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Best of Tokyo in half or one or two day(s)

8 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

One or two-day tour which covers best part of Tokyo with your personal guide who will give you neutral advice and information. Even if you are a first timer in Tokyo, you can visit locations of your cyoice; Asakusa Temple, Tsukiji outer fish market, Edo Tokyo Museum, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku Takeshita-Dori / Omote-Sando Street, Yanaka waking or Tokyo National Museum and more.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Takano.

  • Tsukiji fish market (World largerst outer fish market)
  • Hama-Rikyu strolling garden (walking distance from Tsukiji fish market. Garden with seawater ponds, tea house and duck hunting blinds) 
  • Kagurazaka-- old geisha district with old teahouse, shrines, modern shops, french-style cafés and maze easily get lost
  • Asakusa with Sensoji Temple (If you have a plan to visit Kyoto or Nara later, this Temple visit can be skippied)
  • Tokyo National Museium or Yanaka Ginza, a reasonable priced shopping street which best represents an old town flavor of Tokyo from the past decades.
  • Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Omote-Sando Shopping District and Shibuya Crossing
  • teamLab Planets, enter museum with barefoot. Immersive space in Tokyo filled with interactive digital artworks
  • Edo Tokyo Museum and/or Yasukuni Shrine Museum

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What to Expect

By engaging a professional tour guide, you would feel that you have an old friend in Japan showing you around Tokyo.
If you have your personal interests, you do not have to follow standard attractions and I will be happy to customize tour for you.
It is best to visit and see what you are interested in and spend as much time as you want. You have a CHOICE as this is your tour.
You can also obtain useful advice on how to use public transportation, shopping, choice of restaurant.
During the tour, you can ask any qusetions which normal guide will hesitate to even talk about.

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or JR or Subway Stations
Ending Point At your hotel or JR or Subway Stations

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Shibuya/ Shijuku areas in Tokyo

What‘s not included

transportaion fee (you and guide)---Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket – Adult: 800 yen,child: 400 yen
lunch, entrance fee (if applicable)


Born and raised in Niigata prefecture, visit my mother and sister who live in Niigata city every month from Tokyo. Niigata has lots of attractions for tourists, including Yahiko Shrine/suspension cable car ride to the top of Mt. Yahiko, Northern Culture Museum where you can see the richest farmer's residence and garden, sake breweries with free sake tasting, castle towns like Shibata city or Murakami city, winter ski resorts with four meters of snow, delicious local sea food from Sea of Japan or from Sado Island/ fruits and brown edamame. It takes only two hours by Shinkansen train to reach Niigata from Tokyo.

Niigata prefecture and Niigata city each has a population of 2.3 Million and 0.8 Million, good sizes but much smaller than Tokyo, the biggest city area in the world. By experiencing both Tokyo on the Pacific Ocean side and Niigata on the Sea of Japan side, you can taste both modern gigantic city life/culture and traditional city/rural life/culture in Japan.
In addition to Greater Tokyo Area where I live, I will be happy to be your guide in any cities/areas on the Sea of Japan side as well.

My tour destinations outside Greater Tokyo area include Niigata-city, Nagaoka -city, Itoigawa-city, Sado island, Nagano city, Snow Resorts in Niigata and Nagano mountain areas, Yamagata city, Tsuruoka city, Sakata city, Kanazawa city, Oono city, Echizen city, Tsuruga city, Fukui city, Gokayama and Shirakawago which are World Heritage sites famous for Gassho-zukuri and Kyoto/Nara.

Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket will take you most of the places and costs 800yen per adult, whic is a very good deal in Town.

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 ( 13 )
5.0 (13) Reviews
Very Good
Meg Meg United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful 1/2-day Tokyo Highlights Tour ”

Yoshi-san was a great guide for our 1/2-day Tokyo highlights tour. He is very accommodating, personable and extremely knowledgeable. We had a great experience and would highly recommend.


It has been a pleasure walking with Meg-san and her handsome husband from Maryland/DC. Please re-visit Tokyo next year to see some Olympic games.

Jeannie Jeannie United States ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Day trip to Nikko ”

Takano helped us design a wonderful day trip to Nikko. He was very organized and crafted a perfect schedule to include the sights which most interested our family. His attention to every detail made our excursion flow effortlessly. I highly recommend this knowledgable and friendly guide!


It is good to travel with a family from Colorado, who refreshed my memory of Rocky mountains. Thanks to extensive research effort by Jeannie san, we were able to cover strawberry farm and Kegon waterfall in addition to World Heritage sites in one day.

David David Canada ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Takano in Tokyo ”

Takano was our Tokyo guide for 1 day. We like to use a private guide to make sure we see the "must see" sites efficiently and to help us get oriented in Tokyo. Takano was perfect for all of this for many reasons. He oriented us in the city and helped us get familiar with the intimidating but incredibly efficient subway and train system. He gave us good suggestions for our other days touring Tokyo and environs solo. He understood our touring style and adapted to it. We like to cover alot of ground in one day without getting caught up in the minutia of historical details (until we chose to return on other days). We did just that! Bravo Takano !


You must have safely returned to Canada by now. I trust you have had a very good and adventurous time using complicated public transportation system not only in Tokyo but other part of Japan as well.

Ter Ter Indonesia ( Friends )
4 months ago

“ An excellent one day trip ”

Takano san was very friendly, chatty and helpful. He was well prepared, very punctual and insightful. And thanks for the ice cream treat Takano san😀. Definitely recommend his service.


It has been a pleasure traveling and walking with two beautiful healthy ladies to Narabi Jizo, Toshogu Shrine and Tamozawa Villa. Please come back to Japan to visit winter resorts in Niigata Prefecture during snow season.

Troy Troy Canada ( Solo )
4 months ago

“ One morning in Tokyo ”

From the first moment of contact via messaging to the day of the tour Yoshi Takano was extremely helpful. He provided choices for the tour and helped guide me through the rail ticket process online. The day of the tour he meet me at the station and walked me through the tour and verified I was ok with the morning layout. As we toured he kept me informed on the history of the areas we visited and what each area meant to Japanese culture. When we ran into one part of the tour not being available, he was very quick to find another destination for us. As I was only able to take a four hour tour due to my schedule I was concerned I would not experience true Tokyo, but by the end of the four hours Yoshi was able to provide a taste of Tokyo that will remain with me forever! We also experience a n... read more


It is good to hear from you, Troy san. You must have already returned to Canada by now finishing all your business meetings and other busy schedules here. It has been a real pleasure to walk together in Tokyo and cover a lot of topics and areas in just four hours. Next time, please being your family members with you and spend a little bit more time in Japan. Yoshi

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