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Tokyo tour à la carte half day

4 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

This tour covers my favorite places in Tokyo.
You can choose two places in Tokyo from the list.
Sometimes the chosen places are far apart but I will arrange them in time.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuki.

  • Choose 2 places to go. The followings are most popular places.You can choose the places in my full day tour, too.
  • T1. Meiji-Jingu Shrine ( This shrine is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Japan where you will feel a special sacred Japanese atmosphere. Admission free except the garden including the Kiyomasa's well and iris garden with 500 JPY. )
  • T2. Asakusa and Senso-Ji Temple ( Asakusa is very popular area with Nakamise shopping street for Japanese souvenirs which is the main street to Senso-Ji Temple. The temple has two big gates named
  • T3. Zojo-Ji Temple (It used to be the temple for Tokugawa Shogunate where you can feel Japanese traditional Buddhist atmosphere. Not touristic and very quiet, near to Tokyo Tower. Admission free)
  • T4. Sengaku-Ji Temple ( Sengaku Temple is famous for the graves of 48 Ronin who attacked a high ranking samurai Kira to revenge for their lord Asano. Admission free )
  • T5. Ueno Kanei-Ji Temple and the grave of the last Shogun (Very authentic Buddhist temple of Tendai sect. There are graves of Tokugawa Shoguns including the last one, Yoshinobu. Admission free)
  • T6. Ueno Tosho-Gu Shrine (A branch of Tosho-Gu Shrine which worships the 1st Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa who established Edo Period.)
  • T7. Gotoku-Ji Temple ( This temple is famous for the numerous statues of cat with one paw raised in invitation for good business. )
  • T8. Hie Shrine (This shrine was established in 1498 and had been worshied by Tokugawa Shogunate as the protection of Edo from evil spirits.)
  • {GARDEN}
  • G1. Imperial Palace East Gardens ( Imperial Palace used to be Edo castle where Tokugawa shogunate governed Japan for 265 years. You can see several gates and defence house of the castle renovated about 5G1. years ago. There is a nice Japanese garden but no Palace nor Tower of the castle. Closed on Monday and Friday. Admission free )
  • G2.Koishikawa Korakuen Garden ( not recommended now due to a maintenance work. This Japanese garden used to be a Samurai mansion of the Mito Tokugawa. Admission: 300 JPN )
  • G3. Shinjuku-Gyoen Garden ( Well maintained Japanese garden with many kinds of cherry blossoms. Admission 200 JPY)
  • G4. Hamarikyu Garden ( It used to be owned by Tokugawa Shoguns in Edo period. They enjoyed duck hunting in its salt water ponds. This garden is within walking distance from Tsukiji. Admission: 300JPY)
  • G5. Kiyosumi Garden ( It is a typical strolling type Japanese garden with the collection of precious shape natural stones. Entrance fee : 150 JPY )
  • {SHOPPING} note:You need your passport for Tax Free.
  • S1. Tsukiji Outer Market ( We will visit its outer market only. The wholesale area has moved to Tokyosu in October, 2018. Admission free )
  • S2. Ginza ( There are large department stores, brand shops and Kitty land. How about lunch at Ginza Six? Or you can buy Japanese foods and eat at a table there. )
  • S3. Harajuku/Shibuya ( Busy area for shopping, food, cat cafe, owl cafe, and hedgehog cafe with 1,000 to 2,000 JPY/h for animal cafes)
  • S4. Shinjuku Kabukicho (Shopping, Godzilla road and its observation deck, Please watch my video below!, Admission free )
