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Home visit, Sushi making & learning from locals in the suburbs.


Tokyo
7 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Toshi's house is in the beautiful upper-middle class residential area in the suburbs of Tokyo. First, we will shop ingredients for lunch at a local super market. After a short break over green tea, let's roll sushi and taste them. Select one activity from the list below; calligraphy, Ikebana,etc. In the evening, you can dine at the local pub called Izakaya or casual restaurant for Shabushabu.

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.
  • 1.Sushi making- nigiri, rolls and inari version : vegetarian sushi available
  • 2.Sampling two Sakes
  • 3.Casual tea ceremony - Matcha green tea and sweets
  • 4.Shopping at a local super market for sushi making and a 100 yen store
  • 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
  • Option D: YUKATA, casual Kimono - extra 500JPY
  • Option E: Antique flea market (available only on the first day of the month)
  • Option F: Ikebana flower arrengement - extra 1,000JPY
  • Option G: Izakaya visit, pick one restaurant from the list: extra 2,000JPY or more - Sushi pub, Yakitori house (grilled chiken), Horumon-yaki (beef BBQ for blue-collar-workers), Shabushabu (beef and vegetables hot pot)
  • Option H: Cat cafe or owl cafe - extra 1,500JPY or more for entrance fee
  • Option I: Karaoke - let's sing hit songs in English together! - extra 1,000JPY or more

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What to Expect

It is a good opprtunity 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. You will learn how to make Sushi (3 kinds). If you don't like seafood, don't worry, you can make a sushi with avocado, egg and ham. Visiting a local pub will be another exiting moment. If you book the date of the first day of the month, I will take you to the antique flea market. For animal lovers, I will offer "an awl cafe and a cat cafe" visit.

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama) OR Shin-yokohama station.
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

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.

PLEASE NOTE:
I may be able to move things around for those who book me for at least two days. This means, if I can reschedule some appointments in closed slots, I will be able to reopen them for multiple day bookings. It's not guaranteed, but it's worth a try! Send me a message :‑)

= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/ 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 and custom tours) = 1,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 20 to April 30
>>> Autumn : September 25 to November 10


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

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 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 ( 84 )
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Janusz  Janusz United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Excellent day tour of Tokyo in the rain ”

We are retired couple from US. We chose Toshi as our day trip guide based on her video, and exvellent choice it was. After spending time on selecting attractions in Tokyo to visit during the day, everything had to change due to quite strong rain all day. Toshi showed up in thr morning with new ideas what to do and we just followed, having a lot of fun with her, getting to know Tokyo in different way than we planned originally. We visited museum, some shopping in big and small shops, some littlr restaurants and tea place, interesting streets and people watching. Also some places we could visit like Shibuya crossing and viewing point Shibuya Sky above. All the time Toshi kept us occupied talking about history and traditions of Japan, also less serious but quite teresting facts about life in ... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Janusz! It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. The Edo-Tokyo Museum exhibits a combination of Japanese arts and culture. The interior tour of a traditional Japanese house was a unique experience, wasn’t it? I felt like I was visiting my grandmother’s home. In the old days it’s common to have a small Shinto shrine at home in the living room. Glad to see you enjoyed the Tonkotsu Ramen in Harajuku. It was a perfect lunch for a cold day. We got all warmed up. We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo so please come back. Hope to see you again!

Madeline Madeline Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ A fun and lovely day in Tokyo ”

Toshi is an excellent guide. I have a fun and lovely time exploring Tokyo (Imperial Garden, Tsukiji Market, Harajuku and Shibuya Area) with her. She is nice, friendly, patient and engaging. I have learned a lot about Tokyo (the history, culture, transportation system) from her. She is helpful and always willing to go the extra mile to answer my enquiries and give good recommendations/ travels tips about Tokyo. I have enjoyed the tour. Thank you very much, Toshi (:

Toshi(T-chan):

It was a pleasure meeting you , Madeline! I felt like I was travelling with a family member. We were lucky to have witnessed two special events as they were only available in this week. The Imperial Palace was open to the public for fall foliage. The combination of traditional castle structures and red Japanese Maple leaves was breathtaking, wasn't it? Another lucky coincidence was that we could see the ceremonial shrine for Daijosai ( The first annual harvest festival performed by the new emperor ). As a matter of fact, the virtual reality experience in Harajuku was quite fun! Glad to see that you enjoyed finding Kawaii ( cute ) stuff in Takeshita streeet. Enjoy the rest of your stay and I hope to see you again!

Anthony Anthony United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Kamakura Day Tour ”

Toshi made the day tour of Kamakura very seamless. Her tours are just the right amount of walking including a variety of historic sites. She even went out of her way at the end of the day to take us to see the beach in Kamakura. We also enjoyed trying the sardines over rice, which is a cuisine known in Kamakura.

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato Anthony! So delighted to know you and your girlfriend had a ball on our Kamakura tour. ( I know , I did.) Our tour started by walking up the hill to get a view of the snow-capped Mt. Fuji at the Engakji Temple grounds while indulging in the serene atmosphere. We were also quite lucky to have been at the Tsurugaoka Shrine just in time for the Shichi-Go-San ( 7-5-3 ) and the Wedding Ceremony. The kimono-clad children were pretty well-behaved, don't you think? This is just the beginning of our adventure as there are more unique shrines and temples in Kamakura to uncover. Hope to see you soon! :)

Tonia Tonia United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A day in Tokyo ”

We had a wonderful time with Toshi. She was prompt and very welcoming. She met us early and took us all around Tokyo. She knew a great deal about the places we visited and we learned a lot. Our schedule included a lot of walking but she was full of energy and good cheer. She has a great sense of humor. I would recommend Toshi to anyone who wants an energetic knowledgeable guide in Tokyo. Thank you Toshi!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Tonia and Ed! So glad you enjoyed your layover-weekend in Tokyo. We took advantage of the day by starting our tour early. Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine were so peaceful. Koi fish welcomed us! The exhibition of the Edo-Tokyo Museum was interesting, wasn’t it? Japan is an island country and we had an isolation policy for over 200 years. That’s why we are still preserving such a unique culture. Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you!

Mariluz Mariluz United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ 6+ hours in Tokyo ”

My time in Tokyo with Toshi was very enjoyable. Toshi knows so much about the history of Japan and every little corner of the city. I asked her to visit specific sites and she delivered them beautifully. Toshi is graceful and calm which made for a very delightful day. Thank you, Toshi! I will be back!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Mariluz! Glad to know you had fun; I did too! You requested a shopping tour for products made in Japan such as organic cosmetics, ceramics, stationaries, and green tea. What do you think of Ginza stores? I felt like as if we were doing museum-hopping as products were so beautifully displayed. Don‘t you think so? Our next stop was a small shopping mall with unique artisan works. There are more stores you need to check out! Please come back to Tokyo in spring so that you can see the cherry blossoms. Hope to see you again.

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