Home Japan Tokyo Tours Walking along the Im...

Walking along the Imperial Palace

by Yuki
(216) Reviews
3h $ 110 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)
read more

Select Date and Travelers

When?
People
110.40 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( from the 6th person ).
$ 27.60
Extra place.
$ 36.80
Assistance to join the special tour to visit inside of the western par....
$ 55.20
Extra hour per group.
$ 36.80

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.

read more
4.6 (216) Reviews
Excellent
 
74%
Very Good
 
22%
Good
 
5%
Poor
 
0%
Horrible
 
0%

Organized by

Yuki Licensed Guide
(216) Reviews
Contact Yuki Response Time: 3 hs

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 on every Monday and Friday.

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.
The wholesale area of Tsukiji moved to Toyosu on October 11th, 2018 but its outer market stays 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.

View More Frequently Asked Questions read more

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 ( 216 )
Daniel Daniel Hungary ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Excellent guide at Tokyo Imperial Palace ”

If you need a private guide tour, then Yuki is the best choice for it. He knows lots of from Japan's history and he gave a perfect Imperial Palace for us and he escorted us to the Tokyo Station at the end of the tour. I can 100% recommend his guide for everybody.

Yuki:

Dear Daniel, Thank you for taking my tour and writing the review with the highest rating. I hope my tour is useful for your travel in Japan. Best regards, Yuki

Michele Michele United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Yuki was the best! ”

We went to Mount Fuji with Yuki last week, and we are so glad we chose him as our guide! Before the trip, we messaged back and forth about the cost of bus vs. train, and Yuki did all of the research to let us know which would be more cost effective. Our hotel was in the Okubo area (not where most easy-to-get-to Shinjuku hotels are), and he willingly met us in the hotel lobby on the morning of the tour. Yuki led the way as soon as we met him. Japan's train/bus stations could get confusing at times, so it was nice to have someone who confidently got us to where we needed to be. Once we got to the Mount Fuji area, Yuki noticed that the clouds were blocking the view of the mountain, and suggested an alternative to what we had planned that day so that we would be able to see it. We drov... read more

Yuki:

Dear Michele, Thank you for taking my tour to Lake Kawaguchi and write such an intensive review. The weather was unpredictable on the day so I did my best to provide you the best tour of mine. It was fortunate for us to see Mt. Fuji on a cloudy day. We planed to visit the Koreito Pagoda to see Mt. Fuji but the clouds blocked Mt. Fuji in the direction so I asked the taxi driver to take us to the west where we found the great view of Mt. Fuji. The DVD we watched at the Kimono Museum was very educational. By all means, it was a good experience for me too. Best regards, Yuki

Bob Bob United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Best time with Yuki ”

Yuki is so knowledgeable and Friendly Always informative and the use of the iPad to show us maps was great. Can’t wait for our next tour with him

Yuki:

Dear Bob, Thank you for taking my tours and write the review before the second tour of Kamakura. You are very friendly persons with good manner. See you tomorrow! Yuki

Carol Carol United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Wonderful guide! ”

My father and I were in Yokohama for a cruise. Since neither of us had been to Japan and neither speak or read Japanese, we decided to hire a guide in order to maximize our time. Yuki turned out to be the perfect choice. My father cannot walk long distances or climb stairs so Yuki took that into consideration when planning our day. He is pleasant to be with and was a pleasure to talk to. His knowledge of Yokohama is extensive and he went out of his way to make our day enjoyable. You will not regret booking a tour with him!

Yuki:

Dear Carol, Thank you for taking my tour and write the review with the highest rating. Your father has a marvelous personality. It was my privilege to spend a day with such a person. Sankei-En was the perfect place for us. Please give my best regards to Mr. Happy. Yuki

Puneet Puneet India ( Family )
Good
2 weeks ago

“ ok guide for tokyo ”

we did a day tour of tokyo with him from our cruise port yokohama, he was ok as he showed us many places on subway, but he never explained much to us about japan or places we saw, moreover he asked us to pay 1 hour extra fees which paid despite of finishing our tour 2 hours early as our free shuttle bus from yokohama railway station to cruise port was at 21:30 (not his fault). in short he was ok.

Yuki:

Dear Puneet, I guided you from 13:30 to 21:30 for 8 hours, which is one hour longer than my regular time duration of 7 hours. So, you didn't lose anything on the day. Instead, you should pay me the extra charge for the 6th person which you didn't mention when you booked me. I asked you the extra charge during the tour. At the moment, I trusted your word and charged you online which you have not paid yet. It was a busy tour so I limited explanation to important ones such as Sakurada-Mon Gate, Main Gate of the Palace, and the origin of Senso-Ji Temple all of which you seems to forget. You spent more time for shopping and eating at Ginza and Takeshita street. You should have asked me if you want to know anything more. Best regards, Yuki

More tours by Yuki

Tokyo tour à la carte

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
7h $ 213 up to 5 people

Best Memories of Hakone

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
10h $ 304 up to 5 people

Best Memories of Yokohama

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
7h $ 213 up to 5 people

Best Memories of Kamakura

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
8h $ 243 up to 5 people

One day tour to Kyoto from Tokyo

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
13h $ 368 up to 5 people

Two days Exploration to Hida Takayama and Shirakawago from T...

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
2 days $ 368 up to 5 people

Mt. Fuji viewing tour from Lake Kawaguchi

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
10h $ 304 up to 5 people

Best Memories of Nikko

(216) Reviews
by Yuki
10h $ 304 up to 5 people

Tokyo Popular Tours & Activities

Tokyo Must-See Places As-You-Like One-Day Tour

(137) Reviews
by Dai
8h $ 294 up to 6 people

Personalized Tokyo Journey

(120) Reviews
by AKIRA
7h $ 202 up to 5 people

One Day Customized Tour in Tokyo

(53) Reviews
by Tomoko
8h $ 294 up to 5 people