This tour offers a unique journey through Tokyo's past. Explore Edo Castle Ruins, Korakuen Garden's beauty, Tsukiji Honganji Temple's cultural fusion, and Sumida Hokusai Museum's artistry. Unearth history in every step.
At your hotel in Tokyo
Your day begins with a hotel pick-up.
Head to Shimokitazawa for lunch. You can choose between a sushi restaurant or a ramen restaurant, depending on your budget and preference. Some popular options include:
・Ganso Sushi: Savor fresh sushi at Ganso Sushi, known for its high-quality seafood and traditional sushi preparations.
・Uoshin Shimokitazawa: Explore the seafood offerings at Uoshin Shimokitazawa, a popular izakaya (Japanese pub) specializing in seafood dishes and sushi.
・Oreryu Shio Ramen Shimokitazawa: Enjoy a delicious bowl of their signature shio (salt-based) ramen known for its flavorful broth and tender noodles.
・Ishii Shimokitazawa: Experience their renowned ramen, which is loved for its rich and savory flavors.
After your satisfying lunch, treat yourself to traditional Japanese sweets
・Kanmidokoro.：Try their wagashi (Japanese confectionery) and savor a cup of matcha tea.
Make your way to Shibuya, one of Tokyo's most iconic districts. You can take the train to get there.
Once you arrive in Shibuya, enjoy a snack of takoyaki (octopus balls) at Gindako, a popular chain known for its delicious takoyaki.
Spend some time shopping for souvenirs in Shibuya. Consider visiting these stores:
・Discover, Japan Labo：unique Japanese gifts and traditional crafts.
・Kuroda Toen：high-quality Japanese teas and ceramics.
End your day with a sake-tasting experience in Shibuya. Visit some local sake bars to sample a variety of Japanese sake.
・Sonotouri ：a wide selection of sake with delicious Oden( a type of Japanese one-pot dishes consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon or konjac, and processed fishcakes stewed in a light, soy-flavored dashi broth)
・Kaku-uchi Base：a cozy atmosphere and local sake.
・Umebachi：more traditional sake experience with a body-friendly Japanese cuisine centered around vegetables.
You can enjoy an amazing Tokyo food culture through this tour. Exploring neighborhoods like Shibuya and Shimokitazawa, delicious ramen or sushi,
sampling Japanese sweets, visiting the iconic Shibuya Crossing, trying local snacks like takoyaki, shopping for souvenirs, and experiencing a sake-tasting adventure.
This tour offers a blend of Tokyo's delights, food culture, and memorable moments.
guide fee, hotel pick-up, etc...
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee, etc... ,
If your hotel is located in 23 wards of Tokyo, pick-up fee to the hotel is free.
Tours are basically done by using public transportation like trains and subways.
It's advisable to wear comfortable footwear, and be prepared for moderate walking.
Despite the short duration, this was hands down one of my most memorable trips. I have dreamt of visiting Japan for so long that the sheer anticipation was a bit intimating. There was a slight fear it would not live up to my expectations. Well, it far exceeded what I expected and craved for! From the Meiji Shrine to the culinary delights of the Shimokitazawa neighborhood, Taro did an amazing job squeezing in so many interesting, inspiring, and super tasty moments. He patiently endured my annoying questions (all 1000 of them :-)) giving not only his perspective, but also sharing the general and widely acceptable view of things. He was punctual, extremely polite and flexible, modifying and adapting the events and the visits according to our extremely time-constrained circumstances, our ever-changing whims (as well as shopping needs), and our unending culinary curiosity. The bottom line is, Taro was a delight, and he will definitely be my guide of choice next time I am in Tokyo. And believe me, I am definitely coming back for at least two weeks of a more in-depth exploration of his fascinating homeland. I have already told anyone who is willing to listen how great he was and am highly recommending him to all my friends and acquaintances who are planning a trip to Japan/Tokyo. Arigato Gozaimasu, my dear Taro!
Thank you so much for your fantastic review. I've never had such an excellent evaluation in my entire life. I also have to express how much I appreciate you. Throughout this tour, I was always learning a lot of things from you. You are very knowledgeable and always choose authentic things. Conversing with you about our culture and diverse topics made me realize how wonderful our heritage is and provided me with another perspective on things. It was such an honor to work for you as your tour guide. Thank you so much Looking forward to seeing you again.
I booked a food and culture tour with Taro in my recent first trip to Japan. Taro was great, his English excellent and he made every effort to make sure I was seeing and doing the things that interested me. He took me on local trains to two different locations in Tokyo to experience authentic Japanese food in restaurants I would never have known of and cultural points of interest which on my own I would never had experienced. He also assisted in getting my JR rail pass and booking my train tickets to Osaka. He also explained the train system which I had been having a bit of concern about navigating. His assistance with this was great and put my mind at rest for the rest of my holiday. I would highly recommend Taro as a local guide to anyone visiting Tokyo.
Thank you so much for having me as your tour guide. And I'm glad to be a part of your first trip to Japan. It was a truly meaningful and valuable experience for me to talk to you. Hope to see you again soon. Best Regards, TARO