Tokyo is simply magnificent. This is the definite metropolis that you can't know what really it is just through tour books. Tokyo is a place where the modern technology, and Japan's unique old tradition, myth coexist harmoniously. This tour is made mainly for the first comers who have few idea of what will be like traveling Japan.
At your hotel in the central Tokyo area,
At your hotel in the central Tokyo area
THIS IS PRIVATE TOUR.
I listed up the prominent sightseeing spots I think that must be visited as below..
Please pick up 4 or 5 places from below or just mention the place(s) which you would like to visit,
If you have your own places which is not listed in mine, please name them out.
I'll do my best to coordinate with your request.
I wrote down some sample tours below.
We can start from there and discuss.
（A) : The list of famous sights.
: Sky trees 634m tall broadcast tower. Next target for Godzilla.
Sensoji Temple (Asakusa) : Tokyo's iconic Buddhist temple complex
Harajyuku/Omotesando : The mecca of fashionable young girls .
Meiji Shrine : Shrine that is dedicated to deified spirits of Meiji emperor and his wife.
Shibuya' busiest x- intersection. :
Ueno park : First public park ever made in Japan. Great museums and zoo too.
Yanaka-area : Nostalgic neighbor of Ueno. You can visit last shogun's cemetery.
Akihabara : A center of subculture. Paradise for geeks and anime lovers
Imperial Palace and/or Higashigyoen (Imperial garden) : The relics of Edo castle.
Tokyo tower : Godzilla's favorite broadcast tower (333meter tall)
Tsukiji Fish market (No tuna auction), Still it is a great place to experience Japanese foods.
Hamarikyu garden, :Traditional garden that lies along the seaside.
Kiyosumi Shirakawa garden, : Traditional garden in Tokyo. My number one choice.
Rikugien garden : Traditional Japanese garden famous for its autumn leaves light-up (seasonal)
Fukagawa Fudo : Rare temple that performs mysterious old Buddhist ceremony
Edo Tokyo Museum : Museum that has a taste of amusement park wit abundant historical exhibitions. (Currently closed)
(B) FYG Sample tour routes.
(1) Sensoji Temple (Asakusa) - Ueno Park (or Akihabara) - Kiyosumi garden - Shibuya and Harajyuku area (Meiji shrine and/or Takaeshita street)
(2) Skytree - Sensoji Temple - Shibuya and Harajyuku area - Meiji shrine and/or Takaeshita street
(C) : Transportation and admission for your guidance.
Transportation fare : Somewhere around JPY 1,200- JPY1,600 per person (Adult), subject to where you stay and where you go.
Admission (Adult / per person ) :
Skytree : about Yen2,600- (350m deck), if you take a express lane it would be about Yen3,200-
Tokyo tower : about Yen 900 (150m deck)
National Museum at Ueno, Edo Tokyo Museum : about Yen 600
Hamarikyu, Kiyosumi Shirakawa garden: about Yen 150-300
Sensoji, Fukagawa fudo, Higashigyoen, Meiji Shrine : free (no charge)
(1) Admission fee for yours and guide's
(2) Lunch fee for yours and guide's
(3) Transportation fee for yours and guide's
(4) Meeting you at and escorting you to your hotel in central Tokyo is no charge. However, in rare case , extra charge can be charged depend on the accessibility
We may walk a lot so wear flat shoes .
Please note there are few area even in Tokyo where I have difficulty to get to your place.
(1) Since this is walking tour, please bring your best shoes easy to walk.
Also please do not bring your luggage.
Small back pack would be nice, if you need to.
(2) We can use taxi, but I'm sorry, it will be your account..
Mark was my guide for one day. He was so extremely knowledgeable and committed to making sure I had the trip of a life time. He made a travel plan based on my interest when he picked up me at the hotel lobby in the morning, I learnt the history and culture of Tokyo from his introduction. Very impressive. He showed me important areas that were not well known and that I would not have found on standard tours or on my own. I will introduce him to my friends whoever want to visit Tokyo for sure!
Thank you so much for your generous comment. It was my great pleasure to show you around my favorite historical sites in Tokyo. Also your various kind of appropriate questions made me realize my lack of knowledge. I definitely need to brush up. See you again.
Mark was a wonderful guide and easy to speak and deal with. He very helpful especially considering we were a big group with kids and seniors. Thanks Mark!
Thank you so much for your most generous review. It was my great pleasure to introduce my favorite places in Tokyo. Next time please let me introduce Kamakura. Looking forward to seeing you again.
By the time we met Mark in Tokyo, we had had 4 other guides in other cities so we asked him to focus on the things which make Tokyo really unique and he worked hard to make that happen for us. From ancient Shinto religious services to the inside tour of the National Diet (parliament) building and the Imperial Palace, he really gave us a sense of how special Tokyo is. He even took us to the kitchen and cookery supplies area in Asakusa to fulfil a last-minute special request. You can trust him to guide you where you want to go.
Thank you so much for your kind review and also patience during the tour. I should had organized the tour more thoroughly to avoid unnecessary traveling time. Yes, we tried to find something unique in Tokyo, but I don’t think I have done anything special even that was the best for me at that time. It was my great fortunate to spend wonderful time with you. Thank you again.
We booked with Mitsuru (Mark) on our first day in Tokyo. He met us early at our hotel, and he asked and listened to what we were wanting to do and see. He made a plan on the spot, and we were off. He took us to beautiful shrines and temples, and we attended a ceremony at a Buddhist temple. It was unlike anything I could have imagined-drums, horns, chanting and fire! He took us to a small restaurant for one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. Our day continued on with a museum visit, Shibuya crossing and Harajuku. We were with Mark for over 8 hours, but the time flew by. His knowledge of history and tradition is exceptional. He taught us how to navigate the subway system and the following day my daughter and I traveled by subway and bus thanks to Mark’s introduction. I highly recommend Mark and this tour. It is a must for anyone visiting Tokyo.
Thank you so much for your great review. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed my “Private tour ‘My favorite Tokyo" I had tried my best to visit various kind of places as much as possible in the most efficient way and find out what are you looking for. It was my fortunate that things went well, definitely due to your generosity and your patience. Again, thank you so much.