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Tokyo Up-to-You Tour

by Yoko
(19) Reviews
8h $ 256 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • The spots you would like to visit
  • The night view of Rainbow Bridge (Optional)

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Overview

I recommend ending up the day with the night view of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Bay, the most beautiful night view in Tokyo I would like you to see.

We will visit the spots you would like to in Tokyo.
I will make an itinerary based on your choices and requests.

Sightseeing spots in Tokyo is widely spread, so I guess we can only visit three or four spots a day.

What to Expect

You can see one of the most beautiful night view of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Bay.

I recommend ending up the day with the night view of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Bay, the most beautiful night view in Tokyo I would like you to see.

Please choose the spots of your interest and let me know.

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace will take approximately one hour and a half or so.
Asakusa will take more than an hour if you would shop there, too. Tokyo Sky Tree will take more than an hour.
Meiju Jingu Shrine will take approximately one hour.

For shopping, Takeshita Street in Harajuku is mainly aimed for teenagers, Ginza has one of the biggest UNIQLO shop, Nissan Crossing and Ginza Six,which has an excellent Art book store, and Nihonbashi is the place for the mature that locals will also do shopping with high quality items, not the cheap tourist goods.

For typical tourist souvenirs, you can get them at places like Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, Solamachi: Skytree town and Akihabara.

About observatory, I will try to include some free ones near the spots we will visit.

Tokyo Sky Tree is 634m high, but a little bit distant from the Center of Tokyo and surrounded by lower buildings, so you might find Tokyo Tower (333m) or Tokyo City View in Roppongi more satisfactory to see the Contemporary Tokyo.

If you're interested in roses, I could take you a park (admission free) with beautiful ones.
If you prefer to see streets with good ol' days atmosphere of Japan, please tell me.

(If you're interested in cherry blossoms which blooms during winter, we can see them at the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Street, huge Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens, and Ueno Park.)

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Highlights

  • The spots you would like to visit
  • The night view of Rainbow Bridge (Optional)

Important

The sightseeing spots are scattered around the big City of Tokyo, e.g. from Asakusa to Meiji Shrine would take approximately forty-five minutes.
I will do my best to visit all the places you request, however maybe we could only visit three or so places a day.
Shopping spots might take much more time, because there are quite crowded and shopping usually takes time.

We will basically use Tokyo Metro One day Ticket ¥600, but if you have JR Pass or would like to see the City itself from the train, we will use JR, too, if you would like to. Asakusa, however, is not close to any JR station but only Metro Subway station.

We are supposed to WALK A LOT, so PLEASE WEAR WALKING SHOES.
Highheels or sandals might give you a hard time. There is no cab services in the Japanese Gardens or Ueno Park :-)

Or if you don't want to, please make sure to tell me so, but Meiji Jingu Shrine would be an hour walk at least, anyway.

East Gardens will be closed on Mondays and Fridays and the Tokyo National Museum will be closed on Mondays except National Holidays.

There is BAGGAGE INSPECTION at the entrances of East Gardens and the Observatory of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Please let me know the places that you would like to visit and what you're interested in, so I could include places matching your interest. read more

What‘s included
Guiding fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo/Kawasaki/Yokohama, The guide's Admission fee for Tokyo National Museum/ Ueno Zoo
What‘s not included
Transportation fare (You and guide: Tokyo Metro One day Ticket is ¥600, Yurikamome Monorail Shinbashi to Odaiba is ¥320, Water Cruise from Odaiba to Hinode Sanbashi is ¥480, it is OK to use the Monorail round trip, or skip the Odaiba part, the rest depends on your hotel and requests),

meals, snacks, beverages

admission fee 
Meeting Point
At the lobby of your hotel in Tokyo/Yokohama/ Kawasaki or a station within the 23 wards of Tokyo or Yokohama Station
Ending Point
At your hotel or the places you prefer to during the tour
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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.

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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 ( 19 )
Saunders Ian Saunders United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Great tour guide ”

Yoko gave us a great tour of Mt Fuji and provided us with some great knowledge.

Yoko:

Thank you for your review. It was a great pleasure for me to meet such world travelers and amazing English gentlemen. I wish you could come again soon and shoot the beautiful Mt. Fuji and enjoy Yoshida Udon, which we couldn't try because of the traffic jam of the Obon vacation. Good luck with the editing!! I'll be looking forward to your works.

Shahe Shahe United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Amazing day with many new experiences! ”

Myself and my sister were quite nervous coming to Japan, but Yoko was very helpful and showed us around the Tokyo area. We explored temples, shrines, the Metropolitan area, Tsukiji, and the intricate subways! I was confused on how to use the subway system, but she was very patient and helped us understand what we needed to look for. I would highly recommend planning a trip with Yoko, she is very knowledgeable and taught us about the many customs Japan has. Thank you again Yoko!

