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Tokyo tour à la carte half day

4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

This tour covers my favorite places in Tokyo.You can choose one or two places in Tokyo within 4 hours of tour time from the list of more than 30 places classified as Temple&Shrine, Garden, Shopping, Observatory, Museum, Experience, and Others.

Yuki K.
4.76 / 5
(333 reviews)

Meeting Point

At your hotel

Choose one or two places to go within 4 hours from the following list of more than 30 places.

You can find the pictures of these places in the following URL ( indicated by the same ID number at the bottom of each picture. If you have only one day, I would recommend T1. Meiji shrine and T2. Asakusa.

The following is an example of itinerary when you choose places #1 and #2.

13:00 Hotel pick-up

14:00-15:00 Place #1

15:30-16:30 Place #2

17:00 Return to your hotel

I will provide a more specific itinerary considering the location of your hotel and the two places you choose.


T1. Meiji-Jingu Shrine

Meiji-Jingu Shrine: This shrine was built in 1920 to commemorate Emperor Meiji who changed Japan into a democratic industrialized country after a series of long feudal period. It is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Japan where you will feel a special sacred Japanese atmosphere. (Admission free except Inner garden including the Kiyomasa's well and iris garden (Admission: 500 JPY))

T2. Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple

Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple: Asakusa is a very popular area with Nakamise shopping street for Japanese souvenirs which is the main street to Senso-Ji Temple. The temple was established in 8th century and has been very popular among common people.

T3. Zojo-ji Temple

Zojo-ji Temple: It used to be the temple for Tokugawa Shogunate where you can feel Japanese traditional Buddhist atmosphere. Not touristic and very quiet, near to Tokyo Tower. (Admission free)

T4. Sengaku-ji Temple

Sengaku-ji Temple: This Temple is famous for the graves of 48 Ronin who attacked a high ranking samurai Kira to revenge for their Lord Asano. (Admission free except its museum (Admission: 500 JPY))

T8. Hie Shrine

Hie Shrine: This shrine was established in 1498 and had been worshiped by the Tokugawa Shogunate as the protection of Edo from evil spirits. (Admission free)


G1. Imperial Palace East Gardens

Imperial Palace East Gardens: It used to be Edo castle where Tokugawa shogunate governed Japan for 265 years. You can see several gates and defense house of the castle renovated about 50 years ago. There is a nice Japanese garden, but no Palace nor Tower of the castle. (Closed on Monday and Friday. Admission free)

G2.Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden: This Japanese garden used to be a Samurai mansion of the Mito Tokugawa. This garden reproduces many scenic places in Japan such as Kyoto and Hida. (Admission: 300 JPY)

G3. Shinjuku-gyoen Garden

Shinjuku-gyoen Garden: This garden is very large and has well maintained Japanese garden. It is very popular with many kinds of cherry blossoms. (Admission: 200 JPY)

G4. Hamarikyu Garden

Hamarikyu Garden: It used to be owned by the Tokugawa Shoguns in Edo period. They enjoyed duck hunting in its salt water ponds. This garden is within walking distance from Tsukiji. (Admission: 300JPY)

G5. Kiyosumi Garden

Kiyosumi Garden: It is a typical strolling type Japanese garden with the collection of precious shape natural stones. There are a lot of Koi fish, turtles, and birds in the pond. (Admission: 150 JPY)

G7. Happo-En Garden

Happo-En Garden: It is very popular for its wedding party.

This garden was originally owned by a Samurai load in Edo period.

You can see very old bonsai trees with 500 years old and so many pretty koi fish in its pond.


Note that you need your passport for Tax Free.

S1. Tsukiji Outer Market

Tsukiji Outer Market: The wholesale area has moved to Tokyosu in October, 2018. But its outer market is very popular where you can taste a variety of foods. There is a new wholesale area where you can see many kinds of fish including a big tuna. (Admission free)

S2. Ginza

Ginza: There are large department stores, brand shops and Kitty land. How about lunch at Ginza Six? Or you can buy Japanese foods and eat at a table there.

