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Western Tokyo Highlights


Tokyo
8 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This is private tour for you and your group, basically using public transportations.

My Tokyo Western highlights includes
・Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory
・Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens
・ Meiji-jingu Shrine
・Omotesando street
・Harajuku (Takeshita street)
・Ura-Harajuku (Cat street)
・Shibuya (Shibuya Crossing, Hachi-ko dog statue, Tokyu Food Show)

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Kaori.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens
  • Meiji-jingu Shrine (One of the most important shrines in Japan, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress.)
  • Omotesando street (Fashionable street with lots of unique architectures)
  • Oriental Bazaar (long established souvenir shop) *Closed on Thursdays
  • Kiddy Land (cute toy shop for kids)
  • Harajuku (Takeshita street) Teenager's Mecca!
  • Ura-Harajuku (Cat street) Back street of Harajuku. Loved by fashion-conscious 20's and 30's.
  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Hachi-ko dog statue (a famous royal dog statue)
  • Tokyu Food Show (department store's basement : food floor called Depa-chika

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What to Expect

If you have more than 2 days for Tokyo, I recommend one day for East and one day for West, as Tokyo is a quite big city. It takes some time (30-40min) to move from East to West even in the central Tokyo.

This tour is basically walking tour, using public transportation such as subways and trains. As an option, you can ask the arrangement for hired taxis or vans with additional fee.

My 2 tours (One day Eastern highlights and One day Western highlights) cover most highlights of Tokyo. Eastern one is more with tradition and samurai history, and Western one is more with modern, young culture, Kawaii culture and night life. I have Eastern Highlights tour. Please check it out too!

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Tokyo, or any preferred place in central Tokyo
Ending Point At your hotel in Tokyo, or any preferred place in central Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up, hotel drop-off

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), food and drink (you and guide), entrance fee (you and guide)

【Main fee】
Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens : admission ¥500/adult, free for kids under 15

For guide, One day Subway Ticket : ¥900

For you, One day Subway Ticket : ¥900 per person or if you’re staying in Tokyo for a few days, getting below at the airport makes your travel easier.
●Tokyo Subway Ticket(24h / 48h / 72h)
Unlimited travel ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Metro (Not available for JR). Best value for Tokyo visitors, needs passport for purchase.
https://www.tokyometro.jp/tst/en/index.html
●Welcome SUICA for travelers (transportation IC card) ←Getting this at airport is recommended!
If you want the easiest way, Welcome SUICA will make you free from concerns, as it's available for most major trains and buses in major cities of Japan. Can be purchased only limited places in Tokyo district. Purchase at the airport is strongly recommended.
https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/welcomesuica/welcomesuica.html

For more information for transportation system in Tokyo, refer to below blog.
"What's the best ticket for Tokyo transportation?"
https://triplelights.com/blog/whats-most-efficient-tran-3994

【Optional】Hired vans.
Hired taxi or van : ¥34,190 up to 6 people (including a guide). Plus parking fees.
Advanced booking is needed. Please make an inquiry as soon as possible if you want to use hired cars.

Important

●If tour starts/ends outside Tokyo
My tours basically start from Tokyo and end at Tokyo. If starts/ends outside Tokyo, I need to ask the clients to cover my transportation fee to/from Tokyo. Thank you for understanding.

●About Car Use in Japan
Guide fee doesn't include hired cars and transportation fee. Tour guides are not allowed to use their own cars by national regulation. Only drivers with certain certification with specially registered cars for business use can offer paid transportations in Japan. If you want hired cars, you need to pay for hired cars besides guide fee. Sorry for inconvenience.

・Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory is occasionally closed. Sometimes need line-up for elevators.
・Oriental Bazaar is closed on Thursdays

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 ( 43 )
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Kate Kate Australia ( Family )
Excellent
6 days ago

“ Thoughtful and great company ”

We spent a full day with Kaori on a day trip to Hakone from Tokyo. There were four of us, including my elderly parents. My mother has a walking stick, and my father has diabetes, so we had some special requirements, including a need to be flexible if anyone got too tired. Added into that were the complexities of closures due to typhoon and volcanic activity. Kaori took ALL of this in her stride, and with incredible attentiveness and generosity, made sure we had a full day that was enjoyable for everyone, with absolutely zero stress. Thanks Kaori for a magical day that will be long remembered as a highlight of our trip!

