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Long waited tour at “Old Tokyo” & “Village Of Culture” have really started, September 25 

  • 2022.09.29

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. […]

Day tour of Asakusa and Ueno Park

  • 2022.09.17

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. […]

Asakusa Tour To Resume Soon, Sep.13th

  • 2022.09.13

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 […]

UME & SAKURA HAVE SIMULTANEOUSLY STARTED BLOOMING, February 23, Asakusa and Ueno.

  • 2020.02.24

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour in Asakusa and Ueno. On that day, February 23, we welcomed 18 guests on our walking tour. These people came from different corners of the world, including Australia, Canada India, Spain and U.K. Amazingly, Ume, or plum trees have started blooming in Tokyo. Ume, or Japanese Apricot trees, are flower-bearing trees in Japan that bloom nationwide from late February until the end of March. The blossoming period of Ume trees serves as a precursor of the sakura season, which normally start blooming in late March through the middle of April. In Japan, this flowering transition are associated with the relic like ” Ume wa saitaka sakurawa madakina“. It roughly means “Ume now in full bloom, but Sakura not yet”. Under this seasonal atmosphere, in Asakusa, we met fourteen people at Kaminarimon Gate and started our 90-minute tour. Going by the name as Thunder Gate, or Kaminarimon Gate, this Buddhist gate have been an instrument in symbolizing Asakusa. Actually, the image is used on the cover of Japanese guidebook or souvenir’s package designs. Built in 10 centuries, this religious building accompanying with two statues, A God of Thunder and A God of […]

Asakusa and the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace Tour on February 15th

  • 2020.02.16

Thank you for choosing our tours at Asakusa and the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on February 15th. We welcomed 12 guests from USA, UK, Germany, Spain and Ireland. It was cloudy but warm weather in Tokyo. I hope all of you enjoyed our tour and shared with us an interesting conversation of history and culture for a few hours. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached. Your feedback is important and helpful to us. If you enjoyed our tour, could you consider reviewing our tours? We would appreciate if you could post your review about our tours on our Facebook/TripAdvisor etc. Once again, thank you for choosing Tokyo Free Walking Tour during your precious time in Tokyo. In case you happen to be back in Tokyo please try another one of our tours. (posted by Kuma)

February 11, Asakusa and the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

  • 2020.02.11

Many thanks for joining us on our tours at Asakusa and the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on February 11. We welcomed 7 visitors from Australia, UK and America. It was a bit cold but lovely weather in the middle of winter. I hope all of you enjoyed our tours and shared with us an interesting conversation for a few hours. As we mentioned, the group photos and snapshots are herewith attached. As you may have seen the Japanese flag being displayed at many places. February 11 is National Foundation Day and a public holiday to celebrate the founding of Japan. It is said that Jimmu, the first emperor of Japan ascended to the throne and started the nation on February 11, 660 BC. The national holiday began in 1966. Once again, thank you so much for joining us on our tours. Please tell your family and friends how you enjoyed our tour when you return home and I hope to see you again in another one of our tours should you come back to Tokyo. (Yoshi)

Tour Report of Asakusa & Ueno Park on February 9th

  • 2020.02.11

Thank you for your joining our tours in Asakusa morning / afternoon tour & Ueno Park tour held on Feb. 9th Sunday.  We welcomed cumulative total number of 14 guests from USA(5), Australia(4), Belgium(2), Canada(1), Germany(1) and Japan(1).     We really hope all of guests enjoyed our tour.  Please let us share group photos and snapshots of the tours. It was a bright sunny, but chilly winter day in Tokyo.       We really appreciate your choosing our tours,  and we hope all of guests enjoyed historical and cultural background of these areas and also small talk with us during the tour. By the way,  your kind feedback for “Tokyo Free Walking Tour” in TripAdvisor / Facebook site is really valuable for us to motivate ourselves and/or to improve our performances for the future.    I hope you could have a time to leave comments on them. Lastly, thank you again for your joining Tokyo Free Walking Tour in your precious staying time in Tokyo.   We are looking forward to have chance to meet you again or your friends in our tours in future. (Posted by Masao)  

Tour Report in Asakusa on February 1

  • 2020.02.01

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule and joining the tour at Sensoji Temple on February 1. We welcomed 10 people from Australia and America. It was a great opportunity to share the Japanese culture and history with you in the absolutely wonderful weather. Also, some of you kindly accompanied us in the subsequent tour which we really appreciate. Meanwhile, group pictures and snap shots are enclosed. We always make our efforts to improve the quality of our tours. If you liked the tour you would like to help us by sharing it on our Facebook/TripAdvisor etc. which will motivate our activities. You are the one who will determine the value of our tour. Please tell your family and friends how you enjoyed our tour when you return home. If you come back to Tokyo by any chance, join another one of our tours. (Yoshi)

Asakusa & Ueno Tour Report, 26th Jan. 2020

  • 2020.01.27

Thank you for choosing our tours at Asakusa & Ueno on 26th Jan. 2020. We welcomed 9 guests from UK, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Brazil. I hope all of you enjoyed our tour and shared with us an interesting conversation of history and culture for a few hours. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached.   Your feedback is important and helpful to us. If you enjoyed our tour, could you consider reviewing our tours? We would appreciate to see your comment about our tours on our Facebook/TripAdvisor etc. Once again, thank you for choosing Tokyo Free Walking Tour during your precious time in Tokyo. In case you happen to be back in Tokyo please try another one of our tours. https://tfwt.jp/

Asakusa Tour Report on Jan.18th

  • 2020.01.19

Thank you for joining our Asakusa Saturday morning tour on Jan.18th. We had 15 guests. They were from Argentine (2), Italy (2), Mexico (8), Turkey (2) and U.S.A (1 ). It rained with sleet and snowed sometimes. Although it was cold, our guests enjoyed walking and taking pictures at Sensoji temple in Asakusa. For more information about our tour, please visit our website, Facebook and Tokyo Free Walking Tour at https://tripadvisor.com Asakusa Tour Information (by Rei)        

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