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Asakusa and Ueno Park Tour on May 14th, 2023. ー Sanjya Matsuri is coming soon in Asakusa!! ー

  • 2023.05.15

Thank you very much for participating in the Asakusa Morning/Afternoon Tour and Ueno Park Tour held on May 14th!!   Despite the weather forecast, it didn’t rain until the end of tours, thanks to the dragons!  We really hope all of you had enjoyed the time with us on the day.   We welcomed 31 Guests for Asakusa; USA, Costa Rica, Spain, Singapore, India, Italy, Brazil and Canada  and also 15 Guests for Ueno Park; Australia, Argentina, Germany, England, India, Italy and Israel.    We would like to express our sincere gratitude to your joining.   As we posted photos of Asakusa Tours followed by Ueno Park Tours below, we hope you will be able to remember our tours!!   Asakusa AM Group A Asakusa AM Group B Asakusa AM Group C Asakusa AM Group D Asakusa PM Ueno Park has become full of green leaves.  It makes architectures and monuments in the park more attractive as you can see from photos. Ueno Park Group A Ueno Park Group B As we mentioned to the guests of Asakusa tour, the big festival of Asakusa Shrine called Sanja Matsuri will be held from May 19th to May 21st. This festival is one […]

Asakusa and Ueno Tour on April 30, 2023

  • 2023.05.02

When we arrived at the starting point it was raining and windy. We wondered how many guests could come. Our worries disappeared when 22 guests from 7 countries turned up to join our AM tour. Anyway, Asakusa is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Tokyo, isn’t it? The rain stopped soon after we started. Thanks to the rain, the temple area was not so crowded. It turned out to be a good day for the tour. In the PM tour of Asakusa we received 6 guests from 3 countries. Adding Ueno tour numbers of 8 guests to these, we received 36 guests from 9 countries of Italy, Argentine, Phillippienes, Singapore, USA, Israel, UK, Germany and Spain in all April 30 tours. Skytree is the tallest tower in the world, 634m high from the ground. Nakamise, a narrow shopping street on the approach to the temple, is good for finding souvenirs and tasting some traditional street foods. The origin of the Sensoji temple goes back to 7th century. The legend says that when two brothers were fishing in the river, they caught a holy statue of Kannon in the net. After they brought it back to the village, […]

The exquisite ramen in Asakusa and Ueno (April 23, 2023)

  • 2023.04.23

The weather was comfortable in spring on April 23. We appreciate your participation in our tours in Asakusa and Ueno Park.  37 people kindly joined our tours from Portugal, Germany, Czeck Republic, Israel, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada, America, Columbia and Argentina. I sincerely hope all of you enjoyed walking with us. Group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun we had during the tours. One of the pleasures of travel is to eat delicious food. Ramen is available in every corner in Japan and perhaps Japan’s most renowned soul food. There are many ramen restaurants in Asakusa and Ueno. When you feel hungry after the tour, I recommend a few conveniently located ramen stores in both places. All of them are popular and may be crowded at the time of rush hours, but even if there is a queue it will move more quickly than you think. It’s worth waiting. Credit cards are not acceptable at the shops.   Yoroiya started the ramen business in 1991 and is now one of the most popular ramen restaurants in Asakusa. Yoroiya boasts traditional shoyu (soy sauce) base and their ramen is topped with char-siu pork […]

Tour report of Asakusa on Apr. 9th

  • 2023.04.10

Thank you for choosing our tour at Asakusa in the morning and the afternoon on April 9th. We welcomed 61 guests from USA, India, Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Spain, Israel, Argentina and Cyprus. I hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had. (AM, Group A) (AM, Group B) (AM, Group C) (AM, Group D) (AM, GroupE) (PM, Group A) (PM, Group B) (PM, Group C) (PM, Group D) During our tour, we encountered the traditional sacred dance called Egret Dance. The origin of the dance is in Kyoto for more than a thousand years ago to drive away the epidemic. At Senso-ji Temple, this dance was recorded in a picture scroll in the 17th century, and was restored in 1968 based on it. This day was one of the three days in one year when the dance is performed in Asakusa. By the way, one of our guests told that she found our tour on Chat GPT. I was not familiar with Chat GPT, but I went home and asked about this Egret Dance. I was so surprised […]

Asakusa and Ueno Park Tour on April 2nd,2023

  • 2023.04.03

Many thanks for joining us on our tours at Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon on April 2nd, 2023. We welcomed 44 guests from USA, Singapore, Greece, Australia, India, Canada, Hongkong, Chile, Thailand and Indonesia. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and to share interesting conversations. Also, it was really nice seeing some of you in both tours. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun we had during the tour. Asakusa was as crowded as ever. But, our skillful guides got by easily and showed you around Asakusa thoroughly. With our guides, you won’t miss highlights even in the hestic time of year. Senso-ji temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo and Asakusa shrine is right by the side. It’s the best start to learn about Japanese religion. When you visit temples and shrines in Japan, there are certain manners to follow and we can show you how. You will be comfortable visiting temples and shrines later days in Japan. In the afternoon, Ueno park tour welcomed some guests from morning Asakusa tour and some newly joined guests. Ueno Park […]

