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Tokyo Local - selection of off the beaten path


Tokyo
8 Hours
up to 6 people
English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour offers my favorite local visits or unusual experience in Tokyo. We can visit 2 areas you pick up from below in a leisurely pace. Also, these areas can be combined with regular sightseeing spots as optional. Feel free to ask me any arrangements with my other tours. Let's explore Tokyo with local eyes!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Kaori.

  • Select 2 areas for one day from below.

  • (A) Yanaka (Yanesen) - local downtown with people's ordinal life, retaining old atomospher

  • (B) Fukagawa - Fukagawa Fudoson temple's Goma fire ritual, Tomioka-hachimangu shrine related to sumo wrestling

  • (C) Gotokuji-temple - known as cat temple, popular for photo lovers

  • (D) Shibamata - very local town located north of Tokyo, Taishakuten temple known as sculpture temple

  • (E) Meguro-gajoen exhibition (only when exhibition is held) - Various art exhibitions at cultural important building with 100 staircase

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Tokyo or any preferred area in central Tokyo
Ending Point At your hotel in Tokyo or any preferred area in central Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up, hotel drop-off

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), food and drink (you and guide), entrance fee (you and guide)

【Main fee】
(D)Shibamata - Sculpture gallery and Inner garden admission : 400JPY
Yamamoto-tei house and garden admission : 100JPY

(E) Meguro-gajoen exhibition :Admission adult ¥1,600, elementary & junior high ¥600(depends on the exhibition)

Transportation fee depends on hotel location and spots you choose. Basically not too expensive, in most cases, less than ¥1,500. I'll let you know the estimate when we decide the spots.

For this tour, we'll use different company's train lines. Welcome SUICA is recommended the best.
●Welcome SUICA for travelers (transportation IC card)
If you want the easiest way, Welcome SUICA will make you free from concerns, as it's available for most major trains and buses in major cities of Japan. Can be purchased only limited places in Tokyo district. Purchase at the airport is strongly recommended.
https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/welcomesuica/welcomesuica.html

For more information for transportation system in Tokyo, refer to below blog.
"What's the best ticket for Tokyo transportation?"
https://triplelights.com/blog/whats-most-efficient-tran-3994

Important

--- For Online tours ---
● I'm available from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on JAPAN STANDARD TIME.
・Please be mindful of the time differences in the world.
● Zoom and device
・Please have Zoom installed into your device.
・I'll send you Zoom invitation after completing booking.
* I'm afraid I cannot take any responsibility for connection failures due to the system that guide cannot control.
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For real tours,
● If tour starts/ends outside Tokyo
My tours basically start from Tokyo and end at Tokyo. If starts/ends outside Tokyo, I need to ask you to cover my transportation fee to/from Tokyo. Thank you for understanding.

● About Car Use in Japan
Guide fee doesn't include hired cars and transportation fee. Tour guides are not allowed to use their own cars by national regulation. Only certificated drivers with registered cars for business-use can offer paid transportations in Japan. Sorry for inconvenience.

(E) Meguro-gajoen exhibition is available only when exhibition is held.

Cancellation Policy

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

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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Sasibha Sasibha Thailand ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Caring Professional Friendly Guide ?? ”

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.

Kaori:

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

Rowena Rowena Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Tokyo One-day as You Like ”

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.

Kaori:

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

Liz Liz Australia ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Senso-Ji Temple Harajuku Meiji shrine Shibuya ”

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.

Kaori:

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

Sulina Sulina Philippines ( Solo )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Kaori 1st day ”

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.

Kaori:

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

Marilu Marilu United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Long Lay over trip ”

Kaori was great guide. Very organized.

Kaori:

Thank you for giving me an excellent review, Marilu-san. I'm glad I could offer an unique tour for your 15 hours' lay over in Tokyo with some interesting Japanese experiences. Looking forward to next opportunity and spending more time together! Hugs and Kisses, Kaori

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