The route shown is indicative only. The actual tour route may differ.
A two day (Two night’s accommodation included only if booking the tour with accommodation. Please see below) city tour. Each day is a full day tour and starts, depending on the day’s itinerary, at either 8:30 am or 9:00 am and finishes at around 5 pm. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 ~13 persons.
Walk Japan’s two day Tokyo Tour explores what is perhaps the most enigmatic cities of the world. Tokyo is the epitome of the ultimate modern, metropolis – bullet trains glide across the city’s roof tops and past gleaming new skyscrapers; vast TV screens looming over intersections blast their messages down over teeming masses; the pride of Japan’s industry proudly display their latest innovative products to the ever receptive Japanese consumer; a network of freeways lace above and below the city carrying a never ending stream of vehicles; and the young, in unique and eclectic dress populate many of the fashionable city quarters. Tokyo, a city of over ten million souls, bustles 24 hours a day and, never seemingly satisfied with itself, restlessly keeps on rebuilding itself at amazing speed and on a vast scale.
Tokyo is a modern mega-city par excellence. It is also a puzzling place. Whilst its modern urban landscape is recognisable around the world, little is known of its past that led some 19th Century western visitors to call it ‘The Venice of the East’. Today, the city seems so modern that its history, a great and fascinating one, is almost always overlooked by both the Japanese and visitors from overseas. Our Tokyo Tour delves into the city’s history, beginning when it was called Edo and had at its core one of the world’s greatest fortress citadels. We learn how Edo, once the site of a marsh 500 years ago, came to be the samurai military stronghold that dominated Japan for much of three centuries; how it nurtured its unique Edo culture, which along with Kyoto’s refined culture has had a great impact on Japan to this day; how rebuilding has always been a major feature of the city; how it came to be Japan’s capital; and how in the present can still be found clues to its unique past. Our fully guided, gently paced walking tour reveals the unique and fascinating history of the city from its feudal samurai origins through to the development of its modern visage.
Walk Japan’s Tokyo Tour focuses on the reasons for the city’s existence and how it came to be the centre of Japanese political and economic power. Looking at both the lives of the great and powerful and also the townspeople we delve into both Edo, its subsequent development into capital and ultimately megalopolis. We will learn how the samurai ran their city and also how the townspeople, living in their shadow, developed a culture that boasts kabuki theatre, print making and the floating world. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the greatest shogun, and the near 270 year Tokugawa family domination of Japan that Ieyasu began take centre stage in our walk through Tokyo. But we also focus on the lives of the not so great, including samurai foot soldiers, merchants, craftsmen and entertainers from feudal times to the present day.
We learn how Edo and Tokyo came to be the centre of Japan’s politics, economy and its day-to-day culture. We will visit some of the greatest historical sites of Tokyo; stroll through some quiet neighbourhoods that still impart a sense of the older city; and come to understand how much of modern Tokyo has its roots in a much concealed, but fascinating history.
Day 1 of Walk Japan’s Tokyo Tour introduces us to the city of the samurai, once centred on its military citadel and highly organised life. We will learn how Edo came to be and how it developed from a samurai stronghold to modern city.
Day 2 focuses on the less well-known but no less interesting city of its people, their way of life and how they interacted with the samurai, developed the Edo culture and how it changed with the city’s growth.
Walk Japan’s Tokyo Tour consists of a two day itinerary. However, it is possible to join the tour for one day only. On both days we meet at the day’s starting point as indicated in the itinerary. Walk Japan provides detailed instruction on how to get to the start point. Please note that Tokyo’s transport system is very comprehensive and easy to use.
Each day ends at around 5 pm in either Ryogoku or Asakusa depending on the itinerary for the day. The Walk Japan tour leader will help arrange onward travel to your accommodation or other desired location. Please note, that after 5 pm the tour leader will also be available to introduce some of the myriad and excellent local restaurants, which are often less accessible for travellers from overseas.
Price: Tour with two night’s accommodation JPY56,000 (JPY= Japanese Yen) per person, single person supplement JPY6,200; Tour without accommodation JPY32,000 per person, single person supplement not applicable. See Booking Conditions.
