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Exciting Tokyo in 4 hours – Private Tour


Tokyo
4 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour offers exciting & interesting spots in central Tokyo within 4 hours. It's the best for those who don't have a lot of time in Tokyo, have a limited budget, or don't need a guide for the whole day. Please choose 1-2 places from the list first, and I'll make an itinerary according to your interests. If you have other places to go or something to experience, please feel free to ask me.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with MAYUMI.

  • Choose 1-2 destinations, and I'll make an itinerary concidering your preferences
  • 1. Omotesando, Aoyama and Roppongi district
  • 2. Ginza
  • 3. Marunouchi
  • 4. Shinjuku
  • 5. Shibuya
  • 6. Odaiba
  • 7. Tokyo Sky Tree
  • 8. Asakusa
  • 9. Experiences in Asakusa
  • 10. Ueno
  • 11. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
  • 12. Shibamata
  • 13. Akihabara
  • 14. Nakano
  • 15. Harajyuku
  • 16. Ikebukuro
  • 17. Meiji-jingu Shrine
  • 18. Hie-jinja Shrine
  • 19. Zojo-ji Temple
  • 20. Tokyo Daijingu

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What to Expect

Every tourist has his or her own preferences and needs. This tour covers your own must-see spots within 4 hours. Tokyo is famous for its busy railway network system. On the one hand it’s so convenient, but it’s also complicated even for the Japanese. To fully enjoy attractions in Tokyo in a short time, well considered arrangement is necessity. Please let me know your interests, and I’ll make an itinerary especially for you. My policy is, if you give me 6 hours to cut down a tree, then I’ll spend the first four sharpening the ax. It’s my pleasure to do my homework well in advance in order to make you feel free from any anxiety and bring you wonderful travel memories.

Choose 1-2 destinations below, and I'll make an itinerary considering your preferences.
Tokyo modern places:
1. Omotesando, Aoyama and Roppongi district: a street lined with zelkova trees on both sides that provides a relaxing atmosphere. It is also lined with refined shops including brand shops, cafés, as well as restaurants. Let’s enjoy walking in the Minami Aoyama district to Roppongi! (1.5km form Omotesando to The National Art Center in Roppongi)
-The Nezu Museum in Aoyama: popular among foreigners not only for its collection but also its amazing garden.
-The National Art Center in Roppongi: designed by the famous architect, Kisho Kurokawa. The restaurant and café in this building are also fantastic!

2. Ginza: streets lined with good restaurants and a high-end shopping area. New landmarks have been built here recently.
-Kabukiza Tower: office tower that emphasizes traditional Japanese aesthetics, built adjacent to the Kabukiza
-Tsukiji Outer Market: you can find anything from foods such as fresh fish, fresh meats, fresh fruit and vegetables,and dried foods to food-related products such as knives and dinnerware. Also a famous gourmet spot.

3. Marunouchi: -Tokyo Staion: completed in 1914, designated Important Cultural Property, was restored to its original form in 2012.
- KITTE: a commercial facility run by Japan Post. You can enjoy shops that let you experience Japanese craftsmanship as well as restaurants that serve delicious food from across Japan.
-Imperial Palace: The Edo Castle, formerly the Tokugawa Family’s residence, became the Imperial Palace as the Emperor moved to Tokyo from the Kyoto Imperial Palace after the Meiji Restoration.

4. Shinjuku: -Tokyo Metropolitan Government: One of Tokyo's landmarks, with an observatory on the 45th floor
-Department store with popular basement food floors, which offer fancy sweets, delicious prepared dishes, and beautiful box lunches
-huge electronics stores such as Yamada Denki, Bic Camera, and Yodobashi Camera, which offer plenty of equipment such as PCs and electrical home appliances

5. Shibuya, teenager shopping area: Walking from Harajuku to Shibuya, you can see shop windows displaying the latest fashion for the young. And you can visit to Shibuya station to see the Hachiko statue and the ‘human scramble’ traffic crossing.

6. Odaiba: popular among both adults and kids. There are several kids' places like a big shop selling toys, amusement parks, and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation along with fancy several attractive malls for adults. The Yurikamome elevated train to Odaiba is also popular among tourists.

7.Tokyo Sky Tree: the highest communications and observation tower in Japan, whose observation decks command a breath-taking panorama of Tokyo. There are also a planetarium, an aquarium, and a lot of shops and restaurants, so people from all age groups can enjoy there.

