Home Japan Ibaraki Private Guides Hiroyuki Blog

Hiroyuki

Licensed Guide
(20) Reviews
US$ 28 Hourly rate

Blog

Perfect Setting for Traditional Arts and Crafts

Main Hall completed in 1937 I love Japanese history, especially its arts and crafts. As I went on having a 4,000 yen yearly free pass to ...

Traditional Three Towers in Yokohama

Up-close Queen and Jack in the distance There are three traditional towers in Yokohama. It is said that they have their own nicknames whi...

The Garden usually not open to the public

Designed by a great master Ikegami Honmonji Temple is historic and prestigious. It is located in Tokyos Ota ward. In the compound, there...

Naritasan Park

Strolling-style garden Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is very attractive, combined with restaurants and shops in the temple town. In addition...

Two Churches

The Orthodox since 1891 Although only 1 % of the population in Japan are Christians, its presence and influence on Japanese society canno...

The Famous Staircase

A fun climbing Meguro Gajoen is the first wedding complex in Japan established in 1931, which is located near Meguro station. In my tour,...

The State Guest House

National prestige Today, I visited the State Guest House in Minato wards Akasaka district for the first time. This facility bagan to ope...

The philosophy of design

Natural taste and woody appearance Kaminari Mon, the thunder gate is a landmark of Asakusa. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is...

Untouched Nature in the center of Tokyo

Wildlife habitat In the center of Tokyo, close to JR Meguro station and Metro Shiroganedai station,  there is a 200,000 square meter wood...

Chin-chin train

Since 1911 This tram is nicknamed Chin-chin train, in which chin-chin is onomatopoeia equal to ding-ding in English. In fact, just before...

Backstreets in the neighborhood of Ikebukuro

Since 1664 The Ikebukuro district is all hustle and bustle. It is one of three subcenters in Tokyo along with Shinjuku and Shibuya. It at...

Crossing Double Bridge

A typical commemorative photo spot in the background of Double Bridge, entrance to the Imperial Palace In the East Gardens of the Imperia...

Colored Autumn Leaves

On November 27th,  2008 in Koishikawa Korakuen It is fun viewing colored autumn leaves while walking around parks and streets. In Tokyo, ...

The birthplace of railway in Japan

The memorial of the 100th anniversary The townscape in the photo above is very familiar to the Japanese, especially Tokyoite. Its place i...

Riverside Park

Tokyo? The first shogun in the Edo period(1603-1867), Tokugawa Ieyasu accomplished various things about development of Edo(present-day To...

Hands-on Museum

Reproduced street in the Edo period(1603-1867) It is about 30 minutes by train and bus, and on foot from Narita to Boso-no-mura open-air ...

What do you want to do in Ueno Park?

Real dinosaurs skelton  Ueno Park is a large park complex including promenade, open space, museums, galleries, a concert hall, a pond, tr...

Little Edo

Little Edo in Kawagoe Little Edo has two meanings. One is that the town used to thrive like Edo(present-day Tokyo). The other is that eve...

Five-story Pagodas in Tokyo

Ikegami Honmonji Temple  What is a pagoda in Buddhist temple for? Two pagodas in Tokyo which was built in the early 17th century, remain ...

Railway in Japan

The all-time line-up of train cars Since the operation started in 1872, Japans railway system has highly developed. A total of distance ...

Do you like Japanese-style gardens?

A view from artificial hill In Bukyo wards in the northern part of Tokyo, Rikugien Garden is located. It is designated as a national scen...

Stroll path

A 50-year-old park Going out of Kitahanebashi-mon, one of the gates to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, through to Tayasu-mon is ...

On the way to Bonsai village

An approach path to Omiya Hikawa Shrine The name of place, Omiya literally means a great shrine, which derives from Omiya Hikawa Shrine. ...

Three biggest cemeteries in Tokyo

Aoyama Cemetery I like to walk through cemeteries while feeling the quiet atmosphere. Of course, they are rest places for the deceased bu...

