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Harajuku & Shibuya - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening


Tokyo
4 hours
up to 10 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Harajuku is the center of Kawaii culture (Kawaii=cute). It's a must-see area for those into kawaii culture (a favorite among young women). This is a walking tour which includes a visit to fashion streets, back alleys, a shrine, a museum, and the busiest intersection in the world!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi(T-chan).

  • This is one of our most popular tours. It has something for everyone. Trendy areas are particularly appealing to the younger generation. *NO PEAK SEASON PREMIUM for this tour.
  • The following correspond to the numbered photos. The tour includes #s 1 to 6. The rest are optional. (Additional fees are specified for each.Some require extra hour service.)
  • 1. Meiji-jingu Shrine (Shintoism) - Largest shrine in Tokyo. Believed to be the most powerful spiritual spot in Tokyo.
  • 2. Takeshita Street - Known as the heart of the Kawaii culture in Tokyo.
  • 3. Cat Street - Features small unique shops, vintage clothing, and cafes.
  • 4. Omotesando Street - Unique architecture, high-end shopping destination (domestic & international brands).
  • 5. Shibuya crossing - Busiest intersection in the world. About 3,000 people cross the intersection at the same time at peak periods (usually at night).
  • 6. Hachi-ko, faithful dog statue - Tokyo's most famous dog and the subject of a Hollywood movie.
  • ADDITIONAL OPTIONS:
  • 7. Robot barista cafe & VR land -Take a break over robot barista-made coffee (30min. 380JPY for coffee or tea, 1,200JPY for VR experience ).
  • 8. Kawaii cafe - Rainbow colored cafe with the monster girls' dance show (weekday only, 90 min, lunch : 2,000++JPY)
  • 9. Animal cafe - Cat, owl, shiba-dog or hedgehog cafe (1hr, 1,000++JPY)
  • 10. Tonkatsu at Maisen - Most famous pork cutlet restaurant in Tokyo, lunch or dinner (1hr, 1,000++JPY)
  • 11. Okonomiyaki - Japanese cabbage pancake (customers cook the meal themselves at the table. It's a fun activity! - lunch or dinner (90min. 1,200++JPY)
  • 12. Nezu Museum - Japanese and East Asian artworks and Japanese Garden (90min. 1,300JPY)
  • 13. Ukiyoe museum - Woodblock prints depicting tea houses, geisha, and Mt. Fuji from the 17th to 19th century (30min, 700JPY)
  • 14. Honda Motor Co. Headquarters - latest models and Asimo - humanoid demonstration (1hr, free of charge, subway fare 340JPY)
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Previous guests have found that 4 hours is not enough for shopping. If you would like to focus on shopping, we could either skip the Meiji-jingu Shrine OR get a 1-hour tour extension. Please let me know which you prefer on the day of the tour.

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What to Expect

It’s a perfect tour for Kawaii-philes (it's a favorite among young girls). The tour includes #s 1 to 6. Please select one or more from options 7 to 14. The optional spots are local favorites. It's difficult to enjoy it without a local resident's help. I will help you "PURIKURA" (cute selfie machine) at Takeshita street! (400JPY)
You'll have quite a collection of pics! = the rainbow-colored cotton candy, the cosplayers (store staff), the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (we can stare at this all day long!)

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point JR Harajuku Station
Ending Point JR Harajuku Station or Shibuya Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Transportation (you and guide)
Food / drinks (you and guide)
Entrance fee (you and guide)

Important

(1) The area is crowded on weekends and holidays. (2) This is a walking tour. However, we could also take the subway to Shibuya if we're short on time. (3) Guide transportation to Harajuku = 1,000JPY = Given to guide directly on the tour date. (4) No pick-up service outside central Tokyo.

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,200JPY/ hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.

PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours) = 2,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 15 to April 30
>>> Autumn : October 1 to November 20

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).

