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Tokyo Essential One-Day Tour

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

We visit essential visiting spots in Tokyo, such as Asakusa, Hama-Detached Palace, Tsukiji Outer Market, Ginza, Meijijingu Shrine and Shibuya.
I can show you around traditional and modern areas in Tokyo.


Feel free to personalize this offer with MICHIKO.

  • Asakusa has the oldest temple in Tokyo, Sensoji. We can enjoy its festive approach, Nakamise and traditional craftworks sold there.
  • Hama-Detached Palace used be a Shoguns' villa which has a beautiful Japanese garden and an old duck hunting areas.
  • Tsukiji Outer Market: Every food here is delicious, fresh and reasonably priced.
  • Ginza is the essence of Japan. Articles of the highest quality are collected from not only all over Japan but also all over the world. We drop by some long established stores and modern popular places.
  • The Imperial Palace: You can see a beautiful keep which was relocated from Kyoto and reconstructed in the 17th century, old formidable gates, stone walls, moats and an elegant bridge behind the spacious manicured lawn and pruned pine woods.
  • Meiji-jingu Shrine is a fine example of restrained Shinto architecture.
  • Let's check the most famous dog in Japan, Hachi's statue and the

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What to Expect

You can experience "Tokyo: Then and Now" on this tour within 8 hours.
You can enjoy both traditional and modern Japan.
During the tour you can learn rough history of Japan and ordinary people's life style in Japan.
About lunch:
You can have delicious lunch:
#1 at Tukiji Outer Market
#2 at a popular restaurant in Ginza
#3 You get your favorite deli-food or a lunch box (The Japanese have lunch box culture.) at the market or a huge food hall in the basement of the famous department store and have it on the roof garden.
I think you will have a meaningful and pleasant day with Michiko

Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel within 23 wards in Tokyo or JR Tokyo Station
Ending Point At your hotel within 24wards in Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee:¥8886
transportation fees and entrance fee for yor guide:¥1114

What‘s not included

transportation fees and entrance fee for each guest:¥1114
food and drink


We visit part of the Imperial Palace instead of Tsukiji Outer Market on Wednesdays and Sundays.

I don't work as a guide after 5 p.m.

We could go by water bus (boat ) to Hama Detached Palace with extra ¥524 and in that case we need to start the tour at 8:30.
Most shops and restaurants in Tsukiji Outer Market is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
We visit part of the Imperial Palace instead of Tsukiji Outer Market on Wednesdays and Sundays.
If you'd like to visit part of the the Imperial Palace instead of Tukiji Outer Market, we can go there regardless of a day of the week.

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 ( 21 )
4.6 (21) Reviews
Very Good
Connie Connie United States ( Couple )
1 day ago

“ Highlights of Tokyo ”

We cannot say enough about Michiko. She is an excellent tour guide! She designed our tours so well making sure that we made the most of our time. She arrived at our hotel with a beautiful smile and ready to hit the ground running - literally. There is absolutely no way that we could have seen so much of Tokyo without her. Her knowledge of the city and the subways is amazing. My husband and I most definitely recommend Michiko as Tokyo's tour guide. She is kind and very personable. We came to see her as friend in the very short time we spent with her. Michiko thank you for your time! My birthday cake was great!


Thank you for your review. When I met you two at the first time, I felt as if I had met my old friends. I really enjoyed the tour including a hidden sweet tour with you. Actually, I think it was tough tour for you but you kept going to the end. Victory goes to the person who can stay the course!

Susann Susann United States ( Business )
6 days ago

“ Tokyo Hidden Highlights in 2 Days ”

Hi Michiko, thank you so much for spending two wonderful days with me in Tokyo and showing me so many hidden highlights. I learned so much about the country, city, culture, Japanese customs and food. I hope we can explore some more when I come back to Tokyo next year.


Thank you for your review. The two paintings were so much fun, weren't they? Let's find something interesting from now on and share them next time. I'm looking forward to seeing you again!

Joanna Joanna United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ A beautiful day in early autumn in Tokyo ”

We had a party of four and Michiko showed us around Tokyo for the day. We were impressed with her organizational prowess. We were able to see more than we expected and she tailored the tour to our specific interests. She was pleasant and professional. She excels in her knowledge of arts and horticulture.


I'm so happy that I've heard from you again! Actually, I forgot to say something to your mother. It is that she has brought up wonderful children. You and your brother have excellent empathy skills and can see things from a different perspective. That is to say, you are kind and considerate and very nice people. I believe these people can make the world more peaceful place. I respect you all!

Rohit Rohit India ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Excellent Person & Very Accommodating ”

We had a great time with Michiko, she was very accommodating and extremely friendly and flexible. She went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable. We did Tokyo Day trip, Nikko Day Trip & Kamakura Day Trip with her, all 3 were excellent. Her warm personality and humbleness really made us feel very comfortable. As it was super hot in tokyo, she took taxis for us, and would not even let us pay. We thank you Michiko for excellent time Regards Avantika & Rohit


Thank you very much foy your kind words. I've learned a lot about your country's culture from you, Avantika. You two are smart people with not only excellent understanding but also warm personality. It was one of the happiest opportunities of my life as a guide to work for you. I'm very proud of having guided outstanding people like you. I wish you two a very bright future ahead.

RON RON Sri Lanka ( Couple )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ she looked after us ”



Dear RON, Thank you for your review. I'm really happy to hear you. Actually I've been worried about your condition as a person who had the same experience as you had. Please say hello to Brenda. She is one of the most wonderful ladies I've ever met. Best regards, Michiko

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