S3. Harajuku/Shibuya

Harajuku/Shibuya: A busy area for shopping, food, cat cafe, owl cafe, and hedgehog cafe. (Admission: 1,000 to 2,000 JPY/h for animal cafe)

S4. Shinjuku Kabukicho

Shinjuku Kabukicho: Shopping, Godzilla road and its observation deck, Please watch my video below! (Admission free)

S5. Odaiba

Odaiba: Newly developed area by Tokyo Bay with a lot of modern shops and facilities. (Some facilities request an admission fee)

S6. Akihabara

Akihabara: There are many electrical appliance shops and new tourist attractions such as Mad cafe and Owl cafe. (Admission: Owl cafe: 2,000 JPY per hour, Maid cafe: from 2,000 JPY)

S7. Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway: It is a department store of used figurines. (Admission free)

S8. Yanaka Ginza

Yanaka Ginza: There are many old local shops for crafts and foods.


You can see Mt Fuji from Tokyo on a clear day, but its possibility is about 30%.

O1. Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree: The tallest tower in Japan with two observatories at 350m and 450m. (Admission: 2000 JPY for the 350m only, +1000 JPY for the two observatories)

O4. Roppongi-Hills

Roppongi-Hills: Tokyo City View; Observatory at 270m. It has Sky Deck which is an outdoor observatory. (Admission: 1,800 JPY, +500 JPY for Sky Deck)

O2. Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower: It is a nice place to observe Tokyo without waiting so long. If the sky is clear, you can see Mt.Fuji. (Admission: 900 JPY for the main observatory at 150m)

O3. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory (Closed due to COVID-19)

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory: There are two observatories with great view of Tokyo. Currently, only North Tower is available. (Admission free)


M1. Tokyo National Museum in Ueno

Tokyo National Museum in Ueno: The most popular museum in Japan, which has the largest collection of Japanese treasures such as statues of Buddha, Japanese sword, Japanese painting, and Kimono. The museum has a nice museum shop for souvenirs. (Admission: 600 JPY per adult)

M2. Samurai Museum (Closed due to COVID-19)

Samurai Museum: It has something new, where you can observe real Samurai armors and swords with background explanation from a staff, You can take pictures with the armors on you. (Admission: 1800 JPY per adult and 800 JPY per child)

M3. Mori Building Digital Art Museum Toyosu

Mori Building Digital Art Museum Toyosu: Many kinds of moving computer graphics are projected on the walls of dark rooms. You will have a very strange experience, so different from the real world. Great fun for adults as well as children., Please watch my video below!, (Admission: 3,200 JPY per adult, 1,000 JPY per child under 14.)

M4. Edo-Tokyo Museum (Closed due to renovation)

Edo-Tokyo Museum: Unique Museum for Edo Period, including scale models of Edo Castle, display of the daily life of common people. Must see for those are interested in Japanese history. (Admission: 600 JPY per adult)

M5. Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum: Nezu collection of traditional Japanese arts with a very unique and quiet garden. (Admission: 1,100 JPY)

M6. Fukagawa Edo Museum

Fukagawa Edo Museum: This museum is more focused on the life of common people in Edo. The real scale model houses look very real. (Admission: 400 JPY)


E1. Ninja Experience

Ninja Experience : It is a new place for children to practice some arts of Ninja. Forty minutes practice of basic skills of Ninja such as throwing shurikens. (Admission: 1,000 JPY, closed on Tue. and Wed.)

E2. Tea ceremony

Tea ceremony: Experience a formal tea ceremony with English guidance for 60 min. (Previous reservation required. Admission: 2700 JPY/ adult)

E4. Memory Line and Golden Gai (2-4h)

Memory Line and Golden Gai : Both places are for locals to enjoy eating and drinking at night around Shinjuku station.

You can have dinner at Memory Line and have some drinks at Golden Gay for 2-4 hours.

To visit these places, you must start the tour after 13:00PM.

E3. Strawberry Picking (4h, seasonal)

Strawberry Picking: You can eat all the strawberries you pick. They are sweet and delicious. (April and May only, Admission: 2,500 JPY per adult, 2,000 JPY per child, Reservation needed, please ask.)


If you have any other places to visit, please let me know.

X1. Tokyo Carmii Mosque

Tokyo Carmii mosque is the largest mosque in Tokyo, it is a beautiful mosque and open to public. (Admission free)

Ending Point

At your hotel

What to Expect

We will use public transportations during this tour but we can take a taxi if you want.

