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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with MAYUMI.
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".
Making your original itinerary, Guide fee
transportation fee, lunch, and entrance fee for you and guide
*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 6,540 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
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.
Learned so much in 2 days. Mayumi was very knowlegeable and fun to be with. She made it very comfortable and less intimidating to take the train. Didn't know that Metro and subway are different and have to get different tickets. IC card can be uses for both. I highly recommend Mayumi. Thank you so much.
Leila, Thank you so much for your great review. I already miss you all so much. We had ridiculously different weathers in the two days. We did Tokyo tour in a cold rainy day and Hokone tour in a perfectly beautiful day. Even in the bad weather, we laughed and laughed thanks to your family's brightness and humor. I learned that laughing warmed up not only our mind but also body itself. I'll never forget your sisters. And yesterday was perfect! Mt Fuji was just amazing!! Though there are lots of tourists in Hakone on Sunday, we could enjoy tranquil nature and peaceful lunch. But it was interesting to see so many people coming to the restaurant when we finished eating. I have to admit that you have a secret power to attract people... Anyway, I can imagine that you are enjoying your stay in T... read more
We are a family of 4 ages 26 to 64.I am not in the best shape with bad knee's but she did a real good job slowing and adapting the planned itinerary. It was pouring rain that day so very challenging but it went good.How a tourist could manage the subway and trains on their own is next to impossible and alot of time wasted.
Thank you so much for the kind review, Susan. Although it was the coldest day with rain in his autumn in Tokyo, I was really happy to be with your family. I was worried about your knee condition during the tour, but you were doing very well and your thoughtfulness made everyone smile. I really appreciate it. I also enjoyed talking with Michael and Cathy. Hope you'll come back to Japan in spring next time. Looking forward to the reunion in the future!
We contacted Mayumi with a long list of requests for our half-day tour: could she show us the Shitamachi area of Tokyo, while accommodating my photography hobby + very slow walking speed, plus drop us off at a specific vegetarian restaurant at the end? She made all of our requests happen, plus still managed to show us Nezu-jinja Shrine AND help us activate our JR Rail Passes and purchase multiple sets of train tickets along the way. She was charming, warm, and knowledgeable, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. Wish we had booked her for another day!
Cynthia, Thank you for writing such a great review. The day we explored the Shitamachi area was quite a beautiful day. We saw a lot of interesting things in the limited time. It was the first time for me to eat the cat shaped yummy doughnut in Yanaka-ginza. Thank you for getting it for me. I'm sure you fully enjoyed your stay in Japan. I still have many things and hidden spots to show you in and outside Tokyo. I'm looking for the next opportunity to see you again! Thank you again for everything.
Mayumi was very communicative and thorough and did a great job!
Thank you for your great review, Zac. We had a great day visiting some shops that handle Japanese brands. The beautiful ladies from New York were very much interested in fashion. They wanted to see shops which they don't see in NY. It was my pleasure to show them rather new brand by young designers. Thank you again for giving the opportunity to help your clients find things they'd like. We really enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to the next chance.
If you want to learn about Japanese history and present time Mayumi is the right choice. We asked her many questions about traditions and rules..we learned a lot about history of this great country. But be ready to walk fast and follow her closely 😉..
Thank you for posting a good and kind review, Julia. The tree days I spent with your group was quite a great experience. Beautiful days in Tokyo, Kamakura, and Nikko. I wanted to show you as much as possible, but It seems that I should have make it more slowly. I'm always trying to accommodate to my guests' pace but it was not enough this time, I guess.. Your comment reminds me of what's the most important for me. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to rethink about that. I'll keep it in mind and keep trying to improve my tour. Please say hello to everyone!