- 8 hours
- Product Type
- Ueno Park
- Yanesen district
- Ueno Park
- Senso-ji temple
- 8-hour private tour with a local expert guide
We’ll head to the Yanesen area where we will visit neighborhoods that largely survived WW2 bomb damage and retain some of old Tokyo. We’ll discuss the original architecture, the arts and crafts shops, and the shrines and temples dotting the streets. We’ll stop for a local lunch (at your own expense): our expert will enlighten us as to Japanese dining practices, customs, and intricacies surrounding eating and gastronomy as we eat our meal together.
After lunch, we’ll walk through the picturesque Ueno Park where we’ll see everything from shrines to ponds to live performers and locals. Leaving lovely foliage and open space behind, we’ll transfer to Asakusa for a condensed version of our Asakusa Tour. The Asakusa area was well established before the Tokugawa Shogunate began to rule from Edo—what later became Tokyo—in 1603. We will discuss this national narrative as we walk through this area that still hints at some of the character of old Japan. Finally, we’ll visit Tokyo’s oldest temple, Senso-ji, and discuss how religion, customs, and traditions permeate Japanese society.
We cover a lot of ground on this tour - Tokyo is very big and while we do use public transport to get around on this tour, there is also a lot of walking to do as well. We often cover around 10 miles over the whole tour and therefore wouldn't necessarily recommend it for those who have trouble walking far.
What happens if it's raining?
Where does the tour start? Where does it end?
The tour will begin in the lobby of your hotel, where your guide will give you a general orientation to the city and you'll head out together. The tour usually ends near the Senso-ji temple, but this may vary depending on the exact route your tour takes. Your guide will be able to give you recommendations for somewhere to get some dinner in the city, or can help you out with directions for where you would like to go after the tour.
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