Harajuku is Kawaii Town! (Kawaii = cute) It's a mecca for those into kawaii culture, particularly young ladies. This includes popular sites: the Meiji Jingu Shrine (largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo), Takeshita Street for kawaii fashion, Omotesando for its unique shops and cafes, and Shibuya Crossing (the world’s busiest intersection). These and many more await you on this tour!
(Please note that we can modify the time and add destinations to the packaged itinerary below.)
JR Harajuku Station
The station is very close to the Meiji-jingu Shrine.
* Hotel meet-up (optional) = additional 4,500 JPY (only central Tokyo or Yokohama)
The biggest Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of the shrine grounds. It is believed to be the most powerful spiritual spot in Tokyo.
The height of KAWAII! Explore the ultimate in cuteness along this street.
Known for varied hole-in-the wall stores, vintage clothing, and cafes.
Features unique architecture and a high-end shopping district filled with domestic and international brands.
The world’s busiest intersection. Around 3,000 people cross the intersection at the same time at peak periods (usually at night). I'll take you to a good vantage point where we can take pictures.
Faithful dog statue - Tokyo's most famous dog who was the subject of a Hollywood movie.
* Hotel drop-off (optional) = additional 4,500JPY
Tour extension = 4,500JPY/hour
Highly recommended! Entrance = 2,000JPY/ person (the guide has a pass for it)
Features either cats, owls, dogs (usually shibas), miniature pigs, or hedgehogs (30 mins or more).
Entrance = 1,000++JPY/person
Perfect souvenirs to a memorable trip!
Most famous pork cutlet restaurant in Tokyo.
Lunch = 1,300++JPY/person
Japanese and East Asian artworks and Japanese Garden.
Entrance = 1,300JPY/person
Feel the explosion of his modern art. 20 walk from Omotesando street Entrance fee = 600JPY/person
Features 17th to 19th century woodblock prints of tea houses, geisha, and Mt. Fuji .
Entrance = 700JPY/person
8 unique buildings designed by Japanese and international renowned architects.
JR Harajuku Station or Shibuya Station
This is one of our most popular tours. It has something for everyone. Trendy areas are particularly appealing for younger guests. It’s a perfect tour for Kawaii-philes (it's a favorite among young girls). The tour includes #s 1 to 6 in the above itinerary and can be customized as a daytime or evening tour. #7 to 14 are optional spots are local favorites. It's difficult to enjoy it without a local resident's help.
SPECIAL NOTE: Previous guests have found that 4 hours is not enough for shopping. If you would like to focus on shopping, we could either skip the Meiji-jingu Shrine OR get a 1-hour tour extension. Please let me know which you prefer on the day of the tour.
The following are PAID IN CASH on the day/s of the tour.
= Transportation (you & guide)
= Entrance fee (you & guide)
= Lunch / food / drink (you & guide)
Tour extension = 4,500JPY/hour
Hotel Meet-up = 4,500JPY
Hotel Drop-off = 4,500JPY
I had a one day layover in Tokyo with Toshi and had a great time! She gave me plenty of suggestions that would work with the limited time I had and created an itinerary that allowed me to see a lot in that little time. She provided great insights into the culture of Japan and pointed out many interesting things in the areas we were in. A highlight was us going to a sumo wrestling tournament that she mentioned was taking place! I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a tour guide in Tokyo.
Thank you for your kind words, Pradeep. Glad to know you had fun. The sumo tournament happens only 45 days a year in Tokyo. You came on the right day! I am sure your photos with three sumo wrestlers made your friends say “wow”. Hope you can come back soon. There's so much more to see and experience in Japan!
Excellent tour with Toshi as she is very knowledgable and could share much more than information related to just the sights
Thank you, Malini! So happy to know you like our Kamakura tour. The fresh green leaves in the gardens were really relaxing while Great Buddha was so outstanding. Don’t you think so? I hope this tour was a good introduction of Japan’s history and culture to you. Let’s visit North Kamakura next time since the atmosphere there is a bit different from what we saw on May 5th. I look forward to seeing you again!
Thank you T-Chan (Toshi-San) for an amazing day in Tokyo. I was a solo traveler with one day in Tokyo. T-Chan made it a truly unforgettable day. My day with Toshi started when she picked me up promptly at my Shinjuku hotel. She then took me to experience TeamLab Planets - a spectacular body immersive digital arts experience - in Odaiba. Along the way, we rode the fully automated train and she showed me different sights along the train line. Second stop was the Onsen in Odaiba. This was a most unique experience I wouldn’t have been able to manage without T-Chan with me. We enjoyed the onsen, the shops and the bath. It felt like a relaxing afternoon with a good friend. Next, T-Chan showed me the shops in Odaiba, where we walked around and she helped me find the items I was looking for. T-Chan knew where to shop and was willing to adjust the schedule to accommodate my interests. I was truly happy with my shopping purchases. Then we proceeded to Shinjuku where she showed me the interesting sights and places unique to the area. She gave me more information for the rest of my stay, before we parted ways. My day with T-chan was unhurried but filled with memorable sights and experiences. I only had a day with her in Tokyo but the memories will last me a lifetime. Thank you very much T-Chan for everything. I highly recommend Toshi-San. She is efficient, articulate and accommodating. She will work with you to make the best of your time in Japan.
Thank you Karyna-chan! So delighted to hear you had a relaxing layover. I felt like you were one of my old friends, too. We, Japanese, have the Onsen culture. Even in the heart of Tokyo, we could soak in the natural hot spring. Amazing, isn’t it? As we are both dog-person, exploring pet stores was so fun! I hope your dogs will love the kimono costumes which you bought for them. How did you like sake? We sampled 5 varieties. I liked the sparkling sake the best. There are more trendy spots in Tokyo. Let’s go to Shibuya next time! Hope to see you again.
We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x
Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!