*Special Offer* For customers joining our Nakasendo Way, Winter Nakasendo Way and Summer Nakasendo Way tours we offer the Tokyo Tour at the special prices of: Tour with two nights’ accommodation JPY50,000 per person, single person supplement JPY6,200; Tour without accommodation JPY28,000 per person, single person supplement not applicable. Please use the currency converter on the right-hand side of this page to find the current rate in your local currency.
For customers joining from the Nakasendo Way tour:
Please note that Day 1 of the Tokyo Tour is the same day as the last day (Day 11) of the Nakasendo Way. The latter tour finishes after breakfast. Correspondingly, the first of the two night’s accommodation included with the Tokyo Tour falls on the last day of the Nakasendo Way tour and your hotel booking will run on consecutive nights.
For customers joining from the Winter and Summer Nakasendo Way tours :
As for the Tokyo Tours after a Nakasendo Way tour (see above), the included two nights’ accommodation is for the nights of Day 1 and Day 2 of the Tokyo Tour. However, as the night of the last day; Day 6 of a Winter Nakasendo Way tour and Day 7 of a Summer Nakasendo Way tour is not included in the Tokyo Tour – i.e accommodation does not run consecutively – please let us know if you would like us to book accommodation for you at the Tokyo Tour hotel.
What is included and not included? A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point as noted in the itinerary. Entrance fees and tea indicated in the itinerary on Day 1.
For tours with accommodation both breakfast and accommodation for 2 nights are included. Lunch, dinner and drinks are not included.
For tours without accommodation breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and accommodation are not included.
Group size: The maximum group size is 12~13 people. We have no minimum size. If we accept a booking we guarantee to run the tour.
Please see the Itinerary for this tour and Tour Dates for dates and availability by clicking on the buttons found further up this page. This two day tour starts on at 9 am on Day 1 and finishes at 5pm on Day 2, the final day. To coincide with the Nakasendo Way these tours usually start on a Sunday and finish on a Monday (early March to mid-June; and early September to mid-November); to coincide with the Winter Nakasendo Way these tours usually start on a Wednesday and finish on a Thursday; and to coincide with the Summer Nakasendo Way usually start on a Saturday and finish on a Sunday.
Please Contact Walk Japan for more information and to book this tour.
This itinerary for the Tokyo Tour is ground only, beginning at the starting points as indicated for each Day of the tour in the itinerary and ending around 5 pm in central Tokyo. After receiving the booking form and deposit we will provide detailed instructions for getting to the meeting point on both days.
The city of the shogun. An introduction to the establishment of Edo, its administration, the life of the shoguns, daimyo, and samurai, and Edo castle’s immediate neighbourhood, Nihonbashi.
We start at 9 am in Nihonbashi, near Tokyo Station. Nihonbashi was the centre of Japan in the Edo period and all the nation’s principal roads, including the Nakasendo and Tokaido, led here. Nihonbashi was on the ‘door step’ of Edo Castle and this is where most travellers to Edo completed their journeys. We learn how Nihonbashi firstly grew as a neighbourhood of craftsmen, entrusted with the building of Edo, and then, secondly, developed into a merchant quarter supplying the needs of the shoguns’ court and townspeople alike. We learn about some of the personalities associated with the area including William Adams and Sadayakko. Adams was an Englishman who became a confidant of the great Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and was one of only two westerners ever to become a samurai. Sadayakko was a geisha, born in Nihonbashi, who became celebrated throughout the west at the beginning of the 20th Century, performing for the presidents of the USA and France, the Prince of Wales, and the Tzar of Russia, and appearing on the front of Harpers Bazaar magazine in 1900.
We walk via the modern business district of Marunouchi to the Imperial Palace. Marunouchi is now Japan’s premier business district but was once an integral part of Edo Castle and we uncover some clues to this on our way. Just beyond here is the site of Edo Castle, now the Imperial Palace. Today the Palace provides a verdant, green refuge at the very centre of Tokyo. At 5 km (3.11 miles) around its circumference it also provides a popular, pleasant jogging course. However, as large as the current extent of the Palace grounds are, they represent only a fragment of Edo Castle’s original 16 km (9.94 miles) periphery.
