Discover Japan: Japanese Garden & Handicrafts Shopping


Yoko T.

4.75(69) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Curious about the history of ancient Japan and its rich traditions in handmade crafts? This private walking tour is perfect for you. After visiting one of the Japanese gardens of your choice from: East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Hamarikyu Gardens, or Koishikawa Kourakuen, we will visit Nihonbashi, the commercial center of Edo-Tokyo from more than three hundred years ago. You will surely be amazed by the variety of handmade Japanese traditional crafts and the richness of Japanese history.

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Meeting Point

At the lobby of your hotel in Tokyo

9 AM: We will visit one of the three: East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Hamarikyu Gardens, or Koishikawa Kourakuen, which are considered the best Japanese Gardens in the city.

10:30 AM: Drop in the souvenir corners of Nihonbashi Information Center, which sells products from Nihonbashi's historical and famous shops that you won't be able to find anywhere else!

11:00 AM: Nihonbashi Bridge, a twin arch bridge made of stone more than 100 years old

11:30 AM: Nihonbashi Toyama Store - A shopping center for food, crafts & gifts from Toyama prefecture, where you can see the famous sculpture of Inami originally from Toyama Prefecture. *Closed from Dec.31 to Jan.2

12:00 PM: Visit Hakuza Nihonbashi, Gold Leaf Store, where handbags, earrings, and cosmetics get a golden touch! *Closed on New Year's Day

12:30 PM: Explore Ibasen Fan Store (founded in 1590), a sophisticated shop of 400-year traditional paper fan *Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Dec.28-Jan.4

1:00 PM: Ozuwashi Traditional Japanese paper store, where Washi - UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Objects is displayed with a large variety of patterns and designs. (founded in 1653). *Closed on Sundays, Dec.28-Jan.3

1:45 PM: Mitsukoshi Department Store *Closed on Jan.1, 23, and Feb.20

2:15 PM: Visit Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square and/or Kobuchicho of Kabukiza and enjoy the delicacy and intricacy of all various designated handicrafts (Closed from Dec.29 to Jan.3)

3:00 PM: End of tour.

Ending Point

At your hotel or the places you prefer

What to Expect

You can see one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo. Please choose one among East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Hamarikyu Gardens, or Koishikawa Kourakuen. For your information, the former two are more spacious than Koishikawa Kourakuen, but all are all beautifully landscaped. After the garden walk, we will stop by a nearby free observation deck.

We will take a Tokyo Metro-Subway ride to Nihonbashi, a traditional commerce area from more than 300 years ago that blends traditional charm with ultra-modern architecture. At the Nihonbashi Information Center, you can find all Japan-related souvenirs and many fancy ones for your loved ones. Walking a few minutes will lead us to the historical Nihonbashi Bridge, an icon of Tokyo's traditions behind gleaming facades. We will see some beautiful intricate sculptures at a nearby store. We will also visit a gorgeous Gold Leaf store, which has its origin in Kanazawa, produces a wide range of these precious gold leaves and creates a wide variety of craft objects. Even though fans are sold at many souvenir shops, Ibasen has wonderful collections that the Japanese will also buy. Visiting Ozuwashi Traditional Japanese paper store, you will find that the place is not only a store but it has its own gallery and museum with historical materials on display, which will surely make you amazed at the Japanese paper and traditions. After another metro-ride, we will visit the Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square or Kobuchicho of Kabukiza, either or both based on your interest.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guiding fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo, the guide's admission fee for the Japanese gardens.

There is no admission fee for the East Gardens.

What‘s not included

- Transportation fare for you and the guide. We might buy a Metro One day Pass at 600 yen at the beginning of the tour.

- Meals, snacks, drinks, admission fee (Hamarikyu Gardens/Koishikawa Korakuen: 300 yen, over 65 years old: 150 yen) 

Important Information

It will be first booked, first served basis, but could you make inquiries before booking? If you're interested in TOKYO, MOUNT FUJI, or NIKKO, please check the tours before you make inquiries. (Some transportation for Mount Fuji or Nikko might be fully booked if you do last minute booking.) If you'd like a car chartered, please check the PRIVATE CARS TOUR by yourself. It's concerned with your budget, so I'm afraid I cannot make arrangements for that, but I will be happy to guide you with the car you chartered. It's impossible to make quotes without knowing the spots you would like to visit. Nikko and Mount Fuji are approximately two hours on Limited Express from Shinjuku or Asakusa. Tokyo is not a compact city, but a huge one. If you have difficulties with stairs, please tell me in your message. Thank you.