I can lend you an IC card for easy use of public transportations and help you to charge your deposit in it.

- The tour guide is not available on Monday.

- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick up

Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo

What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you (about 500 JPY each within Tokyo).

Transportation cost of the guide outside of Tokyo (if you stay outside of Tokyo such as Disneyland)

Lunch cost of you and the guide (from 1,000 JPY)

Entrance fees (shown in the description of each place in the itinerary)

Important Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has been closed to foreign travelers since March, 2020. This restriction has been eased since October 11th, 2022 and there is little restrictions now in 2023. Please ask me the availability of the tour before you book it. I was vaccinated five times with the Pfizer one.

Not available on Mondays.

We will use public transportations during this tour but we can take a taxi if you want.

I can lend you an IC card for easy use of public transportations and help you to charge your deposit in it.

- The tour guide is not available on Monday.

- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation cost?

We use the subways to visit the places. The cost is about 500 per an adult. I will rend you an IC card for public transportation, please pay me the amount you have spent at the end of the tour.

How is the time schedule ?

The following is typical schedule.

13:00 Hotel pick up

13:30-14:30 Meiji shrine

15:00-16:30 Imperial Palace

17:00 return to the hotel

How long are we going to walk ?

If we go to Meiji shrine and imperial palace shown above, we are going to walk 10,000 steps.



Andrea H.

5 / 5
Aug 28, 2023

Special request fulfilled

Besides being a highly knowledgeable guide, Yuki went out of his way to ensure that my husband had gluten-free food for lunch. He also made valuable suggestions for sight seeing on our own, both of which we very much appreciated.

Yuki K.

Dear Andrea, Thank you for writing the review of my Tokyo tour. We visited Asakusa, Meiji Shrine, and Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. We had GF lunch at Roppongi. Thank you very much for taking my tour. Yuki

Rachel C.

5 / 5
Aug 18, 2023

A day at Mt Fuji

Hi Yuki San, Thank you very much for bringing me to Mt Fuji, I enjoyed the trip very much, as the weather was good and we could see Mt Fuji clearly and managed to eat the Hoto noodles! Thank you for taking the time to bring me to Shinbuya to buy traditional mochi for my family, they are delicious and visited various drug stores to get some supplements. See you again next time! Rachel

Yuki K.

Dear Rachel, Thank you for the review of my tour to Lake Kawaguchi. We visited Koreito Pagoda to see Mt. Fuji then Kimono Museum after lunch. It was a perfect day for the tour, despite of the poor weather forecast. Thank you for taking my tour. Yuki

Frank S.

3 / 5
Aug 17, 2023

The green budha

Yuki arrived promptly at the scheduled time and was pleasant however he was not clear with time limit at the 1st stop ie 10 mins only and our group of 10 were not able to view 3 of the scheduled tour highlights even though we only over stayed at the budha about 15 mins extra. In fact we were only able to view 2 out of 5 which was disapointing. His selection of a lunch location was good and he introduced us the the Subway system in Japan. The tour would have been more dynamic if he had a mic system so we could all hear him.

Yuki K.

Dear Frank, I apologize your dissatisfaction. The time schedule is shown 30 min. at the Great Buddah in the itinerary. I am very flexible about the time, but your family takes too much time to take photos at a distance from the Buddha while other families finish visiting tthere. So I asked you to hurry up several times. I delayed our reservation time for lunch to cover the planned place, but you asked me to have lunch on time, so I had no choice but to skip one place. Then I took you to Hachiman-gu Shrine and Komachi street as planned. So I covered three places out of four places. Please understand the difficulty of handling ten people consisting of three different families. Thank you for taking my tour. Yuki

Frank C.

5 / 5
Aug 13, 2023

Amazing sights and Efficient tour.

Yuki-san was very well mannered and patient, he took the time to show some extra areas of Hakone whenever we had extra time to spare. He took us to a great place to eat and I enjoyed the meal and experience so much. Thanks Mr. Yuki.

Yuki K.

Dear Frank, Thank you for writing the review soon after the tour. Everything went well except we missed Mt. Fuji. But it would be better than the coming typhoon. Best regards, Yuki

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