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Private Tour of selected destinations in Tokyo to learn about Japanese History and Culture!!

8 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

It’s the private full-day walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, which is good for learning about Japan’s history and culture!! The destinations are strictly selected and combined from the perspective of answering your simple but significant questions about Japan effectively!! Every destination has its own theme to learn about!!


Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroki.

  • 1. Imperial Palace “Japanese Emperor and Shogun”
  • 2. Tsukiji area “Japan’s Food Culture”
  • 3. Hama-rikyu Gardens “Gracious living of Tokugawa Shogun ”
  • 4. Waterbus Cruise “Edo, flourished as City of water way”
  • 5. Asakusa area “Commoner’s culture, Background of Japanese religious tolerance etc.”

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What to Expect

1. Imperial Palace
◆The imperial palace is the Japanese Emperor’s official residence located in the heart of Tokyo, and is approximately 5 kms around. Since it was Edo Castle, the official residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, the leader of the Samurai government during the Edo Period(1603~1868),even now there are Edo Castle remains including the castle gates and guard towers.
2. Tsukiji area
2-1. Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple
◆The current temple rebuild in 1934 has the unique design of being a stone building as a Buddhist temple in Japan, which was based on an ancient Indian-style exterior and influenced by architectural styles drawn from Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Its columns and wide stairs are reminiscent of Greek and Roman architecture.
2-2.Tsukiji Market
◆ Former Fish Market in Tokyo(at the time called Edo) was founded in Nihonbashi(Near Tokyo station) early 17th century. Since then, Nihonbashi Fish Market flourished as the center of food culture for 300 years until it’s in the devastation of The Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Then 12 years later, current Fish Market was founded here in Tsukiji in the year 1935.
Only wholesaler area of Tsukiji market, so called Inner Market relocated to a new market site on October 11,2018,
however, Tsukiji Outer Market has been stayed current site filled with the nostalgic air of its long history, where you can find anything from foods such as fresh fish, fresh meats, vegetables and dried foods, to food-related products such as knives and dinnerware as usual!!
3. Hama-rikyu Gardens
◆”Hama-rikyu Gardens” respectfully dubbed ”Hama Palace where sea breeze blows as a reminder of the Edo era.” was the family garden of the the Tokugawa Shogun. It functioned as an outer fort for Edo Castle that retains a tidal pond of sea water drawn from Edo bay(present Tokyo Bay) called Shioiri-no-ike, 2 duck hunting grounds, and hawking sites.
◆And also,you’ll enjoy tour of traditional teahouses built in the time of 5th Shogun Tsunayoshi and 11th Shogun Ienari, which are reconstructed faithful to the historical resources!!
4. Waterbus Cruise on the Sumida River
◆You can enjoy 14 unique bridges and views of the heart of the city while passing under the bridges along the Sumida River. And also,from the river, you can see Tokyo’s new hot spot-the Tokyo Skytree!!
5. Asakusa area
◆Traditional Entertainment Area of Asakusa is a typical tourist spot that inherits the energetic downtown area filled with nostalgic air. Once you walk under the large lantern of Kaminarimon(meaning Thunder Gate), there’re many gift shops selling various kinds of Japanese goods on the street of Nakamise-dori. Even now,many shrines and Temples still remain here, and this area is known for its historic atmosphere and warm hospitality!!

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point At your hotel in Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick up and drop off in Tokyo, transportation fee(guide), admission fee(guide)

What‘s not included

Transportation fee(you): around 1,500JPY/person(including water bus), Admission fee(you): 300JPY/person(Hama-rikyu Gardens), Lunch(you and guide): around 2,500JPY/person(Sushi restaurant at Tsukiji outer Market)


Please send me message for inquiry about availability for activities regardless of the Availability Calendar.

◆Hama-rikyu Gardens, Cherry blossoms(EST Best Viewing : Late Mar. ~ Early Apr.)
◆Waterbus cruise may starts from Hinode pier located 1.4km away from Hama-rikyu Gardens due to the extreme congestion during the cherry blossom viewing period(Mid. Mar. ~ Early Apr.).
◆While the inner market's wholesale functions and tuna auctions for businesses relocated to Toyosu Market in October 2018, the Tsukiji Outer Market for personal customers, a lively community of merchants and suppliers of food, kitchen equipment, and some of Tokyo's best restaurants, remains in business and boasts its bustling and nostalgic atmosphere as ever!!(All of images of Tsukiji are taken after the relocation!!) read more

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 ( 48 )
4.7 (48) Reviews
Very Good
Aaron Aaron United States ( Solo )
1 day ago

“ Great guy, fun tour ”

Hiroki was extremely helpful and considerate. We did the iaido lesson,and I really enjoyed it.