Yoko:

IIt was my great pleasure, Shahe. I appreciate your prompt review. I had a lot of fun myself showing you and your beautiful sister, Gassia, around the major sights of Tokyo. I wish you would enjoy exploring collector items at Akihabara and the rest of your stay in Japan. Please say hi to Gassia for me and show the pictures to your Mom, too. ^_^

Lisa Lisa United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Above and beyond!! ”

Hire Yoko! You can't go wrong! Since it was our first time in Japan, I thought it would be helpful to have a guide show us around so we wouldn't waste time trying to figure out the subway, etc...Yoko wrote to me beforehand and wanted to know who was touring and what we wanted to see. I told her we were staying on the East side of town and wanted to see as much as possible on the East side. We narrowed it down to 6 sites and I wanted her help exchanging our JR vouchers for rail passes. She went to our hotel beforehand and wrote to me telling me the lobby was on the 24th floor and we would meet at a couch by the elevator. She also asked if it was ok if she picked up 24 hour metro passes for the day so it would be easier (and cheaper) to get around. I said yes. We met her with the passes and got an early start to the day. We started at the fish market where she knew where all the free samples were and we got breakfast and coffee at some of the vendors. This review could be so long because we packed so much into our day but I won't tell you all the details. I will tell you that we learned so much from Yoko. She told us a lot of the history and she kept taking pictures of us. She brought us to all the places we wanted to see and showed us how to navigate the subway, the JR trains and how to buy a PASMO card which became so valuable throughout the trip. We were running late and I had forgotten the passports that we needed to exchange the vouchers. Yoko said not to worry about the time and we took the metro back to our hotel for a quick stop to pick up the passports. She took us to exchange the vouchers and we were off to the next stop. We made it to all the stops and we were shopping at the end and I told her she could go if she wanted because I felt bad we were taking so long. She said it was fine. She was so nice to us. It was like we were visiting a friend or relative and they wanted us to see everything! After our very long day, she wrote to us to see how the rest of our trip was going in Kyoto and had recommendations there as well. She checked on us and gave us great guidance throughout our trip! I had told her where we were staying next when we came back to Tokyo and she had left us a train schedule for getting back to the airport on our last day. She couldn't have been nicer! Her English is perfect! She went above and beyond to make sure we had a great trip! Thank you Yoko!!

Yoko:

Thank you so much, Lisa, for such a detailed review!! It was a great pleasure for me guiding such a wonderful family like yours. All of you were so nice that I miss all of you so much. Ken was so intelligent that I was amazed of his reading The Shogun and the biography of Showa Emperor, making all the conversations much more fun. I appreciate you giving me all the information before I was going to ask you and your detailed requests made it much easier for me to make the itinerary. I'm grateful to know that you enjoyed the whole trip. I was also glad to hear from Jackie that she enjoyed the Sumida Fireworks on her own. I wish you would visit the Sato Sakura Gallery New York branch and see you soon during the sakura seasons from February to May in the near future!!

Olga Olga United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Amazing tour ”

Ms Yoko is very professional, my family and I had an amazing day with her the and the way she explained in detail all the locations

Yoko:

I appreciate your review so much, Olga. I had such a good time with you and your lovely daughters and your nephew, even though the heatwave was quite tough. I hope I can see all of you and Kevin with your sister soon!!

Allison Allison United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Amazing personalized service from a friendly and completely fluent English speaking guide! ”

There basically aren’t words that I could use to describe how incredibly happy we were that we booked Yoko! We had three days in Mt. Fuji and needed to book a guide super last minute (like within 12 hours). Yoko was incredibly prompt responding and the communication was super easy. She took the train all the way in from Tokyo to meet us and had the whole day well organized and planned out. First off, Yoko (having lived in the US as a child) is completely fluent in English which was really nice for us since we don’t speak Japanese. She was able to give us the history of the area, context, and knew all the right spots to hit up. We had a blast! During the tour, we mentioned to Yoko that we were trying to track down some “long lost” relatives in Japan (only using my great-aunt’s journals from over 30 years ago). We shared the story with Yoko and talked about the challenges we were having hunting down our relatives info in Japan. Yoko offered to look into it for us... by the next morning, Yoko did some amazing investigative work and tracked down their contact info and even found them on *******! I reached out to them but had a little trouble communicating (again, not speaking Japanese). Yoko offered to reach out to them for us. She called them on our behalf and, over the next few days, was able to arrange a dinner for all of us in Kanazawa. We couldn’t believe it, she was literally a miracle worker! On top of that, we were also interested in visiting the shrine for some of our ancestors in Matsumoto. She made more phone calls and connected with more relatives and was able to share with us the cemetery where they were buried (and even gave us instructions on how to approach the priest at the temple to have him help us find the right shrine). The whole experience was absolutely incredible and it never would have been possible without Yoko’s assistance. The long short of it... Yoko really cares. The tour she provided was highly personal and customized and exactly what we needed. Before we met Yoko, we considered hiring a “private detective” in Japan to help us find our family (at a considerable cost). But... Yoko actually found them and she did it for free just because she cared and wanted to help us out. It was such a wonderful gift for us and we’ll always be grateful! Thank you Yoko!!!

Yoko:

Thank you so much, Allison, for such a great review even though you're still on the road travelling Japan. I was so glad that you enjoyed the tour visiting Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba and Kawaguchiko Music Forest. Both of you, Allison and your elegant mother Sherrie, were so nice to me that it was a piece of cake making the whole day so sweet. I was interested in listening the stories how the Nikkei, Japanese Americans' family made it in Seattle/Bellevue. It was quite exciting trying to find your "long-lost " far relatives just like "A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" or Alex Hailey's "Roots" but the Internet made it quite easy that I just needed to google the less common family name that the sister of Sadao-san, who guided your Great-Aunts in the 70s and the 80s, got married and had. I guess your late great-aunt Kazuko-san, Sadao-san and his sister helped you make it happen. By the way, the grave of your great-grandfather's brother and Sadao-san's you visited is at a Buddhist temple, not a Shinto shrine in Matsumoto City. I usually explain the distinction between temples and shrines, but I didn't have that chance that day. Please enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan and I would appreciate if I could have another opportunity to guide you in the near future. Thank you again for the wonderful day and the review. Please say hi to Sherrie for me.

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