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Walking along the Imperial Palace

by Yuki
(144) Reviews
3h $ 107 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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Extras (optional)

Extra person ( Additional charge is required from the 6th person inclu....
$ 17.80
Extra place.
$ 26.70
Assistance to join the special tour to visit inside of the western par....
$ 53.40

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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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.

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 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
Hotel pick up
What‘s not included
transportation cost of you and the guide
lunch, dinner, entrance fee (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 ( 144 )
Mariclaire Mariclaire United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Full day visit to Tokyo ”

Yuki put together a very nice Tokyo itinerary incorporating the 3 places I indicated to him that I woulf like to visit. He was very prompt, organized, knowledgeable, and personable. I highly recommend him as a guide.

Yuki:

Dear Mariclaire, Thank you for writing the review of my tour so soon. Please enjoy your stay in Japan. Best regards, Yuki

Pat Pat United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Very effective guide ”

Yuki is knowledgeable and informative. Given a rainy day, he was very flexible in changing our plans and making alternate arrangements to meet our needs. He gave us a great day in Hakone, even if we couldn't see Mt. Fuji... including arranging for a private onsen. He even went out of his way to accompany us to a hard-to-find restaurant.

Yuki:

Dear Pat, Thank you for writing the nice review of yesterday’s tour. Unfortunately, it rained but we took advantage of it, I am glad you like museums in Hakone. Best regards, Yuki

Hanisha Hanisha Malaysia ( Family )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Tokyo & Yokohama Tours ”

Yuki was an exceptional guide - We would definitely recommend him to anyone as he is very punctual and organized. He had previously requested for places for us to visit & organized the tour as requested. We had 2 great days with him. He made great suggestions and the tour was better than we expected. He is also very informative & friendly - The tour was well paced and well planned. He was flexible enough to accommodate our last minute changes (starting the tour later than usual etc). Yuki also took us to some great places to eat (Ramen & Tempura) which provided memorable experiences in places we simply would not have gone on our own. Thank Yuki!

Yuki:

Dear Hanisha, Thank you for your review of my tours. Lunch is an important part of my tour. I am very grad you like the Ramen and Tempura restaurants. Best regards, Yuki

William William United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Flexible and informative ”

Wen we were hit by a heavy rain, Yuki readjusted our schedule so that we were out of the weather while travelling to our next destination, then picked up our original route once the rain stopped. It was important that I be at a private residence by a specific time, and he made that happen right on schedule. Unlike some guides I've had, he did not feel the need to chat incessantly. I liked that. I will use him again on my next trip.

Yuki:

Dear William, Thank you for writing a review of my tour. I was my pleasure to guide you my favorite places. We were lucky to continue our tour in the Imperial Palace after spending some time at Asakusa to escape from the local heavy rain. Best regards, Yuki

Mary Mary United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Perfect Trip..Perfect Tour Guide ! ”

Yuki has mastered the art of making a first time tourist feel Welcomed and Comfortable in many parts of Japan. We went to the Tsukiji fish market which could have been a crowded maze without the knowledge and skill of Yuki. He taught us about the fish, the skill of the butchers and then we went to a local restaurant where we felt like family and ate the best sushi we ever had. The second tour was a 12 hour tour ,Tokyo to Kyoto. WOW We traveled the Shinkansen (bullet train) ,went to the 1001 Buddhas temple (Sanjusangendo) and to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. He explained the hand washing ritual and guided us thru the proper protocol, Yuri even took the time on the way home to provide a history lesson to my son and I regarding both Religion and history of the Japanese culture. He is both compet... read more

Yuki:

Dear Mary, Thank you very much for the detailed review of my tours. Food is an important part of my tour so I was very happy when you ate the seafood curry in Kyoto. It was very good for you to take my tours in two days so that we could switch the date for Kyoto to avoid Typhoon 21. Best regards, Yuki

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