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Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

1. Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Explore the best of Tokyo on this 1-day, fully customizable, and private tour. Select which must-see locations you’d like to visit from the list below and your knowledgeable, licensed guide will customize an itinerary for you based on your preferences. The most popular, must-see attractions available on this tour: Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Akihabara, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Nezu, and Shinjuku Golden Gai. On the day of the tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your full-day tour. Using either public transport or walking to get around, why not start your day with a visit to Asakusa to see the famous Senso-Ji Temple. Your next stop could be to take a walk through the Outer Garden (Gaien) of the Imperial Palace, followed by lunch in trendy, ‘Kawaii’ Harajuku. Then, maybe, spend your afternoon at the Meiji Jingu Shrine forest, between the busy neighborhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku.

Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

2. Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

Be picked up from your hotel, relax in a chartered car, and explore the city at your own pace with a friendly chauffeur on a completely customizable day tour. If you are not sure what you want to see, you can choose the default itinerary. Choose to explore the sights on your own, or select the option including a driver-guide. With the set itinerary, be picked up from your accommodation within Tokyo's 23 wards at 9:00 AM. The first stop is the Asakusa District where you will see Tsukuji Market, Sensoji Temple, and the Tokyo SkyTree. Afterwards, see the Imperial Palace before traveling to Ginza and the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Visit Harajuku Takeshita Street and see Japanese street culture for yourself. Go to the Shibuya Area and witness the famous scramble crossing. Enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo Bay in the futuristic area of Odaiba before being dropped off at your hotel or place of your choosing within the 23 wards at 8:00 PM.  Suggested places to visit include the Traditional Cannon Shrine in Asakusa, the Giant instagramable Kaminarimon Gate, the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, and the fancy Ginza area. You could choose to walk through the beautiful Imperial gardens, enjoy the magnificent views from Tokyo Tower or Skytree and stroll around the futuristic Odaiba area.

Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

3. Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

Explore one or two of west Tokyo’s eclectic neighborhoods on a guided tour, where the weird and wonderful is never far away. Discover Shibuya, the enormous entertainment district, and Harajuku, the epicenter of Tokyo’s youth culture. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Jostle your way through hordes of locals on your way to the zelkova tree-lined avenue of upmarket Omotesando, and pass cool designer stores on your way to bright and bustling Takeshita Street, the epicenter of Tokyo’s youth culture exploding with colorful boutiques, cafés, and all things adorable. Next, stop off at the strangely out-of-place Moyai Statue, a massive landmark modeled on the Moai of Easter Island, then make the mad dash across Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world (and certainly the busiest in Japan). Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences.

Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

4. Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

Join a local guide to get an authentic experience of Japan’s electrifying capital city. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets – and a few off the well-trodden tourist trail. You may choose to explore Tokyo’s high-energy central districts like Shibuya, the iconic area known for its dining, shopping, and entertainment, or venture further into Harajuku, a neighboring district renowned for its cutting-edge street and sweet street food. Then travel back in time to explore the 1300-year-old Sensō-ji temple, the oldest in the city, in the heart of the historic Asakusa district. Get a lesson in Tokyo’s ancient Buddhist history, and see the awe-inspiring Asakusa Shrine, which honors the three founders of the Sensō-ji. Walk the traditional streets to the neighboring Ueno district, an old downtown area that’s home to several attractions like museums, historical monuments, and the popular Ueno zoo, all found inside the sprawling 150-year-old Ueno Park. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the activity provider's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Tokyo: Custom, Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

5. Tokyo: Custom, Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Japan’s electrifying capital city. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets – and a few off the well-trodden tourist trail. First, meet your guide at the 1300-year-old Sensō-ji temple, the oldest in the city, in the heart of the historic Asakusa district. Get a lesson in Tokyo’s ancient Buddhist history, and see the awe-inspiring Asakusa Shrine, which honors the three founders of the Sensō-ji. Then, walk the traditional streets to the neighboring Ueno district, an old downtown area that’s home to several attractions like museums, historical monuments and the popular Ueno zoo, all found inside the sprawling 150-year-old Ueno Park. Intrigued by Tokyo’s national sport? Head to the riverside Ryogoku district, the heartland of professional sumo. See all sorts of fascinating sumo paraphernalia, small statues of yokozuna (the highest-ranking sumo wrestlers), and Ryogoku Kokugikan – Tokyo’s famous sumo stadium. There’s really no limit to what you can see and do in Tokyo, and there’s something for absolutely everyone. Indulge in some shopping in Ginza's sparkling department stores, or wander around the street of "shita-machi", the oldest area of Tokyo, where you can soak up its Edo vibes. And don't forget to grab a quick bite at the old Tsukiji Fish market- you will be surprised to hear that seafood is not the only specialty here. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Tokyo: Signature Sightseeing Tour

