You can visit several places in Tokyo where you can experience traditional and modern Japan in one day.
Please select some places from the list and I will propose a one-day tour itinerary for you. This tour is so flexible that we can change our itinerary depending on your interests.
If you are Muslim, we can visit Tokyo Camii mosque and Halal restaurant.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Hideaki.
Please select some places to go from the list below. Refer to the pictures of the place with corresponding number by clicking the left window. If you can’t select the places, just tell me what kind of places you want to go and what kind of activities you want to try and enjoy. I will propose a special itinerary for you.
1. Asakusa area
1.1 Semsoji temple and Nakamise-Dori ; This temple is Tokyo's oldest and most popular temple with a big gate and 5 story pagoda. Nakamise-Dori is a pedestrian street leading to the temple lined with many traditional shops and souvenir stands.
1.2 Kappabashi Dougugai ; Kappabashi is a place full of restaurant supply stores. Each store has its own specialty ; dishes, furniture, aprons and hats, baking utensils, cooking utensils, lanterns and super-real plastic display food.
2. Tokyo Sky Tree (Admission fee : Weekday 3,100JPY, Holiday 3,400JPY) ; It’s the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world (634m ). Its higher observation room is at the height of 450m. I can wait at the bottom of the tower, if you think 3,090JPY for the guide is too much.
3. Tsukiji area
3.1 Fish market ; The outer market, a retail shop area, remains at Tsukiji, even though the inner market, that is an auction and wholesale area, has moved to Toyosu. You can enjoy fresh sushi there. Basically, it’s close on Wednesday, Sunday and national holiday.
3.2 Honganji temple ; This temple is one of the biggest temples in Japan and its main hall is a modern building not like a traditional temple.
3.3 Hamarikyu garden (Admission fee : 300JPY) ; This garden is a typical Daimyo(Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond and two wild-duck hunting sites
4. Shinjuku area
4.1 Shinjuku Gyoen national Park (Admission fee : 500JPY) ; It is considered one of the most important parks of the Meiji Era. It's wonderful for strolling because of the variety of its planed gardens; styles range from French and English to Japanese traditional.
4.2 Observation room of Tokyo metropolitan city hall ; You can have a sky view of Tokyo at the height of 202m. It’s not as tall as the Sky Tree, but free of charge.
4.3 Samurai museum (Admission fee : 1,900JPY) ; The beauty of samurai spirit is shown in Japanese swords and their costumes. You can see what samurai spirit is and feel their spirits still living in today’s Japanese people. As there are good guides in this museum, you don’t need to pay my admission fee.
4.4 Robot restaurant (Admission fee : 8,000JPY) ; If you want to see the robot restaurant crazy show, I will bring you there and finish the tour. Because the show time is evening and night.
5. Harajuku area
5.1 Meiji Jingu shrine (Admission Free, Japanese garden : 500JPY) ; This is Tokyo's most venerable Shinto shrine, opened in 1920 in honor of Emperor and Empress Meiji. It has two big Torii, a traditional gate of shrines.
5.2 Takeshita dori (Shopping street) ; This street is the center of Japanese Kawaii (Cute) fashion and very popular with young girls.
5.3 Ota Memorial Museum of Art (Admission fee : 700JPY) ; Ukiyoe is a Japanese traditional wood-block printing developed during the Edo period. It affected impressionist artists in Europe like Gogh and Monet.
6. Shibuya area
6.1 Shibuya scramble crossing ; This is one of the most popular sightseeing spot for foreigners. Check Japanese people’s behaviors here.
6.2 Depachika (the food section in a department store basement) ; It carries many kinds of food from prepared delicacies to delicious imported confectioneries.
6.3 Samurai Armor Photo Studio (Option 13,000JPY) ; You can wear Samurai Armor and take photos ( 2 poses / 10 shots). Reservation is required. Of course, you don’t need to pay for the guide.
7. Akihabara ; Akihabara has two faces. The first one is electronics shops town and the other one is the center of Otaku culture. Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime fandom. There are so many amine goods shops here and a maid café is one of the symbols of Otaku culture.
8. Ueno area
8.1 Ueno Park ; It's a cultural mecca with a number of museums including the prestigious Tokyo National Museum and the delightful Shitamachi Museum with its displays of old Toyko, Ueno Zoo and so on.
