If you want to feel local vibes in Tokyo, Yanaka and Kagurazaka are must visit districts in Tokyo. You will see and touch every day life of people in Tokyo by strolling both towns. Besides, you can enjoy cultural attractions such as a sculpture museum and local foods including macha tea.
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At your hotel in central area of Tokyo
Yanaka ： Yanaka Ginza shopping street (local shopping street like a market), Yanaka cemetery, Tea ceremony (if you like)
Kagurazaka ： Kagurazaka shopping street ( local shopping street. most of them are individual shop owners. not big chain store) , Several narrow alleys ( They are like a maze!), Old temple and new shrine (Shrine is designed by well known architect Kengo Kuma who designed new Olympic stadium)
At your hotel in Tokyo or any convenient place (depends on your request)
Tokyo has lots of districts and each district has a different face. If you are interested in fashion, you can visit towns such as Ginza or Harajyuku. If you want to know about Japanese subculture, you will go to Akihabara. You want to know about Japanese everyday life and spend relaxing day, I highly recommend to visit Yanaka and Kagurazaka. Time moves slowly there, so it is a nice getaway from the busy areas of Tokyo.
This is my recommendable itinerary.
9:00 am Meet at your hotel
10:00 am Yanaka (Yanaka cemetery, Yanaka ginza shopping street, Asakura sculpture museum, Macha experience etc)
12:00 pm Lunch at Yanaka
2:00 pm Kagurazaka ( Kagurazaka shopping street, Akagi shirine, Sevral narrow alleys, local sweets)
4:00 pm End of tour
If you want to go to Ueno district next to Yanaka, I can change the itinerary.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in central area of Tokyo
transportation fee( you and guide), lunch, entrance fee
Hiro speaks excellent English and was very flexible to my families needs for a tour. He shared his city with us and we were so excited to learn from him. He took us to a culture fest and to a great ramen shop. He had to research events because it was during the new year which limited some of the sights for us. He helped us get on the train and navigate the inner workings of the Tokyo underground department stores. I can't recommend Hiro enough to you. He was great and when we are in Tokyo again, I will definitely use him!
Hi Christian, thank you very much for the nice comment! I was honored to be the tour guide for your family. All members of your party are cheerful and friendly that I myself enjoyed the tour and the peaceful moment very much. I hope that you will visit Japan in the future and choose me as your tour guide. I will be so happy to be part of your group. Thank you very much for the great opportunity. Hiro
We decided to book a guide last minute to save time. We booked Hiro as he looked friendly and we liked his introduction video. He was on time and went through what he thought we should see in the 4 hours we had. To our surprise Hiro also asked if he could video the day for us. He sent the video to us that night and it was amazing and we will have it forever now as a keepsake of our time in Tokyo. He also took plenty of photos for us and explained all the sites, he clearly loves his country. We highly recommend Hiro for his service and friendliness for our tour of Tokyo. Marlena & Guy
Hi Marlena, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave me such a great review. I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed my tour. It was so nice meeting you two. Please enjoy the rest of your days staying in Japan. See ya mate! Hiro
We had a really fun time with Hiro exploring the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Imperial Palace Gardens and eating chankonabe. He was very knowledeagable and we learned a lot about Japan and Japanese culture during our time with him. He also made a video of the tour for us which was great!
Thank you so much for a kind feedback. I had a great time with all of you. It was my pleasure to talk and share the time with you guys. I hope you will come to Japan in different seasons and enjoy Japanese beauty. See you!
Hiro was extremely accommodating. Greeting us at our hotel with gifts of origami. Fully explained public transportation. We would definitely recommend Hiro to others.
Dear William, Thank you very much for choosing me as your guide and your nice comment. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed my tour. You are such a wonderful family that I could enjoy the tour and the peaceful moment very much. Please come back again to see more. Hiro