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Ueno & Yanaka - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening


Toshi H.

4.95(93) reviews
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Do you have a few hours for local art and tradition? Ueno is the perfect place for it!

It's a WALKING TOUR which involves a visit to a park, museums, temples, and shrines. We can start the tour any time between 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

Fans of history and old towns would love Yanaka.

Ameyoko Street, a maze-like market, is a must for shopping fans!

In early April, we can also take in the soothing sight of cherry blossoms.

[IMPORTANT] If you book two 4-hour tours a day, I will give you a discount.

Meeting Point

Your Hotel in Central Tokyo or Yokohama OR Ueno station.

The standard tour package includes #s 1 to 7 below. Please note that some options (A to J) may require a tour extension. The numbered photos above correspond to the following destinations:

09:30 AM

Meet-up at your hotel (in Central Tokyo or Yokohama)

We can meet at Ueno station, too.

10:00 AM

1. National Museum of Western Art

Gardens only due to time restriction (features sculptures, including Rodin's The Thinker) = free of charge

10:30 AM

2. Tokyo National Museum

National treasures, art pieces and Samurai armor: 1 to 2hrs = 1,000JPY entrance. Free for the elderly (70 and above) and minors (below 18) upon showing proper identification.

12:00 PM

3. Kiyomizu Hall (Buddhism)

Miniature of Kyoto's Kiyomizu Buddhist Temple.

12:10 PM

4. Hanaszono Inari Shrine (Shintoism)

Dozens of red torii gates

12:30 PM

5. Toshogu Shrine Golden gate (Shintoism)

Outside only = free of charge includes the Golden gate with beautiful decorations.

Optional = entrance of the shrine yard = 500JPY entrance

12:50 PM

6. Ueno Daibutsu a.k.a. Buddha for Bullets and Weapons

Only the face of the original Buddha remains. It has a fascinating story behind it about surviving all odds.

01:00 PM

7. Shinobazu Pond & Benzai Hall (Buddhist temple)

on the island. Lovely lotus flowers in the summer.

01:30 PM

The tour ends at Shinobazu pond

The itinerary (time and/or order) may change depending on the weather, our pace, and the conditions on the day itself. You can add options. Tour extension = 4,500JPY/hour

Additional Options:

Option A : Stroll around Yanaka & Explore Asakura Museum (at least 2hrs)

Explore a traditional Japanese town that survived a fire in the 1940's. Museum = 500JPY/person (you & guide) Taxi from Ueno to Yanaka = 900JPY (approximately).

Option B : Ueno Zoo (at least 1.5hrs)

Panda bears, polar bears, and monkey mountains are popular attractions. Entrance = 600JPY.

Option C : Boating at Shinobazu Pond (30mins)

Boat rental = 700JPY/ 30 mins.

Option D : Ameyoko Shopping Street (at least 30mins)

Maze-like Asian market. Many people have lunch / the usual evening beer, too.

Option E : Shitamachi Museum of Downtown Culture (30mins)

Showcases the history and life before WWII. Entrance = 300JPY

Option F : Explore Asakusa area (at least 1.5hrs)

Subway from Ueno to Asakusa, only 5mins = 160JPY/person

Shrine, temple, and shopping street.

Opion G: Shopping at Akihabara

AKA Electric, Anime, and Game Town.

Option H : Shopping at Nippori Fabric Town (1 to 2hrs)

Option I : Drop off at Tokyo SkyTree

You have the option of enjoying the observatory deck on your own time (approximately 30 mins).Please visit the observatory deck by yourself, 30mins, around.250JPY = subway & train or bus fare

Ending Point

At the final destination or Ueno staiton.

What to Expect

We will see the best Ueno has to offer!

Cherry blossoms are an extra delight in March and early April.

We'll learn about our history and enjoy national treasures at Tokyo National Museum.

You can enjoy street food by Shinobazu pond or we'll have some scrumptious food at Ameyoko street for lunch.

In the evening, we'll grab a beer at an intimate old-fashioned pub.

Please choose morning, afternoon or evening tour, depending on your preference.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

The following are PAID IN CASH on the day/s of the tour.

