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$ 27 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Cities where I can guide: Tokyo

Languages English ( Native ), Japanese ( Beginner )

(7) Reviews
Hourly rate 27 USD Price up to 4 people
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Welcome to Tokyo! What a great city this is!

I've been living here for almost eight years and I have explored this wonderful city and its fascinating suburbs with a real passion.

My love of exploring actually started in Thailand and Korea, where I lived for many years before coming to Japan, but Tokyo is home now! I'm a Permanent Resident and I'm very happy here!

I am especially interested in the sacred buildings of Tokyo, and am the author of a number of books on Tokyo temples and Buddhist pilgrimages, as well as a guide to the Christian churches and cathedrals of Tokyo. At the moment my wife and I especially love going out to Chichibu, a wonderful little town in the mountains west of Tokyo, and visiting the temples there. But we are not planning on any more books!

Instead, I've been spending most of my free time studying Japanese, especially reading. I'm a big fan of the manga Yotsubato and read along with an online reading group. And just this year I've started another brand new hobby - watching the entire Gundam series... all 40 years of it! I watch each episode first with English subtitles, and then with Japanese, and of course I'm making Gundam model kits too! I'm a total beginner, but it's great fun!

What people like about me is my enthusiasm! I wouldn't be any good at "Tokyo after dark" tours or anything like that, but for anyone interested in the traditional sights of this city, as well as modern architecture, parks, and walks in local areas, I bring energy, knowledge, the ability to compare with other countries, and a real love for this place which is now home.

I look forward to exploring Tokyo with you soon!

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Private Tours

Your Tokyo starts here!

(7) Reviews
by Marcus
6h $ 162 up to 4 people

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.

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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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 7 )
Luisa Luisa United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Sumida river cruise and Asakusa ”

Marcus was Amazing! He was very knowledgeable! He manage to cover a lot in 6 hours! He was personable, he was engaged he explain things very well! He was awesome! Thank you! Sincerely Luisa

Marie Marie New Zealand ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Excellent guide ”

Marcus was great very flexible and very knowledgeable. Marcus showed us everything we wanted to see plus more. Marcus is extremely friendly and listened to our needs for the short amount of time we were in Tokyo. Have recommended Marcus to others and would use his services again.

Mary Mary United States ( Solo )
3 months ago

“ As much as you can do in 6 hours and have fun ”

Marcus was an excellent guide. He was well prepared and created an itinerary that was perfect for me. He is very pleasant and thoughtful. He listened to me and was flexible with what we did. I learned so much! Thank you

Janet Janet United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Amazing day! Buddhist Fire Ceremony! ”

And saw the most famous temple in Tokyo! He explained the various traditions and taught us what to do. Marcus is incredibly knowledgeable of Buddhist traditions, history and the city. We learned a lot about Tokyo that we would otherwise have missed out on. A rich history and wonderful culture. Marcus is easy to be with, fun and attentive. We felt like we got the best of Tokyo with all the sites we saw along the way. He made the day fabulous and our trip to Tokyo a gem! We look forward to coming back and our next adventure guided by him! Thank you Marcus!

Liz Liz Australia ( Family )
5 months ago

“ Walking tour of Tokyo ”

Marcus was excellent. We used the train system and walked and saw may highlights of Tokyo.