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Thirty minutes from Shinjuku; Journey to Enjoy History and Nature


Departure time Departs at 1 p.m.
Duration of the tour About 3.5 hours
Cost 3,100 yen
(breakdown: 760 yen per participant + 2,340 yen for the accompanying two guides)

After only a 30-minute train ride from the heart of Tokyo, you can experience history and nature, which is an another face of bustling Tokyo. On this tour, you will follow a quiet path where spring water flows and visit old buildings with architecture of a unique Japanese style. Since this path is very intricate, it would be difficult to take this route without a tour guide.

*If you walk to the station without taking a bus, the tour ends at Nishikokubunji Station.


Tokyo Tourist Information Center at Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal → Shinjuku Station → Kokubunji Station → Tonogayato Gardens → Otakano-Michi → Masugata Pond Springs → Kokubunji Romon → Niomon → Yakushido → Stone carvings of Buddha → Izumi Plaza (bus stop) → Kokubunji Station (end)

Regarding Guide Services

  • This guide service is provided by volunteers, and transportation is mainly by public transport or walking.
  • The participants for the guide service are up to 5 people.
  • It will be accompanied by 2 tour guides.
  • Participants are required to pay the costs for 2 tour guides.
  • The fees shown here are for 1 participant. The price changes depending on the number of participants. We will notify you of the actual fee by email.
  • The fee for guide services should be paid with Japanese Yen.
  • Among the participants, there must be at least 1 person over 20 years old.
  • Some facilities may be closed depending on the day of the week.
  • The time and date of departure changes depending on the route, so please check the details for each route.
  • Please note that the tour guides will not be present or make reservations at eating and drinking establishments.

*The fee is the amount required for transport and attraction admission fees. (Including the fees for 2 guides). It also includes the amount required for the guides to return to Shinjuku after the guidance finishes. The guidance itself is free of charge.

Regarding Bookings

  1. To apply for a tour, click the “Apply here” button.
  2. We require you to inform us of your first and second preference for route and time/date. Please understand that we may be unable to offer guidance on your preferred date depending on volunteer schedules.
  3. Bookings are required from 1 month to 3 days prior to your preferred guidance date.
  4. After submitting your booking, we will send a response within a week. For bookings made from 1 week to 3 days before, we will respond the day before your preferred date at the latest. Be sure to include your contact details in Japan.
  5. To cancel a booking, please contact us at least 1 day prior.

Apply here