On reaching the Imperial Palace we stroll through the core of the former castle grounds, where the towering central keep once stood. The keep has not existed since it last burned down in the mid-17th Century, but the still standing, massive stone ramparts of the castle evoke the magnificence and power of life at the shoguns’ court.
We continue on to nearby Yasukuni Shrine through what were once castle grounds but are now pleasant, forested parks. Yasukuni Shrine is a contentious symbol of Japan’s recent warring past but has its roots in the Meiji period, when it became dedicated to commemorating the soldiers of the opposing sides at the time of the demise of the shogunate and the restoration of the emperor.
From here we walk just beyond the original extent of Edo Castle to Kagurazaka, a little known but delightful area of restaurants and small shops. Here we enjoy lunch, which is not included in the tour. Your Walk Japan tour leader will however recommend places to eat and help settle you in if required.
Post lunch we take a short train journey to Ryogoku for a guided visit of the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum. The museum describes in detail the built environment of and life in Tokyo from the Edo through to the post-war period.
Although the tour does not extend into the evening, your tour leader will be available to either make suggestions about where you may like to eat or to join you, if you wish.
The city of the Edo townspeople. Today, we get a feel for the city of the Eddoko, the townspeople, and their life from the Edo Period, through the city’s tumultuous transition into the nation’s capital in the late 19th Century, and up to the present day.
The group meets at 9 am in the foyer of the tour hotel before transferring to the old temple district and charming downtown neighbourhood of Yanaka. Little now remains to see in Tokyo of the life of the people from the Edo period through to the mid 20th Century. However, Yanaka, a quiet quarter, with winding streets, narrow alleyways, local shops, and an intimate feel, provides perhaps the closest approximation to how life once was in downtown Edo through to Tokyo’s pre-war years.
From here we stroll on to Ueno Park. The park was once the site of a temple complex that protected Edo Castle from the north-east, still considered a direction of bad omen in Japan. Within the park remains a shrine to the Tokugawa shoguns and it was here that the Tokugawa troops made their last futile stand against the prevailing forces of the coming new order. In one corner of the park is a statue to one of the great but ultimately doomed heros of the overthrowing forces, Saigo Takamori. The deposing of the Tokugawa shogunate and the restoration of the emperor in 1868 set Japan on a path to becoming a democratic, industrial nation. It also marks the transformation of Edo into Tokyo; of a feudal citadel into the capital of a modern, nation state.
We continue our journey on through nearby Ameyoko-cho, a bustling, downtown street market that has its origins as a black market in decimated, post-war Tokyo. We lunch here beneath the train tracks before taking the subway to Fukagawa, an old eastern suburb of Edo, aside the great Sumida-gawa river. Although meals are not included in the tour your Walk Japan tour leader will again be on hand to recommend a restaurant in the area and to help settle you in if so required.
Upon arrival in Fukagawa, we visit the Kiyosumi Teien Japanese garden, one of the best examples of a Japanese garden remaining in Tokyo. This was once the garden of a daimyo, a regional samurai baron, but after the demise of the shogunate, it came under the ownership of Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of the Mitsubishi industrial empire. After relaxing in and enjoying these quiet surroundings we continue on through the neighbourhood, passing by some sumo stables. Here, with a bit of luck, we might catch a glimpse of these mighty sportsmen. The Sumida-gawa river is close by and we continue on with a short walk alongside the river before catching taxis to Asakusa. The great poet Basho lived near here for a while, on the banks of Sumida-gawa, during his itinerant meanderings of Japan.
Asakusa (not to be confused with Tokyo’s Akasaka) is now considered the home of the Eddoko, or the original townspeople of Edo/Tokyo. The area has long been famous for its Senso-ji temple but we also take time to explore the surrounding streets that provide a sense of the local culture that is still connected to its Edo and early Tokyo roots. A plethora of good local restaurants and interesting period bars provide a pleasant way to conclude today’s tour.
Although the tour does not extend into the evening, your tour leader will be available to either make suggestions about where you may like to eat or to join you, if you should wish.
This itinerary is subject to change.
