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. […]

Day Tour of Asakusa and Ueno Park on Dec. 4th

  • 2022.12.06

Many thanks for joining us on our tours at Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon on December 4. We welcomed 12 guests from the USA, UK, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, and Hungary. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and share interesting conversations. Also, it was really nice seeing some of you on both tours. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun times we had during the tour. <Asakusa> <Ueno Park> In the winter season, Japanese students struggle to pass the entrance examination. Their parents can only wish them success. We can see many Ema from students at the Asakusa shrine, Ueno great Buddha, and Ueno Toshogu. Do you know Ema? Ema is a small wooden plate that people write down their wishes and dedicate to the shrine. We hope that their dream come true. The combined tour with Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon is not mandated, but it is just our recommendation. You can choose either of the tours as you wish. Once again, thank you for choosing Tokyo Free Walking Tour during your precious […]

Tour report of Asakusa and Ueno Park on Nov. 20th

  • 2022.11.21

Thank you so much for joining our tours at Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon on Nov 20th. We welcomed 24 guests in total from Singapore, India,Puerto Rico, US and UK. How global! It was a little chilly and rainy day, but all of guests was with us till the end. We really appreciate all guest for sharing precious time and inspiring us with interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun we had during the tour. I hope you enjoyed out tour as we did very much. (Asakusa) (Ueno Park) During the tours, we encountered many children cutely-dressed in Kimono. They visited to Asakusa Shrine with their family to celebrate Shichi-Go-San ceremony. Shichi-Go-San literary means 7, 5 and 3, and it is a traditional Japanese annual event for praying the healthy growth of children aged 3, 5 and 7. It was traditionally held on Nov 15th , we can see them around this period. The family uses this opportunity to take commemorative photos at a photo studio. Seeing such happy families make me warm and remind the gratitude for the peace. We always strive to give […]

Day Tour of Asakusa and Ueno Park on October 23

  • 2022.10.25

Many thanks for joining us on our tours at Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon on October 23. We welcomed 9 guests from the U.S.A., India, the Netherlands, and the Philippines. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and share interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun times we had during the tour. Our guests challenged the fortune slip. Unfortunately, some members got bad luck “Kyo”, then tied the strip on a branch of a tree and left it. You don’t need to be seriously concerned about it. Because no more bad situations will happen from now on. Think positive!! Tokyo National Museum (TOHAKU) is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, 89 national treasures in the Tohaku collections are now open to the public from 18th October to 11th December. This is a very rare opportunity, then we highly recommend visiting if possible. Advance reservations with a specific date and time online are required. The admission fee is 2,000 JPY for adults. The combined tour with Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park […]

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 […]


  • 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)

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