Tokyo, Best Selections

Ryu O.

5.00(4) reviews
Tokyo
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Tokyo is the first place you should visit when you come to Japan. There are many interesting places; traditional old towns, serene shrines, high quality shopping malls, beautiful gardens, city of youth culture, etc.

All tours are basically walking tours using subway to one place to another. These are examples. Several Tour Plans can be combined and arranged according to your needs.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo or some designated place in Tokyo

1. Asakusa, a Sweet Old Town

2. Busy Tsukiji Fish Market

3. Wonderful Hamarikyu Garden

4. Peaceful Time in Imperial Palace, a former Edo Castle Complex

5. Serene Meiji Jingu Shrine in the middle of Metropolitan Area

6. Ueno Park & Lovely Yanaka Old Town

7. Nostalgic Fukagawa Edo Museum & Unique Stone Garden

8. Walk around Shibuya, Contrast of Busy and Quiet

9. Meet the Fudo Myo-O, a God of Fire, at Fukagawa Fudoson

10. Power Spot in Ginza, a Luxury Shopping Street

11. Shinjuku & the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

12. Akiba, Electronics & Action Figures

Ending Point

At your hotel in Tokyo or some designated place in Tokyo

What to Expect

●1. Asakusa, a Sweet Old Town

Asakusa is a sweet old town loved by everyone. It was an entertainment district in Edo Period. You are welcomed by Thunder God and Wind God in the entrance gate. You go thorough Nakamise Shopping Street, one of the oldest shopping district in Japan, and reach to the Sensoji-Temple, a center of worship in Tokyo. You can feel the traditional atmosphere of Japan.

●2. Busy Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market is called the “Kitchen of Tokyo”, which was moved from Nihonbashi after Great Kanto Eathquake, became one of the biggest fish market in the world, handling fresh fish more than 3,000 ton/day. In the Outer Market area, there are many wholesale and retail shops along with numerous small restaurants in the streets. You can buy fresh seafood, vegetables, and Japanese traditional food materials.

●3. Wonderful Hamarikyu Garden

Hamarikyu Garden used to be a property of Shogun Family during Edo Period, and it belonged to Imperial Family after Meiji Restoration. It was handed down to Tokyo Municipal Government and opened to the public after World War 2. You can enjoy walking around the garden and take a rest at Teahouse in mid island with powdered tea and Japanese sweets. You can move to Asakusa by boat, going through Sumida River viewing the city of Tokyo from the water; various unique bridges and Skytree come to you.

●4. Peaceful Time in Imperial Palace, a former Edo Castle Complex

Edo Samurai Period ended, and Emperor took back the throne in the middle of 19th century. Imperial family moved into Edo Castle from Kyoto, and the castle complex became the Imperial Palace. The size of the Palace is about a million square meters (25 times as big as Tokyo Dome baseball stadium). This is an oasis in the middle of Tokyo metropolis.

●5. Serene Meiji Jingu Shrine in the middle of Metropolitan Area

The Meiji Jingu, a Shinto Shrine, is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress. It was established in 1920 and the shrine grounds is now covered with over 120,000 trees which were donated by people from all over Japan. You will be surprised to feel the serene atmosphere when you get through the huge Torii Gate made from Japanese cypress. There are Harajuku and Omotesando Street, which are the birthplaces of youth culture.

●6. Ueno Park & Lovely Yanaka Old Town

There used to be Kaneiji Temple, the most influential Buddhist temple in Edo Period. It was constructed in 1625 to protect the northeast quarter from Edo Castle which was believed to be an entrance of demons in Chinese folklore. It was burned down in the battle at the end of the Samurai Period. The remained site turned out to be Ueno Park and opened to public as a place of recreation and relaxation. People enjoy cherry blossom viewing party in spring. Yanaka is a lovely old town near Ueno; you can enjoy watching a street of Japanese commoners’ stores and houses.

●7. Nostalgic Fukagawa Edo Museum & Unique Stone Garden

If you want to see a common people’s lifestyle in Edo Period, this is the place you should visit. Actual-size of the streets and houses of Fukagawa Town is reproduced in this museum.

Kiyosumi Garden is a typical walk-around-style garden and stone museum. It was a part of the residence of a famous merchant in 18th century. In the end of the 19th century, Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of Mitsubishi Financial Group, owned the garden and redesigned it for entertaining his employees and guests. Many beautiful stones, brought from all over Japan, are worth checking out.

●8. Walk around Shibuya, Contrast of Busy and Quiet

Shibuya is a city where young people get together. You will say hello to the statue of Hachiko, the faithful dog, who waited his deceased master for 10 years every day in front of Shibuya Station, and cross the Shibuya Crossing to the Center Street to feel the hustle & bustle of the city. A little walk from the busy street, you will find yourself in the quiet shrine.

●9. Meet the Fudo Myo-O, a God of Fire, at Fukagawa Fudoson

Fudo Myo-O, a God of Fire, is an avatar of Dainichi Buddha, burns out all the evils and demons. Through the fire-offering rite, all of your bad luck may disappear. You will be overwhelmed by a number of Buddha statues and crystal pagodas.

