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Tokyo tour à la carte

7 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour covers my favorite places in Tokyo.
You can choose three places from the list of more than 30 places in Tokyo.
If you can't see the photos of these places, please use the following link to this tour.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuki.

  • Choose three places to go from the following list of more than 30 places classified as Temple&Shrine, Garden, Shopping, Observatory, Museum, Experience, and Others. By clicking the (>) mark in the pictures window, you can find the pictures of these places indicated by the same ID number at the bottom of each picture. If you have only one day, I would recommend T1. Meiji shrine, G1. Imperial Palace and T2. Asakusa. General itinerary: 10:00 Pick up, 11:00-12:00 Place#1, 12:30-13:30 Lunch, 14:00-15:00 Place#2, 15:30-16:30 Place#3, 17:00 End of Tour.
  • 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 )G
  • G2. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden ( 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)
  • {SHOPPING} note:You need your passport for Tax Free.
  • G5. Kiyosumi Garden ( It is a typical strolling type Japanese garden with the collection of precious shape natural stones. Entrance fee : 150 JPY )
  • 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. )
  • S1. Tsukiji Outer Market ( We will visit its outer market only. The wholesale area has moved to Tokyosu in October, 2018. Admission free )
  • 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

1. Easier to Go; You can explore the most popular places in Tokyo without being bothered by her most complicated transportation system.
2. Memorable Tour; I will explain the historical or cultural background of each place by using my document installed in my iPad which will make it more memorable for you.
3. Flexible Plan; The tour is very flexible with time and places according to your interest.
4. Delicious Foods; Japanese food is very important part of my tour, I will take you to my favorite restaurant for lunch during the tour.

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM
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 1,000 JPY each within Tokyo).
Transportation cost of the guide outside of Tokyo (if you stay outside of Tokyo such as Disneyland)
Lunch cost of you and the guide (from 1,000 JPY), entrance fee (shown in the description of each place in highlights)


Not available on Mondays.

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.
The wholesale area of Tsukiji moved to Toyosu on October 11th, 2018 but its outer market stays at Tsukiji where we can enjoy good sushi and delicious Japanese foods.
I have a one day tour to Kyoto from Tokyo, but you have to pay the cost of about 30,000 JPY per person for the transportation of you and me.

We will use public transportations during this tour but we can take a taxi if you want.
I can lend you an IC card for easy use of public transportations and help you to charge your deposit in it.
The wholesale area of Tsukiji Fish Market moved to Tokyosu in October, 2018 but I can guide you its outer market where you can see many fish and taste many kinds of food including Sushi.
You need your passport to get a Tax Free when you shop more than 5,400 JPY.

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. I will rend you an IC card for public transportation, please pay me 1,000 JPY each for you and me at the beginning of the tour.

Can you pick me up at Narita airport ?

Yes, I can go to Narita airport in the morning from 7:30AM.
I will use public transportation as much as possible.
If you have many luggage, you'd better to take a taxi which costs about 200USD.
I will take you to my tour after leaving your luggage at your hotel.
I will take you to your hotel after the hotel for checking in.
The extra cost will be 10,000 JPY including the transportation cost of mine.

How is the time schedule ?

The following is typical schedule.
10:00 Hotel pick up
10:30-12:00 Meiji shrine
12:00-13:00 lunch
13:30-15:00 Imperial palace
15:30-16:30 Asakusa
17:00 return to the hotel

How long are we going to walk ?

If we go to Meiji shrine, Tsukiji and imperial palace shown above, we are going to walk 20,000 steps.
If you think it's too much, I can arrange places so that you don't have to walk so much.

Can we observe the tuna auction at Tsukiji ?

The auction will start at 5:30AM and you need a ticket to attend it.
The number of ticket is limited to be 120 and it is becoming more and more difficult.
So I don't take you to the auction.

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 ( 235 )
4.7 (235) Reviews
Very Good
Steven Steven United States ( Family )
11 hours ago

“ Great trip with really good guy ”

Yuki was very punctual, Informative, and wonderful to spend a day with in Kamakura. This was my first visit to Japan and to have someone for at least a day by our side showing us around was more than just a tour but great exposure to how things worked. Taught us about the shrines and temples as there is an etiquette that you need to know that brings life and respect to the places you visit as we would be visiting a lot during our week. Great to start with someone who knows first hand. Yuki has a clear English skills and very easy to speak with. Such a well spent and wonderful day. My wife was not the easiest to walk around with as she walks with a cane and Yuki was understanding and patient. I used my time to ask him about various things even unrelated to the tour and he was super h... read more


Dear Steven, Thank you for taking my tour. Kamakura is my favorite place with many old temples and shrines and not so crowded compared with other sightseeing spots. I am glad you made your trip to Kyoto just after the Typhoon 15 hit Tokyo area with serious distraction. Best regards, Yuki

Paul Paul Australia ( Couple )
1 day ago

“ our first day in tokyo ”

we had a great day with yuki . he helped us master the subways, conquer culinary conundrums and gave us the confidence we need to take it from here . thanks yuki - a lovely day !


Dear Paul, Thank you for taking my Tokyo tour. I was my great pleasure to help you to enjoy our country. I will study more to help those who come to Japan for the Rugby World Cup. Best regards, Yuki

JOHN JOHN United States ( Couple )
6 days ago

“ Fantastic tour ”

My wife and I decided to take a Tokyo tour on our first day in Tokyo and we are so lucky to have selected Yuki. Yuki was very knowledgeable and friendly. We both learned so mich more than we would have if we tried to take the tours on our own we highly recommend him.


Dear John, Thank you for taking my tour. We walked a lot, but you are not too tired. Tsukiji is my favorite place for sushi lunch. Please enjoy your long stay in Japan. Yuki

Clifford Clifford United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Kamakura Tour with Yuki ”

Yuki is very professional, friendly, punctual, and efficient in guiding us to the destinations on his tour. He explained enthusiastically about the Buddhist beliefs, the many temples & Buddhas at Kamakura. He is highly recommended as a tour guide!!


Dear Clifford, Thank you for taking my tour. Kamakura is my favorite place with many old temples. Best regards, Yuki

Maridel Maridel United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Tokyo Highlights Tour ”

Yuki is a total treasure!!!! He took us to the very best places, Meiji Temple, the Imperial Palace Garden and The Senso Shrine, customized to our needs and pace. We even had time to stop and enjoy a wonderful gin fizz at the Palace Hotel, and a delicious tempura lunch at one of his favorite local spots. Yuki is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about Japanese history - such a lovely experience I shall never forget. Thank you so much, Yuki, for sharing your day and your culture with us!!! The Gutierrez from Miami, Fl USA


Dear Maridel, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. I have picked up several guests at Palace Hotel but I have never entered the Bar at the hotel. It was a very unique tour, but it was a very good experience for me, too. I hope you will come back to Japan in a different season. Best regards, Yuki

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