Tokyo is a modern metropolitan city built on an ancient Edo, where Tokugawa samurai government was settled. Even now we can find old relics of ancient Edo among truly modern Tokyo streets. Asakusa, Ueno and the Imperial Palace itself are some of the examples. Let’s explore Tokyo with me and find the soul of Japan.
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At your hotel in Tokyo or Hamamatsucho station.
Tokyo Tower:Just backside of Zojo-ji temple, stands the tower. 300 meter high Tokyo Tower is one of the symbols of Tokyo. At the Main Observatory Deck you can enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo.
Zojou-ji temple : Zojo-ji is an old temple founded in 14th century. The second Shogun appointed it as the Tokugawa Shogunate family temple. Its contrast with Tokyo Tower shows Tokyo Now & Then.
Imperial Palace:The resident of the Emperor family. It used to be an old castle called Edo-jou, where Tokugawa Shogunate family had been living for almost 300 years until 1868.
East Garden of Imperial Palace: The premises where Edo Castle used to stand has changed into a beautiful garden. You can enjoy a small sized typical Japanese garden here.
Asakusa area: A big red paper lantern welcomes you at an entrance gate for Senso-ji temple. The souvenir shop street called Nakamise-Dori is so amusing to visit.
Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa: This oldest temple in Tokyo is said to be founded about 1400 years ago. Big fires often occurred in Edo era. But they never burnt down this sacred temple. But the air raid in World War II burnt down the temple at last. The new one was reconstructed 1958.
Ueno Park:The largest park in Tokyo, covering an area of 53 ha(131 ac). Originaly it was a garden of Kan-eiji Temple. In spring it is also famous for its Hanami party.
Shibuya crossing:Shibuya station is one of the busiest station in Japan. In front of the station, this crossing is always crowded with people.
Meiji Shrine: Meiji Emperor is enshrined here. Even in the middle of Tokyo city, you can feel calm and sacred atmosphere with rich nature.
Takeshita-dori shopping street: Located near Meiji Shrine, it is famous for its
Tsukiji fish market:A largest fish market in Japan. You can enjoy an authentic sushi lunch and other traditional Japanese foods here.
Hama-rikyu garden: Japanese style garden by the sea. It used to be a resort villa for Tokugawa Shogunate family. You can reach Asakusa by boat from here.
Akihabara shopping area:It used to be known for its electronic shops.But now, the town is famous as Anime geek paradise. Anyway it is worth visiting to know Japanese subculture.
Kappa-bashi kitchen tool shopping street: Shops on this street sell many kinds of kitchenware. The most popular one for foreign tourists is a Japanese Style kitchen knife. Fake food and Japanese traditional kitchenware are also popular.
At your hotel in Tokyo or any place you like
You can learn a little bit of Japanese history while walking along modern Tokyo streets. In front of Tokyo Tower, an old temple of Zojo-ji will show you a traditional Japanese taste. An authentic Japanese garden of Hama-rikyu is surrounded with cutting-edge skyscrapers. Back of Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, a famous tourists spot, you can see Tokyo Skytree,the highest TV Tower in Japan. Zojo-ji, Hama-rikyu and Senso-ji are deeply connected with Edo Shogunate. They show you the way of living of samurai warriors in Edo era.
hotel pick-up fee & transportation fee for guide
transportation fee :Tokyo Subway Ticket(24 hours) 800 yen, Sea bus(from Hama-rikyu to Asakusa) 740 yen
entrance fee(you and guide): Tokyo Tower 900 yen
lunch(you and guide)
Please wear comfortable shoes because you will walk a lot.
We can visit several of the spots described above.
You had better buy Tokyo Subway Ticket (24-hour) , which can be got before you coming to Japan. You can ride all subway lines in Tokyo for 24 hours with this ticket.
If you have a JR pass, the itinerary will be a little changed to use JR lines as much as possible.
Kaneo was an excellent guide and very accommodating. His frequent communications prior our arrival in Japan was so helpful. He went above and beyond to meet our requests - Kaneo even scouted out transportation options from airport to Tokyo for us as he was concerned we may be overwhelmed being our first time to Japan. He even took photos of road signs and intersections to guide us, as well as a photo of where he will meet us within the hotel. And he was so caring towards my niece, in case she was tired from all the walking we covered. Thank you very much Kaneo. You made our trip to Tokyo memorable. Kind regards, Anh
Thank you for your warm review. I feel delighted to hear my information helped you a lot. I had a pleasant day with you on Christmas Eve talking about many things. I hope I will have a chance to guide you again.
Kaneo was absolutely amazing. He showed us around Tokyo explaining and showing us sights as if we were his family. He was kind and patient even when our two year old was crying hysterically on the train. We saw and experienced real Tokyo. Definitely will book again.
Thank you for your warm review. I am so pleased that you mentioned you felt me like a family member. I really wish to have another chance to guide you someday. Best regards Kaneo
While in Yokohama for the rugby World Cup, we enjoyed 2 full day tours of Yokohama and Tokyo with Kaneo. Even before arriving in Japan, Kaneo was very responsive to all of my email and itinerary requests. With the limited time we had to experience both these large cities, having Kaneo show us round the public transport system with ease was such a benefit. Kaneo was very knowledgeable about all of the various historic and modern places we visited. Kaneo's English was very good and we would highly recommend to any other tourists visiting Yokohama or Tokyo.
Dear Alan Thank you for your warm reply. I myself enjoyed the tour with you. While I was going around with you, I was so impressed at your strong bonds of friendship. Four of you came from quite different places in the world to cheer your Scotland in Japan and came back to your different homes in the world! I envy your strong bonds. I really hope another chance to guide you in Tokyo. Best regards Kaneo
Kanei-san was a phenomenal guide! He communicated with us extensively prior to the tour. He met us at the train station and guided our group of 4 people to Enoshima and Kamakura. He was patient and allowed us to travel leisurely at our pace since we were quite exhausted from our previous day's travel and tours. Kaneo also has a wonderful personality and made the trip enjoyable. He is very knowledgeable and I recommend him for any tour which he guides.
Dear Carol Thank you for your warm review. I am happy to hear you enjoyed Kamakura tour after your exhausting experience in Kyoto. I also enjoyed the tour with you and your family. Especially I felt something warm when I heard you talking about your memory in fluent Japanese. Best regards Kaneo