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Historical Journey including Akasaka Palace Admission Ticket

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  • E-Ticket
  • Private Tour
  • Live Guide
  • 4 hr

A 4 hour morning tour around Akasaka. Akasaka is a district in Tokyo that has cultivated a culture symbolized by embassies and high-class eateries. While it currently has such an image as the “city of business,” where major corporate headquarters are gathered, you can feel the history of the city in the core hamlet of “Karyukai,” located in the small circle of the shopping streets around Akasaka Station where rows of food shops are lined up. In the Edo era, samurai residences and machiya spread, and around the former Akasaka where the samurai residence were, there are embassies and guest houses of great note. You soon know that there is something special about this area.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)

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

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

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

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

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At:

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