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Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Imperial Palace Gardens, and Ueno

Highlights

Hiroshi S.

4.83(12) reviews
Tokyo
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Enjoy old and new Tokyo through this tour!

Meiji Shrine is one of the biggest and most famous shrines in Tokyo. Along Omotesando Street in Harajuku many luxury brand shops are located, and Takeshita-dori Street near Omotesando Street is known as a shopping place for young people.

Imperial Palace East Gardens are a big beautiful park near Tokyo Station.

In Ueno they have a lot of temples and shrines, and also museums such as Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, etc.

Itinerary

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

Your hotel

09:00

Your Hotel

Pick up at your hotel. Go to Meiji Shrine by public transportation.

09:30

Meiji Shine

Visit Meiji Shrine and Harajuku.

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is one of the biggest Shinto shrines where the soul of Emperor and Empress Meiji are enshrined. Surrounded by forests, this area of Meiji Shrine is a place for Japanese people to relax. If you are lucky, you may see a Japanese traditional wedding.

Harajuku

There are two main streets in Harajuku. One is Omote-sando Street where many famous boutiques are located, and the other is Takeshita-dori Street where many shops that young people are interested in. Takeshita-dori Street is known as a fashion hub for young generations. You can find a lot of interesting things in Harajuku.

12:00

Imperial Palace East Gardens

Imperial Palace is the former Edo Castle, and the East Gardens are a big beautiful park near Tokyo Station. You can see buildings of the Edo period such as stone walls and watch towers, and walk around the Japanese garden with a pond, stone lanterns, flowers, etc. We will have lunch nearby.

14:30

Ueno

We will walk around Ueno Park.

During the period of Tokugawa shogunate, Ueno was a home for Buddhist temples and people living in those days. One of the most famous temples is Kan-eiji Temple which was originally established in 1625 as a family temple of Tokugawas.

Kan-eiji temple has some sub-temples such as Kiyomuzu Kannondo, Bentendo, etc. Kiyomizu Kannondo was built in the 17th century and modeled after Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. They enshrine one-thousand-armed Kannon in the hall.

Bentendo was originally built in the 17th century, but rebuilt in the middle of the 20th century because it was burnt down during WWII. They enshrine eight-handed goddess of knowledge, art, and beauty.

You can also visit Toshogu Shrine where Tokugawa's three shoguns, the 1st shogun Ieyasu, the 8th shogun Yoshimune, and the 15th shogun Yoshinobu, are enshrined. This shrine is said to have benefits for the success in business, victory in competition, health and longevity, etc.

In addition, there are several museums, festival hall, zoo which is famous for pandas, etc. in Ueno Park.

16:30

Ueno

Go back to your hotel by public transportation.

17:00

Your Hotel

End of the tour.

Ending Point

Your hotel

What to Expect

1. Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is one of the biggest shinto shrines where the soul of Emperor and Empress Meiji are enshrined. Surrounded by forests, this area of Meiji Shrine is a place for Japanese people to relax. If you are lucky, you may see the Japanese traditional wedding.

2. Harajuku

There are two main streets in Harajuku. One is Omote-sando Street where many famous boutiques are located, and the other is Takeshita-dori Street where many shops that young people are interested in. Takeshita-dori Street is known as a fashion hub for young generations. You can find a lot of interesting things in Harajuku.

3. Imperial Palace East Gardens

Imperial Palace is a former Edo Castle, and the East Gardens are the big beautiful park near Otemachi Station. You can see the buildings of the Edo period such as stone walls and watch towers, and walk around the Japanese garden with the pond, stone lanterns, flowers, etc.

4. Ueno

During the period of Tokugawa shogunate, Ueno was a home for Buddhist temples and people living in those days. One of the most famous temples is Kan-eiji Temple which was originally established in 1625 as a family temple of Tokugawas.

Kan-eiji temple has some sub-temples such as Kiyomuzu Kannondo, Bentendo, etc. Kiyomizu Kannondo was built in the 17th century and modeled after Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. They enshrined one-thousand-armed Kannon in the hall.

Bentendo was originally built in the 17th century, but rebuilt in the middle of the 20th century because it was burnt down during WWII. They enshrined eight-handed goddess of knowledge, art, and beauty.

You can also visit Toshogu Shrine where Tokugawa's three shoguns, the 1st shogun Ieyasu, the 8th shogun Yoshimune, and the 15th shogun Yoshinobu, are enshrined. This shrine is said to have benefits for success in business, victory in competition, health and longevity, etc.

