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Best Japanese Garden of your taste, Tokyo

Kaori O.

4.67(3) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 11 people

This is a tour to visit Japanese gardens of your taste with an expert.

With my background as a landscape designer, and personal experience to have visited more than 100 gardens all over the world, I can create a special itinerary of your best interests, season and access. I am also happy to make your dream 'Things to do in Japanese Garden' come true!

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

Rikugi-en (六義園) : A traditional massive circular-style garden around a big pond with beautiful bridges and gazebos. A typical garden for a federal lord of mid Edo-period (18th century).

Hama-rikyu (浜離宮恩賜庭園) : A traditional garden which used to be a second house of Shogun family (17th century). You can access by boats from Asakusa and there is a cafe serving cold macha.

Koishikawa Koraku-en(小石川後楽園 ): A traditional garden created for a side branch of Shogun Family (17th century). Some elements were designed to entertain princesses who married from west side of Japan and miss her home.

Shiba-rikyu (旧芝離宮恩賜庭園) : A circular-style garden around pond for a federal lord of Edo period (17th century) which used to face seaside. Dynamically and attractively arranged rocks along garden path.

Kiyo-sumi teien( 清澄庭園 ): A traditional garden created for an owner of powerful business group Mitsubishi in late 19th century.

Kyu Furukawa-tei (旧古河庭園) : The architecture and rose garden were designed by an English designer, and Japanese garden created by a renowned Japanese gardener, Ueji.

Happo-en (八方園): A traditional Japanese garden of a former secretary of 1st Shogun (16th century) built on a sloped topography. They have a collection of bonsai some of which came from Edo period.

Hotel New Otani (ホテルニューオータニ): A traditional Japanese garden with dynamic stepped topography and a cascade of water, which history goes back to Edo period.

Tonogyato teien(殿ヶ谷戸庭園): A traditional stroll style garden with woods and pond on an unique landscape. It used to be a second house for a rich family in early 20th century.

Takao Komanogi teien( 高尾駒木野庭園 ): A traditional private Japanese garden belonged to a local doctor(20th century). Very detailed and well maintained.

Yamamoto-tei (山本亭) : A traditional small garden which used to be a private property. You can enjoy the interior of the traditional architecture too.

Suikei-en (邃渓園 / 柴又帝釈天): A traditional temple garden which history goes back to Edo period. It is attached to a sculpture museum. You can admire garden from corridors.

Kyu-asakura jyutaku (旧朝倉家住宅) : A small private garden which you can enjoy through different shapes of windows of the traditional architecture .

Akasaka Intercity Air (赤坂インターシティエア) : A hilly landscape garden around a commercial building. The design is in contemporary finish having a rustic atmosphere using native pants. Must to visit.

Giburi Museum and Inokashira Park(ジブリ美術館と井の頭恩賜公園): A roof garden with a robot statue from a renowned Gibri animation 'A castle in the sky.' There are beautiful park and irrigation channel in walking distance.

Ginza Six roof garden(銀座シックス屋上庭園) : A roof garden on the central commercial building. By using native plants and water fountain they create refresh space for shoppers.

Futako Tamagawa Station(二子玉川駅周辺) : A large roof garden dedicated to wildlife on the station building including fishpond and a contemporary interpreted Japanese Garden in its vicinity.

Gotenyama Project (御殿山プロジェクト): A contemporary Japanese garden in a narrow corridor between skyscrapers to recreate a naturalistic landscape using traditional plants and materials. The view from a lobby is breathtaking.

Mita Sumitomo Twin Building(住友不動産三田ツインビル): A carpet of moss phlox on the slope behind a skyscrapers. Its contemporary, sharp finish is beyond your imagination.

Otemachi Forest(大手町の森) : A landscape project create 'Forest' in the middle of central Tokyo. They use an experimental method to recreate the natural transition to a forest.

Ending Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

What to Expect

Please answer my questionnaires when you book, then I will prepare an itinerary of best choices from traditional and contemporary gardens.

As well as traditional ones,there are many attractive contemporary Japanese landscape gardens in Tokyo, and most of them are hard to find out unless you happen to be there.

Also, you can admire garden of its best if you visit there with an expert.

Finding of details and historical drama can make your garden journey more enjoyable!

And of course, I am happy to integrate garden tours with other regular tourist activities to make the day enjoyable for all of your group members(please look model plans below).

Savory sweets and delicious lunch with air conditioning is essential for successful garden visits!

Lets maximize the joy of your garden visit by...

'Tea Ceremony in garden,'

'Stroll garden with Kimono ,'

'Stroll garden with traditional paper-parasol or Japanese strew hat.'

