Tokyo your way (4 hours)

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Toshi H.

4.95(91) reviews
Tokyo
English
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Ah, Tokyo! So little time, so many places to see! All the places recommended below (see Itinerary) are personal favorites. You can't go wrong with any of them. We’re so flexible we can even extend the tour on the day itself!

There are also 14 packaged tours designed to appeal to your special interests. This includes Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ueno. Want authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package would be perfect for you. (Tour pages)

Come, let me show you “My Tokyo”!

Itinerary

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

Your Central Tokyo or Yokohama hotel OR a train station in Central Tokyo.

Tour destinations are in four (4) zones: Central (C), East (E), West (W) and Shinagawa (S). Destinations within the same zone are within 30 minutes of each other. However, it takes roughly 40 minutes to go from the East side to the West.

The numbered photos correspond to the following. Please choose one to three destinations for a 4-hour semi-custom tour.

C1: Imperial Palace - outside only (1 to 1.5 hrs)

Let's talk about samurai and Japan's Imperial family!

C2: Tsukiji fish market (1 to 2 hrs)

Traditional market. The sushi is highly recommended!

C3: Hamarikyu Japanese garden (1 hr)

Seasonal flowers, a 300 year-old pine tree, cherry blossoms (late March).

Entrance to the garden = 300JPY/person, 150JPY for seniors (the guide has a pass). Optional informal tea ceremony.

C4: Roppongi Hills -Roppongi Hills - Best view of Tokyo City - 52nd floor (my favorite!) and Mori Art Museum (1 to 2 hrs)

Entrance = 1,800JPY/person, student and child fare are avilable (the guide has a pass).

C5: Tokyo Bay view and Rainbow Bridge (1.5 hrs)

•Tokyo Bay area view from the observatory deck of one of the city's tallest buildings. Free entrance

•Scenic ride on the self-driving train. Train fare = 180 to 400JPY (depends on route)/ per person

C6: Odaiba quick tour (2 hrs)

Man-made island. One of the trendiest places in Tokyo. Check out my Odaiba Tour page for a longer tour of the area.

C7: Evening beer at Yurakucho Yakitori alley below the elevated railway AKA gado-shita. (1 hr)

Food and drinks = 1,500++JPY/person

C8: 2-hour walking tour in Kagurazaka and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (2 to 3 hours)

Kagurazaka is a small old-fashioned geisha town. Back alleys still have the traditional stone pavements. Entrance to the garden = 300JPY/person (the guide has a pass)

C9: Gado-shita adventure (2 hrs)

Trendy and artisanal shops under elevated train tracks. It's a clever use of space.

C10: Food tour in Tsukiji & Ginza (2 to 3 hrs)

Tsukiji Fish Market, depachika in Ginza. A depachika is the food section of department stores. It’s like a wonderland for food!

E1: Asakusa - Sensoji-temple, Asakusa Shrine, Nakamise shopping street (1 to 2 hrs)

Most popular tourist destination.

E2: Water bus ride - Asakusa to/from the Bay Area OR Asakusa to/fromHamarikyu (40 mins)

Cruise = 860 to 1,200JPY/person

E3: Ueno quick tour (2 hrs)

Lotus pond, museums, temples, and shrines. Check out my Ueno Tour Page if you want to explore Ueno further.

E4: Toyosu Fish Market (new) and Tsukiji Fish Market (old, C2) walking tour (4 hrs)

•Recommended meet-up time: 8:00AM at your hotel

•No tuna auction

E5: Ryogoku (sumo town) - Sumo Museum and Edo Tokyo Museum (3 hrs)

Museum entrance = 600JPY/person, 300JPY for seniors and children (the guide has a pass).

E6. Yanaka quick tour and Asakura Museum (2 hrs)

•Yanaka is an old-fashioned residential area which survived a WW2 fire.

•Asakura Museum is the artist Asakura's former residence which features his artwork and traditional architecture (also his design). Entrance = 500JPY/person

W1: Shinjuku walking and shopping tour (2 hrs)

Department store, wholesale store, Kabukicho (the former red-light district), and pub street. Check out my Shinjuku Tour Page if you want to see more of Shinjuku.

W2. Meiji-jingu Shrine (1 hr)

The biggest Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Soak in the peace and tranquility as we walk through the grounds.

W3: Harajuku and Omote Sando walking and shopping tour (1 to 2 hrs)

The height of KAWAII - let's discover the ultimate cuteness in this area. Check out my Harajuku & Shibuya Tour Page for a more immersive kawaii experience.