Anything really Japanese?

A good selection of crafts What do you want to buy as a souvenir in Tokyo? I recommend two stores in Tokyo. One is Japan Traditional Craf...

Emperor Meiji

The three crests of the Imperial Family on the horizontal beam of a tall open gate called Torii in Meiji Shrine Meiji is an era name, whi...

Something interesting around Narita

The garden attached to the museum with meticulous care Here, I would like to suggest where you go after visiting Naritasan Shinshoji Temple...

Amusement Park

Which ride do you prefer? In the center part of Tokyo, there is a large complex for leisure activities. It is called Tokyo Dome City but ...

Restaurants in Ueno Park

Established in 1875 Ueno Park is the oldest public one in Japan. There are many interests in the compound including museums, galleries, a...

Ghost Tea House

How about a tea break? Do you believe in ghost?  Without believing in it, ghost is close to the Japanese. There are many fork tales which...

Shinto Shrine

Originated 2,000 years ago The mythology texts written in the eighth century says that the first Emperor, Emperor Jinmu was a descendant ...

Long-established Specialty Restaurants

Soba noodle restaurant established in 1869 I worked at the center of Tokyo for 35 years as an office worker. During the period, I dined w...

Retro Townscape

The entrance stair called Yuyake Dan Dan to Yanaka Ginza shopping street Taito wards Yanaka district in Tokyo was less damaged than othe...

The Style of Station Building

Built in 1932 After the current building of Ueno Station was completed in 1932, several stations were constructed, modeled after the Ueno...

Japanese-style room

Elegant simplicity Histolically speaking, the prototype of Japanese-style room, which is still available to us, originated in the Muromac...

Good for a hot summer day

Shaved ice flavored with syrup tasted lemon Days on which the temperature rises above 30C are going on in Japan. In such a hot summer day...

Guarding Tokyo

Located 2 kilometers northeast of Edo Castle(todays Imperial Palace) When I worked at the office of the central Tokyo, after New Year Ho...

The Land Name after the Dutch Mariner

 The second largest of Japans underground shopping arcades The ship which the Dutch mariner, Jan Joosten van Loodensteyn(1556-1623) boar...

Classic Japanese-style Pub

Located along the back alley This is my favorite Izakaya which means Japanese-style pub. The shop policy is that only women, even solo, e...

Excellent Architecture

The former British traders house It is fun walking in Yokohama. From the southern part including Yamate and Motomachi districts to the n...

Show Business

Popular theater Asakusa has also long been developed as the town of show business. In the Edo(now Tokyo) period(1603-1867), several kabuk...

Historic Hotel

The grand stair In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake hit Yokohama and sorrounding areas including Tokyo. 80% buildings in Yokohama collaps...

For good business

Attracting customers and bringing good luck Manekineko or a beckoning cat is a kind of charm which brings happiness and prosperity. It ca...

Daruma doll

The four Daruma dolls Daruma are believed to be the model of the founder of Zen Buddhism. They are usually painted red and have no eyes. ...

Merit worth 46,000 days' visits

Chinese lantern plants and wind chimes July 10th is a special day for worshippers of Sensoji Temple in Tokyos Asakusa district in which ...

Morning Glory Festival

A wide selection Tanabata, or Star Festival is one of annual events held on July 7 or on August 7,  depending on the area. According to f...

The Guardian in Buddhism

Peaceful expression Jizo, a kind of Bodhisattva is ubiquitous in many temples and on roadsides. In Japanese folklores, Jizo appear humoro...

A Famous Monster

I am 63 years old. He made a brilliant debut in the silver screen in 1954. Since then, he has become popular not only in Japan but also o...

Annual Events

Students passing through the sacred straw ring called Chinowa Time flies. The year 2017 has already passed half a year. Shinto shrines se...

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The venue for yacht race Before the opening of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Enoshima yacht harbor(the photo above) was built. Toward the 2020...

The most popular sport

A big moment before the game at Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Hyogo prefecture In the early July, in all prefecures in Japan, the regional e...

