Thank you for joining our tour.Finally, we welcomed some guests at our meet up point in Asakusa of Tokyo.These people came from the U.S. and India During the last week, a strong typhoon made landfall on the western part of Japan and was heading to Tokyo.We were deeply concerned about how we could safely make our tour as usual.However, our worries completely vanished when some people approached and asked us, “Are you Tokyo Free Walking Tour?We’ve waited so long for this significant moment and felt it was worth the wait.Asakusa and Ueno tour come to life again. Overlooking the entire Asakusa district from the rooftop of the Asakusa Information Center, we saw Tokyo Skytree standing appealingly against the blue sky. At the observation deck, a guide was explaining about Asakusa areas with her well-prepared materials.From this location, our 90-minute Asakusa strolling officially started. Before moving into Nakamise Street, a 250-meter shopping street, our guide passionately explained its historical background.We normally stop by to visit some notable shops in the area and show our guests items and souvenirs.One of them is a cat-shaped ornament called Maneki Neko, or a beckoning cat. Our guide eagerly explained the story about the eye-catching doll. […]
Hello, everyone! It’s looooooong time no see since the COVID came here for a couple of years… Hope you’ve been wonderful now! Fortunately, we have opened our regular tour again finally! We will reopen our regular tour for Meiji Shrine and Harajuku city strolling on Sunday, Oct. 2nd. [Itinerary] 1. Meiji Shrine Main Gate (Ichi-no-torii) Sake barrels / Wine barrels Oo-torii Main Pavilion (Honden) / Sacred Tree / Votive Tablet Hall of worship (Kaguraden) / Place of worship for cars 2. Harajuku city Strolling Omote-sando street (the approach road for Meiji Shrine) Takeshita dori street (Shopping street) :The birth place of the Japanese Pop Culture. You can also find many vintage fashion clothes and good Japanese souvenirs for your friends and family. Ota Memorial Museum (Museum for the traditional Ukiyoe wood curving printing) Any other interesting photogenic spots! [Duration] Approximately 1.5 – 2 hours Here is the site of the booking for our tour as follows: https://www.supersaas.com/schedule/TFWT/Tokyo_Free_Walking_Tour We’re looking forward to seeing you at the tour. Thank you!!
Thank you for joining us on September 24. Tokyo Free Walking Tour have reopened our tour on the day and we welcomed the first guests in this two and a half years! It was super happy for us to see and guide all of you around Tokyo station and the east garden of the Imperial Palace. First half of the tour, we walk in the modern city. Then go to an old place. One guest joined us on the way of tour. Anyone can participate anytime and any point of our tour without reservation if the tour is not full. Please try to join our tour even if you didn’t book. There is one old building named Hyakuninbansyo in the park. It was used as a guardhouse and many Ninjya were working there. She is demonstrating how a Ninjya walks. You can enjoy to walk around the Japanese garden in the park. Some special Koi fish are in the pond. What do you think this object is? Thank you again to visit our tour. It was very very very nice to see you! We schedule more tours on October. October 2. (Sun) Meiji Shrine and Harajyuku at10:00 October 12. (Wed) […]
It is a great pleasure for us to restart the walking tours in Tokyo after a two-and-a-half-year absence. The Asakusa and Ueno Park tours are scheduled on September 25. Since Asakusa and Ueno are close each other, we recommend the combined tour of Asakusa and Ueno Park. Asakusa and Ueno Park are among the major tourist spots in Tokyo. You can experience Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, the Sensoji Temple and nature and culture at one of the oldest parks in Japan, Ueno Park, with us. 9:45 Meet our friendly guides holding our flag beside the Police Box by the Kaminarimon gate of the Sensoji Temple. 10:00 Tour start at the Sensoji Temple First, we’ll go up the building of the Culture Information Tourist Center for a panoramic view of Asakusa and the Tokyo Sky Tree. Coming down, we will pass the Kaminarimon gate with an enormous lantern. Beyond the gate is the Nakamise Shopping Street, one of Japan’s oldest shopping streets. Then, the Hozomon gate with the massive waraji straw sandals. Right next to the gate is the five-story pagoda, a symbol of the Temple. We’ll visit the main hall of the Temple which was originally constructed 1,400 years ago. […]
