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

Tokyo Tour Guide - Yuki K.
Yuki K.
4.77 / 5
(351 reviews)
10:00 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel

- I will meet you near the reception. I will show your name on my iPad. If you can't find me there on time, please text or call me through What'sapp. You can find my phone number at the bottom of the itinerary since two days before the tour date.

Choose three places to go from the following list of more than 30 places and request for lunch if any.

You can see the photos of these places at the following link to this tour.

By clicking the (>) mark in the pictures window, you can find the pictures of these places indicated by the same ID number at the bottom of each picture. If you have only one day, I would recommend T1. Meiji shrine, G1. Imperial Palace and T2. Asakusa.If you have any request or restrictions on lunch, please let me know.

The following is an example of itinerary when you choose places #1, #2, and #3.

10:00 AM Hotel pick-up

10:30-11:30 Place #1

12:00-13:00 Place #2

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Place #3

16:00 Return to your hotel

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

{TEMPLE & SHRINE}

T1. Meiji-Jingu Shrine

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

T2. Asakusa including Senso-ji Temple

Asakusa including Senso-ji Temple: Asakusa is a very popular area for shopping such as the Nakamise street where you can find Japanese souvenirs with reasonable price. Asakusa has been developed with Senso-ji Temple which was established in the 7th Century and has been very popular among common people to get rid of their sickness.

T3. Zojo-ji Temple

Zojo-ji Temple: This used to be the temple of Tokugawa family who had governed Japan for 265 years during the Edo Period. It is not so touristic nor crowded where you will feel Japanese traditional Buddhist atmosphere. (Admission free except the cemetery of Tokugawa family (Optional with 500 JPY))

T4. Sengaku-ji Temple

Sengaku-ji Temple: This Temple is famous for the graves of 48 Ronin who revenged to kill the high ranking samurai named Kira for their Lord Asano's resentment. Its story, "Chushingura" is well known among Japanese for their Samurai Spirit. (Admission free except its museum (Optional with 500 JPY))

T5. Ueno Kanei-ji Temple and the grave of the last Shogun

Ueno Kanei-ji Temple and the grave of the last Shogun: It is one of the temples of Tokugawa family who had governed Japan for 265 years during the Edo Period. It is a very authentic Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect. There are graves of the Tokugawa Shoguns including the last one, Yoshinobu. (Admission free)

T6. Ueno Tosho-gu Shrine

Ueno Tosho-gu Shrine: A branch of Tosho-gu Shrine in Nikko, which worship the 1st Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, who started the Edo Period. If you have no time to visit the main shrine in Nikko, this is the place to come. (Admission free)

T7. Gotoku-ji Temple

Gotoku-ji Temple: This temple is famous for the numerous statues of cats with one paw raised in invitation for good business. There are cemeteries of Ii family who supported this temple during the Edo Period. Naosuke Ii was assassinated at the end of the Edo period, which paved the way to the end of Samurai period. (Admission free)

T8. Hie Shrine

Hie Shrine: This shrine was established in 1498 and had been worshiped by the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo Period as the protection of Edo from evil spirits. There is a series of numerous red torii gates similar to the one at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto. (Admission free)

T9. Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine: This shrine was said to be opened by Takeru Yamato who conquered the northern part of Japan just after Japan was established as a nation. There are many photo spots, including the series of Torii gates as this shrine has not yet well known to foreign tourists.

{GARDEN}

G1. Imperial Palace East Gardens (closed:Mon,Fri)

Imperial Palace East Gardens: This used to be Edo castle where Tokugawa shogunate had governed Japan for 265 years. You can see several gates and defense houses of the castle renovated about 50 years ago. There is a nice Japanese garden, renovated based on the picture in the Edo period.

Note that we can't enter the western part of the Palace, including the Emperor's residence. (Admission free)

G2.Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden: This Japanese garden used to be the Samurai mansion of the Mito Tokugawa family. This garden is a typical strolling type garden of feudal lords, where they enjoy the popular sceneries in Japan such as Kyoto and Lake Biwa. (Admission: 300 JPY)

G3. Shinjuku-Gyoen Garden

Shinjuku-Gyoen Garden: This garden used to be a duck hunting field for samurai lords and the Emperor. This garden is next to Shinjuku area, very large, so many kinds of trees and has a well maintained Japanese garden. It is very popular in the spring with many kinds of cherry blossoms. (Admission: 500 JPY)

G4. Hamarikyu Garden

Hamarikyu Garden: This used to be owned by the Tokugawa Shoguns in the Edo Period. They enjoyed duck hunting by using trained falcons. There are large ponds filled with salt water from Tokyo Bay. There is a three hundred years old pine tree with so many branches spread all over. (Admission: 300JPY)

G5. Kiyosumi Garden

Kiyosumi Garden: This is a typical strolling type Japanese garden with the collection of massive natural stones with different shapes and colors. This has been selected as the most beautiful garden in Tokyo. There are a lot of Koi fish, turtles, and birds in the pond. (Admission: 150 JPY)

G6. Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden: This is a typical strolling type Japanese garden in the Edo Period made by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu who supported the Shogun. He loved Japanese poems and made the scenes described by the poems. (Admission: 300 JPY)

G7. Happo-en Garden

Happo-en Garden: This garden is very popular for wedding parties.

