Scholar-Led Architectural Walking Tour: Harajuku, Omotesando and Roppongi - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

We had an amazing tour, lead by a charming, well-informed and energetic architect, who provided a wide range of insights and information. Some of the buildings and sites are easily found but many others were on back streets and one would never know about them without a skilled and knowledgable guide to show the way and provide an architectural framework for their existence. It was the highlight of our visit to Tokyo. Wear comfortable shoes - there's a lot to see.

Edna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our guide Hugo Maia should be rated with 6. He is so passionate discussing the origins how the modern Japanese archi became. He went past the allotted time and we all love him.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Good day very educational!

Angela L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

The architectural walk is a way to get to know a different side of Tokyo. Mike, the guide, is very knowledgeable and people oriented. He let us ask him many questions and take our time in the areas we wanted to. It was very interesting to see the contrasts within the neighborhoods.

Joseph T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

This tour was excellent in every way. The company that provided the scholar was excellent to work with, and the scholar was knowledgeable, personable and made it informative and interesting.

I would recommend this tour.

Miranda Nadel

Yasmin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Our tour guide was amazing! Definitely wear comfy shoes because he took as long, pergolas longer, than 3 hours. A different lens with which to see Tokyo. A must do!

Karen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This walk was better than I expected Tour leader Alessandro was delightful and knowledgeable only 3 in the group and we went to some amazing buildings by cutting edge Japanese architects Loved every moment

Bob H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Very interesting and varied itinerary. Alex the guide has a broad appreciation of things Japanese and Architectural.

Roberta H C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This tour is fast paced and covers several interesting neighborhoods. Our guide Mike was well informed and an enthusiastic advocate for some fantastic new architecture. We went inside some of the buildings, and learned about the architects and their philosophies of architecture. The tour requires lots of brisk walking and lots of stairs, but is well worth the effort.

Ho Chiu, Peter Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our guide is great. It gives us a good insight into the architecture of Tokyo.

David F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

I love architecture and really enjoyed this tour. Fernando was very informative and showed us parts of the city that we would never have otherwise explored.

Sheila I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

It was cool! We enjoyed it!

Michelle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

We were lucky to meet Aurelia who was a knowledgeable and personable guide. It was like going for a walk with a friend who had done her research and more on the architecture and culture of Japan. We found out a lot about the symbolisms and the design concepts of the buildings. Aurelia started from the historical perspective at the Meiji temple in Harujuku and we learnt very quickly about the historical progression and architectural context. We proceeded to Omotesando and Roppongi. A Phd Scholar with a architectural background from Romania, Aurelia's acute perception and depth of knowledge of architecture was a plus and her personable skills made us feel like we were walking with friends. From an architectural perspective, this tour is highly recommended. My husband and I had a great time revisiting these buildings again in Tokyo from Australia. Make sure you have good walking shoes and architectural appreciation.

Felice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Our tour guide, Jay, was knowledgeable and passionate. He was forthcoming with information and the itinerary was very interesting. We enjoyed it immensely.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

This tour gave us a chance to talk to someone one on one and get all our questions answered. Our guide was very knowledgeable and just a really nice guy! It was like spending half a day with your best friend. The tour would have been better if the weather had been better (we had snow and were just not dressed appropriately) but other than that it was quite enjoyable. He pointed out things we would have simply missed on our own, or would not have understood the significance. Nice job!

Lloyd C

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

Great tour.
Our guide was intelligent, articulate and gave us a great insight into Japan's recent history, through the subject of architecture. We walked nearly 20km with him, and found it stimulating, informative and really, really helpful. We would wholeheartedly recommend this. Good value, very stimulating.

David V

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

Mike was a cool tour guide and had a great casual manner, and was a good conversationalist. His use on anime to make his points was interesting, and we definitely learned something about the development of Japanese architecture, which put buildings we had seen many times before into a different context.

Peter S

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015


We very much enjoyed our trip around central Tokyo with your guide.

However,when we arrived at our hotel in Tokyo the paper which you had sent to us advised that we telephone a number to confirm.The number you quoted was a local number somewhere in America,and we were unsuccessful in our attempts get through.

Best regards,

Peter Schuberth

silvia C

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

It was really a pleasure to meet John. He was very informative and professional.
Me and my husband enjoyed his company, we spent a lovely morning together.
Thank you.

Y.A. v

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

The tourguide had a lot of know how on the building environment. Unfortuntely she not a positive view on the Japanese society and was very opinionated on certain architecture, while I think you should first let people form their own.

Zoe H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2015

This tour was alright

Mark S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2015

Unfortunately we found this tour to be a waste of our time.While the guide was friendly he was unprepared, and spent most of the tour googling the buildings. I would NOT recommend this tour to anyone and as this was my first Viator booking experience I will think twice about booking again. Sorry guys.

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