After meeting, by subway to Hakusan station - Koishikawa Botanical Garden - Hatoyama Kaikan - Chinzan-so - Tokyo Cathedral Church - Waseda University(Japanese-style garden and Theater Museum) - at your hotel(break up) or optional one: at a casual Japanese-style bar restaurant called Izakaya ( break up after a two hour supper)
Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroyuki.
You feel greenery in Tokyo, see modern architectures and know more about Japanese history and culture. The following is a summary of destinations in the tour. Besides each place, you can feel atmosphere of Tokyo and various aspects such as daily life of citizens, unique appearance on the way to one by one.
Koishikawa Botanical Garden is a research field of the University of Tokyo which is 160000 square meters and has a long history. Hatoyama Kaikan is the former Hatoyama family's residence characterized by its European-style design and a rose garden. Chinzan-so is now a famous hotel with a large Japanese-style garden but originally a scenic place known for its camellias. Tokyo Cathedral Church is Catholic Church Archdiocese of Tokyo, which was designed by a famous architect and completed in 1964. In the campus of Waseda University(founded in 1882), there are two destinations: Japanese-style garden and Theater Museum. Theater Museum provides you with exhibitions related to traditional Japanese theatrical arts such as kabuki, Noh and so on. But overall. the whole campus interests you on the way to each place. After the tour, if you like, I would like to take you to my favorite Izakaya, a casual Japanese-style bar restaurant as a optional one.
guide fee, hotel pick-up, guide transportation fee
- Your transportation fee(about 500 yen per person)
- Lunch(about 2000 to 3000 yen per person)
- Entrance fee(Koishikawa Botanical Garden: 400 yen per person, Hatoyama kaikan: 600 yen per person)
- Optional supper at Izakaya( about 5000 yen per person) & additional guide fee 1000 yen
We have a walk through the tour in a relaxing manner. It's approximately 6 km distance and takes two hours. It's good to wear light clothes and shoes. Koishikawa Botanical Garden is closed on Mondays. Hatoyama Kaikan is closed on Mondays and during from January to February, and August. Theater Museum have no regular closure but have a plan of special long closure(7 August 2017 - 22 March 2018) due to refurbishment.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Hiroyuki is an amicable, pleasant guide whose English is good but not fluent. We had some questions that he clearly did not understand. Our trip to Nikko was not a success because Hiro was not prepared with a “Plan B’” in mind for the difficulties that we experienced. The difficulties were not his fault: a national holiday that created horrific problems and delays on public transportation and fog that prevented us from seeing 2 out of 3 sites in Nikko. We are 4 very active senior citizens but standing on trains and especially crammed busses for hours was not pleasurable. We could not even see the landscape. Adding the fact that it was foggy was a recipe for disaster. We finally made it to the ropeway and Hiro seemed surprised that we didn’t want to go up. There would be nothing to see ... read more
Hiroyuki was very friendly but sometimes a little hard to understand and we felt that if his grasp of english had been better he would have had a lot of knoledge to impart. The tour was wonderful and we took a lot of photos to remind us of the beauty of this area.
Dear Frans Thank you for joining the tour in the countryside to see waterfalls. I am very surprised to hear that you are very knowledgeable about Japan. I enjoyed accompanying you as a guide. Hiroyuki
Hiroyuki was very flexible and accommodating as we only had a few hours to spend in Tokio. Very nice experience! Wish we had more time to learn more about Japan and its culture.
Dear Carolina Thank you for your good appraisal on my job. I am very pleased that you spent the precious time on experiencing Japanese culture and talking about many things to each other. I am waiting for you to come to Japan again and at that time I would like to accompany you as a guide. Japan is a wonderful country to travel in and it have many things to see. Hiroyuki
Hiro is extremely nice but we are very sorry we used him for our first trip to Japan. It is not fair to have a guide that cannot tell you stories about the places or anything other than the paragraph you read on triplelights I about the sight you are visiting. Hiro really should not be an English tour guide, it was not fair to us, we spent 4 days just following him around from place to place in silence because communication was so poor. We wanted information about the sites we were seeing, but was literally impossible to get an answer from him, it was like pulling teeth, but the tooth didn’t want to come out. Hiro, I hope you are reading this, because we paid triplelight a lot of money and we did not get an English speaking guide and the sad thing is, although you are respectful and... read more
Dear Ronald Thank you for hiring me as a guide. I am seriously taking your comment on my job. Hiroyuki
Hiroyuki is a very knowledgeable man. Teaching me about the history of Japan and the Edo period. I learned a lot from him. It was during Golden Week in Nikko so it was very crowded so we had to change up the itinerary to a walking distance instead of taking a bus. So the tour was a little shorter and went to less places but what can you do? Still had fun and learned a lot. Thank you for the tour.
Dear Eric We walked a lot and despite the 5 hour tour saw and did many things. I am very pleased to hear your good comment about the tour. Japan is a wonderful country to travel in, in which there are many things to see and experience. You are very young, so I hope you will visit Japan again and again and could accompany you as a guide. I wish your happiness and prosperity. Thank you very much! Hiroyuki