The East Gardens will be closed on Mondays and Fridays, so please choose Hamarikyu Gardens or Koishikawa on those days.

On Sundays, we cannot visit Ibasen and Ozuwashi, but we can visit some other stores instead. It’s possible to add a lacquerware shop and some others and the craft shop of Mitsukoshi Department Store.

Choosing Sato Sakura Museum, having a Japanese painting collection including cherry blossom pictures, at Nakameguro or the National Museum of Modern Art at Takebashi instead of a Japanese garden is possible except Mondays as long as you pay the admission fee of you and your guide. (Sato Sakura Museum: Adults 500 yen, Over 70 years old 400 yen/ the National Museum of Modern Art: Adults 500 yen, College Students 250 yen)

Sato Sakura Museum will be closed from December 29th to January 4th, January 9th, and February 13th). Starting after your lunch is also possible.

Suggestions, requests are welcomed. Please make inquiries by sending me messages.

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



Sophie M.

Feb 24, 2020

Great day out

Great day out visiting Mount Fuji. Yoko was very helpful with the booking and anticipating all needs prior to the tour. On the day, Yoko met us at the lobby of our hotel and off we went to see Mt Fuji! Great day with the weather on our side. Yoko was very knowledgable, thank you for sharing your experience with us! I was traveling with my 7 year old son, we both really enjoy the day out and everything went smoothly. If you want a personalised tour, go for it, it makes a huge difference with no hassle, great learning experience, worth everything. Yoko is very flexible. Merci beaucoup Yoko!

Yoko T.

Ne de rien!! Thank you so much for such a great review, Sophie. The pleasure was mine that I could share the great view of Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko. I enjoyed the conversation with you a lot about France, UK and yourself even the temperature difference seemed to be quite tough for Rye. I hope you and Rye remember how to do the origami of Kabuto, the samurai helmet. I will practice the frog based on the site you told me. I hope you're enjoying Kyoto and please enjoy the rest of your stay. Merci beaucoup et à bientôt!!


Cheryl R.

Jan 17, 2020

Fabulous tour with Yoko!

Yoko was an excellent tour guide. She devised a tour with our interests as well as “must sees” as a newbie to Japan. Yoko is extremely organized and knowledgeable. Our time with her was well spent. We learned a lot and would definitely recommend Yoko for an enjoyable tour of Tokyo.

Yoko T.

Thank you for a wonderful review. I had a great day with both of you. When I see works of Yayoi Kusama, I will remember you and the wonderful conversations we had that day. Nikko is also an amazing place to visit for an art fan like you, so please come again. Thank you again!!


Edward M.

Jan 13, 2020


As stated in earlier review. Perfect guide for perfect trip

Yoko T.

Thank you so much for your review, Mr. McGuire. It was a great pleasure for me to guide you, Kelly, Kirsten and Jordan, Tokyo, Nikko and Lake Kawaguchiko. All of you were so intelligent, beautiful and so sweet, so I had a great time during the three days. I'll be looking forward to seeing you coming back with them or your other grandchildren. Please take care till then. Thank you again for the wonderful days!!


Jim B.

Jan 7, 2020

Japan Overview

We had a good day with Yoko exploring all aspects of our local surroundings as per an itinerary we had designed. The day was cold and eventually wet, but we continued through our itinerary despite the elements. It was a long day but we managed to see everything that we had set out to see and explore. Yoko was very knowledgeable and was able to provide the context details that made the journey more interesting.

Yoko T.

Thank you very much for your review. It was too bad it started to rain but we dropped by to get umbrellas even though some of you didn't like to use them. I hope you could find something interesting at Sekaido and enjoyed your stay in Japan. Sakura (Cherry blossoms) are very beautiful in Spring, so please come to see them in the future. Please take care!!

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