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Half Day private Tour of Off-the-Beaten-Paths in Tokyo


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

If you are a frequent traveller and love to find the secrets of the town you visit, here is your solution in Tokyo. We will visit only the places not visited by many tourists, but has it unique character, a place called Shitamachi, commoners districts.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Yoshihisa.

  • Yanaka; located in the backyard of Ueno, this is an interesting town, a mixture of traditional residential and temple town. As this is untouched by WWII bombing, there are many old wooden houses that bring you to the prewar period of Tokyo, some 100 years ago.
  • Fukagawa; a landfilled zone located in the eastern Tokyo, this is a historic area with so many places of interest. It includes a buddhist temple, Fukagawa-fudoh, a shinto shrine, Tomioka-hachiman. If time allows, we may stop at the buddhist ceremony of fire and drums before browsing through small back alleys. And also, we may have a chance to see the Sumo wrestlers morning training session.
  • Sunamachi Ginza; on both sides of this 700 m long shopping streets, you will have all kinds of Japanese traditional food shops, busily visited only by locals to by the groceries for the day. Also, as there are many good local restaurants, you will experience an authentic atmosphere of local market place in Tokyo.
  • Shibamata; a home town of a nation wide famous movie series called

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What to Expect

It is always interesting to browse through a district not visited by many tourist, but attractive. That is even more true in a city like Tokyo, with its long and unique history. We can jointly enjoy the joy of findind secrets in a typical, but scarcely visited areas of Shitamachi in Tokyo.

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or at a nearest spot convenient
Ending Point At your hotel or at a nearest spot convenient

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation expense (you and guide approximately 1k yen pp), we mainly use only the public transportation. luch or coffee (you and guide if any)

Important

My tours basically start and end in the Tokyo area. Please note if start from outside Tokyo, transportation fee (to and from) for guide incurred will be added. I would also appreciate being asked about the availability before booking.

We use public transportation system to move from one area to the other. Walking distance will not be longer than 15k steps. Sumo training can be seen only on certain days where wrestlers are in town, except for several days before and after the tournaments, which shall be confirmed the day before our travel.

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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Alan Alan United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ ONE OF THE BEST PRIVATE GUIDES I’VE HAD ! ”

I am very active senior from New York & have travelled extensively with my late wife and just finished a wonderful solo trip to JAPAN. I had the pleasure of having Yoshihisa as my guide for a 1 day trip to KAMAKURA, from Tokyo. Of the 5 different guides I had in JAPAN, he was the best. Yoshi is an extremely intelligent man who was a pleasure to be with. Very informative. I can say a lot more but I believe I made myself clear.

Yoshihisa:

Thank you Alan for your most generous words. I feel it was a greatest ever fortunate to have been able to meet with a person like you. We have a word coming from zen buddhism saying Ichigo Ichie, meaning though we may never see each other again, our memory of encounter stays forever. Together with many other inspirations you gave me, including your love to your late wife, I will not forget about you and a beautiful day together in Kamakura. Thanking again and wishing you all the best. Yoshihisa

Tom Tom Japan
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Tokyo night tour ”

Phenomenal night tour he knows exactly how to get from place to place without a wasted step. He’ll be showing you things on the way to where you are going. His English is great and I don’t think the tour could have been any better. Well worth the money, this guy is great!

Yoshihisa:

Thank you Tom for your generous words. Despite the storm of the night before, we were lucky to have been able to spend a great evening, fewer people, short queue etc. I too have enjoyed the tour with you. I hope you have not been too much disturbed by the traffic to the airport, because later I found that trains may have been stopped longer than expected. Hoping to be able to see you again for your next visit to Tokyo. Thank you again. Yoshihisa

george George South Africa ( Solo )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Best day trip I’ve ever done ”

What a excellent decision to have Yoshihisa show me his beautiful country. We met at the train station and did a e bike 6 hour tour around Tokyo. This covered new modern side of Tokyo and old traditional side which was amazing. Yoshihisa’s knowledge is unalbelievable. Every question I could ask was answered. Do not hesitate to have him show you around Tokyo. Thank you again my friend, like I said in our goodbyes , you gave me a beautiful memory I will never forget!

Yoshihisa:

Thank you George for your generous comments. It was a great moment for me to travel around Tokyo with a person like you. As you have commented, there are many aspects in this city, and I was very much encouraged and pleased by your enthusiasm to know about Tokyo. Although we have covered quite a good part of Tokyo, but there are more of secrets of this city and also depending on the season, it changes its face. So, I truly look forward to the next opportunity to meet you. Thank you.

Stéphane Stéphane Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great half-day bicycle ride around Tokyo ”

What a great experience! We contacted Yoshihisa while we were in Tokyo and told him what we had already visited on our own. We had done the Sky Hop Bus and visited quite a bit on our own using the Metro. We wanted to see Sumo and lesser known spots. He offered two options, one by e-assist bikes and one walking tour. We picked the bike tour and did not regret it even if we don’t regularly ride bicycles at home. With their electric assistance, the bikes were fast and easy, even in small hills. Yoshihisa had prepared a tour that started and finished at Tokyo Station, close to our hotel. We started at 7:00 in order to catch Sumo practice that finished at 8:00. Even if we watched from outside the stable, the windows and door were open and we had a clear view and heard them. Some even went... read more

Yoshihisa:

Thank you Stéphane for all your generous words. I am pleased that my recommendation was gladly accepted by you and you enjoyed it. Indeed, I too enjoyed a lot this fresh morning tour with you. It was a great honor and priviledge for me as a guide to be with persons like you, with thoughtfulness and so much passion to know about Tokyo. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation to start earlier than the original schedule, a minor change of timeflame therafter, and above all the flexibility and patience shown at the end of the tour. The buddhist ceremony was impressive Indeed, and I felt greatly rewarded by your interest which was way beyond tourists eyes, and was more a real approach to the spirituality of the local people. The chant at loud of a person behind us added an accent f... read more

Bryan Bryan United States ( Business )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic Experience! ”

With only 24 hours to spend in Tokyo, we reached out to Yoshihisa for ideas around how to cover as much of Tokyo as we possibly could in such a short time frame. Yoshi recommended an electric bike tour that would hit the highlights in the 2 half days we were there and we simply could not have done it without him! Yoshi put together a great itinerary and was a joy to be around. I would highly recommend Yoshi to anyone visiting Tokyo.

Yoshihisa:

Thank you very much Bryan for having stopped in Tokyo and spending time with me despite all your tight schedule. And thank you again for your generous words as to our tour together in Tokyo. I too felt priviledged and was very happy to be with persons like you, so enthusiastic to learn and taste(!) the whole charm of this interesting city together. Though I am pretty much sure that we covered most of the places including the ones that ordinary tourists may not be abe to access, there are a lot more of the secrets and mysteries that I wish to share with you. I trully look forward to the next opportunity to see you again. Thank you.

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