Thank you so much for constantly visiting the Free Walking Tour site. This website adheres to the latest guideline issued by Japanese Tourism Agency. We would also like to resume our work as tour guides for these four locations: The East Garden of the Imperial Palace, Asakusa, Harajuku and Ueno.Our guides are ready and expectant to welcome guests, who have long been waiting to join the tours. We have also posted a blog for the Asakusa tour, on the heels of the Ueno tour. These are the schedules for the tour: Date and Time: Sep 25th (Sun) 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Location: Asakusa in Tokyo, the nearest station is “Asakusa Station” (the Tokyo Metro Subway) Meeting place: In front of the “Koban” or small police station, which is near Kaminarimon Gate, or Thunder Gate. It’s a two-minute walk from Asakusa Station. Guides are holding banners with the logo, “Tokyo Free Walking Tour”. The tour is free of charge. Please read the terms and conditions and book your tour from the calendar on our website. At first, overlooking the picturesque view of Asakusa areas from the rooftop of Asakusa Culture Center building, we are moving into the stretched shopping street called Nakamise Street, the oldest commercial […]
Reopen of “East Gardens of the Imperial Palace Tour” On this tour, you can feel the transition of times from Edo (the former name of Tokyo) to Tokyo by walking through the center of business (the first half) and the center of politics (the latter half). We believe you will enjoy this historical walk. The tour kicks off from Tokyo Station, the main entrance of Tokyo. The meeting point is the Marunouchi side of the Tokyo Station Building, a classical red brick building, and one of the iconic construction of modernization of Japan in mid of 19th century. The tour proceeds to the Imperial Palace, walking through Marunouchi, the economical center of Japan. The west side is His Majesty the Emperor’s Residence. We escort you to the east side, “East Gardens of the Imperial Palace” which is open to the public. The Gardens occupy the main area of the former Edo Castle, where the HQ of Tokugawa Shogunate had resided from the beginning of the 17th century to the mid-19th century. Please expand your imagination to the Samurai world. You will be visiting a beautiful traditional Japanese garden where you can enjoy seasonal nature. Currently, you can observe “Higanbana (cluster […]
As informed on our website, with a great pleasure we are restarting our tours in Tokyo. We have been looking forward to this moment for two and a half years. While COVID-19 hasn’t fully calmed down yet, we would like to resume our tours by practicing preventive measures against the coronavirus. Three tours are planned on September 24 and 25: the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on September 24, Asakusa and Ueno Park on September 25. The tour to Meiji Shrine and Harajuku will follow shortly. Please read the terms and conditions and book your tour from the calendar on our website. The Ueno Park tour is scheduled on September 25 at 1:30 p.m. Duration will be about two hours. The meeting point is right in front of the Park Exit of the JR Ueno Station. The Park is located in central Tokyo and was the site of the Kaneiji Temple, the family temple of the ruling Tokugawa dynasty during the 265-year Edo period. When the civil war took place at what is now Ueno Park in the late 1800s, most of the temple grounds were burned to ashes. After the civil war, the park was established as one […]
Japan has just opened borders to overseas travelers on unguided tours from September 7. With this movement, Tokyo Free Walking Tours has decided to resume our walking tours step by step since March 2020. Kicking off on September 24 (Sat) with “East Gardens of the Imperial Palace” in the afternoon, tours will be followed by “Asakusa” in the morning & “Ueno Park” in the afternoon on the 25th (Sun). As for “Meiji Shrine & Harajuku”, currently planned as early October. Introduction & details of each tour will be posted shortly. For latest schedule and details of new procedure, please refer to our website. https://tfwt.jp/ Tips of “East Gardens of the Imperial Palace” tour Asakusa Ueno Park Meiji Shrine & Harajuku Looking forward to welcoming & escorting YOU soon!! TFWT PA&C
Shinjuku is the station with the largest number of passengers with an average of 3.5million people a day. The interesting point of Shinjuku is that it has quite different characteristics by area. The Nishi-Shinjuku area is called the “Shinjuku Subcenter” and is known for the concentration of high-rise business complex represented by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. You can enjoy 360 degree amazing view from its observatory is amazing, though currently not open to public as is used for corona vaccination site. While just a block away, near Shinjuku station, there are side streets with dense tiny retro establishments, izakaya & pubs. Outside of the east exit of Shinjuku station is like Times Square in Japan. Looking forward to your visit to Tokyo, Japan! (Took photos in mid May. Currently it is bustling with many people.)
Rebuilding work of the first trii-gate of Meiji Jingu Shrine is going smoothly. The main approach road will be opened to public early July after Shinto ritual. Another symbolic stands at the entrance of “WITH HARAJUKU”, a new commercial facility in front of JR Harajuku Station, which just celebrate 2nd anniversary. The first city-center shop IKEA in Japan in WITH HARAJUKU is so cool. In addition to cafeteria, IKEA convenience store is also available at the basement floor. Early summer flowers, such as Iris and water lilies, are starting to bloom in the Inner Garden of Meiji Jingu Shrine.