Tomioka Hachimangu enshrines Hachiman, a God of War. Sumo wrestlers often visit the shrine wishing for their victory in the Sumo tournament. There are memorial tablets which engrave with the name of successive Yokozuna Champions and Ozeki Champions.

●10. Power Spot in Ginza, a Luxury Shopping Street

Ginza is a luxury shopping street in which the land price is the most expensive in Japan; ca. 350,000 US dollars/m2 in 2017. Shusse Jizo, a Jizo bodhisattva of success in life, waits for you at the roof floor of Mitsukoshi department store. There are many delicious-looking sweets in the basement floor of Ginza Six, newly opened commercial district in central Ginza on April 2017.

●11. Shinjuku & the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Shinjuku is a never-sleeping town. The streets are busy until midnight where anyone can come casually regardless of age or sex. Godzilla Head is a new icon of the town, and Samurai museum became popular among foreign visitors.

There is a twin tower of the Tokyo metropolitan office, and the panoramic view from the tower is magnificent. If you want a quiet place, there is a beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

●12. Akiba, Electronics & Action Figures

Akiba, or Akihabara, used to be a town of black markets in the middle of 20th century, during a chaotic time in Japan after World War 2, turned out to be an electronics town in 1990s. Today, Akiba is famous for its Otaku (Geek) Culture; if you are interested in Action Figures of popular cartoon characters, Robots, Miniature-model of Trains, this is the place to check out.

Once there was a Manseibashi Train Station nearby, and the place is preserved as a historic site; there are unique shops and cafes under the red-brick Manseibashi Bridge together with revived platform on the top.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

● guide fee

● transportation fee for your guide

What‘s not included

● your transportation fee

● entrance fee (you and guide)

● lunch, cafe (you and guide)

*around 2,000 JPY/ person for causal lunch (recommended)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Nurul I.

Feb 4, 2019

Awesome tour and excellent guide!

Ryu was an excellent guide and the tour was awesome! I dont think I would be able to survive Japan without him! Very knowledgable with the whole area, even brought me to lively small alley which I dont think I would encounter by myself. Only the local would know. If you want to experience it like a local or at least close to local, dont hesistate to book him as your guide. Im satisfied with the tour and really we went through all the places we planned (or probably more?). He even sent me back when he didnt have too. Really appreciate that! Thank you again for the amazing tour! On the next day I could venture out alone confidently though it did feel a little different without him around.

Ryu O.

Hi Nurul, I am very glad you enjoyed my tour. It is me who had a good time with you. I always learn something new from people in other countries. That is my privilege and motivation to be a tour guide. You're nice girl. I am quite sure your travel experience would enrich your life. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the stay in Japan and safely be back to your country.

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Bill H.

Apr 29, 2018

Excellent traditional Japanese guide

We used Ryu twice while we were in Japan. The first was a day trip from Yokohama cruise port to Kamakura with two other couples from the ship. The second was a day tour of Tokyo highlights for my wife and I. In both cases we found Ryu to be very knowedgeable, friendly, and informative. On the Kamakura tour we especially enjoyed the french restaurant (recomended by his wife!) he took us to - it was very good & an appreciated break from all the asian food we had been eating for the past several weeks. Ryu provided great background knowledge of the sights we were seeing and taught us a lot about historical Japan. He was very flexible and willing to customize the tours to our needs & interests. He was also extremely helpful with solving other problems we had, especially in arranging taxis for us to get from the Yokohama cruise port to our hotel in Tokyo and then from the hotel to Narita airport. Ryu is a very accommodating, professional guide and we highly recommend him for your visit to Japan.

Ryu O.

Dear Bill and Lynne, Thank you for your nice message. I really enjoyed touring with you. I also feel relieved that you came back to your home safely. Hope to see you some day again. Take care of yourself! Best Regards, Ryu Oi

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Todd T.

Apr 12, 2018

Expert guide with great planning

My son and I had a desire to see Japanese car culture at highway parking areas in Tokyo and Yokohama. no other guide on TripleLights was as enthusiastic about helping us out Ryu took time to do research prior to our tour and did a fantastic job. he even organized a taxi for us to drive my family of 5 around the whole time. We even left my sons jacket in the taxi and the driver was nice enough to bring it back to us later.

Ryu O.

Hi Todd, I also enjoyed guiding you very much. I was excited seeing Skyline GTR, costumed version, as much as you did. Did you find your roots in Nagoya? If you want to see something special next time in Japan, I will research it beforehand. Let me know. I didn't know your son left his jacket in the taxi, but I am pleased to hear you get it back. I am checking your Instagram. See you!

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Pinkie G.

Jul 14, 2017

An amazing tour guide!

We had a great tour to Kamakura with Ryu. He was punctual, friendly, knowledgeable, and was great with our kids. We were a family of 8 people that included 3 kids (twin 6-year-olds and a 12-year-old). We went to all the places we were interested in and had time for shopping. We are from the US and understood Ryu perfectly. We never felt lost or rushed. The tour was great!

Ryu O.

Thank you, Pinkie, for your very kind feedback. I was lucky to see such a beautiful family like you. I enjoyed traveling Kamakura as much as you did. There are still many attractive places to visit in Japan. Hope to see you some day.

$107/ per group