Tokyo has a lot of sightseeing spots for foreign tourist. So, I narrowed them down to 8 spots for your options. If you are wondering where to go, book this tour. Just choose 4 or 5 spots out of them for your tour, then I will arrange your itinerary. Of course, you can select any places you like other than those listed.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Shoji.
Tokyo has a lot of sightseeing spots for foreign tourist. So, I narrowed them down to the following 8 spots for your options. If you are wondering where to go, book this tour.
1. Tsukiji Wholesale Market (Admission free)
This world largest fish market is dealing with various essential ingredients for Washoku or Japanese food, the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In the inner market, a lot of wholesale trading occurs including the well-known tuna auctions. With my guidance, you can enjoy learning on a variety of fish from all across Japan as well as feeling the vibrant atmosphere made by the sellers and buyers. At the outer market, where more than 400 food shops and restaurants stand side by side, you can enjoy shopping and tasting.
2. Hamarikyu Garden (Admission fee for adult: 300 yen)
This large historic garden was once the family garden of Tokugawa shoguns who governed Japan in the Edo period from the early 17th to the late 19th century. This is a typical Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden with a tidal pond and two wild-duck hunting sites. Now, the garden is surrounded by skyscrapers of Shiodome business district, so you can enjoy not only the beauty of Japanese garden but also the intriguing contrast between the old and the new.
3. Sumida River Cruising (The fare from Hamarikyu to Asakusa: 740 yen)
Sumida River flows through Tokyo just like the Hudson in New York, the Seine in Paris and the Thames in London. We can take the boat cruising on Sumida River between Hamarikyu Garden or Tsukiji and Asakusa. From the boat, you can enjoy magnificent view of the Metropolis including Tokyo Skytree, Rainbow Bridge, and cherry blossoms along the bank in the season (the end of March to the beginning of April).
4. Asakusa (Admission free)
Asakusa has been the most popular sightseeing spot for tourists in Tokyo since Edo period. It has a long history and grew up around Senso-ji Temple, retaining much of the flavor of Edo, the old name of Tokyo. The Temple is dedicated to Kannon Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Mercy. It's a fun walk from the well-known Kaminari-mon Gate with its huge red lantern, along Nakamise Avenue, which is lined with small shops, to the temple. You can feel a blend of sacred and secular air in the historical town.
5. Tokyo Skytree (Admission fee for adult: 3,000 yen for 350 m deck, 4,000 yen for 450 m deck)
Tokyo Skytree, 634 meters in height, about twice taller than the Eiffel Tower, is the tallest broadcasting tower in the world. The external appearance of Tokyo Skytree is designed to have graceful curves called sori and mukuri using in the traditional Japanese buildings so that it harmonizes with the surrounding scenery. Two observation decks located at the heights of 350 meters and 450 meters above grounds offer spectacular 360-degree views of Tokyo.
6. Imperial Palace (Admission free)
The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace used to be the main site of the honmaru (main castle keep) of Edo Castle which was the center of Edo shogunate (feudal government) from the early 17th to the late 19th century. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the former site of Edo Castle became the new Imperial Palace. Today, none of the main buildings remain, but the moats, stone walls, some turrets of Edo Castle and Japanese-style gardens still survive intact. You can stroll in the garden as if you were the Shogun.
7. Meiji Jingu Shrine (Admission free)
Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto shrine enshrined the Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken. It was founded in 1920 to commemorate their virtues and venerate them forever after their death. This shrine is always the most popular shrine in Japan to pay the first shrine visit of the year during the New Year, or Hatsumonde. More than 3 million worshippers descend on the shrine for Hatsumode. There often held wedding ceremonies on auspicious days. You may luckily see a wedding couple wearing traditional Japanese Kimono.
8. Ueno Park (Admission free)
Ueno Park was established as Japan’s first Western-style park in 1873 on the former ground of Kan’eiji Temple, which was the family temple of the ruling Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period from the early 17th to the late 19th century. As time went on, a zoological garden and many kinds of museum were constructed on the grounds. Today, more than 1,000 cherry trees line its central pathway. Ueno Park is a popular tourist attraction for a large number of cherry blossoms viewing parties in spring (from the end of March to the beginning of April).
Just choose 4 or 5 spots out of them for your tour, then I will arrange your itinerary. Of course, you can select any places you like other than those listed above.
guide fee, hotel pick-up
transportation fee (you and guide) 600～900 yen/person, lunch 1500～2000 yen/person, admission fee (see "What to Expect")
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.
Our first time in Japan.. Shoji has an easy going communication style through which he provided historical information and cultural nuances about the sites we visited. Based on our food preference he took us to a wonderful resturant that enhanced our Japanese experience. Shoji provides a high quality experience.. We highly recommend his services.
Shoji was excellent. He was knowledgeable and and able to explain the cultural and historical significance of the sites visited . He was wonderful and caring with the two 9 year old girls with us . Shoji was a gentleman and we all enjoyed his company and valued his guidance . He was great .
Thank you, Allan and Jo for your kind words. They really encourage me. I enjoyed the time with you very much. I hope to have such pretty grandchildren soon. Thanks again for joining my Tokyo tour. I hope you will come to Japan again some time.
Shoji is a consummate tour guide. He is knowledgeable, has very good people skills, and a great sense of humor. He arranged our itinerary in such a way as to maximize our experience. In just one day, I felt that I learned a great deal about the Japanese people and the country's culture. Shoji met and exceeded our expectations as a ģuide.
Shoji is a wonderful tour guide who was not only knowledgeable about the areas of our tour, but a very kind and thoughtful guide. Shoji was able to tailor our route to accommodate my husband’s needs having some difficulties walking some steps so we were able to take public transportation to experience what it is like to ride the train in Tokyo to some of our destinations. We would highly recommend Shoji for a guide when visiting Tokyo.
Thank you so much, Audrey for your kind words. Your heartwarming words greatly encourage me. It was nice meeting you and being your guide. You and John are very good couple. I really enjoyed John’s jokes. Please say thanks to him for me. I hope you had a great time in Tokyo and also in other places you visited. Thanks again for joining my tour.
Shoji was very communicative from the time I booked the tour. I only had one free day in Tokyo, and this was exactly what I was looking for. He guided me to several sights around the city and gave interesting and insightful historical and cultural context. I really enjoyed taking the public transportation to get a glimpse of life in Tokyo. Having Shoji lead me around saved so much time and stress. I highly recommend Shoji!
Thank you very much for your kind words. I was really encouraged by your words. I had a great time with you on the tour and learned a lot from you. I hope you will be a big fun of Japan and will come again in another season. Be careful of the strong typhoon!