Excursion: Edo Gardens & a Boat Ride to Asakusa

A Boat Trip on Sumida River to Asakusa, with a semi-formal Japanese lunch in old Kyoto style

Visits to traditional Japanese gardens in Edo period, a boat ride on Sumida River and the old temple town of Asakusa, with semi-formal lunch in Kyoto Style by an internationally known chef.

Details
Time: 09:00-17:30 (approx. 8.5 hours)
Price: JPY 15,500 per person
Condition: Minimum Participants required 30 persons, maximum 40 persons
Included: Transportation, English speaking guide, lunch, entrance tickets
Assembly Time: 08:50
Assembly Point: JR Ueno Station Park Exit, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Itinerary
Ueno Station — Koishikawa Korakuen Garden — Rikugien Garden — Lunch @Minokichi Hinode Pier — Asakusa Senso-ji Temple — Ueno Station

Highlights
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden: Located near the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium and the Korakuen amusement park, Koishikawa Korakuen is a 16-acre traditional Japanese garden that has been designated both a special historical site and a special place of scenic beauty. The garden began in 1629 as the private residence of one of the members of the Tokugawa family, with parts of the garden designed to resemble famous sights throughout Japan and China. Although replete with flowers of all sorts and lovely in any season, the garden is especially well-known for its pink and white plum blossoms which bloom in the early spring.

Senso-ji Temple: Sensoji is the oldest and most impressive temple in Tokyo. The main hall was first built in 645 to house a tiny golden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, that had been repeatedly hauled up in fishing nets despite being thrown back into the river. The statue was enshrined in the main hall where it ostensibly remains today — a sight too holy to be seen. The temple was destroyed in the air raids of March 10, 1945, and the present building is a 1958 reconstruction. The temple precincts bustle with people praying, buying fortunes, shopping or sightseeing. Many come for the curative powers of smoke billowing from the bronze urn burning incense in front of the main hall. People rub smoke on joints in the hope of easing aches and pains.