Tokyo Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

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Duration: 6 hours

Departs: Tokyo, Tokyo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Enjoy an efficient, one-day tour of Tokyo accompanied by a government-licensed and experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will introduce both modern and traditional aspects of this dynamic Japanese capital.

Due to the enormous size of Tokyo, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, a one-day tour would probably focus on one small area, which would still leave you in awe at the scale of the city. Tokyo is where you can experience both modern and traditional, and your experienced private guide will help you efficiently enjoy a full day in this dynamic Japanese capital. Let us know what you would like to experience, and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

What's Included

Customizable Tour of your choice of 3-4 sites from 'What to expect' list

Licensed Local Guide

Meet up with guide in Tokyo

What's Not Included

Entrance fee (for yourself)

Lunch (for yourself)

Other personal expenses

Private transportation

Transportation fee (for yourself)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

This tour will allow you to explore Tokyo more efficiently in one day. Meet at your hotel, then move to anywhere you want.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Imperial Palace
This tour will allow you to explore Tokyo more efficiently in one day. Meet at your hotel, then move to anywhere you want.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
This tour will allow you to explore Tokyo more efficiently in one day. Meet at your hotel, then move to anywhere you want.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Shibuya Crossing
This tour will allow you to explore Tokyo more efficiently in one day. Meet at your hotel, then move to anywhere you want.

• Admission Ticket Free

Tsukiji Fish Market
This tour will allow you to explore Tokyo more efficiently in one day. Meet at your hotel, then move to anywhere you want.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.

The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Akihabara (秋葉原), also called Akiba after a former local shrine, is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. On Sundays, Chuo Dori, the main street through the district, is closed to car traffic from 13:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from October through March).

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen (小石川後楽園, Koishikawa Kōrakuen) is one of Tokyo's oldest and best Japanese gardens. It was built in the early Edo Period (1600-1867) at the Tokyo residence of the Mito branch of the ruling Tokugawa family. Like its namesake in Okayama, the garden was named Korakuen after a poem encouraging a ruler to enjoy pleasure only after achieving happiness for his people. Koishikawa is the district in which the garden is located in.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Hama Rikyu Gardens
Hama Rikyu (浜離宮, Hama Rikyū), is a large, attractive landscape garden in central Tokyo. Located alongside Tokyo Bay, Hama Rikyu features seawater ponds which change level with the tides, and a teahouse on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. The traditionally styled garden stands in stark contrast to the skyscrapers of the adjacent Shiodome district.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Tokyo National Museum
The Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) is the oldest and largest of Japan's top-level national museums, which also include the Kyoto National Museum, the Nara National Museum and the Kyushu National Museum. It was originally established in 1972 at Yushima Seido Shrine and moved to its current location in Ueno Park a few years later.

The Tokyo National Museum features one of the largest and best collections of art and archeological artifacts in Japan, made up of over 110,000 individual items including nearly a hundred national treasures. At any one time, about 4000 different items from the permanent museum collection are on display. In addition, visiting temporary exhibitions are also held regularly. Good English information and audio guides are available.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Tokyo Skytree
The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Senso-ji Temple
Sensoji (浅草寺, Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples.

The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Rikugien Garden
Rikugien (六義園) is often considered Tokyo's most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Korakuen. Built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Rikugien literally means "six poems garden" and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by manmade hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of trails.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park (代々木公園, Yoyogi Kōen) is one of Tokyo's largest city parks, featuring wide lawns, ponds and forested areas. It is a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities.

Although Yoyogi Park has relatively few cherry trees compared to other sites in Tokyo, it makes for a nice cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. Furthermore, it is known for its ginko tree forest, which turns intensely golden in autumn.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Takeshita Street
Harajuku (原宿) refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.

The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Roppongi Hills, Shop & Restaurant
Roppongi Hills is one of the best examples of a city within the city. Opened in 2003 in the heart of Tokyo's Roppongi district, the building complex features offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, a hotel, art museum, observation deck and more. The office floors are home to leading companies from the IT and financial sectors, and Roppongi Hills has become a symbol of the Japanese IT industry.

At the center of Roppongi Hills stands the 238 meter Mori Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the city. While most of the building is occupied by office space, the first few floors have restaurants and shops and the top few floors house an observation deck and modern art museum that are open to the public.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Odaiba District
Odaiba (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry.

