Edo Period Stroll Gardens


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), Japanese (advanced)

The Finest Gardens From Feudal Japan

During the Edo Period, power was won and consolidated by the Tokugawa clan, who became shogun, and built the political capital in Edo-jo castle, which later became Tokyo. During this time, Japan, except for the port of Nagasaki, was virtually closed to foreigners, and Japanese were generally not allowed to travel outside of the country. The Emperor remained in Kyoto as a figurehead leader, while the political centre of Japan was in Edo. This remained the case from 1600 till 1868.
Most of the gardens of the Edo Period were promenade gardens and they were usually much larger than earlier gardens. The promenade gardens of the period made extensive use of borrowing of scenery (shakkei). Vistas of distant mountains are integrated in the design of the garden. Edo promenade gardens were often composed of a series of meisho, or famous views.
As a result of the Tokugawa policy of Sankinkotai, modern Tokyo has a number of excellent gardens to explore and enjoy.


Edo to Tokyo Garden Tour
• East Garden - Former Edo-jo Castle
• Hibiya Koen
• Kyu-Shiba Villa Teien
• Hama Rikyu Onshi Teien
• River Boat up Sumidagawa River
• Kiyosumi Teien
• Ginza - Tour Ends Here

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel

Duration: 8 hours

29 Dec to 4 Jan Gardens are closed


Public transportation - hire available but must be arranged with the guide before tour set. Additional costs apply, please message me for a quote.

What’s Included

Other: All transfers (public transportation), entrance fees, included in tour price.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

3000 3000 - Lunch and snacks

What’s Extra

Other: Transfer fees to pick up and end locations outside of central Tokyo, lunch, snacks, souvenirs

A Recent Review of this tour

Patrick was extremely knowledgeable about Japan, both regarding our tour and other issues we cared to discuss. He was also very accommodating and able to make quick changes in our itinerary as things came up. The gardens he chose were beautiful. He also incorporated unexpected shops and eating places along the route, which enhanced the experience for the shoppers in our small group.
John Gray

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