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 ( 73 )
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Deborah Deborah United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Excellent 8 hour tour of Tokyo ”

Toshi was an excellent guide. She was very proficient in English, personable, and even added extra touches to our packed itinerary. She knew the subway lines very well, had a good understanding of the culture and history of Japan, and took us to a great restaurant for lunch. We would highly recommend her to anyone coming to Tokyo!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Deborah! So glad to hear you had a marvelous time! You have quite a learned family. The conversations we had on our respective cultures were quite stimulating! The Tsukiji restaurant was quite something, wasn't it? It was like dining underwater. Can't wait for you to get back here. Each season has its own charms! Looking forward to showing you more next year!

Mercedes Mercedes Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Laske Ashi Cruise & Museums ”

Toshi was great from start to finish. She always promptly responded to emails prior to the tour, she was very organized with our itinerary and was very knowledgable about the history of Japan. We enjoyed our time with Toshi and would highly recommend her! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you so much, Mercedes! It was great spending the day with all of you. We were lucky that Hakone was not crowded and everything went smoothly as we had planned. The red Torii gate in Lake Ashi looked so serene and sacred. Have you taken any nice photos? I hope you've taken plenty of pictures to add in your collection. The atmosphere was so peaceful in the moss garden of Hakone Museum that we felt like it was our private garden. Visiting to Hakone Open Air Museum was a perfect photo opps for your social network service, isn’t it? Please come back in April when Mt.Fuji has a snow cap and cherry blossoms are blooming. Hope to see you again.

Doreen Doreen United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Toshi is a good choice! ”

Our tour with Toshi was enjoyable for she is patient, organized and full of useful tips and information. When she found out my son likes robots she located a robot exhibition that was one of the highlights of the day. After the tour she sent us an email with an overview of what we did, the type of food we ate as well as tips and photos. Toshi even had maps showing Tokyo of the past and present. My only regret is that I did not meet her earlier as I would have liked to have more than one tour with her. Next time I am back in Japan I will definitely use Toshi. Thank you,Toshi!

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Doreen! So delighted to hear your son liked the Asimo show. It was amazing to see the humanoid robot run, jump, and sing. It was so cool when he spoke to your son in English. It was quite interesting to see how they developed the robots so they could do all those things, wasn't it? I'm personally quite touched by your feedback as I do my best to give my tours a human touch and local flavor. That's not something even robots and Google Maps can do (not yet, anyway!). Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I was so touched that I put your Thank You card in the private memory book where I keep photos of my tours and my guests. Hope to see you again!

Michelle Michelle United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Best four days in Tokyo with Toshi! ”

Toshi took us on a 4 day tour in Tokyo. She was amazing! Toshi is funny, knowledgeable, and full of energy. She showed us all of the areas we wanted to see, explained each place in great detail and took us to eat at the best food places. We had the best time with Toshi. We highly recommend her and her English is great! Amazing tour guide. Couldn’t be happier.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Michelle and Guy! It was a lot of fun taking you around Tokyo on our 4-day tour. We went to so many places and sampled a wide variety of food & drink! (Were you able to bring home any sake?) Highlights of the tour were Tsukiji Fish Market and Shinobazu pond. You were just in time to see the pond completely covered with the gloriously beautiful lotus flowers. It was a perfect photo opp with the temple in the background. So pretty! It was gratifying to see you enjoy (premium fatty part of the tuna) at the fish market. It melts in the mouth! Promise me you'll be back with your daughters. They'll surely enjoy their Tokyo adventure too!

Hanna Hanna United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Tour of Tokyo ”

Very flexible and open. Originally we already had a schedule but since we already covered some sites she was very flexible and accommodating to change and tried to solve all our problems.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Hanna! It was great to meet you and your family. You made a good choice in Odaiba. It's both family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible. Perfect for your kids and your mom! It was hard to leave the pet shop, wasn't it? The sweet 2-month old puppies were calling your name! Did you enjoy exploring the digital art museum on your own? We were lucky to get tickets at the door. (They must have been leftovers from online sales.) I hope you can all make it back in either the spring or the fall. Both have its unique charms--cherry blossoms in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. Hope to see you again soon!

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