There are many Japanese Gardens in Tokyo, many of which used to be a part of Samurai mansions. This tour is for those who want to visit Japanese gardens.You can choose three gardens from the list of gardens shown in the itinerary.
At your hotel
I will propose an itinerary considering the location of your hotel.
This garden used to be the garden of Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, famous for its collection of Japanese stones with lots of birds. (Admission: 300 JPY)
You can see Bonsai and varicolored carps in this garden, nice place for lunch, too.
This garden used to be the mansion of Mito Tokugawa, wonderful atmosphere in the middle of Tokyo. (Admission: 300 JPY)
This is a typical strolling type Japanese garden in Edo period made by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu who loved Japanese old poems. (Admission: 300 JPY)
This garden used to be the duck hunting field of the Tokugawa shoguns with salt water ponds and a 300 year old pine tree. (Admission: 300 JPY)
This garden used to be the inner garden of Edo castle, which is renovated based on a picture in early Edo period. This is a typical strolling type Japanese garden and its original was made by Ensu Kobori who was a high ranking samurai. He was a master of the tea ceremony and made many other Japanese gardens, too. (Admission free, closed on Mondays and Fridays)
Wonderful garden with a marvelous waterfall. (Admission free)
A quiet garden with a teahouse and pond. There is a ground water well made by Kiyomasa during the early Edo period, which is a famous spiritual power spot. Recommended to visit in late June for iris flowers and the autumn leaves in November. (Admission: 500 JPY)
At your hotel
This is the list of gardens you can choose with their entrance fee, in the order of my recommendation.
1. Kiyosumi Garden (300 JPY)
2. Happo-En's Japanese Garden
3. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (300 JPY)
4. Rikugien Garden (300 JPY)
5. Hamarikyu Garden (300 JPY)
6. Ninomaru Garden in the imperial palace (free)
7. Hotel New Otani's Japanese garden (free)
8. Inner Garden of Meiji Shrine (500 JPY)
Hotel pick up
Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo
Transportation cost of you (about 1,000 JPY per person within Tokyo)
Transportation cost of the guide outside of Tokyo (If you stay outside of Tokyo such as Disneyland.)
Lunch cost of you and the guide, entrance fee (described in each place in highlights, free for the guide)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has been closed to foreign travelers since March, 2020. This restriction has been eased since October 11th, 2022 but you still need to vaccinated three and more times or have a certificate of COVID-19 negative . Please ask me the availability of the tour before you book it. I was vaccinated four times with the Pfizer one.
Not available on Mondays.
We will walk a lot as these are strolling type gardens; about 20,000 steps a day.
- The tour guide is not available on Monday.
- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking
It depends on the places but about 1000 JPY per person. I will rend you an IC card for public transportation.
Yuki made a bespoke itinerary for me to match my need for wanting to see the cultural sights. Yuki has very good knowledge of his subject matter together with his desire to ensure that the client has the best experience. One word review : Amazing !
Dear Bhaven, Thank you for writing such a good review of my Kyoto tour. I enjoyed traveling with such a nice person like you. Please take another tour of mine next time. Yuki
This was a great way to spend the afternoon in Tokyo with a tour of the Imperial Palace Garden with a history lesson. We would happily do this again. Thank you Yuki.
Dear Paul, Thank you for your review. I feel sorry to spend so much time for the history to be late for the garden in the palace. There are many similar gardens in Tokyo area which used to be a garden of Samurai lord's Mansions. I hope you had been there during your stay. Best regards, Yuki
If you want to cover off the beaten path and hidden gems of Tokyo, Yuki is your man. He also took us to his local favorite restaurant for ramen in Tokyo and it was awesome. We loved both ours tours with Yuki. Thank you again.
Dear Viraj, Thank you for your review. I guess you have arrived Osaka without trouble with your wife. The weather was not so stable during the tour and we have to be flexible to make the best use of your time in Tokyo. Best regards, Yuki
Yuki, was absolutely perfect for our Tokyo tour. He’s really intricate knowledge of the city. We visited so may places in half a day. We liked him so much we booked him for another half day the next day.
Dear Viraj, We visited Tsukiji fish market and Imperial Palace on the day. It was my pleasure to help you to travel Japan such as activating JR Pass, showing the gate for the Shinkansen. I sincerely hope you and your wife will enjoy traveling Japan after waiting three years due to COVID-19 pandemic. Yuki