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Discover the Two Faces of Tokyo

In this full-day tour you will experience the 2 faces of Tokyo: the modern and sometimes little bit crazy side, and its calm, traditional side, making for a perfect mix in one day!

In Tokyo
6 Hours
City Tour
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Insights into Japanese history and traditions at Ueno Park and Yanaka Cemetery
  • Visit Shibuya and Harajuku to explore the modern side of Tokyo
Description

We will start this experience from Uneo and walk through the market of Ameyoko. Then, we will head to Ueno Park, which is full of historical sites that the guide will explain to you all about. You will get an understanding of Japanese history while walking in the greener part of the town, taking in the sights that are easy to miss if you don’t know where to look. We will walk through the famous Yanaka cemetery, where the guide will explain to you about Japanese funeral traditions. Behind the cemetery lies beautiful neighborhood Yanesen, which was not much affected by the Second World War, making it a great place to spot many small temples and old houses.

Next, we will head to the modern side of Shibuya, where we will see the statue of the famous dog Hachiko and hear his moving story. The famous scramble crossing that you have likely seen more than once on TV or in movies is right next to the statue. We will tell you about the best places to take great pictures to capture the hustle and bustle that never stops in this lively area. After this, we will move on to the Meiji Shrine where you can indulge in its peace and tranquility. This beautiful Shinto shrine in the middle of a green oasis is one of the most-visited shrines in the country. Emperor Meiji, to whom this shrine is dedicated, had a great impact on Japanese modern history that we will tell you all about.

Later, we will walk to Harajuku, the paradise for teenagers (and those who are young at heart) with shops selling and people wearing the most uncanny form of fashion. In line with the kooky theme of this area, you will get to experience the "Japanese High School Girl" way of having your pictures taken. Here we will conclude our tour.

What's included

Services of the local tour guide

What's excluded
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Address
Ueno,Taito City,Japan
Meet your Host
Tokio tours

My name is Nicki Yoshihara and I am the founder and owner of Tokio Tours. We have been guiding people across various places in Japan since 2013. We have a lot of experience in providing the best possible experience in Japan. Since I am originally Dutch, we have a lot of Dutch-speaking guides working for us in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and various other locations around Japan. All our guides are local people who have had extensive training in how to be the guide you need. We specialize in bespoke private tours. All our guides do their utmost to enhance your experience and to adjust every tour we do to the clients' needs. All our guides are also fluent in Japanese and English and have extensive knowledge of Japanese culture, cuisine, modern pop culture, religion. All our guides have their own expertise.

From USD 258 / Person
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.