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Private tour as-you-like in Central Tokyo

by MAYUMI
(148) Reviews
8h CAD 443 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Choose 2-3 destinations, and I'll make an itinerary concidering your preferences
  • 1. Omotesando, Aoyama and Roppongi
  • 2. Ginza
  • 3. Shinjuku
  • 4. Ikebukuro
  • 5. Asakusa-Odaiba Tokyo Bay Cruise (including Asakusa and Odaiba)
  • 6. Asakusa
  • 7. Odaiba
  • 8. Ueno
  • 9. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
  • 10. Shibamata
  • 11. Tokyo Sky Tree
  • 12. Marunouchi
  • 13. Akihabara
  • 14. Nakano
  • 15.Harajuku
  • 16.Shibuya
  • 17. Msiji-jingu Shrine
  • 18. Hie-jinja Shrine
  • 19. Zojo-ji Temple
  • 20. Tokyo Daijingu
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442.80 CAD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

An extra hour.
CAD 55.35
An extra person.
CAD 55.35

Overview

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.

What to Expect

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".

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Highlights

  • Choose 2-3 destinations, and I'll make an itinerary concidering your preferences
  • 1. Omotesando, Aoyama and Roppongi
  • 2. Ginza
  • 3. Shinjuku
  • 4. Ikebukuro
  • 5. Asakusa-Odaiba Tokyo Bay Cruise (including Asakusa and Odaiba)
  • 6. Asakusa
  • 7. Odaiba
  • 8. Ueno
  • 9. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
  • 10. Shibamata
  • 11. Tokyo Sky Tree
  • 12. Marunouchi
  • 13. Akihabara
  • 14. Nakano
  • 15.Harajuku
  • 16.Shibuya
  • 17. Msiji-jingu Shrine
  • 18. Hie-jinja Shrine
  • 19. Zojo-ji Temple
  • 20. Tokyo Daijingu

Important

*I can guide you outside Tokyo if you cover my transportation fee.
*If the duration of the tour is less than 5 hours, my guide fee is 5,000 JPY per hour.
*My guide fee for the night tour (at and after 6:00 pm) is 6,000 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

What‘s included
Making your original itinerary, Guide fee, Hotel pick-up (in 23 ward in Tokyo)
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee for you and a guide
Depart From
Tokyo , Saitama, Kamakura, Yokohama
Meeting Point
At you hotel lobby
Ending Point
At the final destination or your hotel
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 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 ( 148 )
Betty Betty United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Unique and totally customized tour for our anime obsessed granddaughter ”

Mayumi is the best private guide we have ever met. She went overboard to accommodate all the wishes of our granddaughter, Sarah, who choose the trip to Japan as her high school graduation gift from us. Sarah had a long list of places she wanted to see and do, which for the most part are all related to historical related places and shrines, etc. She is obsessed with amine and all the samurai characters involved in these videos. Not only that, she knows all the names and history involved in that period….very well! Mayumi went out of her way to put together a great 5 day tour including everything on Sarah’s list. So, Mayumi is flexible, knowledgeable, personable, open to new places (she had to do research to hunt done at least one of the monuments that Sarah wanted), energetic, but also sym... read more

kevin Kevin United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ An amazing start to our Japan trip!!! ”

Mayumi was incredible and did an excellent job with our family!!! I had been to Japan previously but it was a first for my family. It was our first full day in Japan and we covered a lot of territory and saw many interesting sites. She was extremely helpful in customizing a plan for us and kept in communication with us the entire time prior to our arrival. She was patient and very knowledgeable on all the subject matter we saw, both historical and cultural. Reviewed many guides before picking Mayumi and am very glad I made the right choice! Mayumi is the best!

MAYUMI:

Hi Kevin, Thank you so much for writing such a great review for me. I well remember the pleasant day with your family. All of you are so nice that we could spend a wonderful day together. I'm sure you enjoyed more food and culture while staying in Japan. I still have more things to show you. Don't come back to Japan without letting me know. I'd be super happy if I'd be your guide again. See you someday again!

James James United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Full day tour to Nikko ”

All of us had a great time on our tour of Nikko with Mayumi. Met us at our hotel in Tokyo and made the day very easy for us. She was very knowledgeable. Also great with our kids. Would not hesitate to use her again. Thanks for a great day Mayumi!

MAYUMI:

Hey, James. What a pleasure to hear from you!! Thank you so much for posting such a great review. Hope you all are doing well. It was a great day filled with big smiles. I was very happy talking with adorable kids. I can't forget the pleasant smile when they finally got ice cream. I'll be waiting for another adventure with you in the near future. Please say hello to all the members of your group. Thank you again, James.

Tammie Tammie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide ”

Mayumi was truly a delight. On time, very professional and very pleasant personality. if you want a great experience while visiting Tokyo my wife and I highly recommend choosing Mayumi as your quide and hostess to Tokyo for at least one of your touring days. After having spent one day with her our only regret , we didn't schedule Mayumi for both days.

MAYUMI:

Thank you for your quick and kind review, Tammie and Brian. It was quite a beautiful day with the beautiful couple. I enjoyed answering your questions, Brian. They gave me rediscovery on our culture. I learned that what's very common for us might be interesting and funny from another point of view. I had a pleasant time with you. I know you are busy travelers. I do want to show you more in Japan. Please come back to me someday in the near future. Please stay in shape until then. Looking forward to the next opportunity.

Jana Jana United States
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A mix of old and new ”

Mayumi was amazing! I feel like we got several tours in one because of her vast knowledge. We not only visited temples and shrines but we learned about the history, traditions, and importance of each place. It was a much better experience than going to see it on our own and we got a lot out of it. She showed us several good food places to try that we would not have found on our own. In Harajuku she gave us a lot of tips that we will use today to go back because we were just passing through. Finally she gave us tips that were just good to know and helped us to navigate better. Book her for a knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, and fun guide! You won't regret it!

MAYUMI:

Thank you so much for your prompt and detailed review, Jana. I can well imagine you are enjoying shopping and exploring more today. Actually, the tour yesterday was packed with various attractions. Thank you again for walking all the way. Now that you learned about the four kinds of Buddhist statues, differences between temples and shrines, how to pray at each place, and Japanese culture to some extent, I'm sure you'll be able to appreciate places you'll visit after Tokyo even better. Please keep practicing Japanese during your tour. I'm impressed how well you say some Japanese phrases. Above all, your brightness made me happy. I really appreciate that you found me and shared the pleasant day with me. Enjoy every single moment in Japan! I hope your tour to japan is filled with the best of... read more

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