Please see Tour Dates for scheduled tours and their availability. Contact Walk Japan for more information.
|Tour Name||Tour Dates||Tour Status / Availability|
|Tokyo Tour||15 March 2014 - 16 March 2014||Please Contact Us|
|Tokyo Tour||22 March 2014 - 23 March 2014||Please Contact Us|
|Tokyo Tour||29 March 2014 - 30 March 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||5 April 2014 - 6 April 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||10 April 2014 - 11 April 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||12 April 2014 - 13 April 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||19 April 2014 - 20 April 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||26 April 2014 - 27 April 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||28 April 2014 - 29 April 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||3 May 2014 - 4 May 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||10 May 2014 - 11 May 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||17 May 2014 - 18 May 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||24 May 2014 - 25 May 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||31 May 2014 - 1 June 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||7 June 2014 - 8 June 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||21 June 2014 - 22 June 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||12 July 2014 - 13 July 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||19 July 2014 - 20 July 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||26 July 2014 - 27 July 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||2 August 2014 - 3 August 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||9 August 2014 - 10 August 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||30 August 2014 - 31 August 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||20 September 2014 - 21 September 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||4 October 2014 - 5 October 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||11 October 2014 - 12 October 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||18 October 2014 - 19 October 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||1 November 2014 - 2 November 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||8 November 2014 - 9 November 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||10 November 2014 - 11 November 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||15 November 2014 - 16 November 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||22 November 2014 - 23 November 2014||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||28 December 2014 - 29 December 2014||Please Contact Us|
|Tokyo Tour||14 January 2015 - 15 January 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||21 January 2015 - 22 January 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||11 February 2015 - 12 February 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||18 February 2015 - 19 February 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||1 March 2015 - 2 March 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||11 March 2015 - 12 March 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||21 March 2015 - 22 March 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||28 March 2015 - 29 March 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||4 April 2015 - 5 April 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||9 April 2015 - 10 April 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||11 April 2015 - 12 April 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||18 April 2015 - 19 April 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||25 April 2015 - 26 April 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||27 April 2015 - 28 April 2015||Please Contact Us|
|Tokyo Tour||2 May 2015 - 3 May 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||9 May 2015 - 10 May 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||10 May 2015 - 11 May 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||16 May 2015 - 17 May 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||23 May 2015 - 24 May 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||30 May 2015 - 31 May 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||6 June 2015 - 7 June 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||13 June 2015 - 14 June 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||20 June 2015 - 21 June 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||18 July 2015 - 19 July 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||25 July 2015 - 26 July 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||1 August 2015 - 2 August 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||8 August 2015 - 9 August 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||29 August 2015 - 30 August 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||12 September 2015 - 13 September 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||19 September 2015 - 20 September 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||26 September 2015 - 27 September 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||3 October 2015 - 4 October 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||10 October 2015 - 11 October 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||17 October 2015 - 18 October 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||24 October 2015 - 25 October 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||31 October 2015 - 1 November 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||7 November 2015 - 8 November 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||9 November 2015 - 10 November 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||14 November 2015 - 15 November 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||21 November 2015 - 22 November 2015||Places Available|
|Tokyo Tour||28 November 2015 - 29 November 2015||Places Available|
The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for our Tokyo Tour. In addition, please refer to your own past experiences and make adjustments or amendments as necessary. If you require any further advice please contact us.
Weather, clothing & baggage
December ~ February tours:
Day temperatures will be cold to cool (4 ~ 12 C or 40 ~ 53 F) in Kyoto and Tokyo. Nights will be very cold to cold (-5 ~ 5ºC or 23 ~ 41ºF).
Early to mid-March tours:
Day temperatures will be cool (13 ~ 17ºC or 55 ~ 63ºF) in Kyoto and Tokyo. Nights will be cold (0 ~ 9ºC or 32 ~ 48ºF).
Later March to mid- to late April and mid-October to November tours:
Day temperatures will be warm (16 ~ 20ºC or 61 ~ 68ºF) in Kyoto and Tokyo. Nights will be cold to cool (4 ~ 12ºC or 39 ~ 54ºF).
Late April to June and September to mid-October tours:
Day temperatures will be warm to hot (18 ~ 28ºC or 64 ~ 82ºF) in Kyoto and Tokyo. Evenings will be cool to warm (10 ~ 18ºC or 50 ~ 64ºF).
