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Exploring Katsushika - Tokyo's Old Downtown Walking Tour

Off the Beaten Path

Koichiro K.

4.85(74) reviews
Tokyo
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Planning to escape the crazy and crowded Tokyo for a sense of serenity? Go off the beaten path and enjoy Katsushika! Located on the east end of Tokyo and widely known as Shitamachi - Tokyo's old downtown, Katsushika is full of warmth from the local people and nostalgic feeling of Showa-era of Japan. On this private tour, you will explore Katsushika by visiting popular places such as Shibamata, Taishakuten Temple, Yamamoto-Tei, Yagiri-No-Watashi, the Edo River, and Mizumoto Park.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

10:00 AM: Hotel pick-up.

11:00 AM: Arrive at Shibamata Station and hit Shibamata shopping street.

12:00 AM: Visit Shibamata Taishakuten Temple, Shibamata’s most famous temple with a Japanese Garden and wooden cravings.

1:00 PM: Japanese lunch at a local restaurant (tempura, freshwater fish, or soba noodles).

2:00 PM: Explore Yamamoto-Tei residence, a well-known Tangible Cultural Property of the Katsushika Ward.

3:30 PM: Take a trip on the man-powered ferry called Yagiri No Watashi - a wooden ferry that connects Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture across the Edogawa River.

5:00 PM: Relax while strolling along the Edo River and Mizumoto Park.

Ending Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

What to Expect

- Walking down the streets of Shibamata, you will feel a warm atmosphere that lets you forget the hustle and bustle of the metropolis for a while. With Koji’s stories of the Edo times, you will feel as if you travel back in time and see with your own eyes the Edo streets that the Shibamata resembles so much.

- In Taishakuten, you will see its famous Japanese garden and the adornment of intricate wooden carvings, portraying a scripture of Buddhism.

- You will visit the Japanese Garden in Yamamoto-Tei, which is dedicated to Japan's finest sukiya (traditional tea house-style) spaces that are significant for their peaceful atmosphere and unique beauty, rather than size, age or fame.

- On the Edo River, you will experience Yagiri No Watashi (a rowboat that takes passengers across the Edo river) which has been designated as one of Japan's 100 soundscape selections because once boarded the ferry, you can hear and experience a unique atmosphere.

- You will refresh your body & mind in Mizumoto Park, an expansive park full of poplar trees, canals, a bird sanctuary, and a large pond. Because of the magnificent and huge natural scenery, you will surely forget you're in Tokyo!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

- Guide fee

- Hotel pickup and dropoff

What‘s not included

- Transportation - Train fares, and a boarding fee for Yagiri-No-Watashi of ¥400

- Lunch meal

- The entrance to the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple grounds is free, but there is a ¥400 charge to see the Japanese garden and wood carvings. Entrance fee for Yamamoto-Tei: ¥100. Note that the entrance fees for the guide are not included in the rate.

Important Information

*Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included in the guide fee. *My transportation, meal and entrance fees during tours are not included in the guide fee.

*The Mizumoto park hosts the Iris Festival every June so don’t forget to mark your calendar and see thousands of irises burst into bloom!

*We will not use Yagiri-No-Watashi when the service is unavailable because of rain/snow/strong wind/specified holidays.

*The duration is 8 hours. If you would like to change it, please feel free to message me.

*You can choose the starting & ending time.

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

Reviews

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Jeff P.

Mar 13, 2020

KOJI--OUR WONDERFUL GUIDE!

In the midst of the ongoing COVID drama sweeping the world, my partner and I decided to continue on with our trip to Japan. We were a bit nervous and wary but ended up having an incredible, once in a lifetime trip and a large part of this was our time with Koji. Koji has youth and energy, knowledge about Japanese culture, food and life, and was a wonderful host during our stay in Tokyo. We felt like we were with someone who knew the city and the people, was able to help us get from points A to B to C and help expose us to things we would have never seen without a great guide.

Koichiro K.

Hi Jeff, I'm glad that you chose to come to Japan in this difficult time of the novel coronavirus outbreak throughout the world. It felt surreal that every place in Tokyo was totally different from what it used to be, but that was what our tour on the 2 days truly unique and memorable. Thank you for everything and I'm looking forward to seeing both of you again? Koji

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Coralina D.

Feb 9, 2020

Koji is the best in Tokyo! Great local knowledge, personality & charm! 10 stars!!

Koji was great from start to finish. Communication great pre meeting him, and he continued to shine! His knowledge of Tokyo and English was absolutely fantastic. Had the most wonderful day, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of Tokyo. Thank you very much Koji!

Koichiro K.

Hi Coralina, I'm glad that I could introduce you to Tokyo on your 1st day here!! I hope you're also enjoying the ramaining days and hope to see you again in the nearest future?? Koji

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Linda W.

Jan 18, 2020

perfect english!

koji speaks better english than we do! he’s very knowledgeable abt tokyo area. very accomodatg t my gluten free needs and foot issues. great for my son—found lots of fun activities! wonderful guide!

Koichiro K.

Linda, I'm glad that I could spend great 3 days with you&your family introducing Tokyo and life in Japan! It's been my pleasure that I could also assist your son with his stay at a Japanese university. I wish you all the best&hope to see you again?

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Andreas S.

Jan 9, 2020

“ A great guide. Highly recommended! ”

This was our first visit to Japan. Koji is such a nice tour guide.He speaks excellent English is friendly,reliable and punctual.At Shukiji market,he brought us to a well known sushi shop and my son really loved the taste of local tuna.He was so helpful and thoughtful on my son and had lot's of knowledge of japanese history.We learned a lot about the Japanese culture, heritage, customs and traditions. It was nice to have a guide show us around on our first day to help us get our bearings and acclimate and navigate the subway system. Thank you, Koji! We did not only have a tour guide in Tokyo, WeI gained a friend. We really hope to have similar experiences with you in the near future.Definitely recommend Koji for your trip in Tokyo.

Koichiro K.

Andreas, I'm glad that I could introduce you&your family to Tokyo on your 1st day and could give you advice on how to enjoy the reminder of the days! Also it was truly great that I could get to know you all and your hometown. Thank you and I do hope to see you again? Koji

$282/ per group

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