This tour covers my recommendations in Tokyo. Please choose 2-3 places from the list first, and I may add some attractive spots near your choices if possible and make an itinerary according to your health condition and interests. If you have other places you want to go, please feel free to ask me.
Feel free to personalize this offer with MAYUMI.
Every tourist has his or her own preferences and needs. For example, my 76-year-old mother is a very out-going person and still loves to travel in spite of the artificial joint embedded in her ankle. She is vigorous in mind but can no longer walk as fast as people around her. But we can enjoy traveling by considered arrangement. Also, I have been astounded at the allergic reaction of my friend who is allergic to crustaceans. We weren’t aware that shrimps were used for making soup stock of the ramen we ate. That experience made me more careful about food for people who have some allergy. Please feel free to tell me anything you worry about. Careful preparation makes you feel free from any anxiety and brings you wonderful travel memories
On the other hand, some people may have a strong urge to walk around Tokyo at their own pace and visit some places of their particular interests without being constrained by others. Why don’t we make a special itinerary together? It’s my pleasure to help you appreciate deep attractions in Japan.
Walking, Shopping and Culture:
1. Omotesando, Aoyama and Roppongi district: a street lined with zelkova trees on both sides that provides a relaxing atmosphere. It is also lined with refined shops including brand shops, cafés, as well as restaurants. Let’s enjoy walking in the Minami Aoyama district to Roppongi! (1.5km form Omotesando to The National Art Center in Roppongi)
-The Nezu Museum in Aoyama: popular among foreigners not only for its collection but also its amazing garden.
-The National Art Center in Roppongi: designed by the famous architect, Kisho Kurokawa. The restaurant and café in this building are also fantastic!
2. Ginza: streets lined with good restaurants and a high-end shopping area. New landmarks have been built here recently.
-KABUKIZA Tower: office tower that emphasizes traditional Japanese aesthetics, built adjacent to the Kabukiza
-Tsukiji Outer Market: you can find anything from foods such as fresh fish, fresh meats, fresh fruit and vegetables,and dried foods to food-related products such as knives and dinnerware. Also a famous gourmet spot.
3. Shinjuku: -Tokyo Metropolitan Government: One of Tokyo's landmarks, with an observatory on the 45th floor
-Department store with popular basement food floors, which offer fancy sweets, delicious prepared dishes, and beautiful box lunches
-huge electronics stores such as Yamada Denki, Bic Camera, and Yodobashi Camera, which offer plenty of equipment such as PCs and electrical home appliances
4. Ikebukuro: within 10 minutes from Shinjuku
-Sunshine Aquarium: first rooftop aquarium in Japan based on the concept of “an oasis in the sky”
-J-WORLD-TOKYO: indoor theme park full of animated cartoons from popular comic book “Jump” such as “One piece” “Dragon ball” and “Naruto”
-Nanjatown: indoor theme park that provides everything from amusement to food all at once, which is popular with groups as well as couples
5. Asakusa-Odaiba Tokyo Bay Cruise! : You can fully enjoy the color of Tokyo along the Sumida-gawa River toward Tokyo Bay and see many types of bridges spanning the river. (about one hour)
6. Asakusa: one of the most popular tourist destinations. Senso-ji Temple, famous for its huge red lantern is the biggest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. But do you know that Asakusa-jinja Shrine is in the same grounds? You can learn about the coexistence of Buddhism and Shintoism here. You can buy traditional Japanese souvenirs at the shopping arcade called Nakamise.
7. Odaiba: popular among both adults and kids. There are also several kids' places such as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, an indoor amusement park along with fancy several attractive malls for adults.
8. Ueno: -Ueno Park: designated in 1873 as the first park in Japan. In the huge grounds are a museum complex, zoo, and Toshogu Shrine, which was built in 1627 upon request by Tokugwa Ieyasu in his will.
-Ameyoko (short for Ameya-yokocho) is famous for its extremely cheap seasonal goods and other wares such as cosmetics, shoes, sporting goods, leather jackets and jeans.
9. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa: old town with several popular coffee shops, temples and shrines, and a famous Kiyosumi-garden, which is one of the greatest masterpieces in the gardens in Tokyo.
10. Shibamata: Taishakuten Temple may not be so widely known to foreign tourist, but it’s been popular among Japanese people because the temple and the approach lined with many long-established shops used to be a set of the movie titled ‘Tora-san’, which has been loved by the Japanese for many years.
11. Tokyo Sky Tree: the highest communications and observation tower in Japan, whose observation decks command a breath-taking panorama of Tokyo. There are also a planetarium, an aquarium, and a lot of shops and restaurants, so people from all age groups can enjoy there.
12. Marunouchi: -Tokyo Staion: completed in 1914, designated Important Cultural Property, was restored to its original form in 2012.
- KITTE: a commercial facility run by Japan Post. You can enjoy shops that let you experience Japanese craftsmanship as well as restaurants that serve delicious food from across Japan.
-Imperial Palace: The Edo Castle, formerly the Tokugawa Family’s residence, became the Imperial Palace as the Emperor moved to Tokyo from the Kyoto Imperial Palace after the Meiji Restoration.
Anime, Games, Comics, and new fashion trend:
13. Akihabara: The center of electric, comic, card game shops, maid cafes, and anime products. The shop filled with many toy vending machine selling capsule toys called “Gasha-pon” is also popular along with the instant photo booth, Pri-Kura.
-Kanda Myojin Shrine: supposedly built in 730, which is dedicated to Taira no Masakado. The vermilion-lacquered main hall is spectacular. It’s also a sanctuary for anime fans now because of the scene of a popular anime “Love Live”. Adjacent to the Akihabara district, you can find omikuji sold in a capsule toy style.
14. Nakano, a Sanctuary for Otaku (geek, nerd, or freak); enjoy Japanese sub-culture fully at Nakano Broadway. If you love a certain anime character, you can even make your cell-phone case printed your favorite one. Anyway, everything Otaku want is here
15. Harajyuku, pop fashion shopping area: all sorts of fashion categories, popular snack such as colorful cotton candy, and unique cafes
16. Shibuya, teenager shopping area: Walking from Harajuku to Shibuya, you can see shop windows displaying the latest fashion for the young. And you can visit to Shibuya station to see the Hachiko statue and the ‘human scramble’ traffic crossing.
Shrines and Temples:
17. Meiji-jingu Shrine: Located in Harajuku, Shibuya, it’s popular among foreign tourists. The Well of Kiyomasa in this garden has become famous as a so-called power spot. Pure water has been welling up for more than 400 years.
18. Hie-jinja Shrine: famous for its Sanno Festival, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. You can also see the National Diet Building and other important buildings nearby.
19. Zojoji Temple: situated near Tokyo Tower, Zojoji Temple is the chief temple of the Jodo-Buddhist sect. It had a deep connection to the Tokugawa Shogunate family.
20. Tokyo Daijingu: called ‘o-Ise-sama in Tokyo’, this shrine is especially popular among young women who want to encounter their future husband. You can get a pretty charm on which flowers or Hello Kitty is embroidered.
If you are interested in shrines, please visit my blog, "Visiting Tokyo ten shrines".
Making your original itinerary, Guide fee, Hotel pick-up (in 23 ward in Tokyo)
Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee for you and a guide
*I can guide you outside Tokyo if you cover my transportation fee.
*Minimum tour is 4 hours. You can make it shorter, but the fee is the same as 4-hour tour. (JPY 20370)
*My guide fee for the night tour (at and after 6:00 pm) is 6,540 JPY per hour.
*I'm available until 9:00 pm.
Please join my tour with the shoes which comforable for walking.
This is a walking tour. We use public transportation mainly. The rate doesn't include the fare for your transportation, entrance fee and lunch.
If you have any concern about the tour, please let me know in advance. Its my pleasure to do my homewark to get rid of your anxiety.
It's good for you to carry a decent amount of Japanese Yen with you. You can use this for transportation, snacks, souvenirs etc… Many small markets in Tokyo are cash-only, though most shops and restaurants accept credit cards.
