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4h $ 126 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • The numbered photos correspond to the following, please choose one to three places for a 4-hour tour. LEGEND: C - Central Tokyo E - East Tokyo W - West Tokyo
  • C1: Imperial Palace - outside only (1hr), let's talk about samurai and Japan's Imperial family!
  • C2: Tsukiji fish market (1 to 2hrs) - Traditional market. Sushi lunch is recommended.
  • C3: Hamarikyu Japanese garden - Seasonal flowers, cherry blossoms in late March.(1hr = 300 JPY)
  • C4: Roppongi hills - Tokyo City View - 52nd floor (my favorite & best view of Tokyo) and Mori art museum (1 to 2hrs = 1,500 JPY entrance fee)
  • C5: Dentsu Build. - bay area view from the 46th floor (free entrance). Elevated self-driving train ride (1.5hrs, = 190++ JPY train fare)
  • C6: Odaiba quick tour (2hrs) - a man-made island, one of the trendiest places in Tokyo
  • C7: Evening beer at Yurakucho Yakitori alley below the elevated railway AKA gado-shita. (1hr = 1500++JPY)
  • C8: 2-hour walking tour in Kagurazaka (stone paved narrow streets with old buildings) and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden ( 300JPY / person)
  • C9: Gado-shita adventure - visiting unique and trendy shops which are under the elevated train tracks (2hrs)
  • C10: Food tour (4hrs): Tsukiji fish market, Azabu (taditional sweets), Shinjuku (food section of the department store and sake tasting)
  • E1: Asakusa - Sensoji-temple, Asakusa Shrine, Nakamise Shopping street (2hrs, most popular tourist destination.)
  • E2: Water bus ride between Asakua and Bay area or Hamarikyu (40mins = 860 to 1,200 JPY cruise fare)
  • E3: Ueno Quick Tour (lotus pond, museums, temples and shrines. 2hrs.)
  • E4: Toyosu fish market (new) and Tsukiji fish market (old, C2) walking tour (4hrs)
  • E5: Ryogoku (sumo town) - Sumo Museum and Edo Tokyo Museum (3hrs = 600JPY museum entrance fee)
  • W1: Shinjuku walking and shopping- department store, wholesale store, Kabukicho, pub street (2hrs)
  • W2. Meiji-jingu shirine (1hr) - the biggest Shinto shrine in Tokyo
  • W3: Harajuku and Omote sando walking and shopping (1 to 2hrs)
  • W4: Shibuya - crossing, Hachiko-faithful dog, Robot cafe, VR experience and shopping (30 to 90 min)
  • W5: Earthquake simulator ride and Fire Museum visit (1 to 4hrs = free entrance)
  • W6: Unique cafe- Rainbow colored cafe in Harajuku (lunch or dinner, weekday only = 2000++JPY/ person)
  • W7: Unique restaurant; All-you-can-eat Shabushabu (lunch or dinner = 2000++JPY/ person)
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125.55 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour service.
$ 29.76
3-hour extension.
$ 74.40
Additional guests (per head).
$ 9.30
Early pick-up (before 9:30AM, per hour).
$ 9.30
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30, Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 18.60
Meet-up at outside of central Tokyo (within Tokyo & Kawasaki area).
$ 18.60
Extra evening service fee (7:00pm to 9:00pm) per hour.
$ 18.60

Overview

There are many popular Tokyo hotspots. Let's focus on what you're interested in.
For a 4-hour tour, please select one to three destinations from the Highlights section (all of which are my personal favorites).
Extra hour service is available.

What to Expect

Konnichiwa!

WHY TAKE THIS TOUR?
We can modify it to suit your preferred level of physical exertion.
For example, if you feel like walking, we'll go on a walking tour.
Feel like shopping? We can go to either or both the high-end department stores and the 100-yen shops. It's your choice!

WHAT ABOUT MEALS?
I can make the necessary arrangements for lunch and/or dinner in advance based on your food preferences. (Please let me know about any food restrictions ASAP.).

ANYTHING ELSE?
We can also take a tour of Kamakura, Yokohama and Hakone. Hakone has the best view of Mt. Fuji in the winter.
Do you want to experience authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package is perfect for you!

My goal is to make your stay in Japan quite enjoyable.
See you in Tokyo!

Arigato!