A Teacher from Britain

This bronze statue erected in 1922 In the campus of the University of Tokyo, Josiah Conders statue stands. He was the father of modern w...

Natural Fortress

A pair of guardian foxes symbolizing Inari Shrines In my tour, Kamakura History & neighboring area excursion, after a visit to Tsurugaoka...

Maybe the safest country

Koban or police box in the Yanaka district Koban or police box originated in Japan from 1875. Today the word Koban has become internation...

Lions at the entrance

Bronze statues made in Britain since 1914 A department store named Mitsukoshis main store is located in the Nihonbashi district in Tokyo...

The starting point of Highways

The Metropolitan Express Highway over the bridge Nihonbashi is designated as the Important Cultural Property. It was built in 1911. This br...

The founder of the international sport

He stands at the headquarter of Judo Jigoro Kano(1860-1938) was one of Japanese greatest men. He established the modern Judo and propagat...

Baseball Stadium

It seats 46,000 spectators There are 12 professional baseball teams in Japan. The photo above is Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri Giants home stadium...

Season's flower

The photo was taken on June 27 around nine oclock Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park is divided into three parts of boating, cormorants habita...

Symbols of the University

The gate of a feudal lords mansion  This red gate is the Important Cultural Asset built in 1827 as a gate to the feudal lords mansion. ...

Going around Tokyo

During rush hours in the morning How many place names in Tokyo do you come up with?  I think they are Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku and Aki...

Another Toshogu

On the approach to the Shrine Tokugawa Ieyasu(1542-1616) was the first shogun of the Edo Shogunate, who was both a famous and important f...

Prime Land

At 4-chome in the Ginza district, the land price is Japans highest. Every year in March, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport...

Theatrical Art

A mecca of devotees of Kabuki Traditional Japanese theatrical arts include Kabuki, Noh, Kyogen and Bunraku, of which Kabuki is most popul...

Rainbow Bridge

The bridge for the railway, automobiles and pedestrians Rainbow bridge over the Tokyo bay connects the Shibaura district and the Daiba di...

Flower Temple

The gate of Hasedera Temple in Kamakura I visited Hasedera Temple on Tuesday when it was fine despite the rainy season. What I want to se...

Sport event of Japanese origin

The first long-distance relay road race called Ekiden originated here at Ueno Park in Tokyo In winter, there are many sports events in J...

Legislation

The National Diet Building since 1936 Japan has a constitutional monarchy. Japans constitution stipulates the Emperor is a symbol of the...

八幡宮 is pronounced Hachimangu

Chinese character, 八(hachi) for eight is in the shape of two doves On the main gate of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the frame in which t...

Business District

Townscape of Marunouchi from south to north Marunouchi is one of the most famous business districts in Japan. During the Edo period(1603-...

Raised approach path

Beginning of raised path from the second torii Samurai warriors took control of  the country and eventually established the military gove...

Fusion of the West and Japan

Traditional bread born in 1875 The great political change started in 1868 with Emperor Meiji(1852-1912) at its head, followed by rapid mo...

Running around the Imperial Palace

 Moats and stone walls on the left side under the unwritten rule: running counterclockwise A running course around the Imperial Palace, w...

Tough Negotiator

He said, I have a special mission. Japans isolation policy ended after a treaty of amity was concluded with the U.S. in 1854. Next, in 1...

Public Bath House

Communal space for washing body, soaking in large bathtub while seeing mural The number of public bath houses in Tokyo decreased from 2,4...

Happy News

Panda,aaa! Turn this way. On June 12th, a 11 year old giant panda named ShinShin at Ueno zoo in Tokyo gave birth to a baby. 11 year old p...

Port City since 1859

Red brick warehouses 220 year long Japans isolation policy was ended in 1854 by the demand of the U.S.with display of its military power...

Born in Japan

A big cheer from the crowd on the New Yokozuna in red kimono Kisenosato(the ring name of the sumo wrestler) became the grand champion cal...