Tokyo good old places:
8. Asakusa: one of the most popular tourist destinations. Senso-ji Temple, famous for its huge red lantern is the biggest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. But do you know that Asakusa-jinja Shrine is in the same grounds? You can learn about the coexistence of Buddhism and Shintoism here. You can buy traditional Japanese souvenirs at the shopping arcade called Nakamise.

9. Experiences in Asakusa: You can enjoy experiencing the tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, or photography in kimono.

10. Ueno: -Ueno Park: designated in 1873 as the first park in Japan. In the huge grounds are a museum complex, zoo, and Toshogu Shrine, which was built in 1627 upon request by Tokugawa Ieyasu in his will.
-Ameyoko (short for Ameya-yokocho) is famous for its extremely cheap seasonal goods and other wares such as cosmetics, shoes, sporting goods, leather jackets and jeans.

11. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa: old town with several popular coffee shops, temples and shrines, and a famous Kiyosumi-garden, which is one of the greatest masterpieces in the gardens in Tokyo.

12. Shibamata: Taishakuten Temple may not be so widely known to foreign tourist, but it’s been popular among Japanese people because the temple and the approach lined with many long-established shops used to be a set of the movie titled ‘Tora-san’, which has been loved by the Japanese for many years.

Tokyo Pop Culture like Anime, Games, Comics, and new fashion trend:
13. Akihabara: The center of electric, comic, card game shops, maid cafes, and anime products. Akihabara is the birthplace of "cosplay" and "maid cafes". How about visiting a maid café; café with waitresses dressed in cute maid costumes. You are welcomed by them saying, “Welcome back home, my master."
-Kanda Myojin Shrine: supposedly built in 730, which is dedicated to Taira no Masakado. The vermilion-lacquered main hall is spectacular. It’s also a sanctuary for anime fans now because of the scene of a popular anime “Love Live”. Adjacent to the Akihabara district, you can find omikuji sold in a capsule toy style.

14. Nakano: a Sanctuary for Otaku (geek, nerd, or freak); enjoy Japanese sub-culture fully at Nakano Broadway. If you love a certain anime character, you can even make your cell-phone case printed your favorite one. Anyway, everything Otaku want is here.

15. Harajuku, pop fashion shopping area: all sorts of fashion categories, popular snack such as colorful cotton candy, and unique cafes

16. Ikebukuro: within 10 minutes from Shinjuku
-Sunshine Aquarium: first rooftop aquarium in Japan based on the concept of “an oasis in the sky”
-J-WORLD-TOKYO: indoor theme park full of animated cartoons from popular comic book “Jump” such as “One piece” “Dragon ball” and “Naruto”
-Nanja town: indoor theme park that provides everything from amusement to food all at once, which is popular with groups as well as couples


Shrines and Temples:
17. Meiji-jingu Shrine: Located in Harajuku, Shibuya, it’s popular among foreign tourists. The Well of Kiyomasa in this garden has become famous as a so-called power spot. Pure water has been welling up for more than 400 years.

18. Hie-jinja Shrine: famous for its Sanno Festival, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. You can also see the National Diet Building and other important buildings nearby.

19. Zojo-ji Temple: situated near Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji Temple is the chief temple of the Jodo-Buddhist sect. It had a deep connection to the Tokugawa Shogunate family.

20. Tokyo Daijingu: called ‘o-Ise-sama in Tokyo’, this shrine is especially popular among young women who want to encounter their future husband. You can get a pretty charm on which flowers or Hello Kitty is embroidered.

If you are interested in shrines, please visit my blog, "Visiting Tokyo ten shrines".

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel lobby
Ending Point At the final destination or your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Making your original itinerary, Guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee, lunch, and entrance fee for you and guide

Important

*I can guide you outside Tokyo if you cover my transportation fee.
*If the duration of the tour is less than 5 hours, my guide fee is 5,000 JPY per hour.
*My guide fee for the night tour (at and after 6:00 pm) is 6,000 JPY per hour.
*I'm available until 9:00 pm.

Please join my tour with the shoes which comfortable for walking.
This is a walking tour. We use public transportation mainly. The rate doesn't include the fare for your transportation, entrance fee and lunch.
If you have any concern about the tour, please let me know in advance. Its my pleasure to do my homework to get rid of your anxiety.

It's good for you to carry a decent amount of Japanese Yen with you. You can use this for transportation, snacks, souvenirs etc… Many small markets in Tokyo are cash-only, though most shops and restaurants accept credit cards.