  • S5. Odaiba ( Newly developed area by Tokyo Bay with a lot of modern shops and facilities. Some facilitis request an admission fee )
  • S6. Akihabara ( Electric appliances shops, Owl cafe: 2,000 JPY per hour, Maid cafe: from 2,000 JPY)
  • S7. Nakano Broadway ( Department store of used figuarts )
  • S8. Yanaka Ginza ( Retro shopping street where you can find some nice and unique but not tristic souvenirs. Rare place in Tokyo where everything is renovated and looks modern, A rare place in Tokyo where everything has been renovated.
  • {OBSERVATORY, The possibility of viewing Mt. Fuji from Tokyo is about 30%}
  • O1. Tokyo Sky Tree ( The tallest tower in Japan with 350m and 450m observatories. Entrance fee: 2000 JPY for middle observatory, 3000 JPY for higher observatory )
  • O4. Roppongi-Hills (Tokyo City View; Observatory at 270m. It has Sky Deck which is the only an outdoor observatory in Tokyo, admission: 1,800 JPY ( +500 JPY for Sky Deck))
  • O2. Tokyo Tower ( Tokyo tower is a nice place to observe Tokyo without waiting so long. If the sky is clear, you can see Mt.Fuji.Entrance fee: 900 JPY for the main observatory at 150m high )
  • O3. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory ( There are two observatories with great view of Tokyo. Currently, only North Tower is available. Admission free )
  • O5. Observatory of World Trade Center ( Not crowded with good view of Tokyo Bay area and Tokyo Tower from 150m, Admission; 670 JPY including the guide)
  • {MUSEUM}
  • M1. Tokyo National Museum in Ueno ( The most popular museum in Japan which has the largest collection of Japanese treasures such as statue of Buddha, Japanese sword, Japanese painting, and Kimono. The museum has a nice museum shop for souvenirs. Entrance fee: 600 JPY per adult )
  • M2. Samurai Museum ( Samurai Museum has something new, where you can observe real Samurai armors and swords with background explanation from a staff, You can take pictures with the armors on you. Entrance fee 1800 JPY per adult and 800 JPY per child )
  • M3. Mori Building Digital Art Museum ( Many kind of moving computer graphics are projected to the walls of dark rooms. You will have very strange experience, so different from the real world. Great fun for adults as well as children. https://borderless.teamlab.art/, Please watch my video below!, Admission 3,200 JPY per adult, 1,000 JPY per child under 14.)
  • M4. Edo-Tokyo Museum (Unique Museum for Edo Period including scale models of Edo Castle, display of daily life of common people.Must see for those are interested in Japanese history. Admission: 600 JPY)
  • M5. Nezu Museum ( Nezu collection of traditional Japanese arts with a very unique and quet garden, admission 1,100 JPY )
  • M6. Fukagawa Edo Museum ( More focused on street in Edo. The real scale model houses look very real. admission 400 JPY )
  • E1. Ninja Experience ( Ninja experience is a new place for children to practice some arts of Ninja. Forty minutes practice of basic skills of Ninja such as throwing shurikens. Entrance fee: 1,000 JPY , closed on Tue. and Wed..)
  • E2. Tea ceremony (Experience a formal tea ceremony with English guidance for 60 min. Previous reservation required. 2700 JPY/ adult)
  • E3. Strawberry picking ( April and May only, 2,500 JPY per adult, 2,000 JPY per child, Reservation needed, please ask.)
  • {OTHERS}
  • X1. Tokyo Carmii Mosque (Tokyo Carmii mosque is the largest mosque in Tokyo, it is a beautiful mosque and open to public. Admission free)
  • If you have any other places to visit, please let me know.

