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Tokyo Imperial Palace History Tour: Temples and Museum

Art & Culture

Kazuo F.

5.00(2) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
6.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Are you interested in Japanese history? This history tour will perfectly fulfill your curiosity. As an important political center since the 17th Century, the Tokyo Imperial Palace has a significant cultural and historical legacy. See many significant buildings, such as Edo Castle, Shiba-Toshogu Shrine, Zojoji Temple, a Japanese Orthodox church, an archeological museum, and much more. Come and take a stroll through time around the Palace. I am looking forward to sharing Japanese history with you.


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Meeting Point

Shibakoen Station (I-05) on Mita line. Hamamatsucho Station (JY-28) on the JR Yamanote line. Meeting at the visitor’s hotel is possible, but the meeting time will be earlier.

9:00 am - Shiba-Toshogu Shrine: Observe this beautifully-decorated shrine, dedicated to the first Shogunate of the Edo era, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The famous gigantic Gingko tree standing near the shrine makes the atmosphere more relaxing and lovely.

10:00 am - Zojoji Temple: The impressive Buddhist temple was founded as a family temple of the Tokugawa clan. Within its complex, there are many interesting constructions, such as the big main hall, which contains a reverent Buddha image inside and monuments of the Tokugawa clan.

11:00 am - The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace: Founded by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the giant Edo Castle now is open to the public. Although most of the buildings were destroyed during the huge fire in 1657, stunning stone walls, reconstructed structures, and twisted pine trees are enough to feel the good old vibes of ancient Japan.

12:00 pm - Lunch at Jimbocho: The most famous used-bookstore district in Tokyo. Enjoy strolling around and finding your favorite Japanese dish.

1:00 pm - Museum of Meiji University: Learn more about Japanese culture and society by visiting this archeological museum featuring lots of interesting exhibitions, such as unearthed relics and tools.

2:00 pm - Nikorai-do: Enjoy strolling around the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, a Japanese Orthodox church constructed in 1891. Witness the impressive Byzantine architecture inside the 38 meter-high dome.

3:00 pm - Yushima Seido: Visit the prominent Confucian temple during the Edo era, which used to be a school for bureaucrats and be amazed by a huge Confucius statue in the garden and spectacular Chinese architecture.

3:30 pm - End the tour at Ochanomizu Station on JR Line or your hotel.

Ending Point

Ochanomizu Station on JR Line. Ending at the visitor’s hotel is possible

What to Expect

This history tour provided by Kazuo will certainly give you much more than a pleasant trip to Japan. Not only will you enjoy exploring the spectacular Tokyo Imperial Palace and other historical tourist attractions but also you will gain lots of historical background from the local tour guide, which makes the tour more interesting. Kazuo is an enthusiastic and passionate tour guide, who always wants to share his knowledge about Japanese history and culture with you. With his understanding of cultural differences, you will have a great Tokyo trip with him.

In the morning, you will visit the old Shiba-Toshogu Shrine, Zojoji Temple, and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace offering you lots of stories about the Tokugawa period. After having lunch at Jimbocho, you can spend about half an hour wandering around this district. Then, continue your amazing walking tour by visiting the archeological Meiji University museum where you can observe the lifestyle of the Japanese from the ancient era. Lastly, he will take you to the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, where you can witness the impressive architecture, and to Yushima Seido to take pictures with the great Confucius statue. With this tour, you will save a lot of time in preparing your trip to Tokyo. If you are ready for the amazing history tour, contact the tour guide now!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide Fee, Hotel Pick Up and See Off in 23 Wards of Tokyo

What‘s not included

Transportation Fee (You and Guide), Lunch (You and Guide), Contribution for Nicholai-do (300Yen/person), Transportation Fee of Guide from Home

Important Information

Any day available, except some paticular days.

- The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is closed on Monday and Friday. However, if Monday is a holiday, it will be opened and closed on Tuesday instead. In this case, we will change to visit Nijubashi and Sakuradamon Gate located in the Imperial Palace Outer Garden.

- The main part of the Imperial Palace is currently occupied by the construction of Daijosai halls, which were used for the Imperial rituals. The visitors can see it from a distance, but may not be allowed to observe it closely. Please, contact the tour guide for further information.

- If the visitor would like to visit Kanda Catholic Church, located near the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, please don’t hesitate to inform the tour guide. However, it is closed on Monday. The visitor can only see it from outside.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will we walk?

Please refer bellow for approximate distances. They do not include walk of inside. We will take a break depending on the situation.

Shrine and Temple 1.1ml (2.7km)

Imperial Palce 1.3ml(2.1km)

Afternoon 1.6ml(2.6km)

Total 4.0ml(7.4km)


Chris B.

Dec 10, 2019

Kazuo is so passionate and detail oriented to help you have an amazing trip

Kazuo went way beyond what almost any other guide would do for me by helping me plan my trip in detail in advance since so many things require advance booking, planning, etc. He was fantastic!

Kazuo F.

Dear Chris Thank you for writing such a very good evaluation for me. My job was given priority to arranging your travel. I was deeply impressed by your will to have your son much pleasure in this travel. And I concentrated on it. Your satisfaction is my joy. I am looking forward to assist you also in your next travel. Best Regards, Kazuo


Jane W.

Sep 16, 2019

Excellent, knowledgebale guide!

Kazuo is really a gentleman, his English is excellent ,and his historical and cultural knowledge of Japan are excellent. Our group was 4 adults and we spent a day with Kazuo seeing incredible places hat would have been very hard to find by ourselves. Kazuo did a lot of research for our trip and he was an excellent guide. I would not hesitate to hire him again, and I highly recommend him! Lastly, our guide took us to a very reasonably priced Japanese restaurant that had very good food for about $10 a person. Kazuo really listens to what you say you want to do, and he is very flexible. We spent a whole day with him and will definitely book with him again!

Kazuo F.

Jane, I really appreciate such a good evaluation to me. Your requirements were basic knowledge of Japanese history and culture, and preparation for your own stroll in Tokyo later. According to these criteria, I gathered visiting sites in nearby area and stacked into the tour. As my prospect may have been rather optimistic, the time was nearly running out. But the delay was suppressed by your suggestion. All of you seemed to enjoy the tour. It was a wonderful experience also for me. I deeply thank you and am looking forward to next guide for you.

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