The tour can be customized according to your preferences. You can select 3 or 4 places to visit for the tour. My recommendations in Tokyo are Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Nihonbashi, Ueno, Harajuku, Shibuya, Kagurazaka and Daikanyama. If you like art, I'm happy to shows you some beautiful museums like Nezu Museum and other contemporary art museums in Tokyo.
At your hotel in Tokyo or near Tokyo
Sensoji is the oldest and the most popular temple in Tokyo. It was a center of Edo culture and still preserves the appearance of old Edo, Tokyo's traditional atmosphere. The five-story pagoda, incense burner and Nakamise-shopping arcade will take you back to old Tokyo.
The Nihombashi district in central Tokyo has been a center of Japanese business and culture, a hub for merchants and craftsmen since the start of the Edo dra. Today it is a modern neighborhood with high-rise buildings, you will find the essence of Tokyo at Coredo Muromachi shopping center. We will visit some of the famous shops incluidng Kiya (Japanese knife shop), Senbikiya (fruits shop) and Mitsukoshi Department store.
There're several restaurants offering various kinds of foods in the area. If you like to try Japanese cuisine, I will show you Japanese restaurants in Coredo Muromachi Terrace.
The Meiji Shrine is a sanctuary in the middle of the city away from all the hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo. Harajuku/Omotesando located just outside of the Meiji Shrine is a vibrant neighborhood with trendy eateries and boutiques. If you're interested in young pop culture, I will take you to Takeshita Street, a hub of trendy cute culture. Then we will walk along the Cat Street to Shibuya.
Japan's trend-setting town dedicated to young fashion and culture. It has become a symbol of Tokyo's dynamism with the Shibuya Crossing, the state-of-the-art buildings and SHIBUYA 109. Miyashita Park is a new type of facility combining a park, retail property, and a hotel. You will also see the Hachiko Statue, a meeting spot near the JR Shibuya Station, which is famous as a loyal dog.
At your hotel or any other place you prefer in Tokyo
Tokyo is a unique and diverse mix of traditional culture and cutting edge technology. It is unlike any other place you'd ever seen in the world. Each area in Tokyo has a different character. Roughly speaking, it can be divided into the Eastern, Central and Western areas. In the Eastern area, the Asakusa and Nihonbashi area where an atmosphere of the old Tokyo (Edo) survives.The Imperial Palace is located in the center of Tokyo. Shibuya and Harajuku in the Western area is Japan's trend-setting neighborhood and always crowded with young people. I will show you some of the most exciting things that Tokyo has to offer.
Transportation fee (about JPN1,500 per person, for you and guide)
Lunch (about JPN1,000 per person, for you and guide)
We spent our first day in Tokyo with Kumiko. It was a great experience and one I would highly recommend. She helped us get Suica cards which were very useful as we navigated the Tokyo transportation system. Kumiko enabled us to efficiently see the highlights of Tokyo (Temples, Shrines, Harjuku and other areas) without spending time getting lost and trying to figure out directions in train stations. Her English is very very good and she explained the history and background of the places we visited. Thank you Kumiko!
Dear Susan and Tim, Thank you so much for your feedback. I certainly enjoyed the time with both of you. It's easy to catch a cold in between seasons and be exhausted because of jeg lag, different cultures, and the environment. Please take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan! Kumiko
Kumiko was an amazing guide. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about Tokyo. She took us to many places and some that tourist don’t know about. We had a great day experiencing the city. Thank you Kumiko!!
Generra, John, Candace and Ryan, Than you very much for your feedback. I was really happy to see you and enjoyed the time together. Please enjoy the rest of your tour and Generra, take care of your shoe sore. Best regards, Kumiko Kawai
Thanks to Kumiko for getting me around while it was raining. We managed to see the Senso-ji temple and walk through the laneways before the rain got heavy. Then we made our way to a few shopping centers to stay dry before returning. The rain made for some great photos!!! I thoroughly enjoyed my day!!
Thank you for your feedback. I WAS reallu lucky to have an opportunity to see you and show you Tokyo in a rain! Please come back with your daughters ! Best regards, Kumiko
Kumiko was my guide for a day in Kamakura. I found her to be very pleasant, warm, and interestng. Her knowledge of the are was impressive. She is very much a great lady and I was fortunate to have her as my guide.
Bruce-san, I really appreciate your feedback. I was fortunate to have such a nice gentleman like you as my guest. It was fun to talk with you all the way to Kamakura. Please take care of yourself and come again! Kumiko