W4: Shibuya (0.5 to 1.5 hrs)

Shibuya Crossing (probably the busiest in the world), Hachiko - faithful dog, and shopping (0.5 to 1.5 hrs). We'll go to a good vantage point overlooking the crossing.

W5: Safety Education and Disaster Preparedness (1 to 4 hrs)

•Earthquake simulator ride (at the Safety Education Center) and/or Fire Museum tour = Free entrance.

•Smoke Maze and Mock Firefighting are also available at the Safety Education Center. Advanced bookings required.

W6: Walking around Daikanyama area (2-3 hours)

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo, Kyu Asakura House (traditional house and garden), Tsutaya books and shopping area. It’s a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Central Tokyo. Fashionistas like the trendy shops and hip cafes in the area.

Shinagawa 1: Walking tour in a modern art town (3-4 hours)

Tennozu area is a hip town near Haneda airport with lots of modern art monuments and several art galleries.

•Museum entrance fee = around 1,200JPY (depends on the exhibition)

Ending Point

At the final destination OR at a pre-agreed place in central Tokyo

What to Expect

Konnichiwa!

WHY TAKE THIS TOUR?

We can modify it to suit your preferred level of physical exertion.

For example, if you feel like walking, we'll go on a walking tour.

Feel like shopping? We can go to either or both the high-end department stores and the 100-yen shops. It's your choice!

WHAT ABOUT MEALS?

I can make the necessary arrangements for lunch and/or dinner in advance based on your food preferences. (Please let me know about any food restrictions ASAP.).

ANYTHING ELSE?

We can also take a tour of Kamakura, Yokohama and Hakone. Hakone has the best view of Mt. Fuji in the winter.

Do you want to experience authentic Japanese culture? ANYTHING ELSE?

We can also take a tour of Kamakura, Yokohama and Hakone. Hakone has the best view of Mt. Fuji in the winter.

Do you want to experience authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package is perfect for you!

My goal is to make your stay in Japan quite enjoyable.

See you in Tokyo!

Arigato!

SAMPLE TOUR 1 (6hrs)

10:00 Meet at your hotel

10:30 W5. Fire museum

12:00 W5. Earthquake simulator ride

13:00 W6. Lunch at Monster cafe in Harajuku

14:30 W3. Shopping in Harajuku

15:00 W2. Meiji-jingu shrine

16:00 Tour ends at JR Harajuku station

SAMPLE TOUR 2 (5hrs)

15:00 Meet at your hotel

15:30 E1. Asakusa

17:00 E2. Water bus ride

17:45 C5. Yurikamome line train ride

18:30 C5. Bay area night view

19:00 C6. Evening drink with yakitori chicken BBQ

20:00 Tour ends at JR Yurakucho station

Want to personalize this tour?

  • Our tours can be customized according to your needs and preferences
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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

The following are PAID IN CASH on the day/s of the tour.

= Transportation (you & guide) = approx. 1,000++JPY/person (you and the guide)

= Guide transportation to meet-up place (given to guide on tour date)

. . . = 1,000JPY for Central Tokyo,Yokohama

. . . = 1,600JPY for Haneda Airport)

= Entrance fee (you & guide)

. . . Guide has a pass for some attractions.

= Lunch / food / drink (you & guide)

= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.

Important Information

Multiple-day bookings are encouraged. I might have greater flexibility in opening closed slots in this case. Let's talk about it. Send me a message! :‑) . MORE INFO: = We use public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) in my tours as it's the best way to see the city. = Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour. = The meet-up time marks the official start of the tour. = Hotel pick-ups = only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama, and a few hotels in Kawasaki. = Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY/hr = Tour extension (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/hr = Four-hour tours available = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama, and antique flea market. Please check out the corresponding tour pages. = HAKONE TOURS = Requires close coordination with the guide BEFORE BOOKING. It takes more time to plan this trip. = MT. FUJI TOURS = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). Guests should book their own private car or van. NOTE: Highly recommended to book transportation first as they are quite popular. Otherwise, we may not have transportation on the tour date. . PEAK SEASON PREMIUM = 1,000 JPY per group Charged ONLY ONCE on the first day of the first tour in the peak season. . . • Spring peak season : March 20 to April 30 . . • Autumn peak season : September 25 to November 10

The area is crowded on weekends. / Pick-up at outside of central Tokyo = Please contact the guide, first. No pick-up service from Tokyo Sky Tree Area, Sumida, Koto, Narita airport & Tokyo Disney Resort. = Please meet me in the central Tokyo.