July and August tours:
Day temperatures will be hot (25 ~ 35 C or 77 ~ 95 F) and the nights will be warm (16 ~ 26 C or 61 ~ 79 F). It will also be extremely humid.
Please bear the above temperatures in mind when packing.
We will be walking in urban areas on even surfaces. We will be walking in urban areas on even surfaces. Please bring a variety of layers ranging from t-shirts to a top with long sleeves according to the season. A lightweight sweater is useful in summer as air conditioning can sometimes be overly cool. Shorts are acceptable in Japan for both men and women. Please bring comfortable walking shoes suitable for around town sneakers, sandals, etc. The sun’s rays can be strong throughout much of the year and we recommend a sun hat, sun screen, etc. We recommend a small day-pack to carry items you will need during the tour.
Passport & visas
Please check that your passport is still valid before travelling and that it has sufficient blank space, usually a single page, for entry and exit stamps. Please also check with your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate whether you will require a visa before travelling to Japan. It is a requirement of Japanese Law that you carry your passport with you at all times in Japan or, if you are resident in Japan, your Residence Card.
Please have a photocopy of your passport details kept separately from your passport in case the latter should be lost. This will help speed the procurement of a replacement.
Japan has Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements with a number of countries. Please refer to your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for details. Please note that if you do need to apply for a visa and require a letter from Walk Japan to support your application, please request this from us no later than six weeks prior to the start of your tour. Walk Japan cannot guarantee the letter will be available in time to complete your visa application if your request is received any later than this date.
Food and drink
While travelling during the day it is not usually necessary to carry more than water, a snack and personal effects. Shops, vending machines, and kiosks, which are found in most places we visit, provide for many immediate needs including drinks, snacks, cosmetics and clothing. Lunch will be taken either in restaurants or with food bought to eat as a picnic on our way.
In Japan, specific dietary requirements such as vegetarianism, kosher food, and a number of food-related allergies and problems, such as coeliac disease, are not widely understood nor catered for and we cannot guarantee to provide vegetarian, vegan, kosher, or other specific meals. However, we will endeavour to cater wherever possible to individual requirements.
Specifically, the concept of vegetarianism does not really exist in Japan outside of Buddhist temples. However, meals are usually made up of a large variety of dishes and many of these are suitable for vegetarians. We will also contact the accommodation we use and notify them of your requirements. Most, if not all, will be able to provide one or two alternative dishes for you. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs.
Please note that soy sauce, which in Japan always includes wheat, is an ingredient common to many dishes in Japan and there may be a limit to how many dishes can be altered for those who require a gluten-free diet. If you have specific dietary needs we suggest you also bring other food items to help supplement your meals.
For meals not included in the tour expect to pay between JPY 700~1,500 per person for lunch.
Vaccinations and general health
Vaccinations are not required for Japan. However, please check with your own government’s health authorities for their latest advice.
The weather is generally benign in Japan. Summer, however, can be hot and humid and the rays of the sun strong. To help avoid sun stroke and dehydration use sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and drink water regularly.
Mountain sickness is not an issue on Walk Japan tours, which rarely reach an altitude above 1,600m (5,250ft). Walk Japan will advise if on a private, custom tour the itinerary includes heights where altitude sickness is a possibility.
Water from the tap in accommodation in Japan is usually safe and drinkable. If in doubt please ask your tour leader or purchase drinks from one of the ubiquitous drinks machines found almost everywhere.
Medicines and cosmetics
Although the Walk Japan tour leaders carry a first aid kit please bring your own basic supply of adhesive bandages, blister plasters, antiseptic cream, etc. Some medicines and cosmetics with which you are familiar may not be available in Japan, although there are usually similar products. Prescription medicines in Japan may differ from foreign medicines in minor, but possibly unacceptable, ways. If you require a specific medicine or cosmetic, either for health or comfort, please bring sufficient quantities with you.
Getting into shape
Walk Japan’s tours are not a test of endurance. However, Japan is a hilly country and being in reasonable shape will help you maximise your enjoyment. The best way to get fit is to start exercise gradually and build up over a period of time. Regular walking, including some ups and downs, should be sufficient practice for most of our tours. Please see the tour levels found in the Quick Information box for each tour on our web site for specific information.
