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Wonderful Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

Nature & Outdoor

Yuki K.

4.73(282) reviews
Tokyo
English
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.

Meeting Point

At your hotel

Choose three Gardens to go from the following list in the order of my recommendation.

I will propose an itinerary considering the location of your hotel.

1.Kiyosumi Garden

This garden used to be the garden of Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, famous for its collection of Japanese stones with lots of birds. (Admission: 300 JPY)

2.Happo-En's Japanese Garden

You can see Bonsai and varicolored carps in this garden, nice place for lunch, too.

3.Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

This garden used to be the mansion of Mito Tokugawa, wonderful atmosphere in the middle of Tokyo. (Admission: 300 JPY)

4. Rikugien Garden

This is a typical strolling type Japanese garden in Edo period made by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu who loved Japanese old poems. (Admission: 300 JPY)

5.Hamarikyu Garden

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)

6.Ninomaru Garden of the Imperial Palace

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)

7. Hotel New Otani's Japanese garden

Wonderful garden with a marvelous waterfall. (Admission free)

8. Inner Garden of Meiji Shrine

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)

Ending Point

At your hotel

What to Expect

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)


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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee,

Hotel pick up

Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo

What‘s not included

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)

Important Information

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation cost ?

It depends on the places but about 1000 JPY per person. I will rend you an IC card for public transportation.

Reviews

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Bhaven P.

Dec 8, 2022

Fantastic day in Kyoto

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 !

Yuki K.

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

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Paul K.

Nov 27, 2022

An enjoyable afternoon walk in Tokyo

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.

Yuki K.

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

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Viraj P.

Nov 27, 2022

Tokyo 4 hr tour

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.

Yuki K.

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

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Viraj P.

Nov 27, 2022

Tokyo 7hr tour

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.

Yuki K.

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

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