Earthquake Simulator

= For ages 6 and above.

= Please ask the guide the possible dates.

= Smoke Maze and Mock Firefighting also available with advanced bookings.

Fire Museum

= Children are allowed on the vintage helicopter and retired fire trucks.

= Exhibit of samurai-era firefighters (Hikeshi) includes some Ukiyoe. They were considered heroes at that time as the prevalence of wooden structures led to a lot of fires.

= Closed on Mondays.

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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Karyna V.

Feb 5, 2020

Extraordinary day in Tokyo with excellent guide Toshi-San

Thank you T-Chan (Toshi-San) for an amazing day in Tokyo. I was a solo traveler with one day in Tokyo. T-Chan made it a truly unforgettable day. My day with Toshi started when she picked me up promptly at my Shinjuku hotel. She then took me to experience TeamLab Planets - a spectacular body immersive digital arts experience - in Odaiba. Along the way, we rode the fully automated train and she showed me different sights along the train line. Second stop was the Onsen in Odaiba. This was a most unique experience I wouldn’t have been able to manage without T-Chan with me. We enjoyed the onsen, the shops and the bath. It felt like a relaxing afternoon with a good friend. Next, T-Chan showed me the shops in Odaiba, where we walked around and she helped me find the items I was looking for. T-Chan knew where to shop and was willing to adjust the schedule to accommodate my interests. I was truly happy with my shopping purchases. Then we proceeded to Shinjuku where she showed me the interesting sights and places unique to the area. She gave me more information for the rest of my stay, before we parted ways. My day with T-chan was unhurried but filled with memorable sights and experiences. I only had a day with her in Tokyo but the memories will last me a lifetime. Thank you very much T-Chan for everything. I highly recommend Toshi-San. She is efficient, articulate and accommodating. She will work with you to make the best of your time in Japan.

Toshi H.

Thank you Karyna-chan! So delighted to hear you had a relaxing layover. I felt like you were one of my old friends, too. We, Japanese, have the Onsen culture. Even in the heart of Tokyo, we could soak in the natural hot spring. Amazing, isn’t it? As we are both dog-person, exploring pet stores was so fun! I hope your dogs will love the kimono costumes which you bought for them. How did you like sake? We sampled 5 varieties. I liked the sparkling sake the best. There are more trendy spots in Tokyo. Let’s go to Shibuya next time! Hope to see you again.

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Annette T.

Jan 21, 2020

Fantastic tour!

We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x

Toshi H.

Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!

K

Kristina P.

Jan 16, 2020

Great day in Tokyo with a large family group

We spent a fabulous day with T-Chan! She was organised, knowledgeable, polite, expert and caring. She took us to the places we were interested in but enhanced our itinerary further with other suggestions and places. We fit a lot in the day but didn’t feel overly rushed. Our relatively young children also enjoyed the day very much which can be challenging. T-Chan even provided us with summary notes at the end of the day of everything we had seen. Really great! Thank you so much T-Chan!

Toshi H.

Thank you, K-chan! So delighted to know that all of you enjoyed our tour. I did, too. We were so lucky that we were able to take group photos with two sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku! The atmosphere in Asakusa was still quite festive with its New Year decor. The highlight of the tour was Harajuku. The girls really liked the store and said “I want to buy everything here!” It was hard to leave as there were so many cute stuff, wasn’t it? Next time, let’s take a Purikura photo together! Hope to see you again.

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Wendy G.

Jan 15, 2020

Shinjuku Tour

Thank you so much Toshi for accomodating our large group during very busy times. You went out of your way to help us organise the bookings with our JR passes & then it was down to the fun stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed your tour & appreciated the maps you gave us at the end to help us. Your suggestions you emailed to us after our tour as to other activities the kids might enjoy and what train line to use when we returned to a different area of Tokyo were also greatly appreciated. You went above & beyond so thank you ?

Toshi H.

Thank you, Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear my travel tips helped you. It was fun to see all of you enjoy our tour! The weather was very cooperative that day. The Meiji Jingu Shrine grounds was so serene that we totally forgot we were in the center of a big city. Don’t you think so? Harajuku has been my favorite place since I was a teenager. One day is not enough to check out all trendy stores. Did you go to Kabukicho at night? It’s quite different compared to what we saw in the morning. Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. A different season is also good. Hope to see you again!

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