These places are must-see places for the first time visitors . They show you the essence of Tokyo: modern and traditional.
You’ll begin the tour from the traditional northern part of Tokyo which is Asakusa. And then it ends at the southern modern part of Tokyo called Harajuku and Shibuya.
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At your hotel in 23 wards of Tokyo
Railway stations or places near Asakusa are availble,too.
The temple town of Asakusa, has been popular for people from all walks of life for more than 400 years. You will see a lot of small shops selling traditional Japanese souvenirs and street foods along the promenade to the temple. The Buddha here is believed to make your wishes come true. The beautiful shrine next to it is an important national property, constructed in 1649.
Shibuya is a newly-developed town known worldwide for the ‘Shibuya Crossing’. Because of its wonderful visuals and vivid atmosphere, it was used as the location for some famous movies like Bio Hazard Four, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Lost in Translation, among others. The story of the loyal dog, Hachiko was made into a Hollywood movie and its statue has become one of the most also a popular tourist destinations in Shibuya.
After a 15-minute walk in the forest, you will come across a square facing the shrine building. It is surrounded by pine trees. Most visitors say they feel very calm and peaceful here. You can buy good luck charms from the shops or write down your wishes of good fortune!
End the tour
Harajuku JR Station or Meiji-jingu-mae subway station
You will visit both traditional and modern part of Tokyo. If you'd like to know about basic Japanese history and culture,I recommend you to take this tour.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in 23 wards
public transportation fee of you and guide(about ￥700 ), your personal expenses such as drink , snacks
Some shops may not accept credit cards. I recommend you to bring some cash.
Keiko was great! Very punctual and very knowledgeable about Tokyo! We had a great time learning about the history and seeing the temples and shrines.
Dear Shivani Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am relieved to know that you went back to your country in safe. It was a warm and fine day, and you enjoyed a lot in a kind of sensitive situation. At Asakusa, you tasted special seasonal sweets " sakuramochi ", and purified yourself by the incent burner and prayed for happiness for Buddha. At Meiji shrine, you walked in a forest and luckily you happened to see a wedding march. I hope you will come back to Japan and enjoy other seasonal atmosphere. I am looking forward to meeting you again in the near future. Please say hello to your husband. Best Regards, Keiko
I had such an amazing time with Keiko on a half day tour. She is unique in that she is highly educated in Japanese history and teaches you many historical facts and ties them into unique cultural traditions. Keiko can explain many things wherever you choose to go and is a very pleasant and happy person to be around. We went to Rikigien garden, Yanaka and a sculpture museum and I was most impressed in Keiko’s professionalism and knowledge. Walking with Keiko is like having your own personal museum curator following you around. Thank you so much Keiko for a wonderful day in Japan!
Dear Christina Thank you very much for your wonderful review of my tour. We visited Rikugien Garden, Nezu Shrine, and Asakura sculpture museum at Yanaka. They are my favorite places which show original and genuine Japanese culture. I was very happy to share a good time with you under the blue sky. Actually I love history , so it was my greatest pleasure to talk with people who are interested in history . I hope you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan as much as possible. How about Kyoto or Kamakura ? Please say hello to Mom. Best Regards, Keiko
Keiko met our group of 5 Americans on our first day in Tokyo. We had arrived the night before and it was our visit to Japan. She gave a great introduction to the transportation system, pointing out interesting aspects of Japanese culture as we toured Ginza and the Shiodome. One member of our group had asked to visit a particular gallery in Ginza. Keiko helped us find the gallery and assisted in the important interaction with the gallery owners. We had a very pleasant half day with Keiko.
Dear Susan, Thank you very much for your wonderful review of my tour. You spent most of the time at Ginza, a modern as well as traditional town. We spent most of the time there, so I think you were able to realize how interesting Ginza is. You visited Nissan crossing to see modern cars, Kimuraya bakery to eat anpan( bread with traditional Japanese bean paste), Mikimoto Pearl. During the tour, you saw a lot of very impressive architecture. You also enjoyed modern art at Galleries. After visiting a small shrine among modern buildings and traditional small shops along Konparu street , we arrived at Shiodome : very modern city with a lot of skyscrapers. I was very impressed that you had deep knowledge of modern art and I was able to learn a lot through the tour. Thank you very much. I hope you will have fruitful days in Japan. Please say hello to your friends. Best Wishes, Keiko
Keiko is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. My wife, son and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with her, and learned a great deal during our tour. She is a very kind person who was very attentive to our needs and interests and went out of her way to explain Japanese history and culture in a manner which enhanced our enjoyment. She also sought to tailor the tour to us and what we were looking to see and what we were interested in. We would definitely use Keiko again as our guide for any future trip and we will strongly recommend her to friends.
Dear Basil, Thank you very much for your wonderful review of my tour. I was lucky to have rare and interesting experiences with you during the tour. On the first day, we visited Tsukiji and tasted fresh tuna and fruity , big grapes. Then we went to Asakusa by cruise after Hamarikyu Garden. You tasted Japanese sweets, Ningyoyaki. It shaped like a five story pagoda . You had soba noodle lunch in Japanese manner, to slurp making sounds,too. I was surprised that you know about Japanese beer brand, Kirin , Sapporo...etc. You saw Sapporo building and Kirin( giraffe) at the shrine. On the next day, we visited Meiji shrine after Shibuya. It was a special day, emperor's enthronement ceremony was held. We were lucky enough to have special sake in a special masu cup. Then we visited Ginza and Ueno. It was my greatest pleasure to show you both traditional and modern Tokyo. Thank you again for all of your kindness. And I hope you will have memorable days in Japan (and the victory of your team). Please say hello to your wife and son. Best Wishes, Keiko