4h $ 134 up to 4 people
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Ueno Park and Around - Appreciating Nature, Architecture and Culture

by Aki
(15) Reviews
4h $ 134 up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Ueno Park's beautiful nature - Shinobazu Pond and the forest, Cherry blossoms, Autumn leaves, etc.
  • Traditional buildings - Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Kiyomizu Kannon-do Buddhist hall, etc.
  • Excellent buildings - The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, etc.
  • The Tokyo National Museum, the architecture and exhibits
  • The National Museum of Western Art, the architecture and exhibits
  • Ame-Yoko Street - A vibrant and chaotic market having various shops, restaurants and bars
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133.50 USD

total price for up to 4 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 33.37
Extra person.
$ 17.80

Overview

Ueno is a distinguished place where we can see contrasts between tradition and modernity, and tranquility and vibrancy. We walk around in Ueno Park and drop in at several sites such as museums, a zoo, temples and shrines built for centuries ago.
Ame-Yoko, a retro street market, is a must place to enjoy various cuisines. Don’t miss it!

What to Expect

We stroll in Ueno Park and enjoy watching various scenes including nature and architectures. We visit several sites such as religious facilities and museums. Some of the buildings are designated as Japan’s Important Cultural Properties. For example, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Western Art are placed on our itinerary.

We can also appreciate various exhibits in the museums. At the Tokyo National Museum, which has Japan’s largest collection of more than 100,000 pieces of arts and artifacts including Japan’s representative works such as samurai sword and armor, ceramics, ukiyo-e and Buddhist sculptures.
The National Museum of Western Art, designed by a notable French architect Le Corbusier, is the only site placed on the World Cultural Heritage list in Tokyo. We can find the architectural features of the World Cultural Heritage site and see various Western sculptures and paintings, searching an influence of ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodblock printings, on the works of European impressionists such as Claude Monet.

At the end of this tour, we will visit Ameya-Yokocho, or simply Ame-Yoko street that is a vibrant and chaotic market to enjoy shopping, drinking and eating at an open-air or stand-up restaurant.

This tour can be customized according to your request.
Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

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Highlights

  • Ueno Park's beautiful nature - Shinobazu Pond and the forest, Cherry blossoms, Autumn leaves, etc.
  • Traditional buildings - Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Kiyomizu Kannon-do Buddhist hall, etc.
  • Excellent buildings - The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, etc.
  • The Tokyo National Museum, the architecture and exhibits
  • The National Museum of Western Art, the architecture and exhibits
  • Ame-Yoko Street - A vibrant and chaotic market having various shops, restaurants and bars

Important

The museums are usually closed on Mondays and some specific days.

Museums in Ueno Park are usually closed on Mondays and some specific days.

City Tokyo

Meeting Point At your hotel or Ueno Station both JR and Tokyo Metro

Ending Point Ueno Station or wherever in Tokyo within the duration of this tour, including your hotel

Duration 4 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 4   Flexible
What‘s included
  • guide fee
  • hotel pick-up (in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel to Ueno Park)


What‘s not included
  • transportation fare (you and guide)
  • admission fee (you and guide: Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, etc.)
  • meals

Frequently Asked Questions

Besides guide fee, how much does it cost for this tour?

Although the cost varies according to the situation, a typical cost is approximately 3,500 JPY per person.
- transportation fare: 500 JPY (Hotel - Ueno, for a round trip)
- admission fee to 2 museums: 1,050 JPY (The Tokyo National Museum & The National Museum of Western Art)
- lunch: 2,000 JPY
For more details, please refer to the Questions and Answers below.

How much are the admission fees of the museums?

The Tokyo National Museum:
- Adults: 620 yen
- University Students: 410 yen
- High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70: Free
The National Museum of Western Art:
- Adults: 500 yen
- University Students: 250 yen
- High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 65: Free

What is the price range of lunch in Ueno area?

There are various types of restaurants serving many kinds of cuisines.
The typical price ranges per person are, for example,
- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY
- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY
- A lunch in a Cafe: 1,500 to 2,500 JPY
- A Ramen and a noodle shop: 1,000 JPY approximately

Can you escort me to my hotel?

