With this walking tour, I will guide you through highlights in Western Tokyo and show you how to experience Japan like a local! So get your cameras ready for, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory, Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens, Meiji-Jingu Shrine, Omotesando street, Harajuku (Takeshita street), Ura-Harajuku (Cat street), and Shibuya (Shibuya Crossing, Hachi-ko dog statue, Tokyu Food Show). Come and enjoy the highlights of Tokyo in this private tour!
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At your hotel in Tokyo, or any preferred place in central Tokyo
9:00 AM: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory, where famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower can be seen!
9:30 AM: Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens, one of Tokyo's largest, most popular parks and one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms in spring.
10:30 AM: Meiji-Jingu Shrine - one of the most important shrines in Japan, where you can escape the busy streets of Tokyo, sense the shrine’s sacred atmosphere and see traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place.
11:30 PM: Omotesando street, which is a major luxury shopping destination, and home to some of the most unique and modern architecture that you’ll find anywhere in the world.
12:00 PM: Oriental Bazaar: From reasonably priced Japanese Kimonos and miscellaneous goods to high quality Japanese traditional furniture and antiques, you can get almost everything related to Japan here. ＊Closed on Thursdays
12:30 PM: Kiddy Land, Tokyo’s tax-free toy and character goods mecca in Omotesando. It is consumer heaven for adults and children alike.
1:00 PM: Harajuku’s Takeshita street - Discover Tokyo’s most fashionable place for young Tokyoites - Harajuku and explore the center of Japan’s Kawaii culture.
2:00 PM: Ura-Harajuku (Cat Street) - also known as the back street of Harajuku, a narrow road connecting Harajuku and Shibuya, Tokyo Cat Street is a magnet for the city's fashion-forward.
3:00 PM: Feel the vibes of the metropolitan city and hit the Shibuya Crossing - always busy with a constant stream of traffic flow, regardless of when you visit. And don’t forget to take a picture at Hachiko dog statue, a statue honoring the most loyal dog in Japan!
4:00 PM: Tokyu Food Show, at the department store's basement (called Depa-Chika), known as the ‘Theatre of Food’, and houses stalls from all over the world selling sweets, deli goods, bakery, food and wine!
5:00 PM: End of tour.
At your hotel in Tokyo, or any preferred place in central Tokyo
- If you have more than 2 days for Tokyo, I recommend one day exploring the Eastside and one day for the Westside, as there is too much of Tokyo you can’t miss. Also, it takes time (30-40mins) to go from East to West even in central Tokyo.
- Because this tour is a walking tour, you will have the chance to experience Japan’s exciting public transportation such as subways and trains. As an option, you can always go for hired taxis or vans with additional fees, if you wish.
- My 2 tours (One-day Eastern highlights and One-day Western highlights) cover most highlights of Tokyo. While the Eastside is famous with more traditional and fascinating samurai history, the Westside is rich with modern, youth culture, Kawaii culture, and the best nightlife activities. If you are interested, please check out my Eastern Tokyo highlights too!
Guide fee, hotel pick-up, hotel drop-off
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens: Admission fee is ¥500/adult, free for kids under 15 years old.
- Transportation fee (you and guide), food and drink (you and guide), entrance fee (you and guide). For guide, a one-day subway ticket costs ¥900. For you, a one-day subway ticket costs ¥900 per person.
If you’re staying in Tokyo for a few days, it is more beneficial to get public transportation passes at the airport as they make your travel easier:
Tokyo Subway Ticket（available for 24h / 48h / 72h) - Unlimited travel ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Metro Line (Not available for JR), which is exclusively for Tokyo visitors. Make sure you show your passport to purchase. https://www.tokyometro.jp/tst/en/index.html
Welcome SUICA for travelers (transportation IC card) - Getting this at the airport is recommended! For your second option, Welcome SUICA will make you free from concerns, as it's available for most major trains and buses in major cities of Japan. It can be purchased only in limited places in the Tokyo district, therefore, purchase at the airport is strongly recommended. https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/welcomesuica/welcomesuica.html
For more information for the transportation system in Tokyo, refer to the below blog.
"What's the best ticket for Tokyo transportation?" https://triplelights.com/blog/whats-most-efficient-tran-3994
Hired taxi or van: ¥34,800 up to 6 people (including a guide). Plus parking fees.
Advanced booking is needed. Please make an inquiry as soon as possible if you want to use hired cars.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory is occasionally closed. Sometimes the elevators are crowded so you will need to line up.
Oriental Bazaar is closed on Thursdays.
We spent the day with Kaori going off the beaten track in Nikkō. From the start, Kaori has been very responsive and clear in her communications. We knew exactly what to expect. We had a lovely day learning more about Japanese history and culture which was made fun because Kaori has a great sense of humour. She is very perceptive and caring as well. Thank you very much Kaori-San for a memorable day and many lovely photos - we only realised when we got back that we didn’t have one with you. Hopefully, we can spend some time together again on another off the beaten path trip and maybe we can take one then. Wishing you all the best.
Thank you for giving me an excellent review on me and my tour, Sasibha-san. We had a really beautiful relaxing day in Nikko's great nature. Your requested spot in Nikko was a hidden gem of Nikko even for Japanese people. We (our driver and I ) also enjoyed this tranquil onsen village wth you. Your family is so warm, beautiful family to be with. I enjoyed talking with each of you. And I was amazed how experienced you are as traveler in Japan. I'm so happy you love Japan so deeply. I should have taken a photo all together! I'm looking forward to hearing you from again for another adventure! Take care. Hugs and kisses, Kaori
We really like our tour with Kaori. She was very accommodating. An excellent photographer. She brought us to a great place for lunch. That was an unexpected but surprisingly good choice. Kaori knows the history of the places we went really well. She taught us how to use the subway. We appreciate her for taking an extra hour in order for us to complete the tour.
Thank you for giving me an excellent review, Rowena-san. I'm so happy you liked photos I took for you. And I'm also happy that you all liked okonomiyaki lunch. I hope your sister makes okonomiyaki and yakisoba well at home! I was impressed that you all are into Mori museum exhibition. I'm glad we could have enough time for you to enjoy the exhibition at your own pace. I'm really looking forward to your coming back to Japan and seeing you again. Of course, your families, relatives and friends are welcome anytime! Hugs and kisses, Kaori
Kaori was fantastic. We are a family of 6 travelling to Japan for the first time. Kaori made our first day in Tokyo so easy. We learnt how to navigate the rail system & experienced so many things & places just like the locals. Kaori set us up for the next few days with maps & train information. She was a blessing. We would recommend her to anyone travelling to Japan.
Thank you for the kindest review, Liz san. And thank you for taking time for writing review while you’re still on holiday here. I’m glad to hear you feel easy to get around Tokyo after my tour. Your family are all bright and so friendly to me. I really enjoyed talking with each of you. I hope you have a lot of fun in skiing in Hakuba! Looking forward to meeting you again some day. Hugs and kisses, Kaori
First day with Kaori was super good even though we just met, it was like we were best friends. We talked anything and she brought me to a shopping haven which was not in the itinerary for the first day and i was very grateful that she brought me there the "Nintendo shop" that was recently opened last Nov. 2019.
Thank you for the warmest review even while we’re still having tours, Sulina san! For me, it felt like same. I’m so grateful you have been friendly and enjoying time with me since first time I met you at the airport. I’m happy you loved Nintendo shop. It was lucky for me to know your favorites as you happened to tell me you like Nintendo games. I’m sure we’re having a wonderful time today, too. Thank you for your friendliness. Hugs and kisses, Kaori