Japanese Gardens and Tokyo Life: Bunkyo City Customized Tour

Off the Beaten Path

Koichiro Y.

Tokyo
English
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Bunkyo City is in the heart of central Tokyo, just north of Chiyoda City where the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station are. The city is Tokyo’s typical residential and academic area I live. We'll move around the city with a Bunkyo City Community Bus, B-guru ( “beagle”, the mascot character of the bus), and visit Edo-Tokyo Japanese gardens and other calm and pleasant sites. You'll also catch a glimpse of Tokyo citizens’ life during the tour.

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in central Tokyo

8:00 to 8:30 AM: Pick you up at your hotel. The tour will be designed hearing your preference and taste. The followings are candidates to visit.

Bunkyo Civic Center Sky View Lounge - Located on the 25th floor and 105 m above the ground level in Bunkyo Civic Center, the city hall building. [Temporary closed and served for Covid-19 vaccination site]

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens - One of nine Japanese gardens of Tokyo Metropolis. It’s strolling style garden has four areas representing landscapes of ocean, river, mountain and countryside. [sakura spot] [temporary closed due to Covid-19]

Rikugien - Another one of nine Japanese gardens of Tokyo Metropolis. Design of this strolling style garden has a fine and warm touch with images of sceneries in classical Japanese poems. [sakura spot] [temporary closed due to Covid-19]

Nezu Jinja Shrine - One of Tokyo 10 shrines. Several colorful buildings including the main hall and the main gate were constructed in the early 18th century. Many Tokyo citizens and tourists visit the shrine to see beautiful azaleas in the season.

Hakusan Jinja Shrine - One of Tokyo 10 shrines popular with its beautiful hydrangeas in rainy season before hot summer.

Kodokan Judo Museum and Arena - Located adjacent to Bunkyo Civic Center, Kodokan is the most sacred place for Judo lovers. We can visit its Judo museum, and see its dojo or Judo arena. Judo training is done almost every evening from 4:30 PM in the arena.

Yanesen shopping area - A popular tourist spot with a lot of eat-out and souvenir shops, and also a daily shopping district for local citizens. It has many temples, and is a walking distance to Ueno.

Queens Isetan Kasuga - A quality food supermarket for local people in the city. Can Do Kasuga - A shop of the third biggest one coin (100 JPY) shop chain in Japan.

Gokokuji temple – Gokokuji maintains a remnant of Edo period still. There are several tombs of shogun family and other historically important people. [sakura spot]

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo - Six high-spec restaurants and a beautiful garden. Their garden has 20 species of sakura trees, and sakura blooming is expected for a long period. [sakura spot]

The University of Tokyo [temporary closed due to Covid 19] – The top national university in Japan. Its main hall and various designs of faculty buildings are picturesque. Yellow leaves of gingko trees are magnificent in autumn. A statue of Hachi with his master is in the canvas too.

Koishikawa Botanical Gardens – They have Newton’s apple tree and Mendel’s grapevine, and also a small Japanese garden and the university museum of architecture (open Thu. to Sun) (temporary closed due to Covid 19). [sakura spot]

Toyo Bunko Oriental Library – Library and museum of oriental studies adjacent to Rikugien.

Printing Museum, Tokyo – Exhibition include technical and cultural aspects of printing

Origami Kaikan - An origami gallery and a shop for origami kits/paper/books for the origami lovers in the world.

Kanda Myojin - A colorful shrine popular for Tokyo people. Main benefits of the shrine is business prosperity and success in life.

Ueno Ameyoko shopping street - A busy shopping street where local people buy various items in low prices. A Uniqlo tower and a Donqui Jote discount shop are nearby.

Yushima Tenjin Shrine - It is a shrine for examinees. They write their prayer for success in their entrance examination on Ema, small wood plates. The shine is famous for its beautiful ume (Japanese apricot) blossoms in early spring.

Ending Point

JR or Tokyo Metro Komagome Station or other nearby station from the last visit place at around 15:30 PM

What to Expect

There are various sites to visit in Bunko City. You may find several places of your interest. Let’s design a nice tour for your precious day in Tokyo together.

In the Japanese Gardens, you will see elaborated arrangement of artificial nature to welcome visitors in four seasons, and know fundamental worship to the nature which Japanese people have at the bottom of our hearts. And during the tour, you will discover another face of Metropolitan Tokyo where citizens are living their daily life.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up, travelling expense for your guide

B-guru one day ticket for you

What‘s not included

Traveling expenses (for you): 500 to 1000 JPY/person

Lunch (for you and your guide): 1000 to 3000 JPY/person, but when at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, it may cost over 6000 JPY /person (see hotel HP)

Admission fees (for you and your guide): 240 JPY/person for Koishikawa Korakuen, 240 JPY/person for Rikugien, Toyo Bunko 720 JPY/person, 350 JPY/person for Printing Museum, 500 JPY/person for Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

Any other fees and expenses (for you and your guide) during the tour

Important Information

Tours, except Online Experiences, will resume when the situation allows you to travel around.

There are various sites to visit in Bunko City. You may find several places of your interest. Let’s design a nice tour for your precious day in Tokyo together.

Sakura season in Tokyo is being over, and a season of fresh green leaves is coming. We also expect flowers of azalea, wisteria, iris, and hydrangea as well as fresh young leaves that are full of hope and vitality in the gardens in May and June.

The third B-guru route has been introduced in September 2021. The route covers neighboring Ochanomizu area in Chiyoda City and Ueno area in Taito City to expand the tour furthermore. Several visiting sights and a course plan have been added.

In the Japanese Gardens, you will see elaborated arrangement of artificial nature to welcome visitors in four seasons, and know fundamental worship to the nature which Japanese people have at the bottom of our hearts. And during the tour, you will discover another face of Metropolitan Tokyo where citizens are living their daily lives.

Information on other places to visit will be advised while tour planning.

The following are a few examples of course plans.

Course Plan A

Civic Center Sky View Lounge - Koishikawa Korakuen - Nezu Jinja shrine - Yanesen shopping area (lunch) - Rikugien - break up at JR/Tokyo Metro Komagome Station

Course Plan B

Civic Center Sky View Lounge - Koishikawa Korakuen - A local park - Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo (lunch) - Gokokuji temple - A local characteristic temple- break up at Tokyo Metro Korakuen Station or Toei Subway Kasuga Station.

Course Plan C

Civic Center Sky View Lounge - Koishikawa Korakuen - Kodokan Judo Arena - Queens' Isetan supermarket/Can Do one coin shop (lunch around the area) - Nezu Jinja shrine - Yanesen shopping area - break up at JR/Keisei Nippori Station or Tokyo Metro Sendagi Station.

Course Plan D

Civic Center Sky View Lounge - Origami Kaikan - Kanda Myojin Shrine - Ameyoko shopping street & Uniqlo (lunch in Ueno) - Yushima Tenjin Shrine - Kingyo-zaka goldfish shop - A local characteristic temple - break up at Tokyo Metro Korakuen Station or Toei Subway Kasuga Station.

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
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