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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.

  • Let's check the most famous dog in Japan, Hachi's statue and
  • Meiji-jingu Shrine is a fine example of restrained Shinto architecture.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tsukiji Outer Market: Every food here is delicious, fresh and reasonably priced. We can go to Tsukiji Honganji Temple instead of the market.
  • Hama-Detached Palace used be a Shoguns' villa which has a beautiful Japanese garden and an old duck hunting areas.
  • Asakusa has the oldest temple in Tokyo, Sensoji. We can enjoy its festive approach, Nakamise and traditional craftworks sold there.

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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 Tokyo.
About lunch:
You can have delicious lunch:
#1 at Tukiji Outer Market
#2 at a popular restaurant in a business area near Tokyo Station (You can experience Japanese office workers' lunch on weekdays.)
#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 in Ginza and have it on the roof garden.
I think you will have a meaningful and pleasant day with Michiko

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point JR Tokyo Station or at your hotel within 23 wards in Tokyo
Ending Point JR Tokyo Station or at your hotel within 23 wards 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
*If you'd like to take a boat (The Sumida River Cruise) between Asakusa and Hama-Rikyu Detached Palace. You need to pay extra ¥800 in cash on the day as a boat fee for your guide.
*if you'd like to start and end the tour at your hotel within Tokyo 23 wards, you need to pay extra ¥1000 in cash on the day as a hotel pick up fee.
food and drink


We visit Tsukiji Honganji Temple instead of Tsukiji Outer Market, if you like. On Wednesdays and Sundays, all shops and restaurants in the official buildings and some shops are closed in the market.

I don't work as a guide after 5 p.m.
I can't guide solo male guest or a group of all male members.

*Official shops and some restaurants in Tsukiji Outer Market is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
*We can go to Asakusa from Hama-Rikyu Detached Palace by boat (The Sumida River Cruise:¥800) or by train ( the new transportation system called "Yurikamome + subway:¥409)

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 ( 33 )
4.6 (33) Reviews
Very Good
Somsri Somsri United States ( Friends )
6 days ago

“ A wonderful ”

Michiko is a heart warming person. She is very attentive , kind and generous. She took us to all the places we requested. She is fun and knowledgeable. We were happy to have her as our guide.


Thank you for your review. It’s encouraged me a lot to carry out nice tours for future guests. I’m on the Shinkansen to go back home from the final route check in Hakone (near Mt. Fuji) for the tour expected the next week. Hakone has an amazing “onsen”, hot springs. Let’s go there next time!

Veronica Veronica United States ( Friends )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Tries hard ”

Michiko tries very hard and does her homework to prepare for her tours. Her lunch suggestions were really great and we appreciated that very much.


Thank you for your review, Veronica. It will be my great motivation for future tours! I always do my best for my guests. I hope you all have refreshed yourselves at the magnificent views of waterfalls and architecture in Nikko and a sea breeze in a Japan’s old capital, Kamakura.

Suandari Suandari Canada ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Lake Kawaguchiko / Kamakura-Hase ”

My husband and I spent two days with Michiko and had a wonderful time. Always so cheerful and full of energy, she took care of us in every way. Her knowledge of the Japanese culture made these tours the more interesting, as was her choice of lunch menu. Thank you Michiko, till we meet again.


It was nice talking with you. The Kamakura shogunate was the country's first "samurai" government established in the end of the 12th century. The town is surrounded by mountains and facing the Sagami-bay on the south.That's why the place is called "a natural fortress". I think Zen temples including Kenchoji which is well-known for its quiet simplicity and fortitude must have supported "samurai" who need extraordinary powers of concentration and decisiveness. I hope you have a good time in Japan!

Tony Tony United States ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ We had excellent day with Michiko ”

Michiko arrived ontime waiting for us at our hotel's lobby. It started out a light rainy day. This was the first day we were in Tokyo and Japan country. It's so different with how we live our lives in USA. So many people, so many trains and so many subways and buses. It's overwhelming, even I have been researching before my trip. Michiko gave us a good teaching how to use the train/subway system and the tickets, etc...winch we needed to purchase ticket for bullet train to Shin-Osaka on Nov-28th depart Tokyo to Osaka. By next day (yesterday), we were able to follow directions and catch our subways to couple places. Because we were not used to how Japanese live their lives, we were somewhat a little annoyed by various "rules", such as not supposed to eat and walk. Then when we walk in t... read more


Thank you for your review. "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." -Alexander the Great "Experience is the teacher of all things." -Julius Caeser Let's enjoy our lives!

i-mei I-mei United States ( Solo )
2 months ago

“ Perfect for me ”

Lovely day with sculptures, prints, gardens and a private music show! Thanks for the memories!


Thank you for your review. I just enjoyed the tour with you. I think you have a special talent on art. I was surprised when you told the meaning of the Japanese dance. It was nice talking with you.

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