Gingko Avenue

Row of gingko trees since 1923 If I am asked which place in autumn in Tokyo is the best one, I will answer this avenue lined with gingko ...

My sweet home

Whats your name? Cormorant fishing has long been carried out as a traditional method of catching fish, mainly sweet fish. The most famou...

Park in the very middle of Tokyo

Shinji Pond: remnants of the old Edo(now Tokyo) castle Hibiya park is located in the middle of Tokyo, neighboring to the Imperial Palace ...

Barrels of Sake and Wine

Barrels of sake There are some characteristics of Jinja or Shinto shrine, in a meaning especially to tell the difference from Buddhist te...

It dates back to World WarⅠ

The thinking man and World Cultural Heritage The first president of Kawasaki Shipyard, Kojiro Matsukata(1866-1950) made an enormous fortu...

National Sport

Sumo Arena near Ryogoku station in Tokyo Do you know sumo? If so, have you ever seen sumo match? Grand Sumo Tournaments are held six time...

Welcome to farmer's house in Sankeien Garden

Since 1750 In Sankeien Garden in Yokohama city, there are many old traditional Japanese-style houses and buildings, some of which are des...

A Hall of Japanese History

The entrance to discovery of Japanese history National Museum of Japanese History is located in Sakura city in Chiba prefecture which is ...

The Olympic Cauldron

The National Stadium on May 5th, 2013 The former National Stadium was closed on May, 2014 and demolished. New one is being constructed in...

Japan's Football

The emblem of the Japanese national soccer team: a mythical crow with three legs At Japan Football Museum(Soccer Museum) in Bunkyo ward i...

Local specialty in Shibamata

Mugwort-kneaded Dumplings with sweet red bean paste  My tour, Japanese hometown in movie setting, Shibamata give you delight of Japanese ...

Coming Hydrangeas Festival

Symbol in Japanese rainy season The rainy season usually comes around the early June in Tokyo. Hydrangeas festival is being held at Hakus...

Ring Pine Tree depicted in Ukiyo-e

Another temple seen in the distance through the pine tree ring   In the Edo period(1603-1867), the current Ueno Park was entirely the pre...

Great Invention

Invented in 1958 Since the end of World War Ⅱ, three entrepreneurs in Japan have developed their small companies into the worlds leading...

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Plum blossoms are in bloom in February The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are popular sightseeing spots. I sometimes go to the garde...

Old Village, past lodgings for travelers

A remote village named Oouchijyuku 5 years ago, I went to a old remote village named Oouchijyuku in the southwestern part of Fukushima pr...

Climbing the Ladder of Success

The Ladder of Success consisting of 86 steps with an inclination of fourty degrees  Mt. Atago is located in the center of Tokyo, or the b...

Train Museum, free of charge

View from the bridge over 14 tracks  In front of the north gate of Nippori station, one can get a view of various trains coming and going...

Summer Flowers

Japanese irises in Mizumoto Park in Katsushika ward in Tokyo On May 28, I saw three kinds of summer flowers beginning to bloom. They are ...

Samurai Hospitality

Aizu Wakamatsu Castle in Aizuwakamatsu city in Fukushima prefecture   Japanese castles and in or around their grounds are popular sightse...

How old is this Sacred Tree?

The sacred tree along the approach to Musashi Miitake Shrine This sacred tree is believed to be about 1,200 years old, called Jindai Key...

Picturesque View, the garden saving many lives

Kiyosumi Garden in Koto Ward in Tokyo  Kiyosumi Garden is located in a lowland densely populated residential area of Koto Ward in Tokyo.  I...
  • Available
  • Not Available

Last updated: 17 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Chiba , Hakone , Ibaraki , Kamakura , Kanagawa , Narita , Nikko , Saitama , Tokyo , Yokohama

Languages English ( Business )

Reviews
(20) Reviews
Hourly rate 28 USD Price up to 1 people
( Max : 6 People )
Book now Secure your date, then customize
Send message Get your trip plan & quotation