Estimated Local Cash Needed:
Transportation expenses: about 1,000yen/person ( JR or Tokyo Metro) read more

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 ( 170 )
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Anna Anna United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Amazing! Incredible! ”

We enjoyed 3 days with Mayumi! We visited Nikko, Mt Fuji , and Kamakura with Mayumi She is amazing! She is professional, knows and loves Japan! We had thousands of questions and she always had answers! She is a very caring person with beautiful sense of humor, was ready to help and explain everything possible Never even watch her own time And we are extremely thankful to her to make our trip to Japan unforgettable! If you want to enjoy Japan and learn you have to share it with Mayumi! Thank you sooooooo much, dear Mayumi!

MAYUMI:

Thank you sooooooo much for your quick and warm review, dear Anna! Hope you are enjoying every single moment. I really miss you. The days we spent together were full of happiness and luck. We saw more beautiful things than I expected. Although we had rain when we went to Nikko, things like Shinkyo Bridge, Toshogu Shrine and surrounding nature were even more beautiful thanks to the rain. But the biggest factor that made our tour such pleasant and happy is your kindness and sense of humor. I really appreciate it. I wish I could be with you longer. I know that your travel is still going on. As a typhoon is approaching Japan and it'll get cooler and cooler, please take care and enjoy the rest of your travel. I believe that our paths will cross again someday. Please say hello to Daniel, Jenny... read more

Russell Russell Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ 3 October 2019 walking tour with Mayumi. ”

We were all very happy with our tour with Mayumi. She was very helpful, knowledgeable and respectful. We will all recommend her to family and friends. A sweet lady and very good in her role. Russell Laird.

MAYUMI:

Thank you fro your quick and kind review, Russell. It was quite a beautiful day. We could visit and see a lot of places in a day thanks to your making so many steps. Hope you all rested well last night. I'm happy if I could help make your stay in Tokyo one of the most impressive pages of your story of this great journey. Please give my regards to everyone. Thank you again for everything. Mayumi

Candice Candice United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Most wonderful person and experience ”

Mayumi was the most kind and warm hearted person. Not only did she provide the most amazing experiences but we felt like we made a true friend. Mayumi is extremely knowledgeable about Japanese history and culture and we learned many things. This has been the greatest trip of our lives and we are so thankful to have shared this experience with Mayumi. We will miss Japan but we will miss Mayumi’s warm smile even more. Mayumi is the best! Mayumi, thank you so much for everything! We miss you already!

MAYUMI:

Candice. Thank you so much for posting such a warm and kind review soon after the tour. Yes, I really felt like we became true friends. I wish I could have been with you longer. It's true that the happy time flies especially fast. Thank you for walking a lot to see many things with me. I didn't want to make you exhausted but at the same time, I'd like to show as many things as possible in order to make your trip to Japan the most impressive memory. I'm very happy you like foods and places I recommended. Please come back to me in the near future. I'm always ready to show other interesting things. I really miss you too, Candice!

STEPHEN STEPHEN United States ( Business )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Competent, Knowledgeable, and Personable ”

I had a business trip which brought a colleague and me to Tokyo. We are jaded travelers based out of NYC (been everywhere and know everything types! ). We let Mayumi pick the itinerary for the day, and she brought us on a thoughtful and fun tour of Tokyo. From the fish market to historical sites, she blended factual information with historical detail to put it all in context. Tokyo and Japan are sophisticated, and she made it all come to life. Mayumi has a relaxed personality, and her English is fantastic. She is high energy and whipped us through the subway system in no-time! She is a true professional and a top-tier guide. If you are in Tokyo or Japan, Mayumi is an excellent choice. Good luck and great travels.

MAYUMI:

Thank you for posting such a fantastic and detailed review, Stephen. I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I just wanted to show you what you might not be able to find during your business trip. Did you remember the yummy foods we ate together? They were so good, but we have other specialties depending on the season. The Japanese enjoy the changes of seasons especially when we eat seasonal food. I have something I do want you to try! And you can experience even more diverse attractions outside Tokyo too. Why don't we explore other places next time? I'll be waiting for you to come back to me in the near future. Thank you again for everything you shared with me during the tour.

Benyamin Benyamin United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Super guide ”

Knowledgeable, witty, personable and very dedicated. Speaks perfect English. For sure will use her again on the next trip.

MAYUMI:

Hi Benny, Thank you so much for your kind review though you must be tired after walking a lot in the heat. Thank you fro everything you gave me during the tour. I really appreciate it. I had great three days with you including many lucky moments. I already miss you!! Please give my best regards to Orna. I wish our paths will cross again.

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