear Charlotte, Thank you for writing the review of my tour. It was a short tour, but I am grad you have enjoyed it. Best regards, Yuki

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