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Asakusa (half day)

3:30 hours
up to 10 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

A half-day tour to Tokyo’s must-visit area, Asakuksa. Asakusa is not just the iconic Kaminarimon gate with the huge red lantern, but it's also full of interesting spots and cultural attractions. You will be amazed to see so many things packed into one place. Short, but fully enjoyable tour.


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  • 1. Splendid view of Asakusa and Tokyo Sky Tree
  • 2. Kaminarimon gate (with the huge red paper lantern), Sensoji temple, and Asakusa shrine
  • 3. Nakamise street and other shopping streets
  • 4. Kappabashi street or Drum Museum

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What to Expect

A trip to Tokyo would not be complete without visiting Asakusa. Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest and largest Buddhist temple is here. It is the center of ‘shitamachi' or the commoners’ downtown with its typical shops and restaurants. It was already the most bustling entertainment district in Tokyo during the Edo period (17th to 19th century). Let's feel Asakusa’s lively atmosphere and warm hospitality together.

1. Splendid view of Asakusa area and Tokyo Sky Tree from the top floor of Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
2. Kaminarimon Gate and Sensoji temple; while walking around the temple’s precinct with grand, fascinating architectures, I will show you its highlights, Japanese habits, history, religion, and culture.
3. Nakamise street and other shopping streets; you will find traditional crafts of the Edo period (old Tokyo) and also local snacks.
4. Kappabashi street - a famous 800-meter street lined with more than 150 shops of kitchen utensils and appliances; famous for exquisite plastic food samples
5. Drum Museum - traditional Japanese drums and festive goods where you can experience and beat some of the drums both Japanese and foreign (admission 500 yen/adult, 150 yen/child)

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at the main entrance of 'Asakusa Bunka Kanko Center,' Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center (negotiable)
Ending Point at Kappabashi street or at any spot you like in Asakusa area

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide)
food and drink, entrance fee if needed (Drum Museum: 500 yen/adult, 150 yen/child)


★★Hokone tour has currently only limited routes available due to the damage caused by the typhoon with heavy rainfall hitting the area on October 12, 2019.

★★Kamakura Hiking tour is now temporarily unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoon hitting the area on October 12, 2019.

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. I will do all I can to keep you away from such risks, of course.

★ The pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards.

★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.

☆ Generally, I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me.

※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

☆ Many shops in Kappabashi are closed Sundays.
☆ Drum Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
☆ We could start in the afternoon.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 84 )
4.9 (84) Reviews
Very Good
Martin Martin United States ( Family )
4 days ago

“ Outstanding pre-cruise Tokyo tour with Tomoko ”

Our family of three had an absolutely wonderful full day tour of Tokyo with Tomoko. She is highly personable, knowledgeable and speaks excellent English. Our tour was conducted under somewhat challenging circumstances in that it took place the day following a major typhoon in Japan, which necessitated some changes in scheduling and itinerary. In addition, my wife has a mobility impairment which limits our itinerary to some extent. Tomoko fashioned an itinerary that was highly responsive to these limitations and the different interests of all of us. We have already booked an additional tour with her at the conclusion of our cruise. We have taken private tours in a number of ports over the years and never found a better guide. She is most highly recommended. Martin S.


Thank you so much for your great review, Martin. I really appreciate all your patience, flexibility, and understanding you showed in the unusual situation. Our fun tour was a result of the great collaboration of us all including our very kind driver. I’m proud of Cindy’s great effort walking all through Ueno Park constantly smiling. Impressed with the beautiful pics Stephanie took as well 😊 I’m planning to make your next tour enjoyable and memorable again, so keep in touch. Enjoy your cruise and looking forward to seeing you again in November!.

Michele Michele Australia ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ What an absolutely fabulous day! ”

Had such a great time with Tomoko! She has such a warm, vibrant personality and makes all the information she imparts interesting, colourful and memorable. She took us to taste “the best of” various foods we’d been wanting to try and just wish we could have fit it more! Tomoko made the day so much fun! What a delightful way to see Tokyo!


Thank you so much for your sweet review, Michele😊 I cannot forget your adorable face with pleasant surprise when you took a bite of every new thing you tried! It was just like the good luck hammer you got for sister. Every time you hit (bite), fortunes and happiness pop out! Thank you again for sharing the great day, Michele and Chris. Hope to see you again♪

Laura Laura United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Tomoko is the ticket to a GREAT trip ”

Once acquainted with Tomoko, my husband and I knew we were in great hands. She toured us around the Asakusa area of Tokyo, the Ueno gardens and Sensoji Temple, and Tomoko’s insight was as wonderful as her company. On day two, Tomoko led us on a fantastic adventure to Hakone that included time at a beautiful onsen. We had such a good time (Tomoko included), and it felt like my husband and I were on vacation with a (very knowledgeable) friend. If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, don’t hesitate to book Tomoko as your guide. Like us, you’ll be so glad that you did.


Thank you for your great review, and most of all, for sharing the memorable two days together, Laura and Paul. It was a kind of accident, but I’m glad you enjoyed Kappabashi, the kitchen-goods street. I really enjoyed talking with you over lunch and at Onsen, which I’m sure you feel the same. I will not forget you rescued me getting off the bus on the way, the relaxing time at Onsen and the beauty of its garden shared with you. ‘Ah Gokuraku, Gokuraku ♨‘(Ah, paradise, paradise). Thank you so much! 😊

Rodney Rodney Australia ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Family visit to Japan ”

Our family had a wonderful time enjoying the highlights of Tokyo and Nikko, we were so fortunate to have Tomoko to help us enjoy this experience. Meeting Tomoko was like meeting a friend, such a thoughtful caring person, who has a genuine interest in sharing her passion of Japan with visitors. We appreciated her knowledge of history and the fact that she was able to help us navigate our way around so seamlessly. Had fun visiting some local areas and trying the local fare. Thank you Tomoko, we certainly had a memorable time, lots of laughs and we would not hesitate to book again or recommend Tomoko. The O’Rourke family- Tasmania


Thank you for sharing the fun 3 days together and for your great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed Tokyo highlights and the excursion to Nikko by Shinkanesen😊 I’m proud that Frances walked a lot and adventurously tasted many different kinds of Japanese food! I hope you enjoy the cruise and visiting many other areas of Japan. Very much looking forward to seeing you again, Andrea, and Frances♪

Dominique Dominique South Africa ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Great first day ”

It was great to go on tour on our first day in Japan with Tomoko to immerse ourselves in the Japanese culture. Japan is an amazing country! Tomoko is very knowledgeable about the sights we visited. She is very friendly and helpful. Thank you Tomoko for a lovely tour and making it so special.


Thank you for your great review and, above all, letting me join your special anniversary trip to Japan, Dominique. I was impressed that you had prepared your trip so well. At this time, I’m sure you and Craig have visited many cities and become the expert travelers in Japan!! Your children are lucky! Wishing you have more fun and discoveries while you stay in Japan.

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