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Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

1. Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

Start your Akihabara tour by making your first stop at a retro video game store. This store is considered a treasure trove for game lovers, especially for those who grew up experiencing the rise of the Japanese video game industry. Here, you can listen to the 8-bit video game keyboard music that you can hardly find anywhere else! Your guide will help you find and buy all the retro video game machines and disks. While the world is chasing after new games, look back on these old-time games that bring back charming childhood memories. Next, head over to the maid cafe - an unmissable experience whilst you're in Tokyo. Hang out with cute maids, get spells cast on your food, and take photos! If you order an omelet or hot latte, the maids will draw cute illustrations on it with ketchup/chocolate sauce. Finally, enjoy wandering around huge anime stores with hundreds of figures and cosplay goods. Sometimes these stores are places that travelers feel awkward to discover by themselves -however with a guide, you can fully enjoy every single stop like a local.

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Tokyo: Meet Owls at the Owl Café in Akihabara

2. Tokyo: Meet Owls at the Owl Café in Akihabara

Experience an amazing close encounter with the natural world on a visit to an owl café in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. Avail of a 1-hour time slot, reserved for you, and spend precious time with the birds without having to wait in line. Upon arrival, the staff will take you to your reserved seats, where you can interact with the beautiful creatures up close. Touch the owls and feel their soft feathers following the instructions of the café staff. Learn how to communicate with the owls and hear what you should not do in order to protect their welfare.  Take souvenir photos with a variety of owls, and decide which is your favorite! Say goodbye to the birds and make your way to the neighboring shop, where you are free to stay at your leisure. 

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Tokyo 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

3. Tokyo 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Take in the city of Tokyo from an open-top sightseeing bus and choose from all the available routes according to your interests. Your 24-hour ticket provides unlimited access to all routes, allowing you to hop off when you want to explore more. See the highlights of the city, such as Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji, and Ginza. Route 1: TOKYO SKYTREE course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Kodemmacho Station — Ryogoku Edo-Tokyo Museum — TOKYO SKYTREE station — Asakusa Hanakawado — Asakusa Tawaramachi — Ueno Matsuzakaya — Akihabara (Suehirocho) — Shin-Nihombashi Station — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building Route 2: TOKYO TOWER, Tsukiji Ginza course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Tokyo Tower — Tokyo Prince Hotel/Zojo-ji Temple — Tokyo Teleport Station — Tsukiji Ginza — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building Route 3: SHINJUKU SHIBUYA course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden — Shinjuku Station South Exit/Hotel Century Southern Tower — Shinjuku Station West Exit/Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building — Shibuya City Hall/Harajuku/Meiji Jingu Shrine — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building You can hop off and back on the bus at your convenience and explore the sights you’re interested in at your own pace. From the open-top bus, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo as you listen to the commentary on your audio guide.

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Tokyo: Private Customizable Walking Tour with Pickup

4. Tokyo: Private Customizable Walking Tour with Pickup

Meet your private guide at your Tokyo accommodation and head out on a walking tour to explore the city. Customize the itinerary to suit your interests and schedule. Be spontaneous and choose where you want to go. Make the most of your time with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Tokyo that aren’t in the guidebooks and that are popular with the locals. If you’ve just arrived in the city, start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Experience the city like a resident, get recommendations for the best places to eat and shop, and learn the easiest ways to get around. See some of the top attractions, wander through the charming old town, or indulge your senses at local food markets. Learn more about sights that you can visit on your own after the tour.

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Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

5. Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

Although public transportation in Tokyo is very convenient, it can also be quite pricey as individual trips typically cost from 100-500 yen. It may not seem like much when you tap your Suica card each time you pass through the ticket gate, but if you do the math at the end of the day, you'll find that it can add up to be quite a lot! There is a much cheaper alternative available: This 24, 48 or 72-hour Metro pass offers unlimited use during consecutive days within your chosen timeframe. Your pass provides unlimited access to all the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines within the Tokyo Metropolitan area, taking you anywhere in the city you may want to go.

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Tokyo: Akihabara 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

6. Tokyo: Akihabara 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Start the tour with sushi in Nadeshiko restaurant where a female sushi chef will make a specially decorated sushi for you, that you can't find anywhere else. After lunch, the guide will take you to the electric part of the town in Akihabara. You can visit some shops in the meantime. There are many figure shops and game shops. You will also make a stop at the duty-free shop to continue to enjoy the shopping opportunities. The guide will show you a special vending machine where you can get small toys.  You will also be provided with lots of information regarding the history of Akihabara during the tour. 

