Volunteer-Guided TOKYO FREE WALKING TOURS : Guided by TCGC [Tokyo City Guide Club]
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Free Walking Tours are Available!
All tours are intended for non-Japanese. Please contact us in advance
if you apply for tour guided by Chinese-speaking guide.
 
Tour Description
Tour of the Imperial Palace East Garden
and Imperial Palace Plaza

You will be guided through the Imperial Palace East Garden, where they'll find what's left of the central keep of old Edo Castle, to the Imperial Palace Plaza. Just a few minutes away from the hirh-rise buildings in Marunouchi's business district, visitors can experience the urban oasis while enjoying Tokyo's history and greenery.

 

The Imperial Palace East Garden:

 

The Imperial Palace East Garden is located in the Imperial Palace(Kokyo). The garden still has a rich natural environment (approximately 21 hectares(52 acres) ). There used to be Edo Castle. Visitors can see the remains of Edo Castle and experience those days(Edo era) at first hand. So please act the part of 'Daimyo' and enjoy our tour. We maintain a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.

 
Watariyaguramon Gate  
Killer whale
 
Castle tower base

Watariyaguramon Gate

Killer Whale

Castle Tower Base

 
 
Tour Dates & Times

Tour begins at 13:30 and ends at 15:00
2011 February 26(Sat)
2011 March 16 (Wed))

   

 
Meeting site  
TCGC flag
This flag is landmark at the entrance of C10 exit, Otemachi Station.
 

Entrance of C10 exit, Otemachi Stationon on the Tokyo Metoro Line.
3 Min on foot from Otemachi Station.
Please show up at the meeting site by 13:15..

 
Access Map (1.1MB) Around the meeting site
 
How to Make a Reservation

We require reservations for our Free Walking Tour. Reservations can be made via the Internet form or phone. Please leave your name, the number in party, a contact number and which date you are requesting in your message.

 
Application Form

 

 
   

   
After the tour, we suggest visitors to visit other spots near Imperial Palace's East Garden.
For example, Double Bridge.

Double Bridge :

Double Bridege has long been loved by Japanese people as one of the most symbolic sites in the Imperial Palace. The bridge in front is "the front stone bridge" and the one behind is "the front iron bridge". Generally speaking, "Double Bridge" refers to these "two bridges", but historically, it is "the one behind". The name of the bridge derives from its "double structure".

 
double bridge  
main gate(Imperial palace)
 
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Double Bridge

Main Entrance Gate(Imperial Palace)

Imperial Palace Outer Garden(Black pine trees)

 
   

 
Tour Description
    Meiji Jingu Shrine Stroll Tour

TCGC members take you around :

 
 

Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) :

 

We will start off with Meiji Shrine. This is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Surrounded by great nature, it is a kind of oasis in the center of the metropolis. Many Shinto ceremony weddings take place in the main hall. You may see a procession of a wedding party around the main building! Tour lasts approximately one and half hours. We maintain a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.

 
Torii (entrance gate)  
Shrine building
 
wedding ceremony

Torii (entrance gate)

Shrine Building

Wedding Ceremony

 
 
Tour Dates & Times

Tour begins at 9:45 and ends at 11:15
2011 February17 (Thu)

   

 
Meeting site  
At JR Harajyuku Station.
 

At the First Torii Gate of Meiji Shirine..
Please show up at the meeting site by 9:30.
We will be waiting for you with the TCGC flag.

 
Access Map (1.1MB) Around the meeting site
 
How to Make a Reservation

We require reservations for our Free Walking Tour. Reservations can be made via the Internet form or phone. Please leave your name, the number in party, a contact number and which date you are requesting in your message.

 
Application Form

 

 
   

   
We recommend you to take a walk in the areas of Hrajuku and Omotesando after the tour.
Please refer to the description below.

Harajuku :

You can enjoy Japan's teenage cultures' world in Harajuku. On weekends many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in showing their own unique costumes, dressed up in, "Gothic Lolita", "Decorative","Romantic Punk", and so on. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.

 
Harajuku Station  
Takeshita Dori
 
"cosplay"

Harajuku Station

Takeshita Dori

"Goth Loli "

 
   

Omotesando :

You can enjoy walking in Omotesando, a tree lined avenue that used to be the main approach to Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu). Now there are numerous stores, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and also craft shops along this 1 kilometer long avenue. You will find something for yourself here.

 
Omotesando  
Omotesando Hills
 
Oriental Bazaar

Omotesando

Omotesando Hills

Oriental Bazaar

 
 
  Tour Description  
Asakusa then and Now
For centuries a major attraction for visitors, Asakusa is now a treasure trove for those looking for the spirit and traditions of Edo in modern Tokyo.
 
Tour Dates & Times

Begin at 13:30 and ends at 15:00 
2011 March  26 (Sat))

 
Meeting site
The lobby of Sakura Hostel Asakusa
11 Min on foot from Asakusa Station.
Please show up at the meeting site by 13:15.
*We will be waiting for you with the TCGC flag.
Access Map (1.1MB) Around meeting sight
 
Haven’t visited Asakusa? Then you haven’t really visited Tokyo. Centuries older than Edo/Tokyo itself, Asakusa has long been the symbolic heart of the city. Learn more about its dynamic spirit while exploring the temple and its surrounding streets. Sample some local treats and succumb to the temptations of the Nakamise (store-lined path to Sensoji Temple), just the place to pick up something for the folks back home !
A Deva King Statue Pagoda Gokuden(Main Hall)
Application Form
 
 
 
Q & A

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Useful Information & Links

----- Weather -----
Weather Forecasts
January - average. 9.0 C / 50 F
February - average. 5.0 C / 40 F

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Airport Limousine (Bus)
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