What would you like to do in Tokyo? I will show you both traditional and modern sightseeing spots, and would have you experience the local life in Tokyo. We will visit a feudal lord's garden, a fish market, historic religious sites including a temple and a shrine, and lastly a fashionable and modern town. These are all must-sees in Tokyo. I'm sure you will be satisfied with the exciting tour!
At your hotel
The site used to be the Tokugawa Shogun's outlying castle built in 1654. The garden was established in the traditional Daimyo style, where the visitors enjoy beautiful scenes while strolling around the central pond. If you want, matcha green tea can be enjoyed in a tea house. Prince William visited the garden on Feb 26, 2015.
The market has a lot of shops selling not only seafood but also vegetables and kitchen utensils. Fresh wasabi rootstocks, rare white strawberries, and costly Matsutake mushrooms can be seen, if you visit the market in the right season. Of course, the visitors can taste sushi and other various foods.
Asakusa-Kannon temple is the oldest in Tokyo founded in 645. It features the Kaminari-mon gate with a huge paper lantern. The town used to be the center of entertainment, so the temple has been always vibrant though you might expect it would be quiet like many other temples in Japan. The approach to the temple is lined with shops selling sweets, kimono, chopsticks and other souvenirs.
The shrine is the largest in Tokyo and is dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji who governed the country 1867 to 1912. It is surrounded by 36,000 trees housing a wide range of species of living things. The spot has a solemn atmosphere in contrast with Asakusa-Kannon temple.
Harajuku is the center of fashion and attracts people from nationwide. The town featues the main street, Omote-sando with rows of high-end brand shops, and many side streets, too. One of them Takeshita-dori is a mecca for teenagers, where many stores sell clothes and miscellaneous goods at reasonable prices. Please enjoy the vibrant town!
People say Tokyo is eclectic and has both traditional and modern aspects. You will see a time-honored shrine next to a newly built skyscraper. We tour historic destinations, the origin of a fashion, and places mixed old factors and new ones. And also, please enjoy authentic Japanese food for lunch. Finally, you can experience Tokyo itself, with fabulous shops, excellent train systems, busy streets and kind people. At the end of the day, you will be much more familiar with the fascinating city!
Guide fee, hotel pick-up
Your transportation fee and guide's: about 1,000 yen a person.
Your entrance fee for Hamarikyu-garden: 300yen / free under 12 / 150yen over 65.
Lunch, Green tea and sweets
I can guide you in the metropolitan area including Tokyo and Kanagawa every day as long as I am available.
Hamarikyu-garden is closed during the period before and after New Year's. In that case, the destination will be replaced with your favorite spot.
－I will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. The time schedule might change, depending on where your hotel is.
－The tour usually ends in the last destination Harajuku, but if you would like me to see you off at the hotel, please let me know.
－I would like you to pay for your transportation fee and guide's, your admission fee for Hamarikyu garden, your lunch and your matcha green tea and sweets other than the guide fee.
I plan to have suhi at Tsukiji market. If you would like different meals, I will be ready to choose your favorite food. And also, if you have any food allergies, please let me know.
Masako is an excellent tour guide she made our Tokyo experience unforgettable. She is caring and very knowledgeable.
Thank you very much for your kind comment. I am glad to hear you enjoyed yesterday. All of you are friendly and kind. I very much enjoyed the tour and nice chatting. I appreciate your cooperation and patience. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan.
I've traveled all around the world & I can say that without the shadow of a doubt, Masako is the best ever guide that I've had the pleasure to meet. She was very professional, punctual, friendly, accommodating & generally just an amazing human being. She also tailor made the tour around my requests and the whole day went like clockwork. If you're visiting Japan, I highly recommended her. Thank you Masako for making my trip so awesome.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I greatly appreciate it. We were lucky to have good weather today. If I helped make your visit to Tokyo better, it's my pleasure. I was impressed you had well researched on Tokyo, though you are very busy at work. I respect your diligence. Thank you very much for your full cooperation and patience. It made our tour go on smoothly and helped me a lot. May the memory of Tokyo remain in your heart forever.
Masako was fantastic in helping us navigate our way around Tokyo on our first day. We efficiently got to each location and Masako explained the history and culture which we would have missed without her. Masako also answered all of our questions which really set us up for the rest of the week. Can’t thank you enough Masako, you were so kind and helpful, it really made our stay wonderful. Have a wonderful new year and we look forward to visiting Japan again soon.
Hello Alan, Thank you very much for your kind comment. I am glad to hear you enjoyed our tour and had a wonderful week in Tokyo. It is my great pleasure if I would give you any help with your stay in Tokyo. I also thank you for your cooperation and patience during the tour. I was impressed you always followed me in an orderly line when moving in crowds. It was a big help to me and I easily guided you. I appreciate it. Please give my best regards to your wife and daughters. May the new year bring you and your family happiness! Kind regards, Masako
Masako-san was very knowledgeable, patient and punctual. A learnt alot from our tour and hope to engage her service in the future when I return to Tokyo with my family. Iroiro arigato gozaimashita.
Dear Waqas, Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I appreciate it. You are enthusiastic about Japanese history and culture, which helped me a lot to operate the tour. I was impressed that you understand cultural difference and show respect for other cultures. Please come back to Japan. I look forward to meeting your family. Kind regards, Masako