One day - Highlights in Tokyo

Mariko K.

Tokyo
English, German, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

In this tour, you can visit four most attractive touring spots combining beautiful nature, Japanese food culture and enjoyable Japanese old and modern parts.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in 23wards in Tokyo

Tsukiji Fish Market

Hamarikyu garden

Water bus from Hamarikyu garden to Asakusa *Cherry blossom season is very busy. We might need to wait for the next water bus.

Asakusa (Sensoji Temple, Nakamise shopping street,)

Akihabara

Ending Point

At the nearest station of our last visiting spot

What to Expect

In this tour, you can visit four most attractive touring spots combining beautiful nature, Japanese food culture and enjoyable Japanese old and modern parts.

Firstly,we'll visit Tsukiji Fish Market which is the largest marine product market in Japan. It consists of two main areas-the inner market and the outer market. We will go to both markets. The inner market is the wholesale market for the professionals where about 480 kinds of marine products are traded. You can meet various kinds of fish and shellfish like tuna, eel, octopus, sea urchin and more! There are about 800 small family-run retail shops in the inner market, each shop has own specialty selling tuna, eel and so on. So you can see not only merchandises but also workers, shops, and the human interactions in Tsukiji. Inside market,intricate narrow streets are like a maze but I'll take you anywhere you're interested in safely. (Tsukiji Inner market will allow to get in maximum 5 people including a guide. If your group is over 5 people, I'll take you only the Outer market.)

At the outer market, there are about 400 retail shops which are open to the public. Almost all kinds of Japanese ingredients and foods can be found here. This is like a kitchen of Japanese cuisine. You can enjoy buying Japanese food, seasonings, tea, knives, dishware, wrapping goods and so on.

Next, we'll walk to Hamarikyu garden (10 minutes). It is a high class Japanese garden in Tokyo which has about 340- year history. It's used as a detached residence of Tokugawa shogun's family in the Edo era and a guesthouse for foreign diplomats and royal families in the Meiji era. In February 2015, Prince William (England) visited this garden and experienced the tea ceremony. One of the greatest thing is that you can drink finely powdered green tea and a seasonal Japanese confectionery in the tea house which is located in the middle of the pond. Shoguns, ladies and Imperial Court nobles enjoyed the view from here. Why don't you enjoy the tea and sweet while send your thoughts back in time to these eras.

After that, we will enjoy a water bus cruise from Hamarikyu Garden to Asaksua. It takes about 1 hour ride.

Asakusa, it preserves the old atmosphere of Edo era and it's a vivid town. On the way to Sensoji temple, we can enjoy shopping at Nakamise shopping street. It's very fun to see so many kinds of traditional crafts, sweets and souvenirs. Sweets like a small pancake stuffed with red bean paste and rice crackers are famous here. There are several specialized Kimono shops in this area. If you're interested in some particular shops like Kimono, Japanese folding fan or hand towels, I can take you these shops.

At last, we will visit Akihabara where you can feel totally different atmosphere from Asakusa. We'll discover why Japanese subculture attracts so many people and let's see more about anime, manga and games in Akihabara.

If you have any questions or requests, please send me a message. I'll reply as soon as possible.

*As Tsukiji Inner market will be closed and the new market will be opened in Toyosu in 2018, the tour itinerary will be changed after that.

I'd like to make your trip a real pleasant one. I 'm really looking forward to meeting you in my tour!

Thank you, Arigatou!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

hotel pick-up (If you stay at private house or apartment like Air BnB, additional cost 1000 yen is required.)

Reservation of a restaurant (Lunch only, if we decided to go particular restaurant.)

What‘s not included

transportation fee ( you and guide) - about 1500Yen

lunch

admission fee of Hamarikyu garden (300 yen)

Important Information

Include

guide fee

hotel pick-up (If you stay at private house or apartment like Air BnB, additional cost 1000 yen is required.)

Reservation of a restaurant (Lunch only, if we decided to go particular restaurant.)

Not Include

transportation fee ( you and guide) Metro and Waterbus - about 1,500Yen

lunch

admission fee of Hamarikyu garden (300 yen)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Bruce A.

Apr 11, 2019

A tour of interesting neighbourhoods in Tokyo

Mariko brought me to interesting neighbourhoods in Tokyo. I wanted to see where everyday people lived and worked as well as seeing open air markets.The day with Mariko was very interesting and enjoyable. I found her to be be very engaged in her work and she was a great companion for the day.

Mariko K.

Hi Bruce Thank you so much. I am so happy to hearing from you. I had a nice time with you iwhole day in Tokyo.. I miss you so much.

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Matt H.

Jan 10, 2018

Tokyo introduction

Mariko was the perfect guide. We want a taster of Tokyo as it was our first visit. New Year’s Day was a difficult one but we had a lovely introduction to such a wonderful city. Her English was excellent. I would highly recommend asking Mariko to provide you with an introduction to Tokyo

Mariko K.

Hi Matt Thank you for your review. I had a nice time with you and your family. The taste of Ramen in Ueno I remember often. It was so delicious. The view form Metropolitan Goverment Building was so nice. And the Shibuya crossing....... everything went wonderful. Your last days in Hokkaido must be nice. I looking forward to seeing you and your family agein in Japan.

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Emilia D.

Jan 2, 2018

Tokyo 1 day personalized/guided tour

Mariko was excellent! She was very good with a large group with varied ages and interests. She made contact with me well in advance of the trip to understand who she would be touring so that the activities were personalized and geared towards what we wanted to do and see. I would absolutely contact Mariko again for my future travels to Japan.

Mariko K.

Hi Emilia Thank you for your review. I was so happy with you and your family. It was such an exciting trip like eating Sushi in Tsukiji and Dango in Asakusa. I am missing you and your members and say Hello to them. And l look forward to seeing you again in Japan.

$215/ per group