SAMPLE TOUR 1 (6hrs)
10:00 Meet at your hotel
10:30 W5. Fire museum
12:00 W5. Earthquake simulator ride
13:00 W6. Lunch at Monster cafe in Harajuku
14:30 W3. Shopping in Harajuku
15:00 W2. Meiji-jingu shrine
16:00 Tour ends at JR Harajuku station

SAMPLE TOUR 2 (5hrs)
15:00 Meet at your hotel
15:30 E1. Asakusa
17:00 E2. Water bus ride
17:45 C5. Yurikamome line train ride
18:30 C5. Bay area night view
19:00 C6. Evening drink with yakitori chicken BBQ
20:00 Tour ends at JR Yurakucho station

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Highlights

  • The numbered photos correspond to the following, please choose one to three places for a 4-hour tour. LEGEND: C - Central Tokyo E - East Tokyo W - West Tokyo
  • C1: Imperial Palace - outside only (1hr), let's talk about samurai and Japan's Imperial family!
  • C2: Tsukiji fish market (1 to 2hrs) - Traditional market. Sushi lunch is recommended.
  • C3: Hamarikyu Japanese garden - Seasonal flowers, cherry blossoms in late March.(1hr = 300 JPY)
  • C4: Roppongi hills - Tokyo City View - 52nd floor (my favorite & best view of Tokyo) and Mori art museum (1 to 2hrs = 1,500 JPY entrance fee)
  • C5: Dentsu Build. - bay area view from the 46th floor (free entrance). Elevated self-driving train ride (1.5hrs, = 190++ JPY train fare)
  • C6: Odaiba quick tour (2hrs) - a man-made island, one of the trendiest places in Tokyo
  • C7: Evening beer at Yurakucho Yakitori alley below the elevated railway AKA gado-shita. (1hr = 1500++JPY)
  • C8: 2-hour walking tour in Kagurazaka (stone paved narrow streets with old buildings) and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden ( 300JPY / person)
  • C9: Gado-shita adventure - visiting unique and trendy shops which are under the elevated train tracks (2hrs)
  • C10: Food tour (4hrs): Tsukiji fish market, Azabu (taditional sweets), Shinjuku (food section of the department store and sake tasting)
  • E1: Asakusa - Sensoji-temple, Asakusa Shrine, Nakamise Shopping street (2hrs, most popular tourist destination.)
  • E2: Water bus ride between Asakua and Bay area or Hamarikyu (40mins = 860 to 1,200 JPY cruise fare)
  • E3: Ueno Quick Tour (lotus pond, museums, temples and shrines. 2hrs.)
  • E4: Toyosu fish market (new) and Tsukiji fish market (old, C2) walking tour (4hrs)
  • E5: Ryogoku (sumo town) - Sumo Museum and Edo Tokyo Museum (3hrs = 600JPY museum entrance fee)
  • W1: Shinjuku walking and shopping- department store, wholesale store, Kabukicho, pub street (2hrs)
  • W2. Meiji-jingu shirine (1hr) - the biggest Shinto shrine in Tokyo
  • W3: Harajuku and Omote sando walking and shopping (1 to 2hrs)
  • W4: Shibuya - crossing, Hachiko-faithful dog, Robot cafe, VR experience and shopping (30 to 90 min)
  • W5: Earthquake simulator ride and Fire Museum visit (1 to 4hrs = free entrance)
  • W6: Unique cafe- Rainbow colored cafe in Harajuku (lunch or dinner, weekday only = 2000++JPY/ person)
  • W7: Unique restaurant; All-you-can-eat Shabushabu (lunch or dinner = 2000++JPY/ person)

Important

Cherry blossom viewing : Depends on weather. / Fire museum: Closed on Mondays.

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.

PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours) = 2,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 15 to April 30
>>> Autumn : October 1 to November 20

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) as it gives guests a better feel for the city. It's the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Yes! You heard that right. Public transportation IS the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Experience the clean and highly-efficient Tokyo public transportation system!

I divided the tour destinations into three (3) zones: Central, East, and West. Destinations within the same zone are within 30 minutes of each other. (However, it takes roughly 40 minutes to go from the East side to the West side.)
The area is crowded on weekends and holidays.

Earthquake Simulator
= For ages 6 and above.
= Smoke Maze and Mock Firefighting also available with advanced bookings.
Fire Museum
= Children are allowed on the vintage helicopter and retired fire trucks.
= Exhibit of samurai-era firefighters (Hikeshi) includes some Ukiyoe. They were considered heroes at that time as the prevalence of wooden structures led to a lot of fires.

