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Tokyo your way (4 hours)


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

Ah, Tokyo! So little time, so many places to see! All the places recommended below (see Itinerary) are personal favorites. You can't go wrong with any of them. We’re so flexible we can even extend the tour on the day itself!

There are also 14 packaged tours designed to appeal to your special interests. This includes Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ueno. Want authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package would be perfect for you. (Tour pages)

Come, let me show you “My Tokyo”!

Itinerary

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

  • Tour destinations are in three (3) zones: Central (C), East (E), and West (W). 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.

  • The numbered photos correspond to the following. Please choose one to three destinations for a 4-hour semi-custom tour.

  • C1: Imperial Palace - outside only (1 to 1.5 hrs)

    Let's talk about samurai and Japan's Imperial family!

  • C2: Tsukiji fish market (1 to 2 hrs)

    Traditional market. The sushi is highly recommended!

  • C3: Hamarikyu Japanese garden (1 hr)

    Seasonal flowers, a 300 year-old pine tree, cherry blossoms (late March).
    Entrance to the garden = 300JPY/person, 150JPY for seniors (the guide has a pass). Optional informal tea ceremony.

  • C4: Roppongi Hills -Roppongi Hills - Best view of Tokyo City - 52nd floor (my favorite!) and Mori Art Museum (1 to 2 hrs)

    Entrance = 1,800JPY/person, student and child fare are avilable (the guide has a pass).

  • C5: Tokyo Bay view and Rainbow Bridge (1.5 hrs)

    •Tokyo Bay area view from the observatory deck of one of the city's tallest buildings. Free entrance
    •Scenic ride on the self-driving train. Train fare = 180 to 400JPY (depends on route)/ per person

  • C6: Odaiba quick tour (2 hrs)

    Man-made island. One of the trendiest places in Tokyo. Check out my Odaiba Tour page for a longer tour of the area.

  • C7: Evening beer at Yurakucho Yakitori alley below the elevated railway AKA gado-shita. (1 hr)

    Food and drinks = 1,500++JPY/person

  • C8: 2-hour walking tour in Kagurazaka and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (2 to 3 hours)

    Kagurazaka is a small old-fashioned geisha town. Back alleys still have the traditional stone pavements. Entrance to the garden = 300JPY/person (the guide has a pass)

  • C9: Gado-shita adventure (2 hrs)

    Trendy and artisanal shops under elevated train tracks. It's a clever use of space.

  • C10: Food tour in Tsukiji & Ginza (2 to 3 hrs)

    Tsukiji Fish Market, depachika in Ginza. A depachika is the food section of department stores. It’s like a wonderland for food!

  • E1: Asakusa - Sensoji-temple, Asakusa Shrine, Nakamise shopping street (1 to 2 hrs)

    Most popular tourist destination.

  • E2: Water bus ride - Asakusa to/from the Bay Area OR Asakusa to/fromHamarikyu (40 mins)

    Cruise = 860 to 1,200JPY/person

  • E3: Ueno quick tour (2 hrs)

    Lotus pond, museums, temples, and shrines. Check out my Ueno Tour Page if you want to explore Ueno further.

  • E4: Toyosu Fish Market (new) and Tsukiji Fish Market (old, C2) walking tour (4 hrs)

    •Recommended meet-up time: 8:00AM at your hotel
    •No tuna auction

  • E5: Ryogoku (sumo town) - Sumo Museum and Edo Tokyo Museum (3 hrs)

    Museum entrance = 600JPY/person, 300JPY for seniors and children (the guide has a pass).

  • E6. Yanaka quick tour and Asakura Museum (2 hrs)

    •Yanaka is an old-fashioned residential area which survived a WW2 fire.
    •Asakura Museum is the artist Asakura's former residence which features his artwork and traditional architecture (also his design). Entrance = 500JPY/person

  • W1: Shinjuku walking and shopping tour (2 hrs)

    Department store, wholesale store, Kabukicho (the former red-light district), and pub street. Check out my Shinjuku Tour Page if you want to see more of Shinjuku.

  • W2. Meiji-jingu Shrine (1 hr)

    The biggest Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Soak in the peace and tranquility as we walk through the grounds.

  • W3: Harajuku and Omote Sando walking and shopping tour (1 to 2 hrs)

    The height of KAWAII - let's discover the ultimate cuteness in this area. Check out my Harajuku & Shibuya Tour Page for a more immersive kawaii experience.

  • W4: Shibuya (0.5 to 1.5 hrs)

    Shibuya Crossing (probably the busiest in the world), Hachiko - faithful dog, and shopping (0.5 to 1.5 hrs). We'll go to a good vantage point overlooking the crossing.

  • W5: Safety Education and Disaster Preparedness (1 to 4 hrs)

    •Earthquake simulator ride (at the Safety Education Center) and/or Fire Museum tour = Free entrance.
    •Smoke Maze and Mock Firefighting are also available at the Safety Education Center. Advanced bookings required.

  • W6: Kawaii cafe in Harajuku (lunch or dinner, weekdays only, 1.5 hrs.)

    Rainbow-colored cafe. Food and drinks at the cafe =
    2,000++JPY/person

  • W7: All-you-can-eat Shabu Shabu (lunch or dinner 1.5 hrs)

    Food and soft drinks = 2,000++JPY/ person

  • W8: Walking around Daikanyama area (2-3 hours)

    Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo, Kyu Asakura House (traditional house and garden), Tsutaya books and shopping area. It’s a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Central Tokyo. Fashionistas like the trendy shops and hip cafes in the area.

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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 (you & guide) = approx. 1,000++JPY/person (you and the guide)
= Guide transportation to meet-up place (given to guide on tour date)
. . . = 1,000JPY for Central Tokyo,Yokohama
. . . = 1,600JPY for Haneda Airport)
= Entrance fee (you & guide)
. . . Guide has a pass for some attractions.
= Lunch / food / drink (you & guide)
= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.

Important

The area is crowded on weekends. / Pick-up at outside of central Tokyo = Please contact the guide, first. No pick-up service from Tokyo Sky Tree Area, Sumida, Koto, Narita airport & Tokyo Disney Resort. = Please meet me in the central Tokyo.

Multiple-day bookings are encouraged. I might have greater flexibility in opening closed slots in this case. Let's talk about it. Send me a message! :‑)
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MORE INFO:
= We use public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) in my tours as it's the best way for to see the city.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= The meet-up time marks the official start of the tour.
= Hotel pick-ups = only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama, and a few hotels in Kawasaki.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY/hr
= Tour extension (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/hr
= Four-hour tours available = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama, and antique flea market. Please check out the corresponding tour pages.
= HAKONE TOURS = Requires close coordination with the guide BEFORE BOOKING. It takes more time to plan this trip.
= MT. FUJI TOURS = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). Guests should book their own private car or van.
NOTE: Highly recommended to book transportation first as they are quite popular. Otherwise, we may not have transportation on the tour date.
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PEAK SEASON PREMIUM = 1,000 JPY per group
Charged ONLY ONCE on the first day of the first tour in the peak season.
. . • Spring peak season : March 20 to April 30
. . •Autumn peak season : September 25 to November 10

Earthquake Simulator
= For ages 6 and above.
= Please ask the guide the possible dates.
= 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.
= Closed on Mondays.

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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KARYNA KARYNA Canada ( Solo )
Excellent
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
7 months 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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