Dear Aaron, Thank you very much for taking the "Iai-do experience tour to learn Samurai spirit" and giving me the excellent tour review!! Since the Iaido lesson includes not only how to cut a simulated target of a tatami roll with a real Japanese sword but also the appreciation of the museum piece Japanese sword and the Samurai Armours once possessed by highest ranking Samurai warriors called “Daimyo feudal lord” actually having those historic weapons in your hands, I’m sure you’re able to fully enjoy the lesson !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan!! Sincerely, Hiroki

Freya Freya Australia ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ Fake food! ”

Hiroki met us at our hotel and took us to Asakusa train station, we wanted to do a replica wax food workshop that required a guide to be with you, he arranged the booking for us and paid and organised anything, before the workshop he took us around the area and talked to us about the history and we also got to ask some of our burning questions we’d been dying to find the answer to during our trip in japan. He was lovely and insightful and knowledgeable, thank you so much Hiroki!!


Dear Freya, Thank you very much for taking my private tour of Walking around Asakusa with workshop and giving me such a wonderful review !! It’s just an hour walking tour in Asakusa near the workshop venue, but your questions to the point during the tour and the wonderful replica wax food making workshop made the tour meaningful and memorable one !! Needless to say, Asakusa is the one of the best destinations being able to give you enough satisfaction, moreover, your desired workshop was more than experiencing to make replica food !! I think experiencing the traditional replica food making method (Everyday ingredient of wax turned into life-like replica food such as “Tempura” after being dipped into the hot water by putting a little ingenuity !!)greatly helped you have a real experience o... read more

Mark Mark United States ( Family )
6 days ago

“ Tokyo Cultural Tour ”

We spent a very busy, but enjoyable day with Hiroki. Before the day of our tour I corresponded with Hiroki and requested he focus on cultural highlights. Hiroki planned a full day and showed us many different areas of Tokyo. We traveled using the Tokyo's extensive subway system and he provided excellent commentary as we toured many different sites. Per our prior discussions Hiroki scheduled a special tea ceremony for us (at additional cost) which was a real highlight! He also did not miss a beat when we made a special request for lunch during the tour. It was a long day (my phone said more than 20,000 steps!), but most enjoyable. I highly recommend Hiroki as your Tokyo tour guide.


Dear Mark, Thank you very much for taking my tour and giving me such a wonderful review !! During the tour I really had a great time with you and your wonderful family, too !! Also, your son’s knowledge and sincere attitude towards Japanese language and culture really impressed me !! Honestly,it’s a bit difficult to squeeze in a tea ceremony satisfying you including your son on a day trip touring Tokyo’s highlights, but I’m so glad you fully enjoyed it !! It’s a simplified half an hour tea ceremony but, the special one performed in the authentic tea-ceremony room using antique tea bowls in the antique ceramic shop with a history of over 100 years seemed to give you full satisfaction. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family !! Sincerely, Hiroki read more

James James United Kingdom ( Solo )
3 weeks ago

“ A day of Japanese sword cutting ”

Hiroki was amazing, great translating, and very fun and nice guy to spend time with


Dear James, Thank you very much for taking the Iai-do experience tour to learn Samurai spirit and giving me such a wonderful review!! Since this tour includes not only how to cut a simulated target with a real Japanese sword but also the appreciation of the valuable antique Samurai sword and Samurai Armour once possessed by Daimyo feudal lord with actually having them in your hands, I’m sure you’re able to fully enjoy the tour !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan!! Sincerely, Hiroki

James James United States ( Solo )
3 weeks ago

“ Hiroki the best tour guide ”

Had an amazing time. First class service and very knowledgeable of the history of Japan. Enjoyed the tour even with the rain.......


Dear James, Thank you very much for taking my private tour of Samurai Town & Narita-san Temple and giving me such a considerate review despite the tour in the bad weather !! While we had to unluckily skipp the last destination of the temple due to the rain getting heavier, it’s so good that we could visit not only the Samurai houses built in the early 19 century but also the private museum opens only a few days a week to appreciate the valuable antique Japanese swords from the early Edo Period owned by the museum. Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan !! Sincerely, Hiroki

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