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Exciting Tokyo - One Day Tour

Highlights

Hideaki M.

4.75(28) reviews
Tokyo
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo.

1. Asakusa area

1.1 Sensoji temple and Nakamise-Dori

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.


1.2 Kappabashi Dougugai

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.

2. Tokyo Sky Tree (Admission fee : Weekday 3,100JPY, Holiday 3,400JPY)

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.


3. Tsukiji area

3.1 Fish market

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.

3.2 Honganji temple

This is one of the biggest temples in Japan and quite unique.

Its main hall is an Indian style not like a traditional temple.

3.3 Hamarikyu garden (Admission fee : 300JPY)

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.

4. Shinjuku area

4.1 Shinjuku Gyoen national Park (Admission fee : 500JPY)

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.

4.2 Observation room of Tokyo metropolitan city hall

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.

4.3 Samurai museum (Admission fee : 1,900JPY)

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.

4.4 Robot Restaurant (Admission fee : 8,000JPY)

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.


5. Harajuku area

5.1 Meiji Jingu shrine (Admission Free, Japanese garden : 500JPY)

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.

5.2 Takeshita dori (Shopping street)

This street is the center of Japanese Kawaii (Cute) fashion and very popular among young girls.

5.3 Ota Memorial Museum of Art (Admission fee : 800JPY)

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.

6. Shibuya area

6.1 Shibuya scramble crossing

This is one of the most popular sightseeing spot for international tourists. Watch Japanese people’s behaviors here.

6.2 Depachika (the food section in a department store basement)

It's like a food museum. It carries many kinds of food from prepared delicacies to delicious imported confectioneries.

6.3 Samurai Armor Photo Studio (Option 13,000JPY)

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.


7. Akihabara

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.

8. Ueno area

8.1 Ueno Park

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.


8.2 Ameyoko (Shopping Street)

This street is crowded with stores offering clothes, fresh fish, dried food and so on.

8.3 Yanaka

You can feel an old style traditional town. There are many small temples, boutiques and ateliers.

9. Tokyo Camii

It’s the largest mosque in Japan and known as the most beautiful mosque in all of Asia.

Ending Point

At your hotel in Tokyo.

What to Expect

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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

Transportation cost for the guide

Lunch for the guide


What‘s not included

Your transportation cost (Approx. 900JPY per person)

Your lunch

Admission fee (you and the guide)


Important Information

Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary.

We will use public transportation during this tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Kalina M.

Nov 14, 2022

Greatest Tokyo visit !

We have amazing time .

Hideaki M.

Dear Kalina-san, Thank you very much for your review. I’m very glad to hear that you had a good time during the Tokyo tour. I also enjoyed chatting with you. Hideaki Murayama

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Giorgios V.

Oct 27, 2022

A good guide

It was a good guide

Hideaki M.

Giorgios-san, Thank you very much for your review. Luckily, we could see a beautiful autumn leaves in Nikko even though it was foggy. Have a good time in Japan!! Best Regards. Hideaki Murayama

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Julie D.

Oct 16, 2022

Review of the Exciting Mt Fuji tour and guide

The tour was wonderful, and a good learning experience! Tour- It was well-planned. The time, transportation, places and considerations for other matters were detailed and put together well. Now we know that riding the bus is actually better than the train going to Mt. Fuji, if you want a better view. We enjoyed going around the Mt. Fuji area, although Mt. Fuji was shy and only showed a part of her at the end of the day when we were on the bus home. It was nice walking around the community at the Arakurayama Sengen park because you get a glimpse of the Japanese country community life you watch in movies. We enjoyed walking up to the view deck and appreciating nature and the Shrine. At Lake Kawaguchi, we rode the ropeway and had a good view of the lake. We also had a sumptuous lunch there with their delicacy, hotou noodles. Then we went to the Oshino Hakkai area, where we appreciated the very clear, cool water and tasted chestnuts (we don't have them in our country). It is amazing how the Japanese protect and maintain their environment and respect nature. It shows what a wonderful culture they have. Guide- Mr. Hideaki was punctual, polite, patient, kind, and very helpful. Prior to the tour, he assisted with the planning and answered my questions promptly. He arrived early at our hotel lobby and helped us with the travel. All throughout the tour, he answered our queries the best way he can, and was very patient. He shared information and explained some facts about the Japanese way of doing things which was nice. He also helped other tourists who got lost. And even when we got delayed because of traffic, he still made sure we arrived at our accommodation safely without any compensation. He made our day enjoyable, and less tiring- learning and appreciating Japanese culture and nature, with less worries/anxiety on what trains or bus to catch or getting lost etc. We appreciate very much Mr Hideaki's efforts. It is nice to have a tour guide during your trip, and we hope he gets more tourists to assist in the future.

Hideaki M.

Julie-san, Thank you very much for your review. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour even though we couldn’t see Mt. Fuji due to the weather. Actually, I feel very sad for my guests if we can’t see Mt. Fuji. Have a good time in Japan!! Best Regards. Hideaki Murayama

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Michelle W.

Oct 16, 2022

Took us to all the highlights!

Took us to a Japanese garden, a temple, a shrine, lunch & shopping. He was very knowledgeable. We had a great time!

Hideaki M.

Michelle-san, Thank you very much for your review. Next time when you come to Japan, please stay several several days. There are so many things to see, to do and to eat in Japan. Best Regards, Hideaki Murayama

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