Tokyo in a Day Tour with Yanesen, Ueno and Asakusa

Your essential primer to Tokyo
From US$777 privately
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Tour Details
8 hours
Product Type
  • Senso-ji
  • Ueno Park
  • Yanesen district
  • Asakusa
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  • Get the full picture of Tokyo with your interests in mind from art, history, gastronomy, aesthetics and architecture including insider tips along the way
  • Led by an expert local guide or scholar
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Tour Description
Embark on a Tokyo adventure designed for those who wish to dive deep into the city's vibrant heart in just one day. This curated journey honors Tokyo's rich history and bustling present, seamlessly blending culture, cuisine, and stunning visuals. On foot and by metro, Tokyo's fastest lifeline, you'll navigate the city's iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Get ready for an immersive experience that packs the essence of Tokyo into an unforgettable day, with the expertise we've honed since beginning our tours in 2013.

Itinerary Details

You'll start your day with us right at your hotel, where over helpful maps and a briefing on Tokyo, you'll gear up for a day packed with discovery. Together, we'll conquer the Tokyo metro – no more fear of the unknown, as our expert guide shows you the ropes of ticket buying and line navigating.

Your journey begins in the Yanesen area, where you'll wander through streets that whisk you back to an older Tokyo, untouched by wartime strife. As we meander past traditional architecture, artisan shops, and sacred spaces, the stories of each will come alive. Come lunchtime, you'll savor local flavors, while our guide demystifies the fine points of Japanese dining etiquette right as you enjoy a meal together.

Post-lunch, the scenic Ueno Park awaits, with its kaleidoscope of shrines, ponds, performers, and everyday Tokyo life. Then, it's on to Asakusa, where Tokyo's past meets the present, and we’ll delve into the storied history of the area, setting the stage before the Edo period. The highlight of this tour? Marveling at Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple, as we unravel the threads of religion and tradition in Japanese culture.

As the day winds down, you'll have experienced Tokyo's layers, from sacred historical sites to the hum of modern city life. With our local guide's insights, you’ll be more than ready to tackle the metro for your next urban adventure, carrying with you new context about Tokyo in your stride.
  • You're seeking to immerse yourself in Tokyo's rich history and vibrant culture in a single day.
  • You're ready to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese society, religion, and traditions through expert narration.
  • You're curious about navigating Tokyo's infamous metro system with the ease of a local.
If you're traveling with children under the age of 12, we recommend our family-oriented Tokyo Pop Culture Tour for Kids.
  • Yanesen: Step back in time in this charming district that echoes the Edo period. You could meander through its inviting alleyways, explore unique craft shops, and indulge in the ritual of matcha at a traditional café.
  • Ueno Park: Home to multiple museums and a zoo, it's an idyllic spot for cherry blossom viewing or enjoying a leisurely picnic.
  • Asakusa: Immerse yourself in the traditional vibes of Tokyo as you wander along Nakamise Street, sample delightful street food, and shop for souvenirs that tell a story.
  • Senso-ji Temple: Experience the spiritual heart of Tokyo at its oldest temple. While being led through the crowds, you'll be part of a timeless ritual observed by millions.
General Information
  • We recognize the need for moments of rest during full-day tours. Whether to catch your breath, take a sip of water, or simply soak in the surroundings, there will be ample opportunities to rest and regroup along the way. 
  • Please communicate with your guide throughout the day if adjustments are needed. 
Helpful Resources
  • This walking tour typically involves the use of public transit and walking through narrow lanes and crowded spaces.
  • The tour includes a significant amount of walking across various terrains. We often cover more than five miles walking distance. 
  • Most subway stations on the tour route are equipped with elevators; however, subway cars may be crowded.
  • Senso-ji Temple is wheelchair-friendly, with a lift on the left side to facilitate accessibility.
  • Please communicate any mobility needs or concerns with our team at the time of booking. 
Is this tour suitable for people with mobility issues?
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?
Our expert guides are skilled at adjusting the journey to ensure comfort and enjoyment, no matter the forecast. Please dress in comfortable attire.

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.

What costs will I need to cover on the day?
To ease your travel within Tokyo, we'll provide you with a Subway pass for the day's adventures, a keepsake for your travels beyond our tour. You will be expected to cover the cost of your lunch and any additional refreshments.

Will the restaurant be able to accommodate those with allergies or dietary restrictions?
Tokyo's culinary landscape is as diverse as it is accommodating. Whether you have dietary restrictions, allergies, or simply personal preferences, rest assured that we can find a delightful spot for lunch that caters to your needs. Just let us know in advance, and we'll work closely with your guide to select a restaurant that not only meets your requirements but also gives you a taste of Tokyo's renowned gastronomy.

Is it okay to tip my guide in Japan?
Yes. Context clients generally tip anywhere from 10-25% of the purchase price of a personal service such as this, depending on the quality of the experience and their tipping habits.
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Jay was a phenomenal and knowledgeable guide for the Tokyo in a Day Tour: Yanesen, Ueno and Asakusa. The mid-July weather was less than hospitable, with close to 90% humidity and light rain, changing to a downpour in the evening. Jay was undaunted. We visited beautiful temples, shrines, gardens, burial grounds, while Jay imparted SO much history, past to present. Lunch was in a tiny spot where I asked for culture and dining hacks, Jay happily obliged. I highly recommend Jay, his wealth of knowledge and ease of imparting information. I hope to use Context Tours in Tokyo, 2025, and Jay again!
This was a wonderful day! Jay was full of interesting information about Japanese history and culture, and took us to some wonderful unexpected residential neighborhoods that we wouldn't have gotten to see otherwise. He also found us a great curry restaurant for lunch, after discovering that his intended spot was closed. Finally, even though it wasn't a scheduled stop, he took us to Kappabashi Street (amazing kitchen supply area!) after I mentioned that I wanted to go there. Thank you Jay for a terrific tour!
We had a wonderful day with Jay. Traveling with teen children is not always easy and he was super flexible but kept us moving to make sure they saw everything they were interested in. we learned a lot and saw amazing sites. Thank you Jay!