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.
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!
Thank you so much Mayumi we had the most amazing 3 days. You organised everything for us when we arrived pasmo, exchanging jr passes, booking Shinkansen nothing was too much trouble. The days you planned were a perfect mix of keeping parents and 2 children very happy and engaged. So many hi-lights I wouldn’t know where to start however recommend everyone eat the tuna wow just wow! Thank you for all the photos they are so great. You are an amazing guide and when we come back we will definitely be seeing you again.
THANK YOU so much for your super express review, Kristy. You are a great mother who makes everything organized and makes everyone happy. I'm just impressed how you are trying to accommodate to Japanese culture when you are on the train and when you get trash. I'm sure your kids will be nice citizens of the world! Another thing that surprised me was the ninja skills of your family. The ninja master was also surprised whispering, "It's next to impossible to handle shuriken like them." Yes, I thought one of your ancestors must have a ninja!! And I really enjoyed learning about your wild life. I didn't know there's such dangerous places in Sydney! I do want to see you again in Australia or Japan. I already miss your kids!! Please say hi to them.
I enjoyed a wonderful day with Mayumi visiting multiple temples and shrines around Kamakura. Despite the detailed itinerary, nothing was rushed and the day proceeded at a leisurely pace. Mayumi is warm and engaging and has an illuminating knowledge of Japanese history and culture.
Thank you for writing such a great review, Mark. I'm so impressed by your deep knowledge about Japanese culture and religious custom. I guess you learned the unique sense of balance of Japanese people while visiting the Seven Lucky Gods in Kamakura. Actually, more than 3 million people payed the first visit to Meiji-jingu Shrine, and almost the same number of people visited Narita-san-Shinshoji Temple during the New Year Days. Both Shinto and Buddhism have taken root so deeply in our daily lives since the ancient period that people are not conscious of religious sect, I guess. Of course I visited my local temple to pray for health and happiness of my family and friends. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity to visit other interesting shrines and temples with you. Thank you again fo... read more
MAYUMI is well suited to this line of work and has a fabulous personality and excellent English speaking skills. She showed us things we would have missed on our own, and even got our rail tickets for the remainder of our trip! I particularly enjoyed Ginza and the fish market, and wish we had more days in which we could explore Tokyo with Mayumi.
Hi Carolyn, thank you for sparing time to write a great review for me though you are still busy traveling around Japan. I can imagine you are enjoying each spots. I'd like to hear the story of this trip someday. I've just been to Kyoto and made it home yesterday. Now it'd be your turn to visit Kyoto, I guess. Enjoy the traditional attractions of the city! Do not come back to Japan without letting me know, please. I have more places to show you and more foods to introduce you both inside and outside Tokyo. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity.
Our family of 5 included grandmother and teenagers. We had an excellent two day tour with Mayumi. She was very flexible on meeting time, arrived ahead of time each morning. She listened to my teenagers and took them to places they are interested in - pointing out along the way cat cafes, foodie spots and teen fashions. She was very personable and connected very well with all of us. She paced the tour very well and catered to all ages in my group. I am most impressed she kept my two teenagers engaged throughout the tour. She took us to local spots for lunch and it was one of the best value, best sushi we had. She is a true gem.