• Japan
  • Tokyo
  • Tours
  • Ueno & Yanaka - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening

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

Highlights

Toshi H.

4.95(91) reviews
Tokyo
English
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.

Itinerary

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

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 Options A to J may require a tour extension. The numbered photos above correspond to the following destinations:

1. 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.

2. National Museum of Western Art

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

3. Shinobazu Pond & Benzai Hall

Buddhist temple on the island. Lovely lotus flowers in the summer.

4. Kiyomizu Hall

Miniature of Kyoto's Kiyomizu Buddhist Temple.

5. Hanaszono Inari Shrine

Dozens of red torii gates - Shintoism

6. Toshogu Shrine Golden gate and beautiful decorations

Golden gate and beautiful decorations, Shintoism = 500JPY entrance

7. 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.

The itinerary (time and/or order) may change depending on the weather, our pace, and the conditions on the day itself.

Additional Options:

Option A : Stroll around Yanaka & Explore Asakura Museum (at least 1hr)

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.

Want to personalize this tour?

  • Our tours can be customized according to your needs and preferences
  • Click below to tell us what you are looking for:

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), guide transportation to Central Tokyo (1,000JPY = given to the guide directly on the day of the tour),

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

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

= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.

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. = Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY/hr = Tour extension (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/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. NOTE: Highly recommended to book transportation first as they are quite popular. Otherwise, we may not have transportation on the tour date. . PEAK SEASON PREMIUM = 1,000 JPY per group Charged ONLY ONCE on the first day of the first tour in the peak season. . . • Spring peak season : March 20 to April 30 . . • Autumn peak season : September 25 to November 10

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.

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

K

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.

A

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!

K

Kristina P.

Jan 16, 2020

Great day in Tokyo with a large family group

We spent a fabulous day with T-Chan! She was organised, knowledgeable, polite, expert and caring. She took us to the places we were interested in but enhanced our itinerary further with other suggestions and places. We fit a lot in the day but didn’t feel overly rushed. Our relatively young children also enjoyed the day very much which can be challenging. T-Chan even provided us with summary notes at the end of the day of everything we had seen. Really great! Thank you so much T-Chan!

Toshi H.

Thank you, K-chan! So delighted to know that all of you enjoyed our tour. I did, too. We were so lucky that we were able to take group photos with two sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku! The atmosphere in Asakusa was still quite festive with its New Year decor. The highlight of the tour was Harajuku. The girls really liked the store and said “I want to buy everything here!” It was hard to leave as there were so many cute stuff, wasn’t it? Next time, let’s take a Purikura photo together! Hope to see you again.

W

Wendy G.

Jan 15, 2020

Shinjuku Tour

Thank you so much Toshi for accomodating our large group during very busy times. You went out of your way to help us organise the bookings with our JR passes & then it was down to the fun stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed your tour & appreciated the maps you gave us at the end to help us. Your suggestions you emailed to us after our tour as to other activities the kids might enjoy and what train line to use when we returned to a different area of Tokyo were also greatly appreciated. You went above & beyond so thank you ?

Toshi H.

Thank you, Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear my travel tips helped you. It was fun to see all of you enjoy our tour! The weather was very cooperative that day. The Meiji Jingu Shrine grounds was so serene that we totally forgot we were in the center of a big city. Don’t you think so? Harajuku has been my favorite place since I was a teenager. One day is not enough to check out all trendy stores. Did you go to Kabukicho at night? It’s quite different compared to what we saw in the morning. Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. A different season is also good. Hope to see you again!

$132/ per group

More tours by Toshi H.

Tokyo your way (4 hours)

Tokyo
4 hours

Ah, Tokyo! So little time, so many places to see! All the places recommended below (see Itinerary) are personal favorites. You can't go wrong with any of them. We’re so flexible we can even extend the tour on the day itself! There are also 14 packaged tours designed to appeal to your special interests. This includes Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ueno. Want authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package would be perfect for you. (Tour pages) Come, let me show you “My Tokyo”!

FROM$132/ per group

Harajuku & Shibuya Half Day Walking Tour (4 hrs)

Tokyo
4 hours

Harajuku is Kawaii Town! (Kawaii = cute) It's a mecca for those into kawaii culture, particularly young ladies. This includes popular sites: the Meiji Jingu Shrine (largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo), Takeshita Street for kawaii fashion, Omotesando for its unique shops and cafes, and Shibuya Crossing (the world’s busiest intersection). These and many more await you on this tour! (Please note that we can modify the time and add destinations to the packaged itinerary below.)

FROM$132/ per group

Kamakura, Your Way

Kamakura
6 hours

Kamakura, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism, is a beautiful residential area dotted with zen temples. The Great Buddha is another highlight. The Pacific Ocean’s gentle breeze adds to the tranquil atmosphere. We’ll find the most suitable mix of destinations to match your interests and physical exertion level. (See the ITINERARY) A walking tour is good value for money (H1)! We’ll get to experience 5 temples and shrines! For a more leisurely pace, a bus and a taxi are best. See you in Kamakura!

FROM$193/ per group

Home visit, Sushi making & learning from locals.

Tokyo
6 hours

Toshi's house is in the beautiful upper-middle class residential area in the suburbs of Tokyo. It is a good opportunity to learn about Japanese life and culture. First of all you will be surprised how compact the Japanese house is and how we make the best of the space. I will explain our unique food culture at a supermarket. After a short break over green tea, let's roll sushi and taste them. Select one activity from the options below.

FROM$105/ per person

Popular Tours in Tokyo

Tokyo tour à la carte

Tokyo
7 hours

This tour covers my favorite places in Tokyo.You can choose three places from the list of more than 30 places in Tokyo, classified as Temple&Shrine, Garden, Shopping, Observatory, Museum, Experience, and Others.

FROM$215/ per group
Yuki K.
4.72(270) reviews

Tokyo Must-See Places As-You-Like One-Day Tour

Tokyo
8 hours

You can make your own itinerary as you like. Tokyo has many interesting and beautiful places. You can select some of these. I can show you around Tokyo as much as possible. By using Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket, you can visit anywhere you want. Also you can learn about Japanese history, culture and life style. And of course, you can enjoy traditional Japanese cuisines, such as Sushi, Soba, Tempura, Ramen and more.

FROM$295/ per group
Dai A.
4.89(171) reviews

Tokyo tour à la carte half day

Tokyo
4 hours

This tour covers my favorite places in Tokyo.You can choose two places in Tokyo from the list of more than 30 places classified as Temple&Shrine, Garden, Shopping, Observatory, Museum, Experience, and Others.

FROM$140/ per group
Yuki K.
4.72(270) reviews

Tokyo Up-to-You Tour

Tokyo
8 hours

I recommend ending up the day with the night view of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Bay, the most beautiful night view in Tokyo I would like you to see. We will visit the spots you would like to in Tokyo.I will make an itinerary based on your choices and requests. (The popular highlights will be Meiji Jingu Shrine, East Gardens and Asakusa with Nakamise Souvenir Shopping Streets.) Sightseeing spots in Tokyo is widely spread, so I guess we can only visit three or four spots a day.

FROM$291/ per group
Yoko T.
4.75(69) reviews