Yes, I can. If the time is likely to exceed the duration of a tour, please pay the extra fee.
The rate of the extra fee is same as the extra-hour fee. Please pay the extra fee when you book.
Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.

Can you arrange a private car? How much does it cost for a car?

Yes, I can arrange a private car, van and minibus according to your request.
The cost varies, depending on type of car, time and mileage.
For example, it costs approximately $155 USD for 4 hours and 2 passengers.

Can you pick me up at an airport?

Yes, I can, however, during the daytime only.
If you use Narita Airport, please pay the extra fee.
The rate of the extra fee is same as the extra-hour fee. Please pay the extra-hour fee for two hours when you book.
In case of Haneda Airport, you don't need to pay the extra fee.

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.

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.

Organized by Aki


National Certified Guide

(15) Reviews

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  • English ( License )

Hi, I’m Aki, a government licensed English speaking tour guide.

I was born and raised in Kagawa prefecture facing the Seto Inland Sea, in western Japan.
After graduating from a university, I had worked for a global electronics company in Tokyo for 30 years and retired early. Working with foreign colleagues gave me an opportunity to learn Japan through their point of views and I came to think it's fun to talk about Japan with foreign people.

Also, I love traveling, visiting a lot of places throughout Japan, amazed by its beautiful nature, great tradition, and wonderful food. I realized Japan has numerous tourist attractions.
Then I became a tour guide, hoping to entertain foreign visitors with my tours that are based on my experiences as a tourist.

I've been living in Yokohama and Kamakura areas for more than 30 years, knowing Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone very well. I love food, nature, cultures and architectures, valuing genuineness of what to see, experience, taste and buy, which cannot always be experienced in a group tour.

I believe that participating in my guided tour will bring you a lot of fun. I can help you to explore Japan deeper and to get in touch with the locals, taking you to both popular spots and unbeaten sites where you can see daily lives of the people.

Let’s share a joy of touring in this lovely country.
Thank you and see you in Japan!
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Reviews ( 15 )

1 week ago |   by Bruce

“ Accommodating Tour Guide ”

We enjoyed a 4 hour tour with Aki and were not disappointed. He communicated expertly with us in advance and was ready with a plan for the tour when he arrived at our hotel. He easily adjusted his plan as we told him what types of activities we enjoyed. Aki was knowledgeable and answered all our questions with a smile. He was a gracious host!

3 months ago |   by Nabil

“ review of my visit to Tokyo ”

was excellent visit. Me and my wife enjoyed the trip. Mr Aki was very helpful and informative. He made our visit non forgettable one. I wish him all the best.

4 months ago |   by Elaine

“ We had a very good visit to the Peace Memorial ”

Aki was very enthusiastic and informative.

5 months ago |   by Amanda

“ Visit to Tsukiji fish market & Imperial palace ”

We asked to be taken around the fish market and Aki did a great job guiding us through the myriad of market stalls in the outer market, pointing things out and answering our questions. We then stopped for a sushi breakfast which was excellent, we were sat right at the chefs counter so could watch them at work. We then explored the Inner market. Next stop was the Imperial palace gardens, unfortunately we weren't able to enter as they have set visiting times that didn't fit with our schedule. Aki provided a good verbal explanation and additional photographic information using his notebook. We were very happy with the tour. Aki also has great English language skills.

5 months ago |   by Kaitlin

“ Awesome tour of fish market & other spots ”

Aki was so great - very well informed, interesting. SO friendly. Would highly recommend taking a tour with him!

5 months ago |   by Kris

“ Tsukiji Fish Market and Hamrikyu Garden ”

As first-time visitors to Japan, we were very fortunate to choose Aki as our guide. We wanted to see Tsukiji fish market and Hamrikyu Garden on the first day of our trip, and thought a private tour with a guide would also help to orientate ourselves in Tokyo. From the moment Aki met us at our hotel, his friendly helpful manner and excellent English put us at ease as he helped us navigate the crowded train system and streets during our tour. Aki was very knowledgeable, well educated, thoughtful and had a a good sense of humour. He also provided information about places and processes that we intended to visit or use. He was excellent and we thoroughly recommend him for any tour he offers. Thank you Aki!

