Historical Exploring in Ueno (half day)

Art, Culture, & Historical

Tomoko H.

4.93(121) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Concise Japanese history tour. Recommended especially for those who like to overview Japan’s history and art at the start and the end of your trip. Focusing on the early modern era in Ueno Park, we survey the entire history at Japanese Gallery in Tokyo National Museum. It’s not in a lecture style, but in relaxed, interactive way. Why don’t you share its real treasures with me, an Ueno local?

Meeting Point

At Parkside Exit (Koen-guchi) of JR Ueno station *I will be waiting just across the street from the exit with a signboard or something you can recognize me

Ueno Park (walking in nature and visiting historical spots)

Tokyo National Museum (Japanese Gallery, etc.)

Ending Point

At Tokyo National Museum

What to Expect

1.Fun Walk at Ueno Park: Ueno Park is a spacious public park enjoyable to walk around and many excellent museums and Japan’s oldest zoo are located here. Not only that! The whole area was once the grounds of Kaneiji temple, the city’s largest, wealthiest temple in 17th to 19th century. Many historical events happened here. Let’s spot such remains* while walking in beautiful nature with seasonal flowers blooming.

(* statue of Saigo Takamori, Shinobazu Pond, Kiyomizu Kannon hall, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Great Buddha of Ueno, etc.)

2. Tokyo National Museum (Japanese Gallery): We are to appreciate the museum’s Highlights of Japanese Art exhibition. While exploring the exhibition rooms with Japan’s authentic treasures, you can travel from over 10,000 years ago to the late 19th century. Sharing my personal views and answering your questions, I would like to deepen your understanding and make your travel experience unforgettable!

※ In the large museum complex, there are 5 more buildings and a nice gift shop. If you are interested in other exhibitions or have request to extend the tour, I would be glad to be your company.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

- guide fee

What‘s not included

- transportation fee (you and guide),

- admission fee of Tokyo National Museum (620 yen / adult , if you are under aged 18 or 70 or over, showing your ID will make your admission free)

□ admission fee of Ueno Toshogu Shrine if you want to take a close look at it. ( 500 yen / person) * You can have its general view from outside

□ lunch if needed

Important Information

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. You can find the counter of a few insurance companies at the airport when you arrive.

★ Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary.

★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.

☆I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me before booking.

※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

Not available on Mondays or the Tuesdays just after National holidays as Tokyo National Museum is closed

■ Please wear comfortable shoes and outfits for walking.

■ I could extend the tour and guide you to Yanaka * if requested.

*Yanaka is a nostalgic residential temple town with old houses and lifestyle remaining, just adjacent to Ueno.

■ Maximum number of participants is 6 (taking the convenience of other visitors to the museum considered.)

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



Ian N.

Mar 17, 2023

Hope for Hakone Highlights

Had a fabulous time with Tomoko. The weather was amazing and was fortunate to see Mt. Fuji in all of its glory. Tomoko was knowledgable and had a great sense of humour and looked after me very well.

Tomoko H.

My great honour that I receive a compliment that I have a great sense of humour from you, a British! Our combination did never make Mt. Fuji shy for a whole day:) She was so proud of her beauty! Thank you for being a great companion to Hakone and for expanding my vocabulary and insight, Ian.


Sylvia F.

Mar 14, 2023

A Super Well Organised Tour

We highly Recommend taking a Tour with Tomoko Her expertise and kindness was so welcomed and she gave us the best day out on her tour . Her Professional enables us to witness and experience many of Tokyos beautiful sights & we got to experience it in a super and fun way . We would highly recommend using Tomoko as a tour guide .

Tomoko H.

Thank you for your review and the words of recommendation, Sylvia. I really enjoyed the day with your great cheering friends before Tokyo Marathon 2023. They say it’s you that always organize things perfectly:) We walked a lot, ate a lot, and laughed a lot while preparing for the next day. Thank you again, and best wishes to you, Sylvia!


Gary W.

Mar 13, 2023

3 days of fantastic tours

We spent 3 wonderful days with Tomoko and had a wonderful time. She guided us all around Tokyo from Akihabara , Harajuku,

Tomoko H.

Thank you so much for your review, Gary just after the tour. I really enjoyed the time with your three girls, oh, four girls and you. I learned a lot from you and Holly, the great travelers and grandparents, and your great state of Alaska! See you soon in Osaka at the Sumo arena:) Tomoko

Madalina T.

Mar 7, 2023

Tomoko is a true champion!

When I met Tomoko I felt like I have known her since forever. She went above and beyond to organize our 2 days with her, including fabulous meals for a true Japanese experience. I especially loved our Kamakura get away which was such a welcomed change from the bustling Tokyo. Tomoko is very flexible with everyone 's wishes, so helpful all the time and in truly great shape, ready for all kinds of adventures, even running for a full kilometre to catch the last entry at the Big Budha :) a memory we will cherish forever. I highly recommend her for your next visit in Tokyo and we hope on our part to see her soon!

Tomoko H.

Oh, Madalina, thank you so much for your lovely comments just after the excursion. I felt the same way:) Lucky we had perfect weather yesterday at Enoshima. It was my greatest pleasure joining in your family adventure. I’m so impressed the way all your children enjoying each moment in their own way, helping and caring each other not to mention the adult ones but younger ones as well, patient, considerate, and inquisitive! I felt like an auntie of your family. I will never forget the petit Kamakura Marathon to the Great Buddha and your cheers! ‘We are not quitter! Don’t give up, Tomoko!’ Lastly, thank you Constantin for constantly, carefully watching over us all including me. I’m so happy you enjoyed the ‘Kama-yaki’ the grilled fish. Cannot wait to see you all again.

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