Asakusa and Ueno Park Tour on March 26

Today’s tours were featured by a constant rain fall in the morning and afternoon. We were not greeted by Tokyo Skytree being invisible in the thick clouds. Yet we were able to host several groups of avid visitors who were eager to know more about Asakusa and Ueno Park. We were glad that nobody got lost in the umbrella jungles. Thank you for your attentiveness and patience. We’d like to say this rainy day was not very bad with a rain-soaked cherry blossom showing different beauty of transition, but we honestly hope that we’ll see you again under the fairer weather next time. Till then. I hope our guides were able to help you spend a better rainy day. Recall you memory in the photos below: For more information about our tour, please visit our website at https://tfwt.jp/top/asakusa/, https://tfwt.jp/top/ueno/, https://www.facebook.com/TokyoFWT or Tokyo Free Walking Tour at at https://www.tripadvisor.jp/.


  • 2023.03.06

The restrictions of COVID-19 have been finally coming off, and Japan’s life is returning to its usual liveliness. Thank you very much for your choosing TFWT tours among various volunteer guide groups.  We welcomed 9 guests together from USA (Ueno), Australia, England and Canada (Asakusa).  We really hope all of you enjoyed our tours and obtained one of nice memories of Japan. Asakusa is a place which has an old history going back over 1000 years, centered on Sensoji Temple. Although the remnants of its prosperity during the Edo period had been lost once by the war, but the main architectures has already been rebuilt and refurbished.   It is really a place where traditional Japanese culture that has continued since the Edo period were condensed.  Construction of Tokyo Sky Tree, the world tallest self standing broad casting tower, in 2012 brought additional attraction to this area. Ueno Park is well-known as one of Tokyo’s leading cherry blossoms viewing spot, and we have received a lot of guest entries for the cherry blossom season that will soon start. However, please let me note, even Japanese people living in Tokyo, they don’t know so much about historical sites located at Ueno […]


  • 2023.02.08

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour.   On the day of our two-guided tours at Asakusa and Ueno, we welcomed a total of 7 guests from the U.S.A., Australia and Finland. A cold but sunny weather condition prevailed and las­ted the entire day all over Tokyo.   The rooftop of the Asakusa Information Center building is a vantage point to look at the stunning view of the areas around Asakusa and its neighboring locations. This includes the following: Tokyo Skytree, Sumida River, the headquarters building of Asahi beer brewery and its icon.  Tokyo Skytree stands appealingly against the backdrop of blue sky.   In another direction, the luxurious gate of Sensoji Buddhist Temple and a 250-meter shopping street are seen.These well-known spots are usually great topics to break the ice during our Asakusa tour. Experiencing this breakthrough vies, we went down and started our 90-minutes strolling from the distinctive Buddhist temp­le gate, Thunder Gate, to Asakusa Shinto Shrine building.  On the same day, Ueno Park was full of enthusiastic  park visitors. In the middle of the park, a statue was calmly observing a lot of visitors.   His name is Anthonius Franciscus Bauduin, a Dutch medical doctor, who is referred as “the Father of Ueno […]

Join us on our 3 exciting tours on February 5

  • 2023.01.27

As we notified on our website, there will be the morning and afternoon tours in Asakusa and the afternoon tour in Ueno Park on February 5. We are delighted to advise that there will be more tour opportunities for our guests from February.   February 5 schedule: The Asakusa tours Morning tour: start at 10 am and finish around 11:30 am Afternoon tour: start at 1 pm and finish around 2:30 pm The Ueno Park tour Start at 1:30 pm and finish around 3:30pm  Asakusa and Ueno are close to each other. Two tours may be combined. Asakusa has many sightseeing spots around the Sensoj Temple. The Denpoin Street is one of them. Crossing the Nakamise Street, the atmosphere is different from there. The length of the street is 200 meters. The Denpoin Street is wider, less crowded and easier to walk in. You’ll feel like traveling back into the Edo period. They have a variety of traditional crafts such as glass craftwork, combs and brushes. During the Edo period there were notable thieves. Their dolls are displayed on the street. The most famous ones were the five master thieves. The man striking a pose is their boss. The other […]

The Asakusa afternoon tour will be back on track

  • 2023.01.08

Thank you for taking the time to join our Asakusa tour on January 8. We welcomed six people from UK, India, America and Hong Kong. It was a bit cold but the weather was wonderful in the new year. I hope you enjoyed the tour with us. There is a famous street specializing in kitchen tools between  Asakusa and Ueno. It’s the Kappabashi Kitchen Tool Street, Japan’s largest kitchen street. There are more than 170 shops on the 800-meter street for kitchen tools such as plastic food samples, knives, dishes, pots, cooking utensils and so on. The categories of products are everything needed by restaurants without fresh food. The price is generally reasonable but you may be able to find a bargain.   For example, food samples which are placed in restaurant windows for passersby.  Sushi, ramen and tempura look so real and delicious, but you can’t eat them. Some kitchen knife shops are visited by chefs around the world. They offer carving your name for free on the knife you purchase at the shop. Kappabashi started as a second-hand tool shop about 110 years ago and now attracts Japanese as well as foreign visitors as Japan’s largest kitchen street. […]

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