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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:4 or 8 hours

Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day

Experience the best of Tokyo on foot or by car during a private, customized tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Choose a half-day or full-day itinerary, tailored to your particular interests. See Tokyo highlights, from shrines and museums to the world’s largest fish market - Tsukiji Market, or explore distinct neighborhood shops, visit a sake brewery and sample Japanese cuisine. Public transportation fares via train and subway are included if you select a walking tour, or upgrade for a hotel transfer and travel in the comfort of a private vehicle throughout the dynamic capital.


  • Customized private tour of Tokyo
  • Let an experienced guide help you create a half-day or full-day sightseeing itinerary
  • See city attractions like Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace, or discover Tokyo neighborhoods, depending on your interests
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (if full-day tour selected)
  • Explore the city by train and subway, or upgrade for transport by comfortable, private vehicle

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What You Can Expect

Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day

Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day

While in Tokyo, use the services of a professional local guide to customize your own sightseeing itinerary. Once you select a half-day or full-day tour to suit your schedule, you decide the pace of your day and how much you’d like to fit in. Explore at a leisurely pace on a guided walking tour, using the city’s efficient public transportation system to get you around. Or upgrade for a private vehicle to pick you up at your hotel. Then visit your choice of historic, cultural and culinary attractions in the vibrant capital. After you’ve seen the sights, your guide offers convenient drop-off at your hotel.

Half-day custom tour on foot or by private vehicle
If you’ve selected a half-day tour upon booking, your guide can arrange a visit to several Tokyo attractions or city neighborhoods. Four hours allows plenty of time to learn how to pay a proper visit to Meiji Shrine, then try a few snacks or even go sake tasting if you wish (own expense). You might enjoy the amazing architecture and trendy shops of Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya neighborhoods, or head to Akihabara for electronics, video games and Japanese manga.

Full-day custom tour on foot or by private vehicle
Eight hours of sightseeing allows you to take in even more of the city. Start with a visit to Tsukiji, the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market. Or perhaps head to downtown Tokyo and its fantastic museums, enjoying a bit of the old Tokyo that remains in the street food and traditional shops.

How about touring the Imperial Palace or Hamarikyu Garden, where you can appreciate the magnificent view while enjoying traditional sweets and green tea? See Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, especially beautiful in the autumn, or Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a mix of traditional Japanese and Western design.

During a restaurant lunch, get to know the many ingredients common to Japanese cuisine. At a sake brewery, learn how sake is made and try a few varieties (own expense).

No matter what your interests are, there’s always a great neighborhood to explore in Tokyo. Consider the upscale Ginza, a famous shopping district where fashion brands as well as shops selling Japanese swords, bonsai, kimonos and green tea can be found. Get a sense of Tokyo during the Edo period in Asakusa, or head to Shinjuku’s bright lights and hidden alleys, full of tiny bars with big personalities.

If you’d like, you can watch aikido or even take a lesson, or try your hand at a calligraphy class (own expense) — your wishes are the limit!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Meg is an outstanding guide. She is very knowledgeable, fun to be with, and considerate of the client's wishes and comfort. I did not feel rushed by her in anyway. I wish I could have afforded to have her guide me a second day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, efficient and energetic guide who was really sympathetic! Would recommend !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Meg was terrific. We felt like we were family members who she was showing the sights. She was knowledgeable, friendly and very easy to be with. Her understanding of Japan and its culture greatly enhanced our enjoyment and we learned a lot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The day tour in Tokyo was simply wonderful. Our guide Yuka was great. There were 7 of us and the tour took us through great places with sufficient time to see things.

Working with Meg at Viator was a delight. She was very helpful. I would use and recommend Viator to friends and family!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is a great one day tour to know as much as you can in 1 day in TOKYO and Sylvia is a great tour guide with great English and experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Meg, my tour guide, did a great job of tailoring a tour to my tastes and interests. I would highly recommend both the tour and tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Meg, really went the extra mile for us, helping us get a wheel chair for one of our group who fractured her ankle just before we began our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Meg greeted us at our hotel promptly. We had agreed on an itinerary beforehand. We were having a wonderful tour until I fell and broke my arm. Meg stayed with us and helped translate with the ambulance personnel and hospital staff. She ensured that we got back to our hotel and even went out of her way to obtain some surgical tape at her own expense. I can't say enough nice things about this wonderful woman.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

excellent tour with knowledgeable guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

In a word...incredible! Meg made us feel like we were spending the day with a dear friend. She was extremely knowledgeable about the sites and took us everywhere we wanted to go. She even made some recommendations on places to see and food to eat which all turned out well. I can't explain how thankful we are for Meg. She made our first day in Tokyo the best. I highly recommend this tour to everyone who want to see Tokyo like a native.

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