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Modern Japanese History Tour in Tokyo

In this three-hour small group Modern Japanese History Tour, you’ll be guided by an English-speaking guide as you visit the historic landmarks with relics of the recent WWII.

In this three-hour small group Modern History Tour, you’ll be guided by an English-speaking guide as you visit the historic landmarks with relics of WWII. At 9 AM, meet with your tour guide at Kudanshita Station (designated meet-up spot will be provided after booking).

Guests will pay a visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates 2.5 million of Japan’s war dead since 1869. Learn about the history and controversy that surrounds the shrine before heading to Yushukan, the military and war museum dedicated to the souls of soldiers who died fighting for their country.

In this tour, guests will learn how the Japanese commemorate and pay their respects to those who have perished from war, the issues that civilians faced during WWII such as starvation, how Japanese soldiers felt and behaved during the war.

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3 hours


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  • What's included :
    • English speaking guide
    • Photo opportunities
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Souvenirs (available for purchase)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Japan Awaits, Tokyo Prefecture


    Pass By: Yasukuni Shrine, 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246 Tokyo Prefecture

    Shinto-style shrine commemorating Japanese war dead with a military history museum on its grounds.

    Pass By: Yushukan, 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-0073 Tokyo Prefecture

    The Yūshūkan (遊就館) is a Japanese military and war museum located within Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

    Pass By: Yurakucho District, Chiyoda Tokyo Prefecture

    Yūrakuchō is a business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, situated in between the Ginza and Hibiya Park, southeast of the Tokyo Imperial Palace.

    Pass By: Hibiya Park, 1-6, Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda 100-0012 Tokyo Prefecture

    Hibiya Park with its carefully maintained trees, grass lawns and flower beds, is an oasis of calm in the heart of the city, and is within easy walking distance of the Imperial Palace and Ginza.

    Pass By: Imperial Palace, 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111 Tokyo Prefecture

    This site with scenic gardens & tours of the grounds is the main residence of the emperor of Japan.

    Pass By: Tokyo Station Gallery, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture

    Tokyo Station and its beautiful, nostalgic red brick building is on the must-see list of every tourist to Japan.

    Pass By: Chidoriga-fuchi Park, 1-2, Kojimachi, Chiyoda Tokyo Prefecture

    A peaceful small park famous for its Spring cherry blossom, on the outer side of the imperial palace moat.

    Pass By: Kitanomaru Park, Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda 102-0091 Tokyo Prefecture

    Kitanomaru Park is a public park in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan located North of the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The park is the location of both the Nippon Budokan, an indoor sports and performance venue, the Science Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

    Pass By: Kanda myoujin Shrine, 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda 101-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

    Kanda Shrine, is a Shinto shrine located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The shrine dates back 1,270 years, but the current structure was rebuilt several times due to fire and earthquakes. It is situated in one of the most expensive estate areas of Tokyo.

    Pass By: The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

    Large landscaped gardens in the grounds of a palace first built in 1888, with some Edo castle ruins.

    Pass By: Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015 Tokyo Prefecture

    The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a museum of the history of Tokyo during the Edo period. It was established in 1993.

    Pass By: Hanayashiki, 2-28-1, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture

    Originally opened as a flower park, Hanayashiki is a small amusement park with a history of more than 150 years. Located just a few steps from Sensoji, the nostalgic amusement park including a small Ferris wheel, roller coaster, carousel and space shot.

    Pass By: National Museum of Nature and Science, 7-20, Uenokoen, Taito 110-0007 Tokyo Prefecture

    Sprawling museum with a 360-degree movie theater & exhibits on topics such as dinosaurs & evolution.

    Pass By: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto 135-0064 Tokyo Prefecture

    Hands-on exhibits & classes exploring the future of science & technology, plus a cafe & a gift shop.

    Pass By: Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015 Tokyo Prefecture

    The museum's permanent exhibition vividly illustrates the past of Tokyo (known as Edo until 1869) through its exhibits and covers many features of the capital from the Edo Period to relatively recent decades.

    Pass By: Rikugi Park Playground, 6-16-10 Honkomagome, Bunkyo 113-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

    Picturesque garden featuring traditional Japanese landscaping, several teahouses & a central pond.

  • Departure Point :
    Kudanshita Station, 1-chōme-13-19 Kudankita, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0073, Japan
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Optional add-on of Imperial Palace tour available at checkout
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Will this be a sensitive topic for some people?While the purpose of this tour is to educate and inform about Modern Japanese history (from over 70 years ago until recent times), it may still be a sensitive topic to some people. We really hope that everyone who comes will keep an open mind and will not put our tour guides in a difficult situation; if the tour guide may feel threatened at any point, please note that the tour may have to end and the tour guide may contact local law enforcement if necessary.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


English - Guide

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Organised by Japan Awaits

Activity ID: V-27666P12

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