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

(71) Reviews
7h $ 94 per person

Highlights

  • 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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94.00 USD

FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 30.08
Additional fee in case of only one participant.
$ 75.20
Early pick-up (before 9:30am).
$ 9.40

Overview

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.

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.

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Highlights

  • 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

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:
= 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
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= 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) as it gives guests a better feel for the city. It's the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Yes! You heard that right. Public transportation IS the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Experience the clean and highly-efficient Tokyo public transportation system!

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.

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
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
Duration
7 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 71 )
Doreen Doreen United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week 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
3 weeks 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
1 month 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!

Colleen Colleen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Book Toshi ASAP for your trip to Tokyo ”

Toshi met me at my hotel (where she was early) and we sat to plan the day. She presented me with maps (to keep) and off we went. She was exactly what I was looking for in a guide. She was very knowledgeable and pointed out details that I would have missed like why there are fish on top of the Imperial Palace buildings to which store Lady GaGa bought a costume from and how to correctly cleanse and bow at the temples. We crammed in a ton and she even worked longer than our scheduled tour to make sure I made it back to the hotel. I wish I had booked Toshi for my entire stay, she was fantastic.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Colleen! I'm humbled by your glowing review. It was quite an enjoyable day for me too! We managed to see both the traditional and edgy parts of Tokyo in 4 hours. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace was so serene, we could hardly believed we were in the center of Tokyo! In Harajuku, the high-tech sushi train was a lot of fun even for us grownups, wasn’t it? The chirping sound the iPad (which takes orders) gave off was a surprise. The sushi we ordered arrived via shinkansen (bullet train). So cute! Please come back soon! Let's explore the area more! Each season brings something different to Tokyo! Hope to see you soon!

Jacob Jacob United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Best tour guide we ever had ”

My family of 4 really enjoyed T-chan as our tour guide in Tokyo. Being this was our first trip to Tokyo, we wanted to make sure we had the best experience and T-chan really made sure of that. She went above and beyond for us. Explaining the history of each place as we went through. She was very informative and easy to understand. In addition she was very accommodating to our needs. Thank you T-chan for the best tour we ever had, we definitely will come back to Tokyo and request for you again.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Jacob! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed our tour as much as I did. It was fun to get to know you all. Lucky you! We could catch a glimpse of a wedding in Meiji-jingu shrine. It's a rare sight to see on weekdays. Then we enjoyed window shopping in Harajuku. So many unique stores to check out! Don’t you think so? Everything looks so colorful and cute! Who would have thought such decorative and cute ice creams are available there? What do you think about the chicken-mango and unicorn-mint shape ice creams taste like? It's picture perfect, right? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Please come back soon!

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