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Home visit, Sushi making & learning from locals.

Unique Experience

Toshi H.

4.95(97) reviews
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Toshi's house is in the beautiful upper-middle class residential area in the suburbs of Tokyo. It is a good opportunity to learn about Japanese life and culture. First of all you will be surprised how compact the Japanese house is and how we make the best of the space. I will explain our unique food culture at a supermarket. After a short break over green tea, let's roll sushi and taste them. Select one activity from the options below.

Meeting Point

Your Central Tokyo or Yokohama hotel OR Shin-Yokohama station (bullet train).

Home visit to see the true Japanese life and enjoy #1-#4 activities. Please select one from options. Some optional activities require extra hours and costs.

10:00 AM

1.Shopping at a local super market for sushi making and a 100 yen store

11:00 AM

2.Sushi making- nigiri, rolls and inari version : vegetarian sushi available

12:00 PM

3.Sampling two Sakes

01:00 PM

4.Casual tea ceremony - Matcha green tea and sweets

01:30 PM

Select one activity from the list; (1-2hs)

Option A Cultural walking around the neighborhood.

Option B: Shodo-caligraphy

Option C: Kyudo-Japanese archery observing (please ask the possible dates beforehand)

Option D: YUKATA, casual Kimono

Extra 500JPY/person for the cleaning cost.

Option E: Antique flea market (available only on the first day of the month, in the morning)

Option F: Ikebana flower arrengement

Extra 1,000JPY/person for flowers

Option G: Cat cafe or owl cafe

Entrance fee: 1,500JPY or more

Option H: Karaoke - let's sing hit songs in English together!

Extra 1,000JPY or more/person

04:30 PM

Option I(evening): Izakaya visit, pick one restaurant from the list: Sushi pub, Yakitori house (grilled chiken), Horumon-yaki (beef BBQ for blue-collar-workers), Shabushabu (beef and vegetables hot pot)

Extra 2,000JPY or more/person

Ending Point

JR Yokohama line Naruse station or Tokyu Den-en-toshi line Nagatsuta station

What to Expect

It is a good opprtunity to learn about Japanese life and culture. First of all you will be surprised how compact the Japanese house is and how we make the best of the space. I will explain our unique food culture at a supermarket. You will learn how to make Sushi (3 kinds). If you don't like seafood, don't worry, you can make a sushi with avocado, egg and ham. Visiting a local pub will be another exiting moment. If you book the date of the first day of the month, I will take you to the antique flea market. For animal lovers, I will offer "an awl cafe and a cat cafe" visit.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, matcha green tea and sweets.

What‘s not included

The following are PAID IN CASH on the day/s of the tour.

Transportation fee (you and guide)

Sushi ingredient; 1,500 JPY per person in cash.

Some options require extra fee: Please pay cash during the tour

OP-D Kimono : 500JPY per Kimono for cleaning cost

OP-F :Flowers : 1,000JPY

OP-G: dinner at Izakaya: 2,000JPY or more per person and for the guide.

OP-H: Animal cafe entrance fee : around 1,500JPY per person and for the guide.

OP-I : Karaoke entrance fee: 1,000JPY or more per person and for the guide

Important Information

Multiple-day bookings are encouraged. I might have greater flexibility in opening closed slots in this case. Let's talk about it. Send me a message! :‑)


= We use public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) in my tours as it's the best way to see the city.

= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.5,000JPY/ hour

= The meet-up time marks the official start of the tour.

= Hotel pick-ups = only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama, and a few hotels in Kawasaki.

= Four-hour tours available = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama, and antique flea market. Please check out the corresponding tour pages.

= HAKONE TOURS = Requires close coordination with the guide BEFORE BOOKING. It takes more time to plan this trip.

= MT. FUJI TOURS = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). Guests should book their own private car or van prior to book a guide.

A group of three or more is required to ask me possible dates before booking. Attendees should be over 15 years old and dog lovers = I have a naughty dog. Toshi's house is in the suburb of Tokyo, and takes 30-40 minutes by train from Shinjuku, Shibuya or Yokohama station.

No hotel drop-off.

Options G starts at 4:00 or later.

Cherry blossom viewing depends on weather condition.

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



Ann marie T.

Nov 20, 2022

Great orientation to Japan

I am thankful we had Toshi as our guide on our first day in Japan. Before we even met, she suggested adding Hama Rikyu garden to our itinerary, which we appreciated. She helped us get Suica cards, then taught us how to navigate public transportation. The simplified map she made us was useful as we were getting used to the subway systems. I had some loose ends with our logistics of the trip and Toshi helped me get those straightened out. It would have been extremely frustrating, if not impossible, without her willingness to assist me after the tour.

Toshi H.

Thank you, Ann! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. It’s good to hear I could help you a lot, and made the rest of your tour enjoyable. Transportation in Japan can be a bit tricky at first, but with a little help and the right information, tourists can go around without trouble. Please come back in the near future, especially, during the Cherry Blossoms season (early April)! Hope to see you again.


Karisu C.

Nov 18, 2022

Wonderful evening tour with Toshi H.

If you are looking for an experienced guide in Tokyo, look no further than Toshi. She is very knowledgeable, organized and adds nice personal touches to make the experience special. Whether you want to experience Tokyo at the surface level or go deeper and sit shoulder to shoulder with locals for a beer and Yakitori, Toshi will ensure you get the experience you want. I recommend Toshi without reservations!

Toshi H.

Thank you, Chris! I'm humbled by your positive review. It was quite an enjoyable evening for me, too! Especially our conversation, as we talked about various topics. We also managed to see both the traditional and modern parts of Shinjuku in 4 hours. We were right on time at the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory because we were able to see the fascinating twilight that projected the beautiful Mt. Fuji silhouette. It was quite fun to see Godzilla growling and spewing fire on the top of the building, wasn’t it? We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo. Hope you can come back soon. Hope to see you again. 


David R.

Nov 4, 2022

Hakone Tour

We used Toshi for a tour of Hakone and it was absolutely fantastic. While Hakone is advertised as a popular day trip from Tokyo, it requires a significant amount of coordination to make the most of your time, and Toshi led us on a perfectly timed and flawless trip. The trip included rides on a train, bus, boat, ropeway, cable car, mountain train, and a return train trip. We cannot imagine how it could have been done more efficiently than the way Toshi arranged it. The day was picture perfect and the entire tour was amazing thanks to Toshi.

Toshi H.

Thank you very much, David and Lauren! So delighted to know that you enjoyed Hakone with me. Lake Ashi was a postcard pretty with a stunning view of Mt. Fuji. I was relieved that we could cover the itinerary planned for this trip and still take the train back to Shinjuku on schedule. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan!


David R.

Nov 4, 2022

Three Days in Tokyo with Toshi

We were with Toshi for three customized tour days in Tokyo. As first time visitors to Japan, and with Tokyo being such a huge city, we wanted to make the most of our time there, and Toshi delivered all that and more. Even though Japan was new to us, Toshi made us feel right at home. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and energetic, and she took the time to answer every question that we had. We cannot thank her enough. If you are looking for a great professional guide to customize a tour designed especially for you, look no further than Toshi. She will not disappoint you.

Toshi H.

Thank you for your kind words, David and Lauren! t was a lot of fun taking you around Tokyo on our 3-day tour. We saw many places based on your preferences and sampled local delicacies. The highlight of the tour was the waterbus trip from Odaiba to Asakusa. It was a lovely day and I'm delighted that you enjoyed the huge contrast between the old and the modern in those two places. Please come back here during the cherry blossom season. You will discover another charm of Tokyo. Hope to see you again.

$86/ per person

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