Tokyo tour à la carte half day


Yuki K.

4.72(270) reviews
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

This tour covers my favorite places in Tokyo.You can choose two places in Tokyo from the list of more than 30 places classified as Temple&Shrine, Garden, Shopping, Observatory, Museum, Experience, and Others.


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Meeting Point

At your hotel

Choose two places to go from the following list of more than 30 places.

You can find the pictures of these places in the following URL ( indicated by the same ID number at the bottom of each picture. If you have only one day, I would recommend T1. Meiji shrine and T2. Asakusa.

The following is an example of itinerary when you choose places #1 and #2.

13:00 Hotel pick-up

14:00-15:00 Place #1

15:30-16:30 Place #2

17:00 Return to your hotel

I will provide a more specific itinerary considering the location of your hotel and the two places you choose.


T1. Meiji-Jingu Shrine

This shrine was built in 1920 to commemorate Emperor Meiji who changed Japan into a democratic industrialized country after a series of long feudal period. It is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Japan where you will feel a special sacred Japanese atmosphere. (Admission free except Inner garden including the Kiyomasa's well and iris garden (Admission: 500 JPY))

T2. Asakusa and Senso-Ji Temple

Asakusa is a very popular area with Nakamise shopping street for Japanese souvenirs which is the main street to Senso-Ji Temple. The temple was established in 8th century and has been very popular among common people.

T3. Zojo-Ji Temple

It used to be the temple for Tokugawa Shogunate where you can feel Japanese traditional Buddhist atmosphere. Not touristic and very quiet, near to Tokyo Tower. (Admission free)

T4. Sengaku-Ji Temple

This Temple is famous for the graves of 48 Ronin who attacked a high ranking samurai Kira to revenge for their Lord Asano. (Admission free except its museum (Admission: 500 JPY))

T5. Ueno Kanei-Ji Temple and the grave of the last Shogun

Very authentic Buddhist temple of Tendai sect. There are graves of the Tokugawa Shoguns including the last one, Yoshinobu. (Admission free)

T6. Ueno Tosho-Gu Shrine

A branch of Tosho-Gu Shrine, which worships the 1st Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, who established Edo Period. (Admission free)

T7. Gotoku-Ji Temple

This temple is famous for the numerous statues of cats with one paw raised in invitation for good business. (Admission free)

T8. Hie Shrine

This shrine was established in 1498 and had been worshiped by the Tokugawa Shogunate as the protection of Edo from evil spirits. (Admission free)


G1. Imperial Palace East Gardens

Imperial Palace used to be Edo castle where Tokugawa shogunate governed Japan for 265 years. You can see several gates and defense house of the castle renovated about 50 years ago. There is a nice Japanese garden, but no Palace nor Tower of the castle. (Closed on Monday and Friday. Admission free)

G2.Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

This Japanese garden used to be a Samurai mansion of the Mito Tokugawa. This garden reproduces many scenic places in Japan such as Kyoto and Hida. (Admission: 300 JPY)

G3. Shinjuku-Gyoen Garden

This garden is very large and has well maintained Japanese garden. It is very popular with many kinds of cherry blossoms. (Admission: 200 JPY)

G4. Hamarikyu Garden

It used to be owned by the Tokugawa Shoguns in Edo period. They enjoyed duck hunting in its salt water ponds. This garden is within walking distance from Tsukiji. (Admission: 300JPY)

G5. Kiyosumi Garden

It is a typical strolling type Japanese garden with the collection of precious shape natural stones. There are a lot of Koi fish, turtles, and birds in the pond. (Admission: 150 JPY)


Note that you need your passport for Tax Free.

S1. Tsukiji Outer Market

The wholesale area has moved to Tokyosu in October, 2018. But its outer market is very popular where you can taste a variety of foods. There is a new wholesale area where you can see many kinds of fish including a big tuna. (Admission free)

S2. Ginza

There are large department stores, brand shops and Kitty land. How about lunch at Ginza Six? Or you can buy Japanese foods and eat at a table there.

S3. Harajuku/Shibuya

A busy area for shopping, food, cat cafe, owl cafe, and hedgehog cafe. (Admission: 1,000 to 2,000 JPY/h for animal cafe)

S4. Shinjuku Kabukicho

Shopping, Godzilla road and its observation deck, Please watch my video below! (Admission free)

S5. Odaiba

Newly developed area by Tokyo Bay with a lot of modern shops and facilities. (Some facilities request an admission fee)

S6. Akihabara

There are many electrical appliance shops. (Admission: Owl cafe: 2,000 JPY per hour, Maid cafe: from 2,000 JPY)

S7. Nakano Broadway

It is a department store of used figurines. (Admission free)

S8. Yanaka Ginza

There are many old local shops for crafts and foods.


You can see Mt Fuji from Tokyo on a clear day, but its possibility is about 30%.

