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Historical Journey including Akasaka Palace Admission Ticket

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    Stop At: Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), 2-1 Motoakasaka, Minato 107-0051 Tokyo Prefecture

    This guest house (a bit of a misnomer – it should be thought of as more of a palatial hotel) was the first Western style grand building in Japan, built by the then crown prince, later the Taisho Emperor, with stylistic reference to France’s Versailles. Total construction cost was the equivalent to over 100 billion yen in today’s money. Construction took about ten years, and it used the latest in building chic and decoration technology. It is now used as a facility to host state guests such as foreign kings or presidents, and it is also used as a stage for summit talks and dinner parties.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin, 1-4-7 Motoakasaka, Minato 107-0051 Tokyo Prefecture

    Ooka Echizennokami, who was an Edo town donor in the 18th century, has been deemed to have dedicated Echizennokami it from his house in Toyokawa Inari of Aichi Prefecture as a shrine to the residence. Since the latter half of the 19th century, Akasaka has been the gathering place of restaurants and also, as geisha gathered here in the “Karyukai,” inflows of people who live with artists increased. Even now the area is known as a popular area among prominent celebrities and famous athletes.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square, 8-1-22 Akasaka Akasaka Oji Bild. 1F, Akasaka, Minato 107-0052 Tokyo Prefecture

    Aoyama Square displays and sells selected traditional craft items from all over Japan. A wide range of treasures and handicrafts are available, all made using the finest techniques that will allow for enjoyment 100 years or more. The shop invites craftsmen from all over the world to hold workshops from time to time, so you can also often see these artisans at work first-hand.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Korekiyo Takahashi Memorial Park, 7-3-39 Akasaka, Minato 107-0052 Tokyo Prefecture

    Small classic Japanese garden in the middle of the city. Refresh from the hustle and bustle.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: TORAYA Akasaka Main Store, 4-chōme-9-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-8401, Japan

    Toraya is a Japanese confectioner with 500 years of history. Its newly refurbished flagship store in Akasaka will reopen on Monday, October 1, 2018. Inside, you will find a shop, a factory, a cafe and a gallery. The building facade is covered in glass, giving it an open and inclusive atmosphere. The wooden interior, made from Japanese cypress, embodies the best of elegant tradition.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Omakase, Minato Tokyo Prefecture

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    Reviewed March 12, 2019

    I think this tour is great for people who want to take it slow like me. The tour guide (Hisako) pointed out many typically Japanese aspects of the sites I visited so that I could enjoy the experience more. The course is also well designed,...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Takeshi S, 支配人 at OMAKASE, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2019

    Thank you so much for joining the tour and your wonderful review! I’m glad that you had great experiences and enjoyed the tour with Hisako. I hope you will come back to Tokyo and explore hidden gems again. I’m looking forward to seeing you next...More

    Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

    Our guide Kono-San was very punctual, friendly and interesting. We loved visiting this traditional neighborhood of Tokyo. Beautiful walk, perfect pace and wonderful sights! Highly recommend for a different view of Tokyo.More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    Takeshi S, オーナー at OMAKASE, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2019

    Thank you so much for joining the tour and your wonderful review! I’m glad that you had a great time in Yanaka with Nobuo and found nostalgic Tokyo. I hope you will come back to Tokyo and explore hidden gems again. I’m looking forward to...More

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