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True Tokyo Tour Exploring Its History and Japanese Culture

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Toru K.

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

If you'd like to see Tokyo from a bit different angle, like history and culture, this tour should be one of your choice. You'll see Tokyo's miraculous transformation from a feudal city to a modern capital through it. In the tour, we visit Edo-Tokyo Museum, known for its unique displays of history in Tokyo using many elaborate models, and three interesting historical sites : former Edo castle, Nihonbashi, and Tokyo station. It also includes matcha tea ceremony in a traditional tea house.

Itinerary

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

Meeting Point

at your hotel in Tokyo, If your accommodation is far away from the nearest station or located in a place difficult to find, the meeting place might be changed to other appropriate spots.

09:30

Hotel

meet at your hotel lobby.

10:00

Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo has been the capital of Japan for more than 400 years since early 17th century and the period is divided into two completely different ages by Meiji Restoration in 1868. Tokyo was called Edo during the first period. The museum plainly displays its interesting history for visitors with various elaborate models, maps, and documents.

12:00

Nihon-bashi area

Nihon-bashi, litteraly a bridge of Japan, has long been the center of commerce in Tokyo. As its name shows, the bridge used to be the beginning of major highways which extended from Edo to local major cities, like Kyoto. You can see a model of the original bridge in Edo-Tokyo Museum. We also enjoy lunch around here.

14:00

Experience of Japanese Culture

You experience a matcha tea ceremony in a casual style at a refined tea house. You can also enjoy strolling around a beautiful traditional garden after the tea.

15:30

former Edo castle

This is a remain of Edo castle, the seat of Tokugawa feudal government, which had ruled Japan since early 17th to mid-19th century. You can actually realize the great power of the Tokugawas to see the gigantic remains. Edo-Tokyo Museum features elaborate models of this castle. The ground of the castle now is the Imperial Palace and national gardens.

17:00

Tokyo Station

The end of the tour is Tokyo station, which was built in 1914 and has survived Great Kanto Earthquake (M 7.9) in 1923 and World War II. This elegant red-brick station is one of the symbolic buildings in the early modern age of Japan.

17:30

Hotel

drop-off at your hotel.

Ending Point

at your hotel in Tokyo. If your accommodation is far away from a station, the drop-off place might be changed to other appropriate spots.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pickup and drop-off

What‘s not included

transportation fare for you and guide (900 yen per adult), tea ceremony for you and guide (2,200 yen per adult), Edo- Tokyo Museum (600 yen per adult), lunch for you and guide (about 2,000 yen), Total about 5,700 yen

Important Information

1. This tour isn't basically available on Monday and Friday due to closing of Edo-Tokyo Museum and Imperial Palace East Garden. In Tokyo, many museums and municipal parks are closed on Monday, I'm afraid.

2.We use public transportation and enjoy walking around the spots. You are recommended to wear shoes suitable for walking.

3.If you have any food restrictions such as vegetarians, gluten free, and no-fish, please let me know in advance to plan for your lunch.

4.The tour is not covered with any travel insurances. I'd recommend that you buy your own travel insurance in case of any unexpected accidents and losses. Of course, I'll do my best to keep you away from such accidents.

5. Your request of the tour is accepted 3 days before the tour.

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

Reviews

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Anthony T.

Feb 18, 2020

Best Tokyo guide

Courteous, knowledgeable, friendly etc etc. only positive words to describe him:. We are here from New York and are seeing neighborhoods and attractions and Toru explains everything. Highly recommend!

Toru K.

Hi Anthony and Maria, thank you very much for your warm comments and high rating on the tour. It's my great honor and inspiration for a next guide. Although the consecutive 6 days tour was challenging for me, I could enjoy guiding thanks to your cooperation. I also admired your lovely children. Please be careful for flue after you get back to NY. Looking forward to seeing you again without worrying about the virus.

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Irene D.

Feb 4, 2020

Wonderful day.

Excellent guide knowledgeable pleasant and lovely sense of humour. Has excellent English.would highly recommend him.. John and Irene

Toru K.

Hi Irene, thank you very much for your review and high rating on the tour. It’s my honor and a great motivation for future tours. I heard a news on your ship. I really wish the problem will be settled soon and your journey continues.

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Linda E.

Nov 21, 2019

Yokohama cruiseport to Kamakura

We really enjoyed our day with Toru. His English is excellent as is his knowledge of history, religion, and culture. We also recommend touring Kamakura, as it had a totally different vibe from the big cities. Toru also found us a great little tempura restaurant for lunch. We appreciated him escorting us back to the ship. Highly recommend.

Toru K.

Hi Linda, thank you very much for your review. As you say, Kamakura is a lovely city to explore for one day in terms of Japanese history, religion, and food. I'm happy to learn you enjoyed them through the tour. I was impressed with your interests and knowledge about Japanese history and literature. I enjoyed very much spending with you for one day in Kamakura. Thank you again and please say hello to Scot.

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Rose M.

Oct 31, 2019

A day in Tokyo

Toru was a great tour leader. He’s very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and courteous. We spent the day enjoying Tokyo on public transportation. We traveled distances and visited sights through the eyes of a local. Lunch was enjoyed at a typical local spot serving traditional food. I highly recommend Toru.

Toru K.

Hi Rose, thank you very much for your comment and high rating on the tour. It will be my great motivation for the future tours. I was so happy to share a pleasant time with you and your group. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the season of cherry blossoms and hope you enjoy the continuing journey.

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