Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour in Asakusa and Ueno.
On that day, May 12, we welcomed 21 guests on our walking tour.
These people came from different corners of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Singapore, Spain, U.K. and U.S.A.
On the same day, we held our tour three times at the different locations, Asakusa and Ueno.
At first, we started our morning tour at 10:00 A.M. in Asakusa.
It began from an iconic location in the area named “Kaminarimon Gate” or Thunder Gate and ended at Asakusa Shinto Shrine.
In the shrine compound, we were able to see many festive decorations like banners and Japanese paper lanterns.
This is in preparation for an upcoming religious event called the Sanjya Festival. The cerebration will start from 17th of May and continues until 19th of this month.
The term Sanjya means three deities, who are enshrined in the Asakusa Shinto Shrine.
These deities were the ones involved in establishing the Sensoji Buddhist Temple.
As part of the celebration, three portable shrines for these deities were set up in the shrine’s storage area and open to the public.
Next, we have implemented the simultaneous tours to efficiently use time and to mobilize our tour guides in these two locations at the same time during the afternoon.
The Ueno tour started at 1:30 PM, and so did the Asakusa tour at 1:00 PM.
Observing the influx of people coming from the Ueno Station entrance, we began waiting for the participants of the Ueno tour for the afternoon.
The temperature of the day already rose to 25 degrees Celsius, and it was slightly humid.
Our tour guides, and 4 guests converged in front of the train station at around 1:30 in the afternoon.
After greeting each other, we started our stroll towards the Tokyo Cultural Theater, one of the most notable opera houses in Tokyo.
After introducing this distinguished theater to the guests, we continued to tour around 16 notable spots of interest in the Ueno Park for 90 minutes.
Known as the “Village of Culture” and as described in one of our previous blog posts, Ueno Park is huge enough to accommodate many attractions, including art museums, a zoo, a Buddhist temple, a Shinto shrine, and other notable locations.
In the green and peaceful ground, visitors of the park and the participants of the Ueno Tour were able to witness stage performances held in the fountain square in front of Tokyo National Museum.
The aim of these performances is to give opportunities for people visiting the park to see various types of dance like hip-hop, jazz, and yosakoi, a traditional Japanese dance; performed by selected dancers of various generations and nationality.
The event is also a great way to connect people from all walks of life.
Well, choosing your ideal location in Tokyo can be taxing, and so is spending an entire day walking around this highly urbanized city, unplanned and without aim.
For people wishing to experience a unique daytime trip in Tokyo, the Asakusa and Ueno tours are for you.
The Asakusa tour starts at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and the Ueno tour starts at 1:30 PM.
We are sure that this new tour schemes will be of interest to you.