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Home visit, Sushi making & learning from locals.


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

Toshi's house is in the beautiful upper-middle class residential area in the suburbs of Tokyo. It is a good opportunity to learn about Japanese life and culture. First of all you will be surprised how compact the Japanese house is and how we make the best of the space. I will explain our unique food culture at a supermarket. After a short break over green tea, let's roll sushi and taste them. Select one activity from the options below.

Itinerary

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

  • Home visit to see the true Japanese life and enjoy #1-#4 activities. Please select one from options. Some optional activities require extra hours and costs.

  • 10:00 AM

    1.Shopping at a local super market for sushi making and a 100 yen store

  • 11:00 AM

    2.Sushi making- nigiri, rolls and inari version : vegetarian sushi available

  • 12:00 PM

    3.Sampling two Sakes

  • 13:00 PM

    4.Casual tea ceremony - Matcha green tea and sweets

  • 13:30 PM

    Select one activity from the list; (1-2hs)

  • Option A Cultural walking around the neighborhood.

  • Option B: Shodo-caligraphy

  • Option C: Kyudo-Japanese archery observing (please ask the possible dates beforehand)

  • Option D: YUKATA, casual Kimono

    Extra 500JPY/person for the cleaning cost.

  • Option E: Antique flea market (available only on the first day of the month, in the morning)

  • Option F: Ikebana flower arrengement

    Extra 1,000JPY/person for flowers

  • Option G: Cat cafe or owl cafe

    Entrance fee: 1,500JPY or more

  • Option H: Karaoke - let's sing hit songs in English together!

    Extra 1,000JPY or more/person

  • 16:30 PM

    Option I(evening): Izakaya visit, pick one restaurant from the list: Sushi pub, Yakitori house (grilled chiken), Horumon-yaki (beef BBQ for blue-collar-workers), Shabushabu (beef and vegetables hot pot)

    Extra 2,000JPY or more/person

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Your Central Tokyo or Yokohama hotel OR Shin-Yokohama station (bullet train).
Ending Point JR Yokohama line Naruse station or Tokyu Den-en-toshi line Nagatsuta station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, matcha green tea and sweets.

What‘s not included

The following are PAID IN CASH on the day/s of the tour.
Transportation fee (you and guide)
Sushi ingredient
1500 JPY per person in cash.
Some options require extra fee: Please pay cash during the tour
OP-D Kimono : 500JPY per Kimono for cleaning cost
OP-F :Flowers : 1,000JPY
OP-G: dinner at Izakaya: 2,000JPY or more per person and for the guide.
OP-H: Animal cafe entrance fee : around 1,500JPY per person and for the guide.
OP-I : Karaoke entrance fee: 1,000JPY or more per person and for the guide
= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.

Important

A group of three or more is required to ask me possible dates before booking. Attendees should be over 15 years old and dog lovers = I have a naughty dog. Toshi's house is in the suburb of Tokyo, and takes 30-40 minutes by train from Shinjuku, Shibuya or Yokohama station.

Multiple-day bookings are encouraged. I might have greater flexibility in opening closed slots in this case. Let's talk about it. Send me a message! :‑)
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MORE INFO:
= We use public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) in my tours as it's the best way for to see the city.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= The meet-up time marks the official start of the tour.
= Hotel pick-ups = only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama, and a few hotels in Kawasaki.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY/hr
= Tour extension (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/hr
= Four-hour tours available = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama, and antique flea market. Please check out the corresponding tour pages.
= HAKONE TOURS = Requires close coordination with the guide BEFORE BOOKING. It takes more time to plan this trip.
= MT. FUJI TOURS = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). Guests should book their own private car or van.
NOTE: Highly recommended to book transportation first as they are quite popular. Otherwise, we may not have transportation on the tour date.
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PEAK SEASON PREMIUM = 1,000 JPY per group
Charged ONLY ONCE on the first day of the first tour in the peak season.
. . • Spring peak season : March 20 to April 30
. . • Autumn peak season : September 25 to November 10

5-hour tour (short vision) is available.
No hotel drop-off.
Options G starts at 4:00 or later.
Cherry blossom viewing depends on weather condition.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

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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KARYNA KARYNA Canada ( Solo )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Extraordinary day in Tokyo with excellent guide Toshi-San ”