O1. Tokyo Sky Tree

The tallest tower in Japan with two observatories at 350m and 450m. (Admission: 2000 JPY for the 350m only, +1000 JPY for the two observatories)

O4. Roppongi-Hills

Tokyo City View; Observatory at 270m. It has Sky Deck which is an outdoor observatory. (Admission: 1,800 JPY, +500 JPY for Sky Deck)

O2. Tokyo Tower

Tokyo tower is a nice place to observe Tokyo without waiting so long. If the sky is clear, you can see Mt.Fuji. (Admission: 900 JPY for the main observatory at 150m)

O3. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory

There are two observatories with great view of Tokyo. Currently, only North Tower is available. (Admission free)

O5. Observatory of World Trade Center

Not crowded with good view of the Tokyo Bay area and Tokyo Tower from 150m. (Admission: 670 JPY per adult including the guide)


M1. Tokyo National Museum in Ueno

The most popular museum in Japan, which has the largest collection of Japanese treasures such as statues of Buddha, Japanese sword, Japanese painting, and Kimono. The museum has a nice museum shop for souvenirs. (Admission: 600 JPY per adult)

M2. Samurai Museum

Samurai Museum has something new, where you can observe real Samurai armors and swords with background explanation from a staff, You can take pictures with the armors on you. (Admission: 1800 JPY per adult and 800 JPY per child)

M3. Mori Building Digital Art Museum

Many kinds of moving computer graphics are projected on the walls of dark rooms. You will have a very strange experience, so different from the real world. Great fun for adults as well as children., Please watch my video below!, (Admission: 3,200 JPY per adult, 1,000 JPY per child under 14.)

M4. Edo-Tokyo Museum

Unique Museum for Edo Period, including scale models of Edo Castle, display of the daily life of common people. Must see for those are interested in Japanese history. (Admission: 600 JPY per adult)

M5. Nezu Museum

Nezu collection of traditional Japanese arts with a very unique and quiet garden. (Admission: 1,100 JPY)

M6. Fukagawa Edo Museum

This museum is more focused on the life of common people in Edo. The real scale model houses look very real. (Admission: 400 JPY)


E1. Ninja Experience

Ninja experience is a new place for children to practice some arts of Ninja. Forty minutes practice of basic skills of Ninja such as throwing shurikens. (Admission: 1,000 JPY, closed on Tue. and Wed.)

E2. Tea ceremony

Experience a formal tea ceremony with English guidance for 60 min. (Previous reservation required. Admission: 2700 JPY/ adult)


If you have any other places to visit, please let me know.

X1. Tokyo Carmii Mosque

Tokyo Carmii mosque is the largest mosque in Tokyo, it is a beautiful mosque and open to public. (Admission free)

Ending Point

At your hotel

What to Expect

We will use public transportations during this tour but we can take a taxi if you want.

I can lend you an IC card for easy use of public transportations and help you to charge your deposit in it.

- The tour guide is not available on Monday.

- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick up

Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo

What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you (about 500 JPY each within Tokyo).

Transportation cost of the guide outside of Tokyo (if you stay outside of Tokyo such as Disneyland)

Lunch cost of you and the guide (from 1,000 JPY)

Entrance fees (shown in the description of each place in the itinerary)

Important Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has been closed to foreign travelers since 2020 March. Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.

Not available on Mondays.

We will use public transportations during this tour but we can take a taxi if you want.

I can lend you an IC card for easy use of public transportations and help you to charge your deposit in it.

- The tour guide is not available on Monday.

- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation cost?

We use the subways to visit the places. The cost is about 500 per an adult. I will rend you an IC card for public transportation, please pay me the amount you have spent at the end of the tour.

How is the time schedule ?

The following is typical schedule.

13:00 Hotel pick up

13:30-14:30 Meiji shrine

15:00-16:30 Imperial Palace

17:00 return to the hotel

How long are we going to walk ?

If we go to Meiji shrine and imperial palace shown above, we are going to walk 10,000 steps.


Bradley K.

Jul 24, 2021

Beautiful tour of Kamakura

Thankyou for your splendid tour Yuki. It was an enjoyable expierence and you are well versed in escapism.

Yuki K.

Dear Bradley, Thank you for giving me the remark with many stars. I hope this virtual tour will help you when you come to Japan in the future. Best regards, Yuki


Debbie L.

Feb 4, 2020

Two great days in Tokyo

We are so grateful for two amazing days in Tokyo. We saw SO MUCH that we could not have managed by ourselves especially with the complicated subways! Yuki took us to so amazing spots that we could not have known about or seen so quickly in two days.

Yuki K.

Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking my tour. I am very happy if you enjoyed it. Please give my best regards to Dave, too. Yuki


Andrew H.

Jan 25, 2020

Kyoto be Tokyo

An awesome day in Kyoto followed by some Tokyo highlights .. Yuki was an awesome guide - very knowledgeable, knew the best restaurants, public transport system, Japanese history and culture .. we enjoyed an awesome 2 days with him :) Thanks !

Yuki K.

Dear Andrew, Thank you for taking my tours. I was very much upset when I found that we were waiting at different places. But we met just before the departure of the Shinkansen and saw Mt. Fuji from the window of the train. We delayed for the tea ceremony in Kyoto, but you made it through and arrived Kinkaku-Ji temple before the sun set. It was a memorable tour for me, too. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki


John S.

Jan 21, 2020

Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple

We had an excellent day with Yuki. He was very well organised and prepared a very nice full day itinerary for our family. He organised Passmo travel passes for us all and navigated us around the Tokyo metro and rail network with ease. We visited Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple. As a special treat for our girls (8 and 10 yo) he took us to a Owl cafe where we could have a hot coffee and the girls could get up close to owls, lizards, meerkats, chinchillas, hedgehogs and other animals. We also went to a Udon noodle restaurant for lunch - once again an excellent choice from Yuki. We had a great day and learned a lot at the same time as Yuki was very knowledgeable on everywhere we visited. Thank you Yuki - we really enjoyed our time with you today.

Yuki K.

Dear John, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. Everything went well and I was very happy to see you enjoy the places I took you. Please have a nice vocation in Japan. Yuki

$141/ per group

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