Walking Tour of Tokyo Gardens, History, and Temples

Walking Tour of Tokyo guide:

What a great day! Start in a tranquil garden then visit busy temples and museums, and let beguiling shops and a lively river cruise add sparkle to your sojourn!

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Enjoying a tranquil oriental garden, created three centuries ago, is the start of a great day on this Walking Tour of Tokyo. The excellent and inexpensive subway system provides some of the transport. Let’s visit Koishikawa Korakuen, a stunning garden planned in the 17th century. Go on to the wonderful Edo-Tokyo Museum with its display models of life in Old Tokyo, drop in at the tiny Sumo Wrestling Museum, and catch the boat down river to the busy Buddhist temple and peaceful Shinto shrine at Asakusa. And shop! Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Walking Tour of Tokyo Highlights

  • A Day in Tokyo
  • Tranquility in a Garden
  • The Tokyo-Edo Museum
  • Sumo Museum & Riverboat
  • Asakusa: Temple of Kannon
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Highway/Countryside
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • 'Hai' means 'yes.' It also means 'OK, 'I understand,' and 'Got you so far.' When the Japanese explain something, they will pause slightly to make sure you are following. If you understand, say 'Hai' and bow slightly. They'll bow back, and go on to the next point. Example: Helpful Japanese person: 'Turn right opposite the Town Hall.' Pause. You: 'Hai.'
  • Bowing is part of the culture. It is basically a nod without dropping the chin - a courteous acknowledgment. Unless you meet the Emperor, your mother-in-law, or an elderly High Priest, that's enough. Don't bow low to a bell-hop or waitperson, however much they've helped; they will then have to bow lower to you and that's embarrassing for both of you. Just nod politely and they'll understand.
  • Street signs are usually in both Japanese and Romanji, which are Roman letters, same as ours. Look for the word endings. They'll help you find your way. 
bashi = bridge 
mon = gate 
hama = beach seashore 
gawa = river 
dori = street 
jo = castle 
ji = temple 
koen = garden or park 
yama = mountain
  • Take some cash. Many small shops don't take credit cards, and this includes stores and stalls at major tourist spots. If you can't do without it, pay cash. If you want to make a point, tell them 'no card, no sale,' smile, and bow politely as you leave. Department stores, convenience stores, and museums do accept credit cards.
  • Convenience stores such as Sun-K-us are tucked away around corners and are usually lit up like 7-11s. They carry a small range of sushi, microwave meals, sandwiches, beer, sake, soft drinks, and general items such as hairspray. Some carry wine.
  • Great food halls are found in department store basements. Bakeries are wonderful; the Japanese have really taken to pastries. If you want a snack between 3pm and 5pm, chances are that sweet cakes will be all you can get - plus a beer to wash them down. Try Asahi if you like light dry lager style.
  • If you see umbrellas for sale in shop doorways, buy one - you're going to need it!

Angela Cockburn

Angela Cockburn is a busy professional actor/writer who loves to travel. She has visited 26 countries at last count, but there may be one or two she's forgotten! English by birth, Angela now lives in Australia and loves its proximity to the exotic East. This lady just won't stop exploring, so more tours are coming our way.


  1. Bob (verified owner)

    This tour covers some of the most interesting sights in Tokyo. It is a full day of walking and boating – if you’re older like I am you might want to take two days to cover this route. The author must be a speed-walker – I hobbled along taking twice the time she took to get from the subway to the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens. But the magnificent 17th century gardens are definitely worth the effort! The two museums are very interesting – particularly the Edo-Tokyo museum. You could easily spend a whole day there. The boat ride is a relaxing trip through the heart of Tokyo. And the Asakusa temple and shrine complex was wonderful – but I suggest you check with your hotel as to a good time to arrive at Asakusa – we were there in mid-afternoon on a weekend, and it was very crowded. Bottom line – this self-guided tour is the best and most convenient way to see these major Tokyo attractions.

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