The Imperial Palace used to be Edo castle of Tokugawa shogunate during Edo period. This tour covers the Outer Garden of western Palace where the emperor lives inside and the East Gardens which used to be the main part of the castle. You can see the main gate area called Niju-Bashi (double bridge), moat of the castle with long stone walls, gates and buildings renovated 50 years ago, and Japanese garden with the explanation of their history.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuki.
I will pick you up near the reception.
In front of this gate, Naosuke Ii, who was the Tairo of Tokugawa Shogunate (corresponding to a prime minister) was assassinated at the end of Edo Period which weakened the Shogunate.
You can see the Stone Bridge, which is the entrance of the Imperial Palace, with the view of the Double Bridge and Fushimi Turret.
This is a two story defense house of the castle. You can enjoy the view of the old Edo castle at the end of the Samurai period in 19th century, which is often used in movies or TV dramas on this period.
This gate was the main gate of Edo castle, which consists of two doors and the square area called Masugata, typical defense system. There is an original statue of Shachihoko made in Edo period.
These guard houses were used to inspect visiting local lords and guard the castle.
In this area, you can see many types of stone walls, including a sample of the stone as heavy as 35 tons.
Open area with a lawn which used to be the main part of Edo castle with many conference rooms and Shogun's private area, and a harem of his concubines.
There used to a five story tower on this stone base. The last tower was burned out in 1657 and never rebuilt again. You can walk up to the base and enjoy a good view of the garden surrounded by modern buildings of Tokyo.
A typical strolling type Japanese garden with pond and trails. This garden was renovated base on the picture of the garden in Edo period.
End of the tour
Optional with extra fee: We can enter inside of the western part of the Imperial Palace by attending the special tour provided by the Ministry. You need a passport and to fill out a form to attend this tour.
Hotel pick up
Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo
Transportation cost of you
Transportation cost of the guide outside of Tokyo (if you stay outside of Tokyo such as Disneyland)
Lunch cost of you and the guide
The east garden is closed on Mondays and Fridays.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has been closed to foreign travelers since 2020 March. Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.
The western part of the Imperial Palace with its Celemony Hall is not open public.
You can see the stone bridge and the double bridge from outside, and the view is very popular with Fushimi turret.
After the area, I will take you to the East gardens of the Imperial Palace, which is open to public except on Monday and Friday.
If you are eager to look inside of the western part, there is a special tour conducted by the Ministry twice a day.
The number of its participants is limited by 300 persons per time, but I can help you to take the special tour in the afternoon with additional fee.
- The tour guide is not available on Monday.
- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking read more
They are the fees from your hotel to Sakuradamon or Nijyubashi station.
It is your choice, we can buy lunch boxes and eat them during our tour as the tour will end in the afternoon. If you want to take them in a restaurant, we will take you after the tour.
Please pay me 6000JPY in cash when we can attend the special tour, as the number is limited and there is a possibility that we can't joint the tour.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from GoWithGuide.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We are so grateful for two amazing days in Tokyo. We saw SO MUCH that we could not have managed by ourselves especially with the complicated subways! Yuki took us to so amazing spots that we could not have known about or seen so quickly in two days.
Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking my tour. I am very happy if you enjoyed it. Please give my best regards to Dave, too. Yuki
An awesome day in Kyoto followed by some Tokyo highlights .. Yuki was an awesome guide - very knowledgeable, knew the best restaurants, public transport system, Japanese history and culture .. we enjoyed an awesome 2 days with him :) Thanks !
Dear Andrew, Thank you for taking my tours. I was very much upset when I found that we were waiting at different places. But we met just before the departure of the Shinkansen and saw Mt. Fuji from the window of the train. We delayed for the tea ceremony in Kyoto, but you made it through and arrived Kinkaku-Ji temple before the sun set. It was a memorable tour for me, too. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki
We had an excellent day with Yuki. He was very well organised and prepared a very nice full day itinerary for our family. He organised Passmo travel passes for us all and navigated us around the Tokyo metro and rail network with ease. We visited Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple. As a special treat for our girls (8 and 10 yo) he took us to a Owl cafe where we could have a hot coffee and the girls could get up close to owls, lizards, meerkats, chinchillas, hedgehogs and other animals. We also went to a Udon noodle restaurant for lunch - once again an excellent choice from Yuki. We had a great day and learned a lot at the same time as Yuki was very knowledgeable on everywhere we visited. Thank you Yuki - we really enjoyed our time with you today.
Dear John, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. Everything went well and I was very happy to see you enjoy the places I took you. Please have a nice vocation in Japan. Yuki
Yukie was an awesome guide taking us to Hakone from our Hotel in Tokyo. He was smart and very personal. I would highly recommend Yuki!
Dear Lori, Thank you for taking my tour. I am very happy that you have enjoyed my Hakone tour. Best regards, Yuki
The weather was unpredictable but we would, as a result, have appreciated the guide to have been more flexible and client responsive. Information lacking on geology of the region, artists and architect of the Picasso museum. I have no doubt the guide will be of more value for a city tour!
Dear Karin, Thank you for taking my tour. I did my best to make the tour enjoyable for all of you, but it did not work on the day in Hakone. Best regards, Yuki