Private Tokyo Cultural Sights Walking Tour
Meiji-Jingu Shrine is the most popular shrine in Japan for Hatsu-mode (first Visit to a shrine or temple for the New Year) with over 3 million people visiting just in 3 days. You will observe every morning convention at 9am except for Sunday in the main hall of the shrine. You will spend about an hour in this sacred atmosphere shrine.
Depending on your hotel location, before or after getting fresh morning mysterious power from the forest of the shrine, you will go through Omotesando (or just get a glance from the subway) before heading to Tsukiji.
Omotesando was settled as the front (Omote) approach (Sando) to the Meiji-Jingu Shrine, but now it is a sophisticated and mature area with its rows of designer boutique (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Paul Stuart, Burberry, etc.), artistic fashion buildings and galleries along the zelkova tree-lined street. Not so many shops will be open around 10am, so it depends on your interest whether you would like to walk through the street. Tsukiji Market has over 80 years of history and the market attracts many people in Tokyo and all over the world. Tourists are not so much welcomed by the middle-wholesalers in the Inner market and the morning lively trade would be almost finished. You will visit the Outer market, where there are various kinds of Japanese foods and kitchen items. You will spend about 30 minutes in the market.
Then, you will head to Ginza by riding the subway. Ginza is one of most sophisticated shopping and eating area in Japan as well and only 10 or 15 minutes is not enough to enjoy to the fullest. Your guide will give you quick advice on what to see and visit in Ginza.
From Ginza, you will walk to visit a traditional construction in front and a high-rise modern architecture behind. You will see a 5th generation Kabukiza Theater. You will learn a little about this traditional theater that has been around for 400 years. Kabukiza is directly connected to the subway Asakusa Line so you will then head to Asakusa after.
Asakusa should be visited at least once by foreign visitors. It has all-time attractions even for Japanese locals.
Nakamise Street is amazing. Fun-filled festivals are held all year there. There are temples and shrines there as well where you can visit.
The tour will end around 12:30pm in Asakusa. You will be given specific directions on how to get back to your hotel or to other places you would like to visit by your guide.
- Private guide
- Hotel pickup
- 24h Metro Subway ticket
- Food and drinks
- Transport to subway station
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Wheelchair accessible
- The order to visit each spots would be changed and some spots would be cut depending on conditions
- A minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people per booking is required
- Some parts of Meji-Jingu Shrine are under reconstruction for its 100-year anniversary in 2020
- Children aged under 6 are free of charge
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
We enjoyed our walking tour very much and Yukko was a great guide and took us to many parts of Tokyo we would have not found. Her knowledge of the history/culture she shared was excellent. Only negative was that it was very fast paced as there was so much to see - maybe better as a full day tour