In addition, there are several museums, festival hall, zoo which is famous for pandas, etc. in Ueno Park.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

1. Guide fee

2. Hotel pick-up

* Hotel pick-up is included if your hotel is located near a station on JR Yamanote Line or inside the circle of JR Yamanote Line. If extra transportation fees are necessary for hotel pick-up, I will let you know.

What‘s not included

1. Transportation fee (you and your guide) : About 1000 yen/adult

2. Admission fee (you and your guide)

3. Lunch (you and your guide)

4. Beverages (beer, juice, etc.)

Important Information

Nothing special.

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 add or delete the places to visit?

Yes! You can add or delete the places to visit. Please let me know the places you want to visit. I will make a customized tour for you.

Reviews

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Vasanthi R.

Dec 18, 2019

Kirei trip to Hakone

Hi Horoshi SAN.... you made our day and did more then a guide ??. Thank you so much for the time and your guidance and explanation on our tour and not forgetting the insight you gave us on managing the train, food, tour in Tokyo for the next 4 days. We had a marvellous time and we have safely reach Kyoto as per your guidance from Odawara. I want to welcome your wife and you to our country please contact me to be your guide.? Back home I will definitely recommend to family and friends on you good hospitality and tour. Once again Arigato tosai masu

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for your review, Vasanthi-san. We had a tour to Hakone. It was unfortunate we were not able to see Mt. Fuji because it was covered by clouds although the weather was fine. But I am relieved to know that you enjoyed the tour. At Owakudani we bought black eggs. We didn't have time eat them there, but I hope you enjoyed eating them in Shinkansen or Kyoto. I am sure your life has been extended! We parted at Odawara Station. I am also relieved to know you arrived in Kyoto safely. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan, and look forward to seeing you again in Japan or Malaysia! Hiroshi

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Lavinia Q.

Nov 22, 2019

Excellent guide!

Hiroshi-san is sincerly an excellent guide-a lot of knowlige,pleasent,helpful in any situation and helpd us to enjoy 3 wonderful days.

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for the review. On the first day we enjoyed hiking on Mt. Takao. Red and yellow leaves were very beautiful. On the second day we went to Yakohama and Kamakura. It was a lovely day, and we were able to see a bride and bridegroom in kimono. On the last day it was unfortunate we had rain. We had to change our plan, but we learned a lot about the history and the way of life of the people in Edo period at Edo Tokyo Museum. And Planets Tokyo was a fantastic experience. At the next time to come to Japan I would be very happy if you choose me again. Japan has a lot of places to visit. Let's enjoy Japan together again!

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Mark C.

Nov 16, 2019

Hakone tour with Hiroshi

Hiroshi guided my wife and I through a one day tour of the Hakone area. We communicated back and forth multiple times ahead of the trip as Hiroshi helped us work out an itinerary. He was very helpful with suggestions and working around some issues of closed areas due to the recent typhoon. Hiroshi also worked with us organizing the logistics of a morning arrival to Odawara by train, getting bulky luggage dropped at our hotel, and still managing a full day. We had an excellent day touring with Hiroshi.

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for your review. I am happy to know that you enjoyed the tour in Hakone. But it was unfortunate we were not able to walk around Owakudani area although we were able to see Owakudani from a ropeway. We took a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and visited the old Hakone Checkpoint. We learned a lot about a checkpoint in Edo period. Hakone has a lot of nice places to visit besides the places we visited. So if you have a chance to come to Japan in the future, let's enjoy Hakone again. I am looking forward to seeing you again in Japan.

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Art N.

Oct 31, 2019

Very informative and relaxing experience

Hiroshi is very knowledgeable and very considerate and kind. He was happy to explain Japanese customs and answered all questions regarding history in customs of Japan. The day was well planned out and and we were not rushed to maintain the schedule. Our lunch at Tsukiji market excellent!!!!!! Highly recommend Hiroshi for your next adventure.

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for your review. Although at first we were planning to go to Hakone, I am sorry we were not able to visit Hakone because of the damage by the typhoon. But I am happy to know that you enjoyed the tour in Tokyo. We visited Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tsukiji, Asakusa, etc. We saw Shichi-go-san ceremony, an annual event which celebrates growth of children, and Japanese traditional wedding at Meiji-jingu Shrine. We also visited Yanaka and felt the atmosphere of the old shopping street after the war. I hope we can get together again and visit Hakone in the near future.

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