Pick-up at outside of central Tokyo: such as Tokyo Sky Tree Area, Sumida and Koto area. Narita air port & Tokyo Disney Resort area are not my service area. read more

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
= Transportation fee (you and guide: approx. 1,000++JPY / person),
= Guide transportation to Central Tokyo and Yokohama (1,000JPY) Haneda Airport (1,800JPY) = given to the guide directly on the day of the tour,
Lunch / dinner / entrance fee (you and guide)
*Guide has a pass for some attractions.
Meeting Point
At your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama) OR a train station (Central Tokyo).
Ending Point
At the final destination OR at a pre-agreed place in central Tokyo
Duration
4 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 69 )
Hanna Hanna United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Tour of Tokyo ”

Very flexible and open. Originally we already had a schedule but since we already covered some sites she was very flexible and accommodating to change and tried to solve all our problems.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Hanna! It was great to meet you and your family. You made a good choice in Odaiba. It's both family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible. Perfect for your kids and your mom! It was hard to leave the pet shop, wasn't it? The sweet 2-month old puppies were calling your name! Did you enjoy exploring the digital art museum on your own? We were lucky to get tickets at the door. (They must have been leftovers from online sales.) I hope you can all make it back in either the spring or the fall. Both have its unique charms--cherry blossoms in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. Hope to see you again soon!

Colleen Colleen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Book Toshi ASAP for your trip to Tokyo ”

Toshi met me at my hotel (where she was early) and we sat to plan the day. She presented me with maps (to keep) and off we went. She was exactly what I was looking for in a guide. She was very knowledgeable and pointed out details that I would have missed like why there are fish on top of the Imperial Palace buildings to which store Lady GaGa bought a costume from and how to correctly cleanse and bow at the temples. We crammed in a ton and she even worked longer than our scheduled tour to make sure I made it back to the hotel. I wish I had booked Toshi for my entire stay, she was fantastic.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Colleen! I'm humbled by your glowing review. It was quite an enjoyable day for me too! We managed to see both the traditional and edgy parts of Tokyo in 4 hours. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace was so serene, we could hardly believed we were in the center of Tokyo! In Harajuku, the high-tech sushi train was a lot of fun even for us grownups, wasn’t it? The chirping sound the iPad (which takes orders) gave off was a surprise. The sushi we ordered arrived via shinkansen (bullet train). So cute! Please come back soon! Let's explore the area more! Each season brings something different to Tokyo! Hope to see you soon!

Jacob Jacob United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Best tour guide we ever had ”

My family of 4 really enjoyed T-chan as our tour guide in Tokyo. Being this was our first trip to Tokyo, we wanted to make sure we had the best experience and T-chan really made sure of that. She went above and beyond for us. Explaining the history of each place as we went through. She was very informative and easy to understand. In addition she was very accommodating to our needs. Thank you T-chan for the best tour we ever had, we definitely will come back to Tokyo and request for you again.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Jacob! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed our tour as much as I did. It was fun to get to know you all. Lucky you! We could catch a glimpse of a wedding in Meiji-jingu shrine. It's a rare sight to see on weekdays. Then we enjoyed window shopping in Harajuku. So many unique stores to check out! Don’t you think so? Everything looks so colorful and cute! Who would have thought such decorative and cute ice creams are available there? What do you think about the chicken-mango and unicorn-mint shape ice creams taste like? It's picture perfect, right? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Please come back soon!

Paul Paul United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Perfect Tokyo experience ”

Tchan was the perfect guide for our family. Warm, kind, and informative, T-chan both took us to parts of the city we would not otherwise have visited, and gave us an insiders view of those places that are frequented by tourists. Her restaurant selection both days made the experience even more memorable and her ability to communicate her deep knowledge of the tradition and culture of each place we visited helped our kids grasp the significance of this opportunity.

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato, Paul! (Thank you) So glad to hear you enjoyed our two-day tour. It’ fun to walk around Kagurazaka, wasn’t it? The amazing parts were the preserved traditional wooden houses and establishments in narrow back alleys. And who would think we would find a gem – a classic Japanese restaurant, at the narrow end of one of the alleys there. The guest room that we were ushered into was unexpectedly beautiful because of its decorative alcove. The whole place was undoubtedly Japanese, thanks to the female staff in Kimono, wasn’t it? Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you! Matane! (Hope to see you again!)

Theodros Theodros United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very friendly guide ”

Toshi was always on time for our meeting. She asked us what we wanted to do and made good suggestions. She was always responsible and accomodated my mother's needs.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Theodros and Fantaye! The weather was indeed very cooperative on our tour dates. We were quite lucky to see the traditional festival (Sanja Festival) and portable shrine parades in Asakusa. We had so much fun shopping! Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together (on a different season perhaps?). Hope to see you again!

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