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Asakusa (half day)

Highlights

Tomoko H.

4.92(104) reviews
Tokyo
English, Japanese (Native)
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

A half-day tour to Tokyo’s must-visit area, Asakuksa. Asakusa is not just the iconic Kaminarimon gate with the huge red lantern, but it's also full of interesting spots and cultural attractions. You will be amazed to see so many things packed into one place. Short, but fully enjoyable tour.

Meeting Point

at the main entrance of 'Asakusa Bunka Kanko Center,' Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center (negotiable)

1. Splendid view of Asakusa and Tokyo Sky Tree

2. Kaminarimon gate (with the huge red paper lantern), Sensoji temple, and Asakusa shrine

3. Nakamise street and other shopping streets

4. Kappabashi street or Drum Museum

Ending Point

at Kappabashi street or at any spot you like in Asakusa area

What to Expect

A trip to Tokyo would not be complete without visiting Asakusa. Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest and largest Buddhist temple is here. It is the center of ‘shitamachi' or the commoners’ downtown with its typical shops and restaurants. It was already the most bustling entertainment district in Tokyo during the Edo period (17th to 19th century). Let's feel Asakusa’s lively atmosphere and warm hospitality together.

1. Splendid view of Asakusa area and Tokyo Sky Tree from the top floor of Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

2. Kaminarimon Gate and Sensoji temple; while walking around the temple’s precinct with grand, fascinating architectures, I will show you its highlights, Japanese habits, history, religion, and culture.

3. Nakamise street and other shopping streets; you will find traditional crafts of the Edo period (old Tokyo) and also local snacks.

4. Kappabashi street - a famous 800-meter street lined with more than 150 shops of kitchen utensils and appliances; famous for exquisite plastic food samples

5. Drum Museum - traditional Japanese drums and festive goods where you can experience and beat some of the drums both Japanese and foreign (admission 500 yen/adult, 150 yen/child)


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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

- guide fee

What‘s not included

- transportation fee (you and guide)

- food and drink

- entrance fee if needed (Drum Museum: 500 yen/adult, 150 yen/child)


Important Information

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. You can find the counter of a few insurance companies at the airport when you arrive. ★ Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary. ★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time. ☆I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me before booking. ☆Kamakura Hiking trails are partially unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoons hitting the area in September & October, 2019. ※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

☆ Many shops in Kappabashi are closed Sundays.

☆ Drum Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

☆ We could start in the afternoon.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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David M.

Sep 10, 2022

Very knowledgeable, friendly and a joy to work with!

I count my lucky stars that my paths crossed with Tomoko. If I only had one word to describe working with her - I couldn’t do it. What I enjoyed the most is that she takes the time to listen and ask questions. She personalizes everything to my liking and does not take a “cookie-cutter” approach. Thank you Tomoko! You are the best guide!

Tomoko H.

Thank you for such a great review, David. It’s more than what I did, but I feel so happy that you and your wife enjoyed the time. I just did what I would want to be done for myself as a travel lover like you! The current regulations are complicated and overloading, but I sincerely hope you’ll find the way to get through them and enjoy wonderful time in Japan. - Tomoko

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Shiori T.

Feb 15, 2020

We had a great time!

Tomoko is vey good guide. We really had a great time.

Tomoko H.

Thank you for your great review just after the tour, Shiori-san. I'm glad to hear you all enjoyed the day in Enoshima & Kamakura. I felt blessed sharing great time with your group and working with you. Anytime you plan business trip, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to working with you again:)

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Janice K.

Feb 5, 2020

Tokyo by Tomoko

We had a delightful time exploring Tokyo with Tomoko. She is very knowledgeable and fun! Great for history buffs! Highly recommend her tour!

Tomoko H.

Thank you for your great review, Janice. Glad to hear you enjoyed the walking tour. Yes, we walked a lot visiting lots of beautiful historical spots and experienced seasonal fun and culture. I really enjoyed talking with you and Judy on various topics. I’m sure you’ve had more experiences in Kyoto and will in Nagano? Thank you again and hope to see you again.

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Paul O.

Jan 25, 2020

Walking Tour

We had a large group of people but Tomoko very skillfully managed to keep us all togther as we made our way around to the various sites using the train system. Tomoko was a mountain of knowledge and we all enjoyed our day with Tomoko very much.

Tomoko H.

Hi Paul! Thank you so much for the great review and for all your cooperation and positive views(even running for the museum together) while touring around the busy market and downtowns. I really enjoyed the beautiful day with you all ? Please tell my gratitude to your brother, Mark, about giving me the opportunities to share our culture and history by his asking a lot of spontaneous questions on the way. Best wishes to you, your family, and your friends.

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