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My Tokyo – the modern & the traditional (7hrs)

Highlights

Toshi H.

4.95(93) reviews
Tokyo
English
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Ready for a Tokyo adventure? This is a wonderful blend of the old and new that Tokyo has to offer. It's the perfect one-day tour to see Tokyo's past, present, and future. There's something in it for everyone.

Meeting Point

Central Tokyo, Haneda Airport, Yokohama, some hotels in Kawasaki, or Central Tokyo.

Fixed itinerary. The numbered photos correspond to the numbering below.

Please select "a short walk in Odaiba" or "visit the Imperial Palace East Garden"

10:00 AM

*meet-up place = Central Tokyo, Haneda Airport, Yokohama or some hotels in Kawasaki. If you stay in other area, we will meet at Central Tokyo.

10:30 AM

1. Asakusa

Sensoji Buddhist Temple, Asakusa Shinto Shrine and Nakamise shopping street

12:30 PM

2. Shiodome

Ghibli Clock. Observatory deck in a tall building.

01:00 PM

3. Lunch

Japanese, Italian, Udon noodle or fast food. Food allergies or restrictions = advance notice required.

02:20 PM

4. Odaiba & Tokyo Bay Area

A scenic train ride around Tokyo Bay and Odaiba. Odaiba is a 20-year old man-made island with futuristic buildings. Beautiful views of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo skyline. We can ride the entire length of the train to see the 2020 Olympic venues if we have enough time.


03:30 PM

5. The Imperial Palace (outside only)

Used to be a samurai castle. Let's talk about the samurai and Japan's Imperial family! I If you want to visit the East Garden, let me know beforehand.

05:00 PM

6. Shibuya Crossing & statue of Hachi-ko, the faithful dog

Tour ends at Shibuya. No hotel drop-off for this tour.

The itinerary (time and/or order) may change depending on the weather and circumstances on the day itself.

This is a quick tour which doesn't allow us to linger.

A one-hour extension allows more time for shopping or photo opps in Asakusa, the Imperial Palace or Odaiba.

Ending Point

JR Shibuya Station

What to Expect

Perfect tour for people of all ages!

Plenty of scenic spots and photo opps.

= Asakusa : a traditional town which features temples, shrines, and shopping streets.

= Odaiba: a 20-year old man-made island with futuristic buildings. Beautiful views of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo skyline.

= The Imperial Palace: used to be a samurai castle We'll talk about the samurai there.

= Shibuya : a good vantage point of the busiest crossing in the world.

= Lunch: Either a Japanese or Italian restaurant is recommended. Both have a great view of Tokyo Bay view. We can make special arrangements for vegetarians at different restaurants. (Advance notice is required.)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee


What‘s not included

1. Tour extension 4,500JPY/hour

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

= Transportation (you & guide) = approx. 1,000JPY/person (you and the guide)

= Lunch / food / drink (you & 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! :‑) MORE INFO: = 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. = 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. = Tour extension (extra hour service) = 4,500JPY/hr = 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.

{1} Asakusa and the Imperial Palace requires us to be on foot for about an hour (flat terrain). . {2} We'll take a taxi from Shimbashi Station to the Imperial Palace as it saves time and energy. (approx. 900JPY/car). . {3} Lunch: a Japanese restaurant which has a great view of Tokyo Bay. Alternatively, we could have a quick lunch at an udon cafe.

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

Reviews

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Pradeep C.

Sep 20, 2022

One day layover

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.

Toshi H.

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!

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Malini S.

May 15, 2022

Kamakura review

Excellent tour with Toshi as she is very knowledgable and could share much more than information related to just the sights

Toshi H.

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!

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Karyna V.

Feb 5, 2020

Extraordinary day in Tokyo with excellent guide Toshi-San

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.

Toshi H.

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.

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Annette T.

Jan 21, 2020

Fantastic tour!

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

Toshi H.

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!

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