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What Kinds of Tours Can I Do In Japan?

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Amy D.

Last updated : Jan 26, 20247 min read

Travel Tips

GoWithGuide offers a huge variety of tours all across Japan. Let our certified guides assist you in creating the tour for you. Our tours are all private and very flexible. So why not experience Japan through the eyes of a local?

Below is a list of our most popular tours. For more tours not included on this list, please check out our website here.

Kamakura Day Drip

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Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination as it is one of the most historic locations in Japan with many temples and shrines. The city is sometimes referred to as the Kyoto of eastern Japan. With our passionate local guide, you can visit some of the most popular spots in Kamakura. 

Our guide will meet you at your hotel, and then you will travel together to Kamakura by train. It takes about 1 hour from central Tokyo.


The first stop is Hokoku-ji temple. This temple is also called “Take-dera”, because it has a beautiful bamboo garden. Then there is time to have a lunch break. Kamakura has a lot of nice restaurants, so please feel free to tell me your preference for lunch in advance. After lunch, we’ll go to Hase-dera temple. The temple has a beautiful garden, and you can enjoy a lovely view of the coastal city of Kamakura from the observation deck.
After you will make a stop to Kotoku-in temple which is famous for the Great Buddha. The statue's large scale is very impressive.
After that, you will be guided back to Tokyo.
Tour Highlights:

  • Hokoku-ji temple
  • Hase-dera temple
  • Kotoku-in, the Great Buddha

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One Day Customizable Tokyo Tour

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With this tour, you can choose several places to visit from the list below. By contacting our lovely tour guide, you can request where you would like to go and leave it up to a professional to make the arrangements.

Some of the options for the tour are:

  • Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and Omotesando area
  • Asakusa
  • Shinjuku
  • Shibuya
  • Tsukiji fish market
  • Imperial palace
  • Ginza
  • Akihabara
  • Japanese gardens e.g. Shinjuku gyoen, Hamarikyu garden
  • Art museums e.g. Nezu museum

If you are interested in any other area of Tokyo, feel free to let our guide know. They will do their best to accommodate any request. 
If there is anything that you are interested in doing or eating in Tokyo, our guides can arrange it for you in advance.

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Tokyo Tour Ala Carte

Let our guides take you to their favorite places, which you can choose from the list below.

1. Meiji shrine is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Japan, where you will feel a special sacred Japanese atmosphere. (Entrance fee : free except the garden including the Kiyomasa's well and iris garden with 500 JPY) You can see more details by visiting a tour for Meiji shrine in Tokyo.

2. Imperial palace used to be Edo castle where Tokugawa shogunate governed Japan for 265 years. (Entrance fee : free) You can see more details by visiting an Imperial Palace tour in Tokyo.

3. Tsukiji fish market is the biggest fish market in Japan. There are many shops of Japanese seafood, you can try some for free. (Entrance fee : free) You can see more details by checking out aTsukiji fish market in Tokyo.

4. Hamarikyu park used to be a mansion of a local lord in Edo period, which is a typical stroll type Japanese garden by the sea. (Entrance fee : 300JPY) You can see more details by checking out a tour for Hamarikyu a Japanese Garden in Tokyo.

5. Kiyosumi park is a typical stroll type Japanese garden with the collection of precious shape natural stones. (Entrance fee : 150 JPY) You can see more details by visiting a tour for Kiyosumi teien a Japanese garden in Tokyo.

6. Asakusa is a very popular shopping street for Japanese souvenirs. There is Sensoji temple with big gates and 5 story pagoda. (entrance fee : free) You can see more details by visiting a tour for Asakusa Sensoji temple in Tokyo.

7. Tokyo tower is a nice place to observe Tokyo without waiting so long. If the sky is clear, you can see Mt. Fuji.(Entrance fee: 900 JPY for the main observatory at 150m high, additional 700 JPY for the special observatory at 250 m)

8. There are many museums and a popular zoo with the giant panda in Ueno area, they are excellent places to understand our culture and people. (Entrance fee: about 1,000JPY) /place)

9. Tokyo Carmii mosque is the largest mosque in Tokyo, it is a beautiful mosque and open to public.(entrance fee: free)

10. Koishikawa Korakuen park is a Japanese garden which used to be a Samurai mansion of the Mito Tokugawa. (entrance fee:300JPN)

11. National Diet Building is the most important place for Japanese parliament, which consists of the House of Representatives and the house of councillors. We will attend its official tour in Japanese for an hour.(entrance fee: free)

12. The Japanese garden of Hotel New Otani is very popular and open to public. There are plenty of restaurants for lunch in the hotel with reasonable price.(entrance fee: free)

13. Hotel Chinzanso has a wonderful Japanese garden, including a 3-story pagoda. There is a Japanese noodle restaurant near the pagoda in nice atmosphere with reasonable price for lunch. (entrance fee:free)

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Kyoto Golden Route Tour

Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan from 794 to over one thousand years.
Our guide and local expert Hideo would like to introduce you to Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Kiyomizu Temple.

With this tour can enjoy walking down the Sannenzaka slope which is lined with souvenir shops and restaurants. If you like, you can rent kimono for about 3,000 to 5,000 yen per day. Shijo dori is one of the busiest streets in Kyoto. The street from Shijo Ohashi to Yasaka Shrine is lined with traditional souvenir shops, restaurants and coffee shops.  With luck, you might see Geisha or Maiko on the trip.

Highlights:

  • Kinkakuji
  • Nijo castle
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • Kiyomizu temple

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Kyoto Tour Tailored to You

Kyoto has a lot to see and do, so it is no surprise that it can be hard for tourists to prioritize where to go. Please tell us your interests. Would you like to see the most important sights? Are you interested in a cultural encounter? Gardens? Beautiful scenery ? Or a food tour? We'll make a tour plan just for you.
For example
1. High-lights of Kyoto
2. Workshops: (Japanese confectionery) wagashi making, yuzen dye house, cooking class, Japanese paper making, zazen (zen meditation), tea ceremony, flower arrangement, or garden museum
3. Martial arts (going to see where they practice Kendo)

These are all possibilities if you book with us!

