This tour covers a popular sightseeing course; a beautiful Japanese garden called Hamarikyu garden, Sumida river cruise, and Sensoji temple in Asakusa, which is the most popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo. Through this tour, you can see old and modern Tokyo, and traditional Japanese culture especially in Asakusa.
Note: From late March to early April, you can enjoy cherry blossoms.
At your hotel or the entrance of Hamarikyu garden
Hama-rikyu gardens ( beautiful Japanese garden, green tea )
Sumida river cruise ( one hour to Asakusa, enjoy fresh air and relax )
Asakusa (Sensoji temple, Nakamise shopping street, Japanese food restaurants )
1. Hama-rikyu Garden
Hama-rikyu Garden is a large Japanese garden located by the Tokyo Bay. It is the strolling landscape garden that features paths around ponds, and a tea house on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. A peony garden, plum tree grove and cosmos fields have flowers for every season.
Walking slowly in the quiet and beautiful garden while seeing various flowers and plants is very refreshing. After strolling for a while, it is a good idea to rest at the tea house that offers green tea and Japanese sweets in a tea-ceremony style.
It was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period (1603-1867). It was used as a guesthouse for foreign diplomats and royal families in the Meiji era. In February 2015, Prince William of England visited this garden and experienced the tea ceremony.
2. Sumida River Cruise
From Hama-rikyu garden to Asakusa, we cruise along the Sumida river. The Sumida River Cruise is popular for those who wish to breathe in the fresh air while riding around the city by a large boat. You can relax and enjoy beautiful sceneries including 12 bridges, the Tokyo Sky-Tree, water front buildings, and traditional neighborhoods of old Tokyo.
It takes about one hour from Hamarikyu garden to Asakusa via Hinode pier.
Asakusa is one of the must-see-spots of Tokyo having a historical atmosphere.
One of the landmarks of Asakusa is “Kaminari-mon Gate” of the Sensoji temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. A huge red lantern is hung in the center of the gate. Two fearsome guardian gods of thunder and wind are installed at the gate to ward off evil spirits.
The street between the gate and the Main Hall of the temple is called Nakamise shopping arcade. It is the ideal place to see local snacks and souvenirs, such as folding fans, inexpensive kimonos, traditional toys, paper umbrellas, figures of beckoning cats, and more. At the end of the arcade, there are beautiful temple structures including the main gate, the Main Hall, and a tall five-storied pagoda.
Around the Sensoji temple, there are many kinds of restaurants including Japanese food and western food. You can rest and have Japanese food or western food there.
guide fee, transportation fare(guide)
subway or taxi fare: From your hotel to Hamarikyu garden (you )
entrance fee of Hamarikyu garden: General: 300 yen--65 or over: 150 yen-- Child: free (you)
Sumida river cruise fare: adult:740 yen-- Child:370 yen (you)
food and drinks (you)
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Eddy provides a very enjoyable experience. He tailored the tours to points of interest to me and educated me about Japan
Dear Jane, Thank you very much for your kind review. I was very pleased to hear that you enjoyed my tour around Tokyo. I hope that you will come back to Japan again soon. Best regards, Eddy
We booked a city tour with Eddy in Tokyo a few months ago. Eddy was very responsive when we contacted him. He was punctual, flexible, and helpful. He gave us background information on Japanese culture, history, and language. He was very patient waiting for us to shop for souvenirs and was also very accommodating when we asked to deviate a little bit from our general tour plan. He answered all of our questions and pointed out interesting sights along the way. He spoke good English and was friendly. We enjoyed spending time with Eddy and we thank him for his wonderful service.
Eddy was an absolute joy as a guide. We had a very unique request, of going to the Tokyo area flood control system, a huge underground cavern used to protect outer Tokyo. He gladly accepted such a unique tour. My wife an I were really surprised and pleased to see he even faxed our hotel to make sure we knew where to meet him! He also filled our long train rides with all kinds of fun activities, like learning about Japanese writing, history, and important phrases. Over lunch, he even taught us how to make oragami! He was very kind and patient, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you so much Eddy!
Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I was pleased to guide you, a nice young couple from US. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your honeymoon in Japan. Eddy
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Eddy who not only showed us what was described on the itinerary like the Castle Museum , the Shinto Shrine and the shopping centre (where we bought excellent sashimi at ridiculous low price) but also enlightened us on Japanese culture. He showed us the correct ways to pray at the Shinto Shrine for example which was interesting. As it was our first time navigating the public train and bus system his patience and guidance was invaluable especially if we plan to travel further in Japan. Travelling with a local really broadens the experience.
Dear Chun and Gwen, Thank you so much for the warm review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will come back to Japan again soon. Best regards, Eddy