= Transportation fee(you & guide)

= Food/ drinks (you & guide, if necessary)

= Entrance fee (you & guide) i.e. Entrance fee for National Museum 620 JPY (Guide has a pass)

Tour extension = 4,500JPY/hour

Important Information

Multiple-day bookings are encouraged. I might have greater flexibility in opening closed slots in this case. Let's talk about it. Send me a message! :‑) MORE INFO: = We use public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) in my tours as it's the best way to see the city. = Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour. = The meet-up time marks the official start of the tour. = Hotel pick-ups = only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama, and a few hotels in Kawasaki. = Tour extension (extra hour service) = 4,500JPY/hr = Four-hour tours available = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama, and antique flea market. Please check out the corresponding tour pages. = HAKONE TOURS = Requires close coordination with the guide BEFORE BOOKING. It takes more time to plan this trip. = MT. FUJI TOURS = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). Guests should book their own private car or van prior to book a guide.

FOOD RESTRICTIONS : Please let me know beforehand so we can make the necessary arrangements. Museums and zoo are closed on Mondays. Asakura museum is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Meet up = Central Tokyo and Yokohama only

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



Pradeep C.

Sep 20, 2022

One day layover

I had a one day layover in Tokyo with Toshi and had a great time! She gave me plenty of suggestions that would work with the limited time I had and created an itinerary that allowed me to see a lot in that little time. She provided great insights into the culture of Japan and pointed out many interesting things in the areas we were in. A highlight was us going to a sumo wrestling tournament that she mentioned was taking place! I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a tour guide in Tokyo.

Toshi H.

Thank you for your kind words, Pradeep. Glad to know you had fun. The sumo tournament happens only 45 days a year in Tokyo. You came on the right day! I am sure your photos with three sumo wrestlers made your friends say “wow”. Hope you can come back soon. There's so much more to see and experience in Japan!


Malini S.

May 15, 2022

Kamakura review

Excellent tour with Toshi as she is very knowledgable and could share much more than information related to just the sights

Toshi H.

Thank you, Malini! So happy to know you like our Kamakura tour. The fresh green leaves in the gardens were really relaxing while Great Buddha was so outstanding. Don’t you think so? I hope this tour was a good introduction of Japan’s history and culture to you. Let’s visit North Kamakura next time since the atmosphere there is a bit different from what we saw on May 5th. I look forward to seeing you again!


Karyna V.

Feb 5, 2020

Extraordinary day in Tokyo with excellent guide Toshi-San

Thank you T-Chan (Toshi-San) for an amazing day in Tokyo. I was a solo traveler with one day in Tokyo. T-Chan made it a truly unforgettable day. My day with Toshi started when she picked me up promptly at my Shinjuku hotel. She then took me to experience TeamLab Planets - a spectacular body immersive digital arts experience - in Odaiba. Along the way, we rode the fully automated train and she showed me different sights along the train line. Second stop was the Onsen in Odaiba. This was a most unique experience I wouldn’t have been able to manage without T-Chan with me. We enjoyed the onsen, the shops and the bath. It felt like a relaxing afternoon with a good friend. Next, T-Chan showed me the shops in Odaiba, where we walked around and she helped me find the items I was looking for. T-Chan knew where to shop and was willing to adjust the schedule to accommodate my interests. I was truly happy with my shopping purchases. Then we proceeded to Shinjuku where she showed me the interesting sights and places unique to the area. She gave me more information for the rest of my stay, before we parted ways. My day with T-chan was unhurried but filled with memorable sights and experiences. I only had a day with her in Tokyo but the memories will last me a lifetime. Thank you very much T-Chan for everything. I highly recommend Toshi-San. She is efficient, articulate and accommodating. She will work with you to make the best of your time in Japan.

Toshi H.

Thank you Karyna-chan! So delighted to hear you had a relaxing layover. I felt like you were one of my old friends, too. We, Japanese, have the Onsen culture. Even in the heart of Tokyo, we could soak in the natural hot spring. Amazing, isn’t it? As we are both dog-person, exploring pet stores was so fun! I hope your dogs will love the kimono costumes which you bought for them. How did you like sake? We sampled 5 varieties. I liked the sparkling sake the best. There are more trendy spots in Tokyo. Let’s go to Shibuya next time! Hope to see you again.


Annette T.

Jan 21, 2020

Fantastic tour!

We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x

Toshi H.

Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!

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