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Tokyo Free Walking Tour

at the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo
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Q: What is the tour about?
A: The walking tour is about the culture and history of Tokyo. You can enjoy a walking tour guided in English from Tokyo station to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (the remains of Edo Castle), stopping by at various cultural and historical sites. 
A: We conduct the tour every Saturday throughout the calendar year except during Dec 28th-31st and Jan 1st-3rd. The tour usually takes about two and a half hours.
We occasionally conduct non-regular Weekday and Sunday tour. Check the latest tour schedule at [the schedule page].

We may shorten or cancel the tour in extraordinary bad weather or other unexpected events.

A: The tour course starts at Tokyo station, walking through the business district in Marunouchi and then to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. 

Tokugawa Ieyasu unified Japan about 400 yeas ago and established the Edo feudal government. Since then, Edo (Tokyo was called Edo then) built its own culture unique to Japan under the national isolation policy, which means to break off relations with other countries.

Then came the rapid turnabout of the Meiji Restoration 150 years ago. The Emperor moved from Kyoto to the Imperial Palace in Edo. Foreign cultures came fast and furious. Edo is now Tokyo and has become one of the most prominent cities in the world.

We would like you to focus on the history of continuous change Tokyo went through in 400 years: the business district in Marunouchi which is the symbol of modern Japan, the historical buildings of Meiji and Taisho era in the early 1900s, and the site of Edo Castle, which was the headquarters of the feudal government in the Edo era of the Tokugawa Shogun.

A: No reservation is necessary. Come directly to the meeting place outside the Marunouchi Central Gate at Tokyo station [See Map] by the scheduled time, and talk to the volunteer guide members waiting for you with the Tokyo Free Walking Tour sign board.

You are free to hop on and off at any point during the tour, because we respect your schedule. This is a free tour but if you are satisfied with it, we are happy to accept donations. We make use of them to print brochures and posters, update websites and other media, and to improve our tour.

[Note for Japanese Participants]