More than a century later, the small islands were joined into larger islands by massive landfills, and Tokyo began a spectacular development project aimed to turn the islands into a futuristic residential and business district during the extravagant 1980s. But development was critically slowed after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s, leaving Odaiba nearly vacant.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shibamata (柴又) is a neighborhood on the eastern end of Tokyo, not far from the Edogawa River which is the natural border between Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture. The town retains its old-school charm from yesteryear and is a perfect break away from modern Tokyo. One of the main attractions to see is the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple not far from the station.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Takaosan Yakuo-in Yuki-ji Temple
Mount Takao (高尾山, Takaosan) is one of the closest natural recreation areas to central Tokyo, offering beautiful scenery, an interesting temple and attractive hiking opportunities. Although outside the city center, the mountain is still located within metropolitan Tokyo and takes only 50 minutes and 390 yen to reach from Shinjuku.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Having miraculously avoided major damage during world wars and natural disasters, Yanaka and Nezu—two of the neighborhoods that make up shitamachi, Tokyo's old downtown—retain their last-century charm. You'll find historical sites such as Yanaka Cemetery and Nezu Shrine tucked away among shitamachi's narrow back alleys, traditional wooden houses, izakaya pubs, atmospheric coffee shops and retro stores selling old-style sweets and snacks. Here you can slip back in time to a slower-paced, more genteel Tokyo.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shinjuku Golden Gai
Golden Gai is said to have started around 1950 when the black market that had arisen in front of Shinjuku Station moved and, in this new area, a number of eating and drinking establishments set up shop. Although Shinjuku has undergone considerable modernization since then, Golden Gai seems to have remained largely unchanged.

The alley is narrow and cramped with countless signs advertising the various establishments that line the way. Many of the buildings themselves are made of wood, remnants hanging on from the Showa Era. Most measure only around thirteen square meters (one hundred forty-two square feet). It's a dim, boisterous place filled with the aromatic smoke of grilling meats. Yet despite the nearly endless number of slick new restaurants available in Shinjuku, this little alley continues to draw the attention of foreign tourists. Golden Gai is a popular “un-touristy” tourist spot.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great way to see Tokyo
andershG8454IS, 12-01-2023
This is a great way to see Tokyo because it is an individualized tour, targeted to your interests. Our guide, Nobu, helped both with the practical matters (like where to go and how to get there) and was knowledgable about the places we visited.
Fabulous tour with a...
CharlesandJen_L, 11-01-2023
Fabulous tour with a great tour guide! We enjoyed the day. We learned so much and felt like we gained a lifelong friend.
A tour with Hideki-san that my partner and I will never forget!
lennoxp2023, 10-01-2023
We had a great tour with Hideki-san, our guide for a day as we navigated through Tokyo, and even helped me propose to my (now) fiancée!

Hideki-san was an excellent guide, fluent in English (and French!) and showed his wonderful in-depth knowledge of the city. Hideki-san was very kind, professional, and went above and beyond to give me and my partner an experience we will never forget.

Before meeting, Hideki-san requested if we had any sights/places we wanted to visit. On the day, Hideki-san picked us up from our hotel lobby and took us to the Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Market, Asakusa Shrine, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and Takeshita Street, Tokyo Skytree (where he knew a place that could give you a great view of the Skytree and the surrounding area without fully ascending the Skytree!), to name a few. He even took us to his favourite sushi restaurant and gave us directions for my partner and I's trip to Disneyland the next day, which he did not need to do.

Finally, I will be forever grateful to Hideki-san for being extremely flexible and finding a beautiful location for me to propose to my fiancée, at short notice.

For anyone considering a tour, this is a must do to enhance your experience.

Arigato, Hideki-san. Kokoroyori kansha mōshiagemasu.
heidirM9877AF, 10-01-2023
My experience was excellent! My guide was Michio. His English, knowledge, professionalism and over all charismatic personality made for an excellent tour! He was able to talk and share history facts, food items, general knowledge and had an overwhelmingly engaging personality! I come to Japan on business and this was my first trip. On my next trip I will most certainly request Michio for any tours I take.
Terrific tour with Koji!
annz204, 08-01-2023
Koji led us seamlessly through the streets and subways of Tokyo to key attractions that we were interested in seeing. He was very informative about the history of the city and the sites. We followed the advice of other travelers and did the tour on our first full day in Tokyo. This helped acclimate us to the city and subway such that we could navigate it on our own going forward. Koji got us off to a great start for our vacation in Japan!

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