Kaori:

Thank you for your heartwarming review, Kate-san. It was a beautiful autumn day. We couldn't expect more than today with perfect Mt.Fuji with snow cap throughout the day. I appreciate that you let me have shared this wonderful day together with your family. Your family is such a bright beautiful family, caring each other, joking each other and enjoying life the fullest. I was happy to be part of your trip. I'm also so happy to hear you had zero stress during the tour. That's the best honor for me as tour guide! Great to meet experts of Japan like you. Keep enjoying rest of your travel. Say thank you to all. Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Lynne Lynne Canada ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Busy two days seeing highlights of Tokyo ”

My husband and daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed spending two days in Tokyo with Kaori, who was extremely pleasant, agreeable, low key and helpful. We had an ambitious agenda but Kaori got us smoothly around town by foot and transit and helped us get our bullet train tickets for later travel. She had learned about the opening of an observation tower near Shabuya crossing and suggested we modify our itinerary to include that, which was a great suggestion. It was a pleasure to have Kaori as our guide and we would recommend her. She organized things so we could walk between a lot of sites thereby getting to see things as we walked.

Kaori:

Thank you for the warmest review on me, Lynne-san. I truly appreciate your kindness for taking time even when you're still on holiday. It was really honor and a big pleasure for me to have you as my guests by being introduced by someone I guided in the past. You requested mixture of musts and local in a limited time. I'm glad we could make it as much as possible thanks to your being good walkers. And I'm happy to see you enjoyed newly opened Shibuya Sky observation, which now I feel the best open-air observatory in Tokyo. Please say hello and love to Skee-san family when you meet them. Keep enjoying your rest of your stay! Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Fabíola Fabíola Brazil ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Perfect Day in Tokyo ”

From the start of our day to the end, Kaori was terrific! She was right on time and off we went. Kaori has a wonderful manner that made us very comfortable. She was extremely knowledgeable of every site we visited throughout the entire day and gave us options as we continued our journey through Tokyo. She found a very small restaurant, for lunch, where the food was tasty, the service great, and the atmosphere cozy. By the end of the day, we felt like we made a friend in Kaori. We HIGHLY recommend Kaori to anyone who wants a more personalized tour of Tokyo.

Kaori:

Thank you for wonderful review while you're still on your holiday, Fabiola-san. We've been through many messages prior to our tour day. So, I didn't feel we met each other first time when I met you in the morning. Thank you for beautiful present you brought all the way to Japan for me, especially, please say special thanks to your beautiful daughters. I love them! I'm happy to hear you felt comfortable during tour. It was also my pleasure to take you to the off-the beaten spots. I'm looking forward to meeting you again when you come back to Tokyo. See you in 2 weeks. Enjoy your trip the fullest until then! Kaori

Anna Anna United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A fabulous day with a great tour guide ”

As soon as we connected via emails it became clear that it is very easy to communicate with Kaori. She read my emails and replied very timely, right away. Provided details and answered all my specific questions clearly and concisely. It was a pleasure to spend a day with Kaori. She is very considered. She has a very good command of English. We spent several hours together and Kaoti always made us feel comfortable. She gave enough interesting information and also let us just soak in the beauty around us. Our big thanks for a wonderful experience.

Kaori:

Thank you for wonderful review, Anna-san. As we talked about our Hakone tour plan a lot on TripleLights message ahead of tour day, I didn't feel we met each other first time when we met in the morning of tour day. It was perfect sunny day with blue sky for Open Air Museum and other museum and park, which you enjoyed the fullest. I felt happy to see you're enjoying every moment in Hakone. I'm truly looking forward to seeing you again and guiding your friends and relatives in the future. Thanks again for a beautiful day! Hugs and Kisses, Kaori

Sunil Sunil Oman ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great guide ”

Kaori is a great guide and knows answers to many of tourists querries, also she is flexible and able to change things at short notice. Is fully conversant on the key attractions in Tokyo area, and was able to book a great 12 course traditional japanese dinner, that highlighted the best of Japanese cuisine, Very energetic and cheerful person to go along with,

Kaori:

Thank you so much for great review and comment, Sunil-san. These kindest words encourage me a lot as a guide. And I really appreciate your kindness and generosity that you let me have shared special Kaiseki dinner as a part of your family. It's the most honorable to be treated as family. The dinner was so beautiful and time with your family was so precious. I loved to talk with your two lovely daughters and their smiles. Say thank you to all. Hugs and Kisses, Kaori

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