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Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo

Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo

By Japan Awaits

Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Japanese, English, Chinese

  • English speaking guide
  • Photo opportunities
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenirs (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure details
  • Kudanshita Station, 1-chōme-13-19 Kudankita, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0073, Japan The direction to the meeting point will be provided after booking.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 27666P12

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Optional add-on of Imperial Palace tour available at checkout
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Will this be a sensitive topic for some people?While the purpose of this tour is to educate and inform about Modern Japanese history (from over 70 years ago until recent times), it may still be a sensitive topic to some people. We really hope that everyone who comes will keep an open mind and will not put our tour guides in a difficult situation; if the tour guide may feel threatened at any point, please note that the tour may have to end and the tour guide may contact local law enforcement if necessary.
  • Standard Cancellation Policy:
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 5 days or less before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 25% if booking is cancelled 10 days or less before event
  • How far in advance should I book?
  • Preparing a customized tour requires some time, especially if reservations for restaurants or other venues are required. We recommend making a reservation as early as possible. Ideally, it should be 3 months before your travel date, or 1 month before the travel date at the very least. For Custom Tour bookings that are requested with less than 7 days before the travel date, we may not be able to arrange your custom tour in time so your booking request may be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.
  • Why am I charged a service fee if I make a cancellation after you started planning the trip?
  • Organizing and planning a trip requires a lot of time and if we have made reservations on your behalf, it may be very challenging to cancel some booking requests. Once we receive your booking and your answers from the Custom Tour form, we will begin putting together your Itinerary Sheet and will start arranging your tour guide, buying tickets, making reservations at venues for your tour, etc.
  • If you cancel the tour any time after we have sent you event details, the service fee of 15% of your total tour cost will be nonrefundable.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Which attractions will I visit with Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo?
How much is Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo?
Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo price starts from $83.04. Discover and book Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo on Tripadvisor
What is the Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo cancellation policy?
Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo?
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  • You'll start at
    Kudanshita Station
    1-chōme-13-19 Kudankita, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0073, Japan
    The direction to the meeting point will be provided after booking.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Yasukuni Shrine
    Yurakucho District
    Hibiya Park
    Imperial Palace
    Tokyo Station Gallery
    Chidoriga-fuchi Park
    Kitanomaru Park
    Kanda myoujin Shrine
    The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
    Edo-Tokyo Museum
    National Museum of Nature and Science
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    Edo-Tokyo Museum
    Rikugi Park Playground
  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator
Japan Awaits
Joined in August 2015

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1 review
Very good

Holywood, UK8 contributions
Nov 2019
An interesting tour through two museums that don't particularly cater to non-Japanese speakers. Which made having a tour guide indispensable. It would certainly not have been worth visiting either without a helping hand to translate and explain things.

The museums essentially cover Japan from the end of the Edo period up until the restoration of Japan after WW2. I would recommend anyone with an interest in history try this tour, if only because it presents to you the perspective of another country upon the tragedies of WW1 and WW2.
Written December 22, 2019
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