We will visit several places in Tokyo where you can experience traditional and modern Japan in one day.
Please select some places from the list below or just let me know what kind of attractions you are interested in, then I will propose a one-day tour itinerary for you.
This tour is so flexible that we can change our itinerary depending on your interests. If you are Muslim, we can visit Tokyo Camii mosque and Halal restaurant.
At your hotel in Tokyo.
This is the oldest and the most popular temple in Tokyo with a big gate and 5 story pagoda. Nakamise-Dori is a pedestrian street leading to the temple lined with many traditional shops and souvenir stands.
Kappabashi is a place full of restaurant supply stores. If you are interested in kitchen knives or potteries, this is the place to go.
Each store has its own specialty ; dishes, furniture, aprons and hats, baking utensils, cooking utensils, lanterns and super-real plastic display food.
It’s the second tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world (634m ). Its higher observation room is at the height of 450m.
I will wait at the bottom of the tower, if you think 3,100JPY for the guide is too much.
There are about 60 wholesalers and 400 retail shops here. You can taste some street food like seafood BBQ and fresh fruits. You can enjoy the best sushi as well.
Basically, it’s close on Wednesday, Sunday and national holiday.
This is one of the biggest temples in Japan and quite unique.
Its main hall is an Indian style not like a traditional temple.
This is a typical Daimyo(Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period (1603-1868) with a tidal pond and two wild-duck hunting sites.
It is considered one of the most important parks of the Meiji Era.(1869-1912) It's wonderful for strolling because of the variety of its planed gardens; styles range from French and English to Japanese traditional.
You can have a sky view of Tokyo at the height of 202m.
It’s not as tall as the Sky Tree, but it's tall enough and free of charge.
The beauty of Samurai spirit is shown in Japanese swords and their costumes. You can see what samurai spirit is and feel their spirits still living in today’s Japanese people. As there are good guides in this museum, you don’t need to pay my admission fee.
Don't misunderstand! This is not a restaurant but a theater where you can watch a crazy show with simple food.
If you want to go there, I will take you there and finish the tour. Because the show time is evening and night.
This is the most venerable Shinto shrine in Tokyo, opened in 1920 in honor of Emperor and Empress Meiji. It has two big Torii, a traditional gate of shrines.
This street is the center of Japanese Kawaii (Cute) fashion and very popular among young girls.
Ukiyoe is a Japanese traditional wood-block printing developed during the Edo period.(1603-1868) It affected impressionist artists in Europe like Gogh and Monet.
This is one of the most popular sightseeing spot for international tourists. Watch Japanese people’s behaviors here.
It's like a food museum. It carries many kinds of food from prepared delicacies to delicious imported confectioneries.
You can wear Samurai Armor and take photos ( 2 poses / 10 shots). Reservation is required. Of course, you don’t need to pay for the guide.
Akihabara has two faces.
The first one is an electronics shops town and the other one is the center of Otaku culture. Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime fandom. There are so many amine goods shops here and a maid café is one of the symbols of Otaku culture.
It's a cultural mecca with a number of museums including the prestigious Tokyo National Museum and the delightful Shitamachi Museum with its displays of old Toyko, Ueno Zoo and so on.
This street is crowded with stores offering clothes, fresh fish, dried food and so on.
You can feel an old style traditional town. There are many small temples, boutiques and ateliers.
It’s the largest mosque in Japan and known as the most beautiful mosque in all of Asia.
At your hotel in Tokyo.
In Tokyo, there are wide variety of places tourists love to see. For example, old Japan like temples and shrines, and new Japan like Akihabara and Harajuku. I would like to help you find natural and historical wonders and feel Japanese culture and lifestyle.
I made the list of popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo, which I strongly recommend. Please choose some places from the list, and I will propose a one-day tailored tour for you.
If it's a little bit difficult for you to select some places, just tell me what kind of places you want to go and what kind of activities you want to try and enjoy.
The key point of this tour is flexibility. I will arrange our itinerary depending on your interests.
My recommendations are as follows,
- 1. Asakusa area. You can feel a nostalgic atmosphere of old Tokyo.
- 3. Tsukiji area. Enjoy many kinds of fresh seafood.
- 4. 2 Observation room of Tokyo metropolitan city hall. You may be able to see Mt. Fuji if it's a fine day.
Transportation cost for the guide
Lunch for the guide
Your transportation cost (Approx. 900JPY per person)
Admission fee (you and the guide)
We will use public transportation during this tour.
We spent one amazing day trip from Tokyo to Kamakura with Hideaki. Very nice, punctual, informative. His English is excellent too! We’ve been to Japan many times and have seen the Daibutsu, but my daughter was to young to remember. So, with Japan’s COVID restrictions we hired Hideaki to visit Kamakura. Wow, we were impressed with his knowledge and information! We learned so much and are grateful for his tour. We went to Kotokuin temple, Hasedera Temple, and Hokokuji Temple with the beautiful bamboo forest. It was better than going on our own. We also had an amazing okonomiyaki lunch! Hideaki was very kind and gave us suggestions for our transportation to Narita Airport for the following day. Highly recommend him! Thank you Hideaki for the beautiful memories!
Marianne-san, Thank you very much for your review. I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed the Kamakura tour even though it was a humid day. I also had a good time talking with you and daughter. Next time, please come to Japan in spring or autumn and enjoy more beautiful scenery. Hideaki Murayama
I liked the guide's attitude to guests. He was very kind and care about guests' interest. His tour was interactive with guest. I really enjoyed his tour.
Noriko-san, Thank you very much for your review. I also had a good time chatting with you. Hoping that everything will go back to normal soon. Best Regards, Hideaki Murayama
Hikeaki showed up at our hotel lobby early. He was very well prepared. He is attentive and gracious and will match his pace to what his clients like, which is nice. He showed us all the interesting aspects of Nikko. We enjoyed his company and felt well taken care of.
Inez-san, Thank you very much for your review. I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed the Nikko tour. I also had a good time talking with you and your sisters. Especially, your sister invented a new Japanese cuisine. That is Tonkatsu Udon. Thank you again. Hideaki Murayama
Hideaki San is indeed very professional, prompt with correspondence, detailed in his itineraries, and accurate in his estimate of out of pocket expenses, just like what others said. He is gentle, caring, and knows how to lead us well. Among the nine of us, some wanted to linger around taking photos while others could not wait to move on. Hideaki San managed that. Ours was a one day tour in Hakone. We started out from Tokyo. Later, we enjoyed the cruise on Lake Ashinoko, the view of Mount Fuji, the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway, walking the trail to Mototsumiya Shrine, and the stroll through the Open Air Museum. At the end of the day, Hideaki San gave us instructions on how to get to our ryokan and saw us off at the bus stop. We are very pleased and highly recommend him to anyone.
Myra-san. Thank you very much for your review. As your family is so nice, I also shared a pleasant time. We were so lucky that day that we could view beautiful Mt. Fuji together with Lake Ashi. Actually, it’s often foggy and cloudy there. Did you enjoy hot spring that night? Thank you again. Hideaki Murayama