Walking in a group
Walk Japan’s tours attract people of varied walking abilities. The pace of tours is set by the tour leader and, in general, is a pace at about 80% of the speed most people stroll around town. This is not just to accommodate slower walkers but also to allow everyone to throughly enjoy the countryside we walk through. Depending on the tour, on some days the tour leader may be able to provide additional walking to those who want it. It is also sometimes possible to reduce the amount of walking by travelling onwards by taxi or public transport – for anyone who would like to take a particular day more easily. The Walk Japan tour leader will advise.
In general, taking photographs is not a problem. However, if taking photos of individuals or groups please ask their permission first. Please do not take photographs of young school children, unless first agreed by their parents or guardians.
Access to cash
Changing foreign currency at a bank can be a time consuming exercise. Instead, we recommend alternatives, including arriving in Japan with some Japanese currency, using credit cards and withdrawing cash from ATMs.
ATMs in post offices provide cash against the following credit/debit cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club International, PLUS, Maestro, Cirrus, Union Pay and JCB. Post offices are ubiquitous in Japan and found in the smallest village. The daily withdrawal limit for international cards is JPY30,000. Seven-Eleven stores also offer the same service with the exception of MasterCard cards (this includes Cirrus and Maestro cards). The ATMs at Seven-Eleven convenience stores are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Most Japanese bank ATMs do not provide cash against credit cards, nor will they provide access to foreign bank accounts with the exception of Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches. However, branches of these banks are only found in the largest cities. ATMs can also be found at Narita and Kansai Airports and some major department stores. All ATMs have an English language screen for ease of use.
Before leaving your home country, please check that your credit/debit card can be used abroad. You may also wish to enquire as to what fees you will have to pay for overseas withdrawals, and to notify your bank that you are going abroad, as occasionally a card that is suddenly used overseas may be suspected of being used fraudulently and blocked.
International telephoning, mobile/cell phones and the internet
Making international telephone calls outside of major urban areas can be difficult. Please bring a telephone charge card issued by your local telephone company, such as AT&T or BT. These can be used almost anywhere.
Most G3, BlackBerry, iPhones and other smartphones operate in Japan but please confirm with your service provider whether your phone will work. If your phone does not work in Japan you may rent a mobile/cell phone from providers such as NTT Docomo, Cellhire, Mobal, World Roam, SoftBank, or Vodafone.
Internet access is usually available in hotels and increasingly common in Japanese inns and other establishments.
Japan uses a 100v 50/60mhz electrical system. Electrical goods use the “American” (Type A) plug, with two vertical pins. If the device you wish to use says something like “100-240V, 50/60 Hz”, it will work anywhere in the world with the right plugs. This covers most, if not all, computers, iPads, mobile/ cell phones and battery chargers.
There is no tradition of tipping in Japan. No Japanese expects or will solicit tips. If, however, you feel your Walk Japan tour leader has provided you with excellent service and you would like to reward that please feel free to offer a tip. Please, though, on no account feel that you have to do so.
Quick tour information
Price: Tour with two night’s accommodation JPY56,000 (JPY= Japanese Yen) per person, single person supplement JPY6,200; Tour without accommodation JPY32,000 per person, single person supplement not applicable. Please use the currency converter below to find the current approximate rate in your local currency. See Booking Conditions.
*Special Offer* For customers joining our Nakasendo Way, Winter Nakasendo Way and Summer Nakasendo Way tours we offer the Tokyo Tour at the special prices of: JPY50,000 per person with two nights’ accommodation , single person supplement JPY6,200; Or, tour without accommodation JPY28,000 per person, single person supplement not applicable.
Duration: Fully guided 2 day, 2 night tour.
Included: For tour with accommodation: Walk Japan tour leader; 2 nights’ accommodation; 2 breakfasts; entrance fees, travel each day from tour start point to finish point.
For tour without accommodation: Walk Japan tour leader; entrance fees, travel each day from tour start point to finish point.
Tour Level: 2
Group Size: Maximum group size 12 ~ 13 people. We have no minimum group size.
Guarantee: If we take a booking we guarantee to run the tour.
Please note that values shown here are indicative only.