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Tokyo your way (4 hours)


Tokyo
4 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

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.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi(T-chan).

  • 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 = 1,800 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 (2-3hrs): Tsukiji fish market, Depachika in Ginza (the food section of department stores. It’s like a Wonderland for food! )
  • 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)
  • E6. Yanaka walking and Asakura museum (2hrs) - an old town and a traditional mansion (entrance fee 500JPY/person)
  • 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, and shopping (30 to 90 min) We'll see the crossing from a good lookout point.
  • 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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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
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

Inclusions & Exclusions

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 (1,600JPY) = 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.
= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.

Important

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

PLEASE NOTE:
I may be able to move things around for those who book me for at least two days. This means, if I can reschedule some appointments in closed slots, I will be able to reopen them for multiple day bookings. It's not guaranteed, but it's worth a try! Send me a message :‑)

= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/ hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= 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 and custom tours) = 1,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 20 to April 30
>>> Autumn : September 25 to November 10


***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).

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 airport & Tokyo Disney Resort area are not my service area. read more

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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KARYNA KARYNA Canada ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Extraordinary day in Tokyo with excellent guide Toshi-San ”

Thank you T-Chan (Toshi-San) for an amazing day in Tokyo. I was a solo traveler with one day in Tokyo. T-Chan made it a truly unforgettable day. My day with Toshi started when she picked me up promptly at my Shinjuku hotel. She then took me to experience TeamLab Planets - a spectacular body immersive digital arts experience - in Odaiba. Along the way, we rode the fully automated train and she showed me different sights along the train line. Second stop was the Onsen in Odaiba. This was a most unique experience I wouldn’t have been able to manage without T-Chan with me. We enjoyed the onsen, the shops and the bath. It felt like a relaxing afternoon with a good friend. Next, T-Chan showed me the shops in Odaiba, where we walked around and she helped me find the items I was looki... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you Karyna-chan! So delighted to hear you had a relaxing layover. I felt like you were one of my old friends, too. We, Japanese, have the Onsen culture. Even in the heart of Tokyo, we could soak in the natural hot spring. Amazing, isn’t it? As we are both dog-person, exploring pet stores was so fun! I hope your dogs will love the kimono costumes which you bought for them. How did you like sake? We sampled 5 varieties. I liked the sparkling sake the best. There are more trendy spots in Tokyo. Let’s go to Shibuya next time! Hope to see you again.

Annette Annette Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic tour! ”

We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!

Kristina Kristina Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great day in Tokyo with a large family group ”

We spent a fabulous day with T-Chan! She was organised, knowledgeable, polite, expert and caring. She took us to the places we were interested in but enhanced our itinerary further with other suggestions and places. We fit a lot in the day but didn’t feel overly rushed. Our relatively young children also enjoyed the day very much which can be challenging. T-Chan even provided us with summary notes at the end of the day of everything we had seen. Really great! Thank you so much T-Chan!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, K-chan! So delighted to know that all of you enjoyed our tour. I did, too. We were so lucky that we were able to take group photos with two sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku! The atmosphere in Asakusa was still quite festive with its New Year decor. The highlight of the tour was Harajuku. The girls really liked the store and said “I want to buy everything here!” It was hard to leave as there were so many cute stuff, wasn’t it? Next time, let’s take a Purikura photo together! Hope to see you again.

Wendy Wendy Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Shinjuku Tour ”

Thank you so much Toshi for accomodating our large group during very busy times. You went out of your way to help us organise the bookings with our JR passes & then it was down to the fun stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed your tour & appreciated the maps you gave us at the end to help us. Your suggestions you emailed to us after our tour as to other activities the kids might enjoy and what train line to use when we returned to a different area of Tokyo were also greatly appreciated. You went above & beyond so thank you 😊

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear my travel tips helped you. It was fun to see all of you enjoy our tour! The weather was very cooperative that day. The Meiji Jingu Shrine grounds was so serene that we totally forgot we were in the center of a big city. Don’t you think so? Harajuku has been my favorite place since I was a teenager. One day is not enough to check out all trendy stores. Did you go to Kabukicho at night? It’s quite different compared to what we saw in the morning. Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. A different season is also good. Hope to see you again!

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

“ Best time spent on a layover ever! ”

I was on a 12 hour layover from Narita airport so I decided to take a tour of Tokyo in that time. I booked Toshi in that time and I was surprised to find out that I could customize the tour to whatever I wanted, so I picked the tour and settled the timing of everything with her. The tour was really thorough and expansivr as Toshi seemed to know everything about Tokyo and Japan, If I had a question then I just had to point and ask and I would get a detailed explanation. Aside from the main tour Toshi was really nice, I have a leg surgery so we took breaks when necessary and she helped us with the train tickets and everything. She even helped us reschedule some train tickets when the tour was technically over which she didnt have to do but she helped us with it anyway. I totally recomend Tos... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Shyam. So delighted to know you and your son had a meaningful time with me. (I did, too!) It was fortunate that we saw some of the New Year traditions and the early blooming of cherry blossoms in Asakusa. The view from Roppongi hills was breathtaking, wasn’t it? Tokyo is quite a big city, indeed. We barely even scratched the surface of Tokyo! Please stay for a couple days next time. Let's go to an animal café in Harajuku together!

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