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What to Expect

The followings are my favorites but you can request other places too:
(Note: Please take a look at the pictures below, they are in the corresponding order.)

1. Meiji shrine is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Japan where you will feel a special sacred Japanese atmosphere. ( Entrance fee : free except the garden including the Kiyomasa's well and iris garden with 500 JPY ) You can see more details by visiting my tour for Meiji shrine in Tokyo.

2. Imperial palace used to be Edo castle where Tokugawa shogunate governed Japan for 265 years. ( Entrance fee : free ) You can see more details by visiting my tour for Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

3. There are many shops of Japanese seafood in Tsukiji outer market, you can try some for free. ( Entrance fee : free ) You can see more details by visiting my tour "Food tour to Tsukiji outer market".

4. Asakusa is a very popular shopping street for Japanese souvenirs. There is Sensoji temple with big gates and 5 story pagoda. (entrance fee : free) You can see more details by visiting my tour for Asakusa Sensoji temple in Tokyo.

5. Tokyo tower is a nice place to observe Tokyo without waiting so long. If the sky is clear, you can see Mt.Fuji.(Entrance fee: 900 JPY for the main observatory at 150m high, additional 700 JPY for the special observatory at 250 m )

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
hotel pick up
Transportation cost of the guide within Tokyo

What‘s not included

transportation cost of you (about 500 JPY within Tokyo)
Transportation cost of the guide outside of Tokyo (if you stay outside of Tokyo such as Disneyland)
lunch, dinner, entrance fee (you and the guide)


Not available on Mondays.

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.

This tour is limited version of the full day version under the same name.
Those who not accustomed to walk a long distance or don't have enough time may take this tour to save cost.
East garden of Imperial palace will be closed on Monday and Friday.
Most of shops and restaurant in Tsukiji will be closed on Sunday and Wednesday.
The wholesale market of Tsukiji opens to public from 11:00AM but there are not much fish to see at that time, so I recommed to visit the outer market only.

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

How much is the transportation cost?

We use the subways to visit the places. The cost is about 500 per an adult. I will rend you an IC card for public transportation, please pay me the amount you have spent at the end of the tour.

How is the time schedule ?

The following is typical schedule.
13:00 Hotel pick up
13:30-14:30 Meiji shrine
15:00-16:30 Imperial Palace
17:00 return to the hotel

How long are we going to walk ?

If we go to Meiji shrine and imperial palace shown above, we are going to walk 10,000 steps.

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 ( 258 )
4.7 (258) Reviews
Very Good
Margaret Margaret Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
6 days ago


Yuki is a good guide with very good English. He set a very fast walking pace in the heat and at times it became an effort to keep up with him getting to the Hie and Meiji shrines as we are "older" tourists; he had excellent knowledge/experience to quickly access trains. We lingered thankfully at the interesting Nezu Museum with its beautiful garden.


Dear Margaret, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. I am very glad you have enjoyed the places. Best regards, Yuki

 Natai United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ A wonderful host. ”

Yuki was wonderful at communicating in advance to gain the details of our desired destinations allowing him to plan an efficient itinerary. All with relatively short notice. He was punctual, courteous, knowledgeable, and a truly wonderful host for my daughter and I, whom only speak English, around Tokyo.


Dear Katai, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. I am very happy that you have enjoyed my tour with your daughter. It was a wonderful weather and the Ramen was the best I have ever eaten. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Yuki

Esteban Esteban Philippines ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Excellent guide ”

English proficient patient and very helpful. Highly recommended


Dear Esteban, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. Sorry for the poor weather but we are comfortable with your chartered car. The tempura of prawn was delicious. Best regards, Yuki

Peter Peter United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Very Personalized ”

Yuki was extremely efficient and knowledgeable. It was raining all the day of our tour but a Yuki made it enjoyable by changing the itinerary to suit the weather. However we still did most of the things we wanted including a shopping visit to pick out a good value kimono our daughter wanted. Very highly recommended guide. Thank you Yuki! Peter


Dear Peter, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. We visited Meiji Shrine without entering the main shrine as it rained hard. Instead, we stayed inside its new museum just started one month ago. Although there are not enough exhibits, we had a comfortable time in the new building. Then we went to Samurai Museum instead of a garden and to my favorite souvenir shop in Omotesando where you bought a couple of Kimonos for your family. I was very glad to spend the rainy day without getting bored. Best regards, Yuki

Keith Keith Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Two Days in Yokyo with Yuki ”

We were greeted 10 minutes early by Yuki in our Hotel Foyer with clear signage and a Big Smile After our greeting Yuki spent a couple of minutes explaining our day ahead, and asking if all was OK with ourselves which was very important. Yuki was a great guide giving us plenty of time as we requested for photo shooting and explained all as we travelled around Tokyo, his knowledge of the train stations was great as one would get very confused quickly by the many trains going almost none stop in all directions We spent two very enjoyable days with Yuki seeing all we requested and learnt a lot about Japan's history, culture, life style and much more. We would highly recommend Yuki for your Tour around this very Great City Thanks Yuki you fulfilled all our expectations, your knowledge, a... read more

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