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Route 11: Introduction to Japanese gardens, tea, food, craftsmanship and Japanese culture

Introduction to Japanese gardens, tea, food, craftsmanship, and Japanese culture


Departure time: Departs at 1 p.m.
Duration of the tour: About 4 hours
Cost: 3,630 yen (breakdown: 1,910 yen per participant + 1,720 yen for accompanying guide for two people)

While strolling around Hama-Rikyu Gardens, traditional Japanese gardens with a 350-year history, you will call at a teahouse where you can enjoy matcha green tea with Japanese confectionery. You will walk around Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can find over 400 stores, most notably wholesalers which date back to the Taisho Period, around 100 years ago. On this course, which allows you to come into contact with traditional Japanese culture, you will also visit the distinctive Tsukiji Honganji Temple, with a main hall whose exterior imitates the ancient Buddhist architecture of India, before experiencing the ancient Japanese art of making washi paper by hand.

Note: On Saturdays and Sundays, as handmade washi paper-making classes are not offered, the tour ends at Tsukiji Station after visiting Tsukiji Honganji Temple.
The actual cost is 2,680 yen (breakdown: 1,240 yen per participant + 1,440 yen for accompanying guide for two people)
The tour takes about 2.5 hours.


Tokyo Tourist Information Center Busta Shinjuku→Shinjuku Station→Shiodome Station→Hama-Rikyu Gardens→Tsukiji Outer Market→Tsukiji Honganji Temple→Tsukiji Station→Kodemmacho Station→Ozu Washi (handmade Japanese paper making class) (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.

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.

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