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Shinjuku - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening

Highlights

Toshi H.

4.95(93) reviews
Tokyo
English
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.

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

[IMPORTANT] If you book two 4-hour tours a day, I will give you a discount.

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. Department store

It has an amazing food section like a food theme park!

11:30 AM

3. Special event of the day (if available)

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

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)

Optionals:

A. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden

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

B. Samurai museum (currently closed)

Samurai performance, armors and swords exhibition. (2hrs - entrance fee 1,900JPY: guide has a pass)

C. Animal cafe

cat, owl, or hedgehog cafe (1hr - 1,000++JPY / person)

Ending Point

At the final destination, robot restaurant, Samurai museum 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 3 PM, depending on your preference.


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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 =4,500JPY/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! :‑) 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.

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

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!

K

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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