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Walking along the Imperial Palace

by Yuki
(90) Reviews
4h $ 113 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • The Stone Bridge which is the entrance of the Imperial Palace, with the view of the Double Bridge and Fushimi Turret.
  • The Tatsumi Turret where you can enjoy the view of the old Edo castle at the end of Samurai period in 19th century.
  • Ohte Gate which consists of two gates and the square area called Masugata, typical defense system. There is a original statue of Shachihoko made in Edo period.
  • Doshin Guardhouse and Hyakunin Guardhouse to inspect visiting local lords and guard the castle.
  • Many types of stone walls including a sample of the stone as heavy as 35 tons.
  • Open area with lawn which used to be the main part of Edo castle where we will have a box lunch.
  • Base of the Donjon where you can see the good view of the garden surrounded by modern buildings of Tokyo.
  • A Japanese garden named Ninomaru Teien which is a traditional strolling type garden with pond and trails.
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112.80 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( Additional charge is required from the 6th person inclu....
$ 18.80
Extra place.
$ 28.20
Assistance to join the special tour to visit inside of the western par....
$ 28.20
Hotel pick up.
$ 18.80

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, Ohte 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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Organized by Yuki

Licensed Guide
(90) Reviews

Highlights

  • The Stone Bridge which is the entrance of the Imperial Palace, with the view of the Double Bridge and Fushimi Turret.
  • The Tatsumi Turret where you can enjoy the view of the old Edo castle at the end of Samurai period in 19th century.
  • Ohte Gate which consists of two gates and the square area called Masugata, typical defense system. There is a original statue of Shachihoko made in Edo period.
  • Doshin Guardhouse and Hyakunin Guardhouse to inspect visiting local lords and guard the castle.
  • Many types of stone walls including a sample of the stone as heavy as 35 tons.
  • Open area with lawn which used to be the main part of Edo castle where we will have a box lunch.
  • Base of the Donjon where you can see the good view of the garden surrounded by modern buildings of Tokyo.
  • 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.

The western part of Imperial palace is not open public.
You can see the stone bridge and the double bridge from outside, but the view is very popular with Fushimi turret.
After the area, I will take you to the est gardens of 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.

What‘s included
guide fee
transportation cost of the guide
What‘s not included
your transportation cost
lunch, dinner, entrance fee (you and the guide)
Hotel pick up
Meeting Point
Tokyo station Marunouchi North exit
Ending Point
Exit of Imperial Palace
Duration
4 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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Yuki


Licensed Guide

(90) Reviews

Contact Yuki
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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

I've got the license of tour guide in English in 2013. Since then I attended a volunteer group which is providing a tour in the Imperial Palace East Gardens that used to be Edo castle. I guided more than fifty times in the garden as a volunteer and have deep knowledge of Japanese history and culture.
I was born and grew up in Yokohama and I visited many places with my family. I used to work in Tokyo for more than 20 years. I have more than 20 tours to Hakone and Lake Kawaguchi and have been improving my tour. Therefore, I am sure that I can provide you the most impressive tour around Tokyo. It will be my great pleasure to help you to enjoy your stay in Japan. See you in my tours!! read more


Reviews ( 90 )

Excellent
1 week ago |   by Bride

“ Excellent tour ”

Yuki provided us with a wonderful 4 hour tour. We started with a bird's eye view of Tokyo from the world trade center building, then headed to nearby shrine. Afterwards, we toured the Meiji Jingo shrine. Yuki taught us about Shoguns, Emperor rule, Buddhism and Shinto. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We would tour with Yuki again, without question.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Janisah

“ Great experience ”

Mr. Yuki was very accommodating to our requests and was very informative and helpful all throughout our tour!

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Susan

“ Half day tour of Tokyo ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Yuki, visiting the famous fish market and the Imperial palace gardens. Yuki was first class, knowledgeable, competent and his English language skills excellent. Thank you for helping to make our one day in Tokyo memorable.

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Bill

“ Day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo ”

Four of us had a fantastic day touring the sights of Kamakura. Yuki met us at our hotel and that helped streamline our day so we didn’t have to figure out navigating through the train stations. Yuki was very informative in regards to the history at the sights we visited. I would highly recommend Yuki as a tour guide as our day was fun and full of Japanese history. Excellent day tour with Yuki from Tokyo to Kamakura.

Very Good
2 months ago |   by Kenji

“ Very knowledgeable ”

Yuki took us through Tsukiji Fish Market at 10:00 am. Had lots of knowledge of the fish and the operation . Would use him again.

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