Estimated Local Cash Needed:
Transportation expenses: about 1,000yen/person ( JR or Tokyo Metro)
Tokyo Bay cruise from Asakusa to Daiba: 1,130yen/person read more
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We are grateful to have met Mayumi and to have spent a full day with her touring Tokyo. She is a warm and personable host, happy to share her knowledge with her clients and to maximize their enjoyment of the sites in Tokyo. Her special interests are the shrines and temples of Japan. There are many in Tokyo and these were special stops during our tour. We highly recommend Mayumi as a guide for Tokyo sites.
Hi David! First of all, thank you for coming to Tokyo this time though some people decide not to travel to Japan because of the concern about the corona virus. We were able to leisurely enjoyed each place as there were less big groups of tourists in Tokyo then. I was really happy you were interested in many things about our history and culture. I've just been to Kyoto. I went on a hiking to a sacred mountain that has a beautiful temple and shrines. I have lots of tips that I'd like to share with you. I'm looking forward to the next chance to do another tour with you. Lastly, thank you so much for writing such a warm review. Please say hi to Melissa!
Absolutely a great day. Mayumi was the perfect host. We are a family of four two boys 14 & 10 . We had a wonderful day we wanted to see as many aspects of Tokyo that we could fit in a day. From the very beginning she was very engaging and knowledgeable. We had a pace that was quick but also easy to maintain, just the way we wanted it allowing us to see so much. She answered all and any questions we had. We had amazing food around town as well as the restaurant we stopped at. She was very insightful in to Japan’s history as well as the modern day. The boys really liked her Booking this private tour was the absolute right Decision. Thank you
Jason, thank you so much for all those words you gave me. I really appreciate it. From the very beginning, I was very happy to be with you. The boys are amazingly quick learners and always listened to me carefully, which made me want to show you as much as possible. You all are such skillful travelers that you 'd like to try any food you've never eaten. Remember the word you learned when you ate the super yummy Toro? "Cho- Oishii!!"? I'm sure you'll encounter more "Cho- oishii" while in Japan. Please enjoy Hiroshima, Osaka, and Kyoto! Local delicacies are waiting for your family. I hope I'll meet you again. Big hugs!!
Mayumi was friendly, punctual, helpful before and during our tour, knowledgeable and patient with our children, providing a flexible day to meet our expectations and interests. She was able to share historical and current information about Tokyo and discuss trends and interests of locals. It’s worth noting that we paid for her lunch and travel ie train fare of 1,000 yen - in hindsight it would be worth clarifying this expectation beforehand so you’re not surprised.
Thank you for posting the good review, Vanessa. I'm happy you fully enjoyed the tour with me. It was worth my arranging kimono and rickshaw for your group of 8 people well in advance so you won't waste time. Everything went smoothly thanks to your cooperation and kindness. I really appreciate it. Hope everyone is doing well. Please say hi to them!
We had a fabulous day with Mayumi! She personalised our tour based on where we were staying and finished at a gluten free restaurant as my son has coeliacs disease. She is very knowledgeable and lots of fun plus great with kids. Mayumi is gold class and made our first day in Tokyo so memorable! Thanks Mayumi!!
Tracy, thank you for your wonderful review! Hope everyone is doing well. I fully enjoyed myself in the limited time thanks to your family. It was a lot of fun! I guess you had many precious experiences at each place you visited in Japan. I wish I could meet you again and hear of your adventure. Please give my regards to everyone. Hugs and Kisses!!
Mayumi was friendly, knowledgeable and well organised. We had an excellent time and enjoyed the day. Mayumi’s knowledge of history, culture and the places we visited was great. She was also patient and genuine. Thank you for a lovely day!
Thank you so much for writing such a warm review, Stuart. It was quite a great day yesterday. As the girl who invited us to the tea ceremony said, the view of Mt Fuji from Tokyo Tower was the most beautiful in this winter! Our tour was filled with lots of luck. I guess it must have been brought by your daughters' excellent luck. Thank you for sharing the beautiful day with me again. There are more places for girls to learn history. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity to guide you all. Tale care!