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Japanese Gardens and Tokyo Life: Bunkyo City Customized Tour

7 Hours
up to 5 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

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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Feel free to personalize this offer with Koichiro.

  • 8:00 to 8:30 AM: Pick you up at your hotel

  • 9:00 AM: 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.

  • 9:40 AM: 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. After Koishikawa Korakuen, the tour will be designed hearing your preference and taste. The followings are candidates for your selection.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The University of Tokyo– 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).

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

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

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM
Meeting Point At your hotel in central Tokyo
Ending Point JR or Tokyo Metro Komagome Station or other nearby station from the last visit place at around 15:30 PM

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up

What‘s not included

Traveling expenses (for you and your guide): 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): 300 JPY/person for Koishikawa Korakuen, 300 JPY/person for Rikugien, Toyo Bunko 700 JPY/person showing Rikugien ticket, 300 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


Tours will restart when the situation allows you to travel around.

The tour will be designed and proposed according to your interests and preferences.
Information on other places to visit may be advised while tour planning.
The following are some examples of course planning.

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, Toei Subway Kasuga Station or JR Suidobashi 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. read more

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from GoWithGuide.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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