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Ultimate Tokyo One-day private Tour


Tokyo
8 hours
up to 6 people
French ( Professional ), Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), Spanish ( Intermediate )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

This is a one day private tour in Tokyo featuring most of the authentic touring spots tailormade to your places of interests. You will not only visit places, but more importantly hear a lot about the history and the stories partained to each area.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Yoshihisa.

  • Asakusa; a historic district with its iconic temple of Sensoji, Kaminarimon-gate, Asakusa jinja (a 400 year old shinto shrine ), and the surrounding area with many places of interest
  • Tsujiki fish market; a large market to fulfil the apetite of this 13 million population of Tokyo, with many small but interesting shops of seafood and others, an old shinto shrine Namiyokejinja (guadian god of hightides) etc.
  • Ueno metroplitan Park; a former site of family temple of Tokugawa Shogunate transformed to a public park after the Meiji Restauration. There are many historic places such as Toshogu shrine ( 400 year old shinto shrine), 5 stories pagoda, Museums of all kinds, a statue of hero of Meji Restauration said to be the model of The Last Samurai. Below the hill, there is Ameya-yokocho (a formere post war black market), where you will feel a flavor of Tokyo 70 years ago.
  • Imperial Palace; a palace where the Emperor and Empress have a residence and the office. It is a former site of Tokugawa Shogunate castle, built in early 17th century. Many lost, but there still remain a lot of historical building and monuments, where you will feel as if you went back to the period of Edo.
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine and Harajuku area; Meiji Jingu shrine is a huge authentic style shinto shrine surrounded by tall woods forming a devine and serene atomosphere. Once you come out, you will see a good contrast at Takeshita-dori (a famous shopping arcade for young people) or Omotesando (one of the most prestegious shopping streets, featuring contemporary buildings designed by famed archtechts.)
  • Shibuya; a famous place for the big crossing where some thousand people cross in an amazingly smooth manner, and a statue of Hachi (a royal dog)
  • Shinjuku; a district that forms a good combination of daylife and nightlife. From the observatory floor on the 46th floor of the city hall building, you will see the good birdview of Tokyo, and if lucky Mt. Fuji far beyond). At night, you can stroll around Kabukicyo( a famous entertainment district) stopping at one of the bars at Golden-gai
  • Ryogoku; an historic district famous as a Sumo town. You can visit the Sumo arena, and if lucky will be able to meet some wrestlers enjoying a rest after the morning training. Also, there are museums ie, Edo Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Hokusai Museum (a newly built museum dedicated localy born famous woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai, or a Japanese Sword Museum.
  • Akihabara; former postwar black market for radio parts, once famed as a electric town, but now more famous as a subculture town. There are numerous shops of different categories varying from shops of video-games, costumes for cosplay (wearing costumes of heroes of Mangas or Animes), or animal cafes, character cafes, local street food restaurants etc. etc.

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What to Expect

By taking this tour, you can cover almost all of the places of interest of this large city so long as the time permits. You can make priority and select some from the areas listed, and off course I can give you fulll advice where and which to choose. Through the course of browsing through all these areas, you will be explained many stories partaining to each one of the areas, and will learn a lot about this historic town of Tokyo.

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or a nearest spot convenient
Ending Point At your hotel or a nearest spot convenient

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation expense (you and guide about 1k yen), by the public transportation (we will buy a pass, and the price differ depending on the expriy, but approximately around 1k yen a day), lunch, coffee (you and guide if any 300 to 400 yen), entrance fee to museums(you and guide if any 300 to 600 yen)

Important

My tours basically start and end in the Tokyo area. Please note if start from outside Tokyo, transportation fee (to and from) for guide incurred will be added. I would also appreciate being asked about the availability before booking.

As the city of Tokyo is so vast, we should work out a careful but challenging plan of the tour to enable us to see as much as possible during the period allowed.
As the distance of walking will be long (around 15-20 steps) , please wear a comfortable shoes.

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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Roger Roger Japan ( Solo )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Very Knowledgeable and Professional, G-Cans Facility Tour ”

Mr. Yoshihisa was very accommodating during my tour of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (also known as the G-Cans facility). I had short notice before the tour, but Mr. Yoshihisa was quick to respond with his availability for being a translator, since the public tour was only in Japanese. Translation was reliable during the tour. I appreciate his recognition of my interest of the facility.