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Tokyo: Maid Cafe Experience

7. Tokyo: Maid Cafe Experience

Among other things, Tokyo is famous for its various subcultures, one being the "kawaii" style. The word itself translates as "cute", and is used in the context of, for example, maid cafes. Enjoy the unique experience of visiting one of these maid cafes, which is only possible in Japan. Be waited on by young ladies in colorful and cute uniforms as they spread joy and happy energy. A visit normally includes the usual greeting ("welcome back, Master!"). Once seated, delight in the maids' singing and dancing as they wait on you and other customers. Food and drinks are also arranged in a cute manner, and, when served, are often additionally "enchanted" by the maids with a "cuteness magic spell." Choose between 1 of 2 plans when making your reservation: • Drink Plan: includes entrance fee, 1 drink, and 1 Polaroid picture with one of the waitresses • Meal Plan: includes entrance fee, 1 drink, 1 plain omelet rice, 1 Polaroid picture with one of the waitresses, and 1 Majipen (glowstick)

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Tokyo: Personalized Private 6-Hour Tour

8. Tokyo: Personalized Private 6-Hour Tour

Spend a day discovering some of Tokyo’s attractions. Let a professional guide design a tour in line with your interests. You can visit 3 or 4 attractions, depending on your pace! Visit a Meiji forest shrine and explore the Harajyuku pop fashion shopping area. Head to Asakusa to see the oldest Sensoji temple. Take in a fish market, explore busy and popular Shibuya and visit the east garden of the Imperial Palace. Visit the Tokyo Sky Tree – the highest broadcasting tower in the world. Shop at department stores in Shinjyuku or in the small shopping street in Yanaka’s old town. Try out a restaurant in Ginza or visit Hamarikyu Garden and try some green tea.

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Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour

9. Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour

Delve into the heart of Tokyo on a sightseeing tour, and get the most out of the city with a private guide. Customize your experience to cater to your tastes and preferences. Choose from different tour durations to suit your schedule. Visit one area or point of interest with the 2-hour tour, or select the 4-hour tour to discover 2 monuments or neighborhoods. With the full-day experience you'll enjoy the company of a private guide for a whole day of sightseeing.   On the full-day tour, following pickup from your hotel you'll head to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Stroll around the stalls at the world's biggest seafood market, which can be difficult to understand without a guide. Continue to the Asakusa area to visit the Senso-ji temple, the largest temple in Tokyo. Next, walk along Nakamise shopping street before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to the Meiji shrine to marvel at the biggest shrine in Tokyo. Continue to the renowned Takeshita Street to explore local pop culture, before finishing your tour at approximately 4 PM.

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Tokyo: 1-Day Personalized Shopping Tour with Driver

10. Tokyo: 1-Day Personalized Shopping Tour with Driver

Embark on a fun-filled and personalized shopping tour of Tokyo after being picked up at your hotel. Head to the first stop at one of Japan's most popular shopping areas in Ginza. You can enjoy shopping at various famous brand shops in Ginza. Moving on from Ginza, head to Tokyo's modern and unique Akihabara district. Experience Japan's crazy underground Otaku culture from up close. Play exclusive arcade games or purchase some merchandise of your favorite manga. After your shopping tour, the driver will stop at a sightseeing spot where you'll have time to explore the place at your own pace. Your driver will be providing all the basic instructions including departure time and other practical information. You may choose to have an English-speaking guide accompanying you through the tour. Please select the 'Tour Guide' option when making a booking.

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What people are saying about Akihabara

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 624 reviews

Really nice, peaceful experience. I did a lot of research before going to an owl cafe as I was concerned for the animals' welfare. This owl "cafe" clearly prioritised the owls while still making the experience enjoyable for the humans as well! Not that there's no food or drink but the experience is WELL worth it if you can get in (make sure to book in advance). Loved it!

My private tour trough Tokio was just awesome. Together with my guide Yoshi we explored Tsujiki Fish Market, Meiji Shrine and also some local shops. She gave me so many insights about Japan, the culture and daily life that it felt like exploring the city with a friend. Great day. Great memories. Thanks for this experience!!!

Amazing place to visit! The staff is really nice and the owls are treated very well

Great way to see the city fast and chose what you want to get off and visit.

If you do not take JR arrange the transfer to the airport.