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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)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

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 : 3/27~4/4)
◆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(3/16~4/7).
◆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 ( 36 )
4.7 (36) Reviews
Very Good
Robert Robert United States ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ Amazing experience, thanks to an amazing guide ”

One of my favorite experiences of the entire trip. Our guide was extremely helpful and professional and the Iaido experience and master were unforgettable. I can't reccomend them both enough


Dear Robert, Thank you so much for choosing our Iaido experience and giving us such a wonderful review !! (Our happiest moments are when we hear that our guests had a memorable time.) And also, I and the Iaido master had a memorable time, too!! Because, your questions gave us during the master's explanation about displayed antique Samurai weapons let us know how you are deeply interested in Samurai culture !! Thank you again, and enjoy the rest of your days in Japan !! Best regards, Hiroki

Clifford Clifford United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Historical & cultural tour of Tokyo ”

Hiroki is friendly and very knowledgeable about the shogun history of the Imperial Palace. He provided us with a folder with the tour itinerary and historical photos (3 pages) that compared historical & current day locations. Maybe he needs to revise his tour so that the tourists can reach the main gate of the Imperial Palace quicker -- too much walking for most. Hiroki offered to take many photos for us throughout his tour. Boat cruise on the Sumida River was 40 minutes to Asakusa; we walked through Nakamise Street fairly quickly. It would be better to allow tourists 15-20 minutes of free time shopping on Nakamise Street.


Dear Clifford, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your Tokyo tour to spend some precious time with your wife !! Thanks to your intellectual curiosity for Japanese culture, history and society etc., I could describe extensive informations for those and we could deepened our cultural exchange. Moreover, your highly suggestive review will improve my tour drastically !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your wife !! I'm waiting for both of you to come back to me in the future !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Eileen Eileen Singapore ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ 1 day tour & guide to Tokyo Disneyland ”

Hiroki was our guide for 1 day tour to Central Tokyo. We visited Imperial Palace, Ginza, Tsukiji Market Hamarikyu Gardens, waterbus cruise on Sumida River, Asakusa & Rysuseikan Dojo. We enjoyed our tour though it was a rainy day. Hiroki is a helpful guide. He gave us advice on how to travel from Narita airport to my hotel, how to come back from Disneyland & how to travel from hotel to Haneda airport. Thank you very much for your advice & help!


Dear Eileen, Thank you so much for taking my tour and writing a nice review despite of an unfavorable weather such a rainy day. We took many photos but was your camera alright ? We regret that Tokyo's weather has become so unpredictable lately.... Anyway, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour !! Particularly,Rysuseikan Dojo, the last destination seemed to be impressive. Actually, the tour of the Samurai Martial Arts training hall is a newly added tour attraction, but I was so happy to be able to watch that you and your family were all impressed to see in front of your own eyes the authentic Samurai training and antique weapons. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband and daughter !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Doreen Doreen United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Asakusa was fun ”

We particularly enjoyed our visit to Asakusa and the Sensoji temple where Hiroki explained how the temple came to exist. His tip about the Pasimo subway card was a useful one for we have used it even after the tour. He kindly took us back to our hotel at the end of the day even though he must have been tired as our tour was on the hottest day of the year and was patient when we had to make an unexpected stop. Thank you Hiroki.


Dear Doreen, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review despite being the harsh weather !! I reflected and found that I should've increased a percentage of the indoor activities significantly. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Lee-Ann Lee-Ann United States ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Tokyo Tour with Hiroki ”

Hiroki San was our local guide in Tokyo for 2 Days. He was excellent and cheerful throughout. Our family of 5 visited many places with Hiroki over 2 days. He planned a personalized itinerary for us. The highlights of which were a personal visit to a Samurai Dojo (Ryuseikan) and Tsukiji Markets (excellent choice for a sushi lunch as well). We absolutely recommend Hiroki as an excellent guide for all things Tokyo.


Dear Lee-Ann, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my guests had a memorable time !! I and the Grand Master of the Samurai martial arts dojo had a memorable time, too !! Actually, the personal visit to the Dojo has just made a debut to make guests of various ages enjoy Samurai culture including warrior spirits easily after consulting it with the Grand Master. We're so moved by your family's(including 10 years boy)sincere attitude particularly during the Samurai swords appreciation lesson. I think it'd be unforgettable experience for them. And also, it's so wonderful memory for me to enjoy conversation with your cute and smart children !! Thank you again, and please give your family my best regards !! Yours sincerel... read more

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