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Walking along the Imperial Palace

by Yuki
(228) Reviews
3h $ 113 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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112.80 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( from the 6th person ).
$ 28.20
Extra place.
$ 37.60
Assistance to join the special tour to visit inside of the western par....
$ 56.40
Extra hour per group.
$ 37.60

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 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.

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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 ( 228 )
Fergil Fergil Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
3 hours ago

“ Most cultural experience in Tokyo ”

Yuki went above and beyond and organised a traditional tea ceremony in which I participated whilst wearing a traditional Yukata. I specifically wanted to do this and he arranged it all for me. He was an amazing tour guide taking me to all the places I wanted to see. I highly recommend Yuki!

Yuki:

Dear Fergil, Thank you taking my tour. The tea ceremony is my favorite, but they don't offer it to one person so I joined it. You looked nice with your Kimono! Best regards, Yuki

Joseph Joseph United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Yuki is an excellent guide ”

Yuki knows Tōkyō inside out. He was very accommodating and changed the itinerary at our request on the fly. I highly recommend him. He guided my daughter and I for 2 days.

Yuki:

Dear Joseph, Thank you for taking my tour for two days. The weather was strange but we took the advantage to visit new places. Thank you for accompanying me to the observatory and the Digital Art Museum. Best regards, Yuki

Dan Dan United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ We were very grateful to have Yuki as our guide! ”

Yuki did an excellent job guiding us through the one day "Hakone Memories" trip, starting from meeting us right in our lobby all the way to getting us back at the end of the day. Yuki was consistently knowledgeable about navigating the sometimes complicated travel conveyances. He adjusted our agenda based on weather and our preferences. When some members of our party used their IC Card instead of the Hakone Free Pass ticket at some of the ticket turnstiles, causing the IC Cards to be set to an error state, Yuki got everything straightened out. He made the whole experience seamless and carefree. We even got a momentary view of Mt. Fuji from the Shinkansen, despite most of the day being overcast. We were very thankful to have Yuki as our guide!

Yuki:

Dear Dan, Thank you for taking my tour of Hakone. It was a good tour although we can not see Mt. Fuji very well. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki

Jessica Jessica United States
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Historical Tour of Yokohama ”

I spent two separate half-days with Yuki as my guide in Yokohama. I requested a historical walking tour of Yokohama, which was not previously a set tour, but which Yuki took the time to research and design just for me. He went the extra mile to create easy to understand slides for me on his iPad that he would reveal at key locations and moments, which helped me more easily understand the history of Yokohama in particular, as well as the broader history of Japan. I recommend Yuki to anyone who wants to learn more about Yokohama's history (especially from the 1850's opening to foreign trade until the present), while visiting interesting sightseeing spots and historically important locations in the city.

Yuki:

Dear Jesssica, Thank you for taking my tours and write a nice review with complements. You gave me the change to learn deeper on the history of Yokohama. Based on this opportunity, I can improve my tour for those being interested in Japanese history and related sightseeing spots in Yokohama. I hope you will enjoy your stay in Japan. Best regards, Yuki

Karen Karen United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

Our day in Kyoto is exactly what we were hoping for! We loved getting to experience the Shinkansen which was a great way to get to Kyoto and back. The three sights we saw in Kyoto were fascinating. Yuki provided us with great history and information as we visited the areas. Lunch was a particular highlight. Delicious and unique Kyoto cuisine. We also appreciated Yuki making special arrangements for a taxi to help us get out of the heat on such a hot day. Great way to see the highlights of Kyoto in one day.

Yuki:

Dear Karen, Thank you for taking my tour and write such a nice review on the same day. The Shinkansen makes this tour possible, but I try to make you feel comfortable with the pace. It is my great pleasure to take you my favorite restaurant of Kyoto cuisine at Ponto-Cho. Please give my best regards to your family and mother. Yuki

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