Thank you T-Chan (Toshi-San) for an amazing day in Tokyo. I was a solo traveler with one day in Tokyo. T-Chan made it a truly unforgettable day. My day with Toshi started when she picked me up promptly at my Shinjuku hotel. She then took me to experience TeamLab Planets - a spectacular body immersive digital arts experience - in Odaiba. Along the way, we rode the fully automated train and she showed me different sights along the train line. Second stop was the Onsen in Odaiba. This was a most unique experience I wouldn’t have been able to manage without T-Chan with me. We enjoyed the onsen, the shops and the bath. It felt like a relaxing afternoon with a good friend. Next, T-Chan showed me the shops in Odaiba, where we walked around and she helped me find the items I was looki... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you Karyna-chan! So delighted to hear you had a relaxing layover. I felt like you were one of my old friends, too. We, Japanese, have the Onsen culture. Even in the heart of Tokyo, we could soak in the natural hot spring. Amazing, isn’t it? As we are both dog-person, exploring pet stores was so fun! I hope your dogs will love the kimono costumes which you bought for them. How did you like sake? We sampled 5 varieties. I liked the sparkling sake the best. There are more trendy spots in Tokyo. Let’s go to Shibuya next time! Hope to see you again.

Annette Annette Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Fantastic tour! ”

We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!

Kristina Kristina Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Great day in Tokyo with a large family group ”

We spent a fabulous day with T-Chan! She was organised, knowledgeable, polite, expert and caring. She took us to the places we were interested in but enhanced our itinerary further with other suggestions and places. We fit a lot in the day but didn’t feel overly rushed. Our relatively young children also enjoyed the day very much which can be challenging. T-Chan even provided us with summary notes at the end of the day of everything we had seen. Really great! Thank you so much T-Chan!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, K-chan! So delighted to know that all of you enjoyed our tour. I did, too. We were so lucky that we were able to take group photos with two sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku! The atmosphere in Asakusa was still quite festive with its New Year decor. The highlight of the tour was Harajuku. The girls really liked the store and said “I want to buy everything here!” It was hard to leave as there were so many cute stuff, wasn’t it? Next time, let’s take a Purikura photo together! Hope to see you again.

Wendy Wendy Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Shinjuku Tour ”

Thank you so much Toshi for accomodating our large group during very busy times. You went out of your way to help us organise the bookings with our JR passes & then it was down to the fun stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed your tour & appreciated the maps you gave us at the end to help us. Your suggestions you emailed to us after our tour as to other activities the kids might enjoy and what train line to use when we returned to a different area of Tokyo were also greatly appreciated. You went above & beyond so thank you 😊

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear my travel tips helped you. It was fun to see all of you enjoy our tour! The weather was very cooperative that day. The Meiji Jingu Shrine grounds was so serene that we totally forgot we were in the center of a big city. Don’t you think so? Harajuku has been my favorite place since I was a teenager. One day is not enough to check out all trendy stores. Did you go to Kabukicho at night? It’s quite different compared to what we saw in the morning. Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. A different season is also good. Hope to see you again!

Shyam Shyam United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Best time spent on a layover ever! ”

I was on a 12 hour layover from Narita airport so I decided to take a tour of Tokyo in that time. I booked Toshi in that time and I was surprised to find out that I could customize the tour to whatever I wanted, so I picked the tour and settled the timing of everything with her. The tour was really thorough and expansivr as Toshi seemed to know everything about Tokyo and Japan, If I had a question then I just had to point and ask and I would get a detailed explanation. Aside from the main tour Toshi was really nice, I have a leg surgery so we took breaks when necessary and she helped us with the train tickets and everything. She even helped us reschedule some train tickets when the tour was technically over which she didnt have to do but she helped us with it anyway. I totally recomend Tos... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Shyam. So delighted to know you and your son had a meaningful time with me. (I did, too!) It was fortunate that we saw some of the New Year traditions and the early blooming of cherry blossoms in Asakusa. The view from Roppongi hills was breathtaking, wasn’t it? Tokyo is quite a big city, indeed. We barely even scratched the surface of Tokyo! Please stay for a couple days next time. Let's go to an animal café in Harajuku together!

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