Shinjuku - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening


Toshi H.

4.95(107) reviews
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Would you like to explore Shinjuku, the entertainment capital of Japan?

It's a walking tour which encompasses a visit to a 45-story observation deck, back alleys, Godzilla's head, and etc.

Like shopping? We'll also go to a high-end department store and a wholesale outlet. The tour starts from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

In late March and early April, we also take in the soothing sight of cherry blossoms.

[NOTE] I give discounts if you book two (2) 4-hour tours in one day.

Meeting Point

Your Central Tokyo or Yokohama hotel OR Shinjuku Station.

The numbered photos correspond to the following: We will visit #1 to #7. #A to #C are optional and require a tour extension.

10:00 AM

1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory deck (45th floor)

Free entrance

11:00 AM

2. Depachika - food section of a department store

It has an amazing food section like a food theme park! Due to COVID-19, no free samples are now available.

11:30 AM

3. Samurai sword store and Japanese craft store

millions yen valued antique swords are displayed.

12:00 PM

4. Wholesale store

Don quijote, Uniqulo, Yodobashi camera electric store or Bic Camara electric store

12:30 PM

5. Hanazono shrine

Shinto shrine

01:00 PM

6. Kabukicho strolling

Golden Gai (bar street), Godzilla head and a bit sexy pub street

01:50 PM

7. Omoide yokocho street

narrow pub street (lunch or evening drink is optional)

8. Special event of the day (if available)

e.g.,Traditional doll exhibition (Mar), or cherry blossom viewing at a park (Apr)


may require extra hour = 4,500JPY/hour

A. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden

seasonal flowers and Japanese garden. 70 varieties of cherry blossoms are blooming one after another in spring (1hr extra - entrance fee 500JPY)

Ending Point

At the final destination, OR at a pre-agreed place in Shinjuku.

What to Expect

We will see the best Shinjuku has to offer!

Cherry blossoms are an extra delight in April.

We'll learn about our very rich food culture while at the food section of a department store.

For lunch, we'll have some scrumptious ramen or gyoza for lunch.

In the evening, we'll grab a beer at an intimate old-fashioned pub.

For music lovers, let's sing together in a Karaoke box.

Evening tours start from 4 PM, depending on your preference.

Want to personalize this tour?

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

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

= transportation fee(you and guide)

= lunch/ drinks/ food (you and guide), 

= Entrance fee: for example for Shinjuku Gyoen Garden 500 JPY, Samurai museum 1,700JPY

*Guide has a pass for Samurai museum

Tour extension 5,000JPY/hour

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 = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). 5,000JPY/hour

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is closed on Mondays. Cherry blossom viewing depends on weather condition. A group of 7 or more will contact me before booking. Meet-up = Central Tokyo and Yokohama only. No drop-off at outside of Central Tokyo for this tour.

The time and order of itinerary may change due to weather and other condition on the day.

FOOD RESTRICTIONS : Please let me know beforehand so we can make the necessary arrangements. We would probably have lunch at a café in this case.

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



Karim W.

Mar 19, 2023

Intro to Tokyo - with Toshi

Our experience with Toshi was amazing. We gave her a wish list of what places we would like to see while in Tokyo. Toshi made it happen! We have two boys, 13 and 11, and she catered to our kids and kept them entertained. Our 11 year old even asked Toshi for a hug at the end of the tour. Toshi was able to adjust our tour on the fly, catering to the things we saw and wanted to do. We got a front row seat on how to navigate the Tokyo’s complicated metro/subway/ train system which proved to be invaluable the rest of our trip. Our Tokyo trip was fantastic and memorable because of Toshi! We highly recommend her as your future tour guide.

Toshi H.

Thank you, Karim! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. I was impressed by how well your children behaved. They looked to be having fun while ordering sushi through a tablet. The sushi was so tasty, wasn’t it? And, your wife looked so gorgeous dressed in a Kimono with cherry blossoms in the background in Asakusa. There is more to see in Tokyo. Hope to see you again.


Sharon P.

Mar 16, 2023

Tokyo walking tour

Toshi did an amazing job of showing us around the sites of Tokyo. She helped us feel comfortable even though it was our first time to Tokyo and we were feeling very overwhelmed with how busy it was. I fell ill the first evening of our tour and Toshi helped get us all home efficiently and fast. Thankyou for showing us the sites of Tokyo and being such a wonderful guide!

Toshi H.

Thank you for your kind words, Sharon and Bruce! I'm delighted to hear everyone enjoyed our tour of places like Yoyogi park. The unexpected appearance of adorable hedgehogs was definitely a surprise. How did everyone feel about the TeamLab and Asakusa? Actually, there are more to see in Tokyo. Please come back. Hope to see you again. Anyway, I am glad that you are having a great time in Kyoto. This means you have fully recovered. Take care of yourselves.


Gary S.

Mar 11, 2023

Great Experience

Toshi is a wonderful guide. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. Toshi's English is very good. We had a lot of fun during our 7-hour walking Tokyo tour.

Toshi H.

Thank you, Gary! It was fun to see you enjoy "My Tokyo"! We had two local delicacies in Asakusa--melon pan (sweet bun covered with cookie crust) and ningyo yaki (bite sized cake filled with sweet bean paste). Yummy! It's a good thing we were able to burn the calories by walking at the Imperial Palace grounds. It was an interesting contrast between the traditional (samurai castle gate) and the contemporary (high-rise office buildings). How was Shibuya? I hope you were able to take a lot of nice photos! Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you! Hope to see you again!

Madalina T.

Mar 4, 2023

Amazing Tokyo, amazing Toshi!

Our big family had an amazing experience with our guide who graciously accommodated everyone, of all ages, keeping the pace with our high energy and excitement and offering us a variety of experiences, from sight seeing to culinary. We felt very safe the whole time as she shared historic details but also lots of practical information. I will always cherish our memories together and I highly recommend Toshi, as being very friendly, happy and most helpful at all times.

Toshi H.

Thank you for your kind words, Madalina! It’s good to hear I could help you a lot, and made your tour enjoyable. It was a great three days for me too--I felt like being the 8th member of your big family. We could see early blooming cherry blossoms in Odaiba. So pretty! We were so lucky to be at the right time to see fishmongers cut a big tuna with a long knife at Tsukiji Fish Market. I hope you will have a blast in the Tokyo Marathon. Hope to see you again!

$152/ per group

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