6 months ago |   by Inbal

“ wonderful Tokyo ”

Aki took us customised to specific sites and had timelines exactly adjusted so we could witness a ritual in a budhist temple. We enjoyed Tokyo so much, many thanks Aki!

6 months ago |   by Kira

“ Tour of Hakone ”

We were fortunate to have AKi as our guide in Hakone. We got in touch prior to our visit and let him know our interests so we came up with itinerary ahead of time. Aki picked us up at our hotel as planned. He spent a day with us according to itinerary and was flexible with any changes made on the spot. He was courteous, helpful. knew hakone well. We are very thankful to him to make our experience in Hakone pleasant and worry-free.

6 months ago |   by Dan

“ Thank you, Aki! ”

We wanted a day trip to Hakone and wanted to see great views of Mt Fuji. Aki built an itinerary for us that was flexed to our needs and desires. Aki is very knowledgeable and a true gentleman. We learned a lot and enjoyed his company over the course of the day with him. When back, we will definitely look to use Aki again.

6 months ago |   by Khang

“ Hakone Day Trip ”

We were traveling from Tokyo to Osaka and spent the day with Aki who showed us around the Hakone region. Our trip included, Hakone Checkpoint, Lake Ashinoko (Sightseeing Cruise), Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani and Odawara Castle. We got see a cloud-covered view of Mount Fuji and sample kuro-tomago. But the real highlight was an amazing experience with a puzzle box ‘master’ who demonstrated how he hand made the intricate and fascinating puzzle boxes. This was a priority destination for our family and Aki arranged a unique experience that we otherwise could not have come across ourselves. Aki was friendly, well versed in English and generous with his time. He arrived early and pre-purchased Hakone Free Passes for our family so that we could save time. Our day was not rushed and the itinerary was well planned. We returned to Osawara Station with time to collect our luggage from the lockers and buy bento boxes before we boarded our shinkansen to Osaka. Thanks Aki, for the amazing experience.

6 months ago |   by Maryna

“ Excellent experience ”

Very good trip, worth any penny, Aki is very professional, knowledge with good English. Highly recommended this trip. You will definitely enjoy every minute of this trip .

7 months ago |   by Susanna

“ Tokyo and Fuji Hakone tour ”

We booked 2 tours with Aki, Tokyo sightseeing and a Fuji Hakone Tour, Aki is a very sympathetic and understanding guide, he knows a lot, he fulfilled all our desires. He booked also a sushi restaurant for us. We were entirely satisfied with Aki and we highly recommend him for other tourists.

7 months ago |   by Lindsay

“ Wonderful Kamakura overview ”

My husband and I had the most excellent time touring Kamakura with Aki! He is highly knowledgeable on the area and knew the best routes to get us sightseeing the town. He had great lunch recommendations as well! He was also keeping in contact before we even arrived to ensure that we would be seeing what we're expecting from the trip which was greatly appreciated. Kamakura is a great way to view nature including many beautiful cherry trees outside of the busy city. I would highly recommend a trip to Kamakura! Aki is a great guide and if we ever make it back to Japan, I would love to have Aki as my guide!

7 months ago |   by Alberto

“ Evening river cruise & cherry blossom viewing along sumida river/ Walk along Chidorigafuchi historic park. ”

Aki? well, it is all everything good i can say about him. the very smooth airport transfer to our hotel because of his very personalised assistance. Well informed guy about his job, told us everything, the historic aspects of our tour. 'would definitely recommend him to my friends & relatives who would travel to Tokyo.

7 months ago |   by Swinnen

“ A perfect guide ”

At first sight we choose this guide for his good pronunciation and the tours he normally guides. We had from the beginning a good contact with M. Aki. He took account with our wishes and he made the booked tours unforgettable. Changing in function of the weather previews was also possible. We learned a lot of the Japanese culture. We could see the most beautiful places and special things. He takes always attention to your questions and answers them with a lot of consideration for the history, mythic and religions. If we return we will surely book Aki again.

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