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Osaka Food Tour

Osaka is one of the best places to visit if you wish to try Japanese food. From street stalls selling takoyaki to yummy okonomiyaki restaurants, Osaka has something for everyone. Let our tour guide introduce the best of Osaka cuisine.

Highlights:

  • Ramen museum. You will make your own cup noodle.
  •   lunch of takoyaki making
  •   Dotonbori--- food sample making with wax
  •   Doguya suji -- kitchen tool shop street
  •   Kuromon food market
  •   Tsu-tenkaku

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Nara Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour around one of the most historic places in all of Japan. With our experienced guides, you can learn about the history of Nara.

Highlights:

  •   Todaiji-Temple
  •   Nara Deer Park
  •   Kofukuji Temple (Kofukuji National Treasure Museum)
  •   Kasuga-Taisya Shrine
  •   Todaiji Hokke do Temple

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Hakone Tour

Hakone is located not far from Tokyo and is famous for hot springs. If the weather is good, our guides will be able to show you views of Mt. Fuji.

Highlights:

  • 1. Take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Odawara which runs about 200 Km/h. (about 7000 JPY for return ticket, you can use JR pass)
  •   2. Cruising Lake Ashi during which you may have a chance to see Mt Fuji if the air is clear.(It is more economical to buy a Free ticket with 4000 JPY)
  •   3. Rope way from which you can observe the volcanic activity at Owakudani
  •   4. Gora park, where you can experiance a tea ceremony if you want (Tea ceremony fee : 500 JPY)

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Gifu Tour Guide - Akiko W.

Akiko W.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)
Japan

Hello! My name is Akiko from Gifu prefecture. I am a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I like going out with my family, talking with my friends over coffee at a cozy cafe, reading books, baking bread and cake when I have time. I passed the national tour guide test in 2017 and have worked as a guide since then. I have guided in Gifu city, Seki city, Takayama city, Shirakawago , Mino city and Nagoya city. I have lived in Gifu for more than forty years. Gifu prefecture is rich in nature so you can enjoy the rural atmosphere. Gifu city has a beautiful river 'Nagara river' and Mt.Kinka which has Gifu castle on the top. You can go up the mountain on foot or use a ropeway. The view from Gifu castle is so fantastic. At the foot of the mountain , there are many places to visit such as parks, a temple having a big image of Buddha, and a street preserving the historic atmosphere. At Nagara River, you can enjoy seeing a traditional way of fishing ‘cormorant fishing’ which is thought to have started 1300 years ago. Many cafes have unique service called 'morning service' in Gifu along with Aichi In the morning (until about ten thirty or eleven) when you order a cup of tea or coffee, they serve toast and salad ! Near Gifu park , you can find a nice Japanese style cafe where you enjoy good coffee and seeing a Japanese style garden. Seki city is a small city but so famous for its cutlery. At Japanese sword museum in Seki, you can see authentic Japanese swords! Mino city next to Seki city is well known for its hand made Japanese paper 'Hon minoshi' designated as intangible cultural asset by UNESCO . Until recently it was not easy to guide guests because of COVID-19 pandemic; however the situation is getting better. Some strict rules about COVID-19 have been lifted. Please visit Gifu. I am looking forward to seeing you. Please feel free to ask me when you need information about Gifu. Thank you for reading my introduction.                                                                                                                                 

Shimizu Tour Guide - Sayori H.

Sayori H.

5.00 / 5
(2 reviews)
Japan

Hello, I can show you the real Japan. You can taste, see and feel the country. I'd like to show the beautiful culture for you to experience. I can organize the day tour from Shimizu port for Cruise customers. Tea ceremony, strawberry picking experience, anything you are interested, I would love to help you plan your tour. I can communicate in both English and Japanese. I look forward to welcoming people from different parts of the world. Thank you                                                                                                                                 

Shiga Tour Guide - Koichi W.

Koichi W.

4.94 / 5
(51 reviews)
Japan

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months. I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga by public transportation systems. Well, I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai city Osaka which has just become one of the world cultural heritage sites. I dug out some ancient earthen ware vessels around there when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activities such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and others. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature. I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling or heavenly given job. Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.                                                                                                                                 

Okinawa Main Island Tour Guide - Tateo U.

Tateo U.

4.99 / 5
(68 reviews)
Japan

My name is Tateo. I am officially registerd English tour guide and introducing about Okinawa's history,culture, and nature.I am elderly person but have gone through lots of expericences that happened during US occupation after WW2. For the example, change of monetary system(US dollar to Yen),Change of traffic regulation(driving vehicle from right to left).The reversion of Okinawa to main land Japan was biggest historical event.The US administered Okinawa for 27 years. As a result, thing were Americanized in many aspects. Historically, Okinawa was once independent nation until 1872.During Kingdum era, Okinawa actively traded with China, South Asia Countries, Korea, and Japan. In the end, our culture is quite differ much from main land Japan. For instance, architectural technique, daily customs, and culture are also unique. Okinawa is the only prefecture belong to subtropical climate zone. Even winter time, it's neither hot nor cold. People can enjoy marine sport all through the year.Canoeing, Kayaking, Diving, and Snorkeling are popular. Besides, beatiful white sand beaches and attractive coastline are abundant. Green sea water and blue sky have been lured people from all over the world. Traditional music and dance are worth seeing. Please visit Okinawa and enjoy extraordinary trip. I will be looking forward to seeing you soon.                                                                                                                                  

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