6. Tokyo: Signature Sightseeing Tour

Your first stop is Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu), a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. The shrine was completed in 1920, and through the southern and northern path to the shrine meet you'll find the symbol of Meiji Jingu: the torii. Following that, you will visit the Tokyo Imperial Palace (Kokyo). It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, consisting of a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo. It contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums, and administrative offices. The next stop is Sensoji, the ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is Tokyo's oldest and one of its most significant temples. Adjacent to the temple is a 5-story pagoda called the Asakusa Shinto Shrine. The Kaminarimon is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately lead to the Sensō-ji in Asakusa. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is hugely popular with tourists. After visiting Sensoji you will have free lunchtime in Nakamise-Dori, in Asakusa. It is a street that leads to the temple that is approximately 250 meters in length and contains around 89 shops and restaurants. The morning section of your tour will conclude there. In the afternoon, you will continue your tour to the Asakusa Pier where you'll board a Tokyo water bus, which has recently become a hot-spot in Tokyo. See Tokyo from a different perspective and take in panoramic views of the city skyline. The last spot of the tour is the old neighborhood of Shibamata. Absorb the warm atmosphere of the old town that still bears a close resemblance to Edo, one that has a special place in the heart of many Japanese people. See the filming location of the long-running TV film series “Otoko wa Tsurai Yo,” which translates to “It’s Tough Being a Man”. Visit the Shibamata Taishakuten, a Buddhist temple founded in 1629. Then, take a leisurely stroll through the calm Japanese garden passing beautiful sculptures.  In the end, you can then choose to either enjoy your evening in Akihabara, considered by many to be the center of modern Japanese popular culture and a major shopping district for computer-related goods or take the bus back to Shinjuku to finish your tour there.

Tokyo: Full-Day Japanese Garden Private Guided Tour

7. Tokyo: Full-Day Japanese Garden Private Guided Tour

Discover the traditional and historic gardens of Tokyo on a fully customizable tour. Visit various gardens arranged various styles with native and non-native plants. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel or chosen location, then choose the gardens you wish to visit depending on your preferences. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Tokyo and first visit the garden of the Imperial Palace. Enjoy a stroll through this typical stately Japanese-style garden. Next, move to Meiji-Jingu Shrine then visit a quiet garden with a charming teahouse and pond. Have lunch in Harajuku where you have a lot of choices of food. Take a short train ride and arrive at Shinjuku Gyoen Garden which is one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo. Explore a vast park with a variety of different sections including a typical Japanese garden, a formal French garden with roses en masse, and an English landscape garden. Choose to visit other recommended gardens such as: • Koishikawa Korakuen Garden • Hama Rikyu Gardens • Yoyogi Park • Rikugien Garden • Ueno Park • Koishikawa Botanical Garden • Kiyosumi Teien Garden • Former Shiba Rikyu Gardens • Nezu Museum • Happo-en Garden

Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour [Customizable]

8. Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour [Customizable]

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.

Tokyo Highlights Private Walking Tour

9. Tokyo Highlights Private Walking Tour

Explore the highlights of Tokyo with a passionate and knowledgeable local guide. There are a number of fixed tour options, and your destinations will change depending on which tour you decide on. For example, spots like: -The world famous Tsukiji fish market -The town of Asakusa, which boasts a traditional feel of ancient Tokyo -Meiji Jingu, the famed Shinto shrine with a breathtaking spiritual presence -And the Harajuku district, which is known for its trendsetting ""kawaii"" fashion culture We have put together what we think is the best itinerary possible for each option. We are looking forward to creating memorable times with you in Tokyo!

Private Harajuku Omotesando Architecture Tour

10. Private Harajuku Omotesando Architecture Tour

What is it that attracts people to this area? Isn’t Harajuku just one of the cute Japanese shopping streets for young girls? Isn’t Omotesando just the Japanese equivalent of Rodeo Drive with high-end boutiques lined up? By walking through this area, you will understand the attractiveness of this unique place. Once stepping into the back streets, a wide variety of Japanese lifestyles can be observed. And trust me, you will fall in love with this area by the end of the tour. It’s just not enough to see in just 3 hours. You will begin your tour from the Jingubashi bridge in front of the Meiji shrine, then check out one of Tokyo's most impressive landmarks Yoyogi Gymnasium from the distance. We then move on to contemporary and Japan’s emerging architectural works such as The Iceberg, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Sunny hills, and Prada, between the big names.  You will take a side trip to see the backstreet neighborhood to appreciate the different aspects of the area. We can always stop by a cafe to have a short break while walking and enjoy people going by the sleek Omotesando streets.

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What people are saying about Meiji Shrine

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We had a wonderful tour around Tokoyo with our guide Shinji. He was very knowledgeable and made for an interesting and engaging 6 hours. We had three teenagers with us who really enjoyed listening to Shinji. If booking a Tokoyo tour I would recommend the 6 hour tour and using a combination of public transport and private car as it meant we could visit more places.

Μrs Aki-san was an amazing guide! She told us about history of shrines and temples and during the tour she explained us everything!!! She was very polite and kind with us!!!! Amazing woman! I definitely recommend to go for it!!! Beautiful experience! Arigato Gozaimasu

Our guide Hideki was able to optimize his time well and present several tourist attractions in Tokyo. For those who are short on time and unfamiliar with Tokyo's train and subway lines, we recommend this customized tour.

Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made our experience very positive and memorable. He did an amazing job!!!

Antonio was a great guide we toured Ueno Park and Yanaka