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Tokyo off-the-beaten selection in one day

Off the Beaten Path
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This tour offers my favorite local visits or off-the-beaten experiences in Tokyo. We can visit 2 areas you pick up from below. Also, these areas can be combined with regular sightseeing spots as optional. Feel free to ask me any arrangements with my other tours. Let's explore Tokyo with local eyes!

Tokyo Tour Guide - Kaori S.
Kaori S.
4.97 / 5
(67 reviews)
09:00 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel, or your choice in Tokyo 23 wards.

Select 2 areas for one day from below.

Please choose 2 areas for one day. We visit one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

(A) Yanaka (Yanesen) - Stroll around local charming town with local people's life.

Lovely local town with people's ordinal life. Tokyo was heavily damaged during World War Ⅱ. Yanaka, also called Yanesen, survived from fire by bombing. That's how this area retains old atmosphere. This town is also known as temple town and cat town. Having been loved by artisans, lots of small galleries and cosy shops can be enjoyed in the area. "Strolling around" is the way to explore this charming town.

(B) Kagurazaka - a fashionable shopping and dining district along a sloping street, but with Geisha culture.

Kagurazaka was located just outside the outer moat of Edo Castle in Samurai period and famous as Geisha entertainment district. Some restaurant related to Geisha still remain here. You can see what you don't see in tourist area. Akagi Jinja Shrine is very popular as the most fashionable shrine in Japan, designed by renowned architect Kuma Kengo. There are many sophisticated shops and restaurant around here. Visiting AKOMEYA, you can see or shop the finest food selection from all over Japan. If you like to shop like Japanese, you love Kagurazaka!

(C) Fukagawa - Experience impressive buddhist Goma Fire ritual with Taiko drums.

We can experience special Goma fire ritual at Fukagawa Fudoson temple. It takes about 30~40min. We need to be quiet during the ritual. Will offer unusual experience. Not recommended for small kids, as it's part of buddhist training. We can also visit nearby Tomioka-hachimangu shrine, which is related to Sumo history.

Also, visit Kiyosumi Gardens, cosy charming Japanese strolling garden I love.

At Fukagwa Edo Museum, you can enjoy the a life-size reproduction of the townscape of Fukagawa and the people's lives of the Edo period (around 1840s).

(D) Gotokuji-temple - known as cat temple, popular for photo lovers

This quiet beautiful temple is known as origin of beckoning Cats, or Lucky Cats (Maneki-neko in Japanese). Interesting history with a cat and a samurai. Thousands of small cat dolls are offered in temple. Good photo spot. Located at west of Tokyo, making short excursion from busy central. Nearby Setagaya-hachimangu shrine has Sumo wrestling ring in the precinct.

(E) Shibamata - home to the movie series Tora-san, “It’s Tough Being a Man”

Located north-east of Tokyo, shitamachi (old town) spirit is still surviving in this peaceful local town. Taishakuten temple boasts elaborate sculptures and beautiful garden.( admission : 400 yen) We can enjoy traditional street food such as green kusa-dango (Japanese mugwort rice dumpling) and hand-grilled senbei (rice crackers) on approach road to the temple. Historical Yamamoto-tei house offers beautiful break time with maccha green tea and some traditional sweets in a beautiful Japanese-stlye house with inner garden. (admission : 100 yen). Be noted taking off shoes is required for Taishakuten sculpture gallery and Yamamotei house.

05:30 PM

End of tour

I can take you back to your hotel, or we can end up on your choice in Tokyo 23 wards.

Ending Point

At your hotel, or your choice in Tokyo 23 wards.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up, hotel drop-off

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What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), food and drink (you and guide), entrance fee (you and guide)

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【Major fees on tour day】

Depends on spots you choose. But if you choose spots within Tokyo Metro areas, below applies.

・For guide, a one-day subway ticket costs 900 yen.

・For you, a one-day subway ticket costs 900 yen per person.

FYI, you can find more "tips for transportation ticket in Tokyo" on below important information.

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【Optional】Hired cars.

Hired car or van : 60,000 JPY up to 8 people (including a guide). Plus parking fees. Advanced booking required. Please make an inquiry asap if you would like to use hired cars.

Tour Important Information

The transportation fee depend on spots you choose.

Important message from the guide

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・I only do tours with small private groups (up to 4 people) .

・Please kindly make inquiries only for available days set on my calendar. Thank you for your understanding.


・My tours basically start/end at Tokyo. If starts/ends outside Tokyo 23 wards, please kindly cover my transportation fee to/from Tokyo.

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Ron D.

5 / 5
May 21, 2024

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Perfect Tour of Beautiful Hakone

Flawless, easy, spectacular. Kaori could not have been more perfect for our group of two older couples. The open air museum was striking, the mountains and cable car ride were spectacular, and the boat ride was serene. We were lucky to get great views of Mt Fuji. Kaori even took us to a wonderful tiny sushi restaurant for lunch. She was so much fun !

Ron D.

Thank you so much, Ron-san, for taking time to give an excellent review on my tour while you are still traveling! We’ve got really lucky Mt.Fuji stayed a whole day in Hakone!! It was so lovely day. You guys are so friendly and fun to be with. Great meeting you all. Say hello to Pat-san, Tom-san and Char-san. Enjoy your rest of stay in Japan fully! Hugs and kisses, Kaori

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Wendy A.

5 / 5
Mar 23, 2024

Tokyo One-day as you like

Tokyo
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Fantastic. Like being shown around by a friend.

We had two tours with Kaori - one with an anime focus for the kids in Ikebukuro and Akihabara, and one in Yanaka and Shibamata. Kaori was friendly, kind and knowledgeable. She took great pains to provide us with experiences we would enjoy and treasure including a Hedgehog cafe and a traditional tea ceremony. It's no exaggeration to say we were all sad to say goodbye to Kaori at the end of our second day. She helped us make some truly special memories and I couldn't recommend her highly enough.

Wendy A.

Thank you for giving me the warmest review just after the tour! I'm already missing you guys. It was real pleasure finally meeting you three years after you had to give up trip to Japan due to pandemic. You wouldn't imagine how happy I was when you kindly contacted me again for your guide in Tokyo. Thank you for friendliness all of you gave me, and special thanks to letters from your lovely sons! Hopefully meet you again some time in the future. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan fully! Arigato! Hugs and kisses, Kaori

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Parvathi S.

5 / 5
Dec 31, 2023

Tokyo One-day as you like

Tokyo
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Off the beaten path

We had a wonderful day with Kaori. It was like walking about with a friend who knows the place. Her communication with me prior to the tour was flawless and she came up with different options baased on our preferences. She took us to places that weren't crowded at all and we were able to see a part of Tokyo that didn't feel like 'Tokyo' at all! She even extended her time with us and dropped us of at the station where we could take the train to our hotel. Thank you Kaori San.

Parvathi S.

Thank you for an excellent review on my tour, Parvathi-san. I also appreciate warm friendliness your family gave me during our time together. Such pleasure to talk with each of you while walking like a local. Looking forward to your next visit and see each other again, maybe to Mt.Fuji! Enjoy your rest of stay this time! Hugs and kisses, Kaori

$307/ per group

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