Yoshihisa:

Thank you Roger for your kind review. It was indeed a very special and exicitng experience, especially on a day just a few days after big rainfall. We were able to experience the real functioning of this underground donjon.I am so exitec that I was with a person like you, so enthusiastic to know many things about this facility. Also I felt very honored to know that my translation helped to know better about this rare underground shrine. I hope we meet again. Thank you.

Alan Alan United States ( Solo )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ ONE OF THE BEST PRIVATE GUIDES I’VE HAD ! ”

I am very active senior from New York & have travelled extensively with my late wife and just finished a wonderful solo trip to JAPAN. I had the pleasure of having Yoshihisa as my guide for a 1 day trip to KAMAKURA, from Tokyo. Of the 5 different guides I had in JAPAN, he was the best. Yoshi is an extremely intelligent man who was a pleasure to be with. Very informative. I can say a lot more but I believe I made myself clear.

Yoshihisa:

Thank you Alan for your most generous words. I feel it was a greatest ever fortunate to have been able to meet with a person like you. We have a word coming from zen buddhism saying Ichigo Ichie, meaning though we may never see each other again, our memory of encounter stays forever. Together with many other inspirations you gave me, including your love to your late wife, I will not forget about you and a beautiful day together in Kamakura. Thanking again and wishing you all the best. Yoshihisa

Tom Tom Japan
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tokyo night tour ”

Phenomenal night tour he knows exactly how to get from place to place without a wasted step. He’ll be showing you things on the way to where you are going. His English is great and I don’t think the tour could have been any better. Well worth the money, this guy is great!

Yoshihisa:

Thank you Tom for your generous words. Despite the storm of the night before, we were lucky to have been able to spend a great evening, fewer people, short queue etc. I too have enjoyed the tour with you. I hope you have not been too much disturbed by the traffic to the airport, because later I found that trains may have been stopped longer than expected. Hoping to be able to see you again for your next visit to Tokyo. Thank you again. Yoshihisa

george George South Africa ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Best day trip I’ve ever done ”

What a excellent decision to have Yoshihisa show me his beautiful country. We met at the train station and did a e bike 6 hour tour around Tokyo. This covered new modern side of Tokyo and old traditional side which was amazing. Yoshihisa’s knowledge is unalbelievable. Every question I could ask was answered. Do not hesitate to have him show you around Tokyo. Thank you again my friend, like I said in our goodbyes , you gave me a beautiful memory I will never forget!

Yoshihisa:

Thank you George for your generous comments. It was a great moment for me to travel around Tokyo with a person like you. As you have commented, there are many aspects in this city, and I was very much encouraged and pleased by your enthusiasm to know about Tokyo. Although we have covered quite a good part of Tokyo, but there are more of secrets of this city and also depending on the season, it changes its face. So, I truly look forward to the next opportunity to meet you. Thank you.

Stéphane Stéphane Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great half-day bicycle ride around Tokyo ”

What a great experience! We contacted Yoshihisa while we were in Tokyo and told him what we had already visited on our own. We had done the Sky Hop Bus and visited quite a bit on our own using the Metro. We wanted to see Sumo and lesser known spots. He offered two options, one by e-assist bikes and one walking tour. We picked the bike tour and did not regret it even if we don’t regularly ride bicycles at home. With their electric assistance, the bikes were fast and easy, even in small hills. Yoshihisa had prepared a tour that started and finished at Tokyo Station, close to our hotel. We started at 7:00 in order to catch Sumo practice that finished at 8:00. Even if we watched from outside the stable, the windows and door were open and we had a clear view and heard them. Some even went... read more

Yoshihisa:

Thank you Stéphane for all your generous words. I am pleased that my recommendation was gladly accepted by you and you enjoyed it. Indeed, I too enjoyed a lot this fresh morning tour with you. It was a great honor and priviledge for me as a guide to be with persons like you, with thoughtfulness and so much passion to know about Tokyo. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation to start earlier than the original schedule, a minor change of timeflame therafter, and above all the flexibility and patience shown at the end of the tour. The buddhist ceremony was impressive Indeed, and I felt greatly rewarded by your interest which was way beyond tourists eyes, and was more a real approach to the spirituality of the local people. The chant at loud of a person behind us added an accent f... read more

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