'Dine in the restaurant with a best view toward Japanese Garden.'

(Model Plan 1 for summer)

9:30 Asakusa - Sensoji temple & Stroll, enjoy street food

10:45 Mukoujima Botanical Garden

11:30-12:15 River cruise from Asakusa to Hamarikyu

short walk through Hamarikyu garden & tea break

13:00-13:20 transportation by taxi (approx 2,500 yen per car, maximum 4 people)

13:30-14:30 Lunch at Happoen on the terrace where you can enjoy view towards garden (Japnese Italian, 3 courses, 3,800 yen)

stroll in the Happoen garden

15:30 transportation by train

16:00 Asakura House and Garden in Daikanyama

17:00 City view in Daikanyama shopping streets

17:30 back to your hotel (arrival time can be 18:00 according to your hotel location)

(Model Plan 2 for summer)

9:30 Ikebukuro st.

Stroll around the town of Zoshigaya and take bus to Mejiro

10:30 Higo-Hosokawa Garden stroll garden and tea break at a traditional house

11:30 - 12:30 Walk around the area

12:30 Chinzanso Hotel

Soba lunch at traditional tea house building (1,400- 2,800 yen) ** you can choose another restaurants in Chinzanso, there are 5 restaurants there

Enjoy the interior of the hotel and garden

14:30-16:00 Akihabara or Tokyo Marunouchi Station

roof garden in a building

16:00-17:00 Ginza shopping district

city viewing and roof top garden of GINZA SIX

17:30 back to your hotel (arrival time can be 18:00 according to your hotel location)

Want to personalize this tour?

  • Our tours can be customized according to your needs and preferences
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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

・guide fee

・hotel pick up

・pdf of customized itinerary before trip and printed version of itinerary with explanation about Japanese gardens of the day.

What‘s not included

・entrance fee (depends on which garden to visit)

・transportation fee (train & taxi, for you and guide)


・fee for optional activity such as wearing kimono, or tea ceremony

Important Information

For a customized tour, I recommend you to book in at least 2 weeks advance for the best preparation. However, if you already are in Tokyo, please just message me. I will see what I can do.

・In average, 2-3 gardens will be maximum for 8 hours tour. If you want to do other activities, even 1 gareen can make your day if you visit with me!

・It will be very hot in July & August. I recommend you to use taxi as much as possible from nearest stations to save our energy to stroll gardens.

The average cost for a taxi ride (maximum 4 person) in central Tokyo: 420 yen for the first 1 km ride + 80 yen per extra 235 m ride.

・If the weather condition became bad during tour, I will replace garden with indoor activities with your consensus.

・The tour will be cancelled if a thunder storm or other heavy rain including typhoon are predicted.

・Please wear comfortable shoes, sun-glass, sun-parasol, or hat and prepare an waterproof jacket in case it rains.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit museums or other tourist place in this tour?

Yes, all itinerary will be customized for your needs. I can make a plan to visit as many garden as possible, or admire maximum of a garden with extra activities.


Esty P.

Feb 14, 2020

unforgettable 4 hours tour

Kaori is very nice and lovely person. I booked 4 hours tour to Tokyo Skytree and around Asakusa area. We arrived in the evening time. Unfortunately, it was raining all day in Tokyo. When we entered Tokyo Skytree, we couldn't see anything from above :(. Kaori brought us to Senso-ji temple and we had dinner in a very nice restaurant. Kaori has a good knowledge in Japan history. If I go to Tokyo again next time, I will book definitely book her!!


Prue M.

Jan 1, 2020

Tokyo day tour

Stop looking for guides now this is your perfect guide!!! Kaori was fantastic, she took our family of five to all the places and more that we wanted to see in Tokyo. Kaori is so knowledgeable and kind. She helped us with everything!!! Train tickets, our future travel plans , luggage delivery etc. We want to come back and do more sight seeing with Kaori . We can’t thank her enough.


Todd S.

Nov 1, 2019

AMAZING at every level!!! Stop searching, BOOK NOW!!!

First, we cannot thank Kaori enough for going out of her way (literally) in making such an AMAZING customized day for us. She exceeded all of our expectations at every level – communication, prepared visual images, knowledge of Japan’s history, culture, and intense subway system. Likewise, she was an incredibly nice and humble person who made us laugh and feel right at home in an enormous city we hadn’t been to before. If she is available do not hesitate to experience Tokyo or anywhere with her!!! We now have memories that will cherish for a lifetime and a new friend because of Kaori. We can’t thank her enough for gifting us such a special and unique day. Stop your search and BOOK KAORI NOW!!! I promise you won’t regret it.

$196/ per group

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