It 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.

{SHOPPING}

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 retail area where you can see many kinds of fish including a big tuna. (Admission free)

Popular food places are over crowded recently. If you want to have a good sushi without waiting long time, you should go there before 11AM. So please have a light breakfast so that you can have lunch from 11AM.

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/Omotesando

Harajuku/Omotesando: Takeshita street is very popular among Japanese young women. A busy area for shopping, foods, variety of animal cafes. (Admission: 1,000 to 2,000 JPY/h for animal cafe) Omotesando is a high end shopping street.

S4. Shinjuku Kabukicho

Shinjuku Kabukicho: There are many recycle shops to sell used high end bags and watches at a lower price. There are Godzilla road, Memory lane for foods and Golden-gay for drinking at night.

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 other new travel attractions such as Owl cafe and Maid 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 figures of Japanese anime. (Admission free)

S8. Yanaka Ginza

Yanaka Ginza: It's a nostalgic shopping street. There are many old local shops for crafts and snacks/foods.

{OBSERVATORY}

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

O1. Tokyo Sky Tree (Reservation recommended)

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)

O2. Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower: Tokyo tower is a nice place to observe Tokyo without waiting so long. If the sky is clear, you can see Mt.Fuji. (Admission: 1200 JPY for the main observatory at 150m)

O3. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory

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

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)

O5. Shibuya Sky (Reservation recommended)

Shibuya Sky: Open air observatory deck at 226m on the 45th floor of the Shibuya Scramble Square Building. It has 360 degree view of Tokyo. Admission: 2,000 JPY per adult including the guide)

{MUSEUM}

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. TeamLab Borderless at Azabudai Hills (need online reservation)

This new digital museum was opened in 2024. 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. (Admission: -18: 3,800 JPY, 17-13: 2,800JPY 12- :1500 JPY)

M3. TeamLab Planets at Toyosu (need online reservation)

The popular Digital Art Museum in Odaiba was closed in 2022 which was taken over by this attraction in Toyosu.

They have many dark rooms where they show the projection mapping of various images on various surfaces including water.

It's admission is 3,000 JPY per adult and needs reservation.

They charge the guide so I will stay outside unless you want me join you.

M4. Edo-Tokyo Museum (Not available now 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 (closed; Mon)

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

M6. Fukagawa Edo Museum (closed: 2nd and 4th Mon except Holidays)

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)

M7. One Hundred Steps Staircase

A very unique place with lots of displays and exhibits of paintings and cloths during Taisho Period when women started to establish their social positions.

(Admission 1600 JPY)

{EXPERIENCE}

E1. Ninja Experience (closed: Tue. Wed.)

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)

E2. Tea ceremony (needs Reservation)

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

E3. Strawberry picking (Seasonal, needs reservation)

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.)

E4. Memory Lane & Golden Gay

Memory Lane & Golden Gay: Both places are for locals to enjoy eating and drinking at night around Shinjuku station.

You can have dinner at Memory Lane and have some drinks at Golden Gay for two hours.

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

E5. Samurai experience (needs reservation)

You can experience being a samurai.

Practice how to use a sword with a samurai costume.

Admission is 9800 JPY per adult for 60 min.

{OTHERS}

X1. Tokyo Carmii Mosque

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

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

Request for Lunch if any

I will find my favorite restaurant for lunch near the places you choose. They have Tempura (2000JPY), Sushi (3000-5000), Ramen (1000), Udon (800), Okonomiyaki (2000) or Kaiseki (4000-7000).

Please let me know if you have any request or food restrictions for lunch.

Ending Point

At your hotel or the last place if you want

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick up

Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo

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What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you (about 1,500 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 highlights)

Tour Important Information

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

Not available on Mondays and Fridays.

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Tokyo Tour Reviews

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Mike R.

5 / 5
Apr 30, 2024

Tokyo tour à la carte

Tokyo
6 hours

Excellent Tour

Yuki was an excellent tour guide. He communicated with us before our tour to set up what we wanted to visit and also gave us advice on getting train cards at the airport. He met us at our hotel right on time. He showed us how to use the trains and we used them all through our tour. He was very informative about the places that we visited. He is a very nice man. My wife and I highly recommend his tour.

Mike R.

Dear Mike, Thank you for taking time to write such a excellent review of my Tokyo tour. We visited Meiji-Shrine, Asakusa, and Tokyo National Museum. I hope you can visit the Imperial Palace, Koishikawa Koraku-en Garden, and Tsukiji outer market tomorrow by yourself. Please enjoy your travel in Japan. Yuki

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Annie S.

5 / 5
Apr 24, 2024

Tokyo tour à la carte

Tokyo
6 hours

Unagi in Asakusa

Yuki was great! He speaks English well, knew his way around, and coordinated a nice day for us. We booked a tour with him for our first day in Tokyo - we visited the Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa, and the Outer Market. My husband was eager to try unagi during our visit and Yuki went out of his way to find a restaurant where it was being served. The tour was a fantastic introduction to Tokyo, as well as its subway system. Thank you, Yuki!