8.2 Ameyoko (Shopping Street) ; This street is crowded with stores offering clothes, fresh fish, dried food and so on.
8.3 Yanaka ; You can feel an old style traditional town. There are many small temples, boutiques and ateliers.
9. Tokyo Camii ; It’s the largest mosque in Japan and known as the most beautiful mosque in all of Asia.
Transportation cost of the guide
Your transportation cost (Approx. 900JPY per person)
Lunch (you and the guide)
Admission fee (you and the guide)
For Nikko tour, I would like to meet up in tokyo or chiba area. If you want to meet up in Nikko, you need to pay for my transportation fee to Nikko.
We will use public transportation during this tour.
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Hideaki San is indeed very professional, prompt with correspondence, detailed in his itineraries, and accurate in his estimate of out of pocket expenses, just like what others said. He is gentle, caring, and knows how to lead us well. Among the nine of us, some wanted to linger around taking photos while others could not wait to move on. Hideaki San managed that. Ours was a one day tour in Hakone. We started out from Tokyo. Later, we enjoyed the cruise on Lake Ashinoko, the view of Mount Fuji, the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway, walking the trail to Mototsumiya Shrine, and the stroll through the Open Air Museum. At the end of the day, Hideaki San gave us instructions on how to get to our ryokan and saw us off at the bus stop. We are very pleased and highly recommend him to anyone.
Myra-san. Thank you very much for your review. As your family is so nice, I also shared a pleasant time. We were so lucky that day that we could view beautiful Mt. Fuji together with Lake Ashi. Actually, it’s often foggy and cloudy there. Did you enjoy hot spring that night? Thank you again. Hideaki Murayama
Hideaki is a very professional guide with excellent manners. He answered every question that we asked prior to our visit very promptly. He is a very detailed person and he gave us complete details of every expense that we are likely to incur apart from the guide fees with accurate details. He speaks well and quite easy to communicate and does not hurry you up while gently hinting the time limits at various places. He talked a bit about the culture of Japanese while at the same time contrasting with other cultures. He is quite flexible and was very helpful to getting us tickets for return to airport , money exchanges, showing us the easiest way to reach the express bus stand , how to reach by the easiest way to the hotel from airport ( though he was not the guide for that), how to take a m... read more
Ramesh-san. Thank you very much for your review. I hope you enjoy the tours to Nikko and Mt. Fuji. I also had a good time chatting with you and your wife. We were very lucky that we could see a full view of Mt. Fuji. Thank you again. Hideaki Murayama
Hideaki was a stellar guide from the very beginning as he helped us organize the lengthy transportation towards Mount Fuji. To each site that we stopped and each meal we had he never stopped being respectful and supportive to our experience. Hideaki was easy to talk to and a great person to spend our final day in Tokyo with. He was a wonderful guide.
Jeffrey-san. Thank you very much for your review. As your family is so nice, I also shared a pleasant time. I think we enjoyed a peaceful time at the Mt. Fuji viewing spots, even though we, unfortunately, were not able to see a full view of Mt. Fuji. Thank you again. Hideaki Murayama
Very organised, punctual. Everything was extremely well planned. We have been extremely happy to have Mr Hideaki as our guide.
Paola-san. Thank you very much for your review. As your family is so nice, I also shared a pleasant time. We enjoyed a peaceful time at the Open Air Museum. Especially, at the foot bath. Thank you again. Hideaki Murayama
Hideaki was an excellent guide with a very good english and he have a good knowledge of Nikko. He also answered to my questions about the japanese culture and religion. Also a good advice for a restaurant whith excellent sushi and sashimi. So I recomment Hideaki. When i booked my trip to Japan, i ignored the 1st week of may is known as the Golden Week where administrations are closed and where most japanese are on vacations so it means this week, all tourist attractions are crowded and next time i will avoid that specific week
Christine-san. Thank you very much for your review. I hope you enjoyed the Nikko tour. I also had a good time chatting with you. Normally in Japan, we have one-week holiday three times a year. From the end of April to the beginning of May. Mid of August. From the end of December to the beginning of January. Almost all sightseeing spots are super crowded. Honestly speaking, I recommend you to avoid a tip in Japan during these days. Thank you again. Hideaki Murayama