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Crash course in Tokyology

8 hours
up to 6 people
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Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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Whether you just got off the plane and you want to get acquainted with the city or you are in town for a very short time and you want to take in as much as possible, this
tour could just be your best solution. By moving around Tokyo by train and on foot we will be skipping back and forth from the quiet neighbourhoods to the crowded
spots, from small wooden houses to skyscrapers in just 8 hours.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Fulvio.

  • Take in the grace of Kiyosumi Shirakawa's 400 years old garden.
  • Visit the bizzare Buddhist temple and the traditional Shinto shrine of Monzen Nakacho.
  • Enjoy the capital of Japanese pop culture, Akihabara.
  • Stroll through the handicraft market of AkiOka, under the railway tracks.
  • Make your way through the crowd of AmeYoko's street market.
  • Ueno park is one of Tokyo's iconic spots even when cherry trees aren't in bloom.
  • Approaching the old town of Yanaka on foot makes you enjoy even more the feeling of moving back in time to the old Tokyo.

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What to Expect

Kiyosumi Shirakawa's garden gives you a taste of traditional Japan more crowded spots just can't convey.
At the temple of Monzen Nakacho it is possible to attend the daily ceremony, expect drums, chants, fire and a quite intense atmosphere.
The ceremony is held four times a day and lasts about 30 minutes.
Akihabara is called the Electric City, Tokyo's hub of electronics, anime and manga. The kind of crowd attracted to this area is quite a colourful one:
prepare to see the kind of things that will make you say "only in Japan!".
After the subdued atmosphere of AkiOka (closed on Wednesdays), the former postwar black market of AmeYoko will show you the kind
of bustle you probably expect from Tokyo.
Food stalls aplenty here, the underground chinese food market is worth a visit too.
Ueno park hosts some of Tokyo's most important museums and the zoo but the Toshogu shrine and the face of the big Buddha statue are its hidden treasures.
It takes about 20 minutes on foot from Ueno park to Yanaka but it is definitely worth it. It is 5 minutes by train, but then you lose the feeling of slow
transition to the old town. Anyway even from Nippori station it is always a pleasure to approach the market street of Yanaka Ginza and its iconic staircase.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or another place of your choice in the 23 wards of Tokyo
Ending Point At your hotel or another place of your choice in the 23 wards of Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee is included. Hotel pick-up within Tokyo's central area is also included.

What‘s not included

Guide and guests' transportation fee is not included (a rough estimate of the train tickets would be 1500 yen).
Meals are not included.
Entrance to Kiyosumi Shirakawa garden is not included (150 yen per person)


For tours within Tokyo's central area guide's transportation fee and hotel(or another place of choice) meetup
are included. However for more distant locations an extra-fee (2000 yen) is charged.

The only entrance fee is the one to Kiyosumi's garden (150 yen).
Taking pictures is not allowed at the temple of Monzen Nakacho. Also visitors must take off
their shoes when entering the premises.
AkiOka market cannot be visited on Wednesdays.
Large part of this tour is actually a stroll through the city, for those who find extensive walking taxing or unpleasant
a mild-paced route with more train transfers can be followed.
Along the way other spots can be added to this route (the Fukagawa Edo Museum, Tsukishima, Tsukiji, Ginza, Ochanomizu, Nezu...),
also some of the featured places can be skipped: just let me know what interests you the most and
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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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Reviews ( 11 )
4.7 (11) Reviews
Very Good
maria eugenia Maria Spain ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Excelente Tour! ”

El tour fue muy divertido y dinámico. Fulvio contesto a todas nuestras preguntas y con él conocimos lugares que seguramente no hubiéramos podido conocer solos. Super recomendable!

Carlos Carlos United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Great day in Tokyo on a bilingual tour ”

Really great tour guide. Did tour in Speanish and English. He’s quite knowledgeable about Japan, has great insights into less touristy areas, and a great sense of humor. Appreciated his willingness to check on the comfort of everyone as we were a mixed-aged bilingual group. Thank you Fulvio for a great day.

Leonor Leonor Mexico ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Excelente experiencia! ”

Fulvio cumplió todas nuestras expectativas y más. Su español es excelente y tiene disposición de adaptarse a las necesidades y requerimientos de los clientes. We had a great experience with Fulvio! Muchas gracias!


Gracias a vosotros para compartir sus experiencias con mi. Y para la crema de tequila!!!

Roberta Roberta Italy ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Great tour with Fulvio ”

We had a wonderful time with Fulvio, he took us to very special places in Tokyo, answered all our questions and tryed to satisfy all our requests. We would recommend him to anyone travelling there.


Grazie mille! É stato un vero piacere passare la giornata con voi.

Sonia Sonia Italy ( Family with kids )
4 months ago

“ Una persona davvero speciale che ci ha aiutato tanto a Tokyo! ”

Abbiamo prenotato Fulvio per il primo giorno e mezzo a Tokyo, avevamo pensato di fare Asakusa e Meiji-Jingu, il museo di Hokusai, il giardino di Kiyosumi, Senso-ji, Omotesando e Shibuya...e siamo riusciti a fare tutto! (Aggiunggendo anche un tempio buddista alla mattina) Fulvio ci ha aiutato con i biglietti Pasmi appena arrivati e ci ha dato qualche dritto per sopravivere nella città. E' pieno di racconti del vivere in Giappone, le usanze...ci è piaciuto tanto. Grazie Fulvio!!

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