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Discover Tokyo at your own pace on this 4- or 8-hour private, custom tour with guide. Design a tour that’s perfect for your interests. There’s a world of options, including the fish market at Tsukiji, the city’s temples and shrines, shopping excursions and food or sake tours. Your private custom tour includes a guide, entrance fees at select attractions, snacks, round-trip transport from your hotel with meet-and-greet and a car (for the private transfer option), or public transport (for the public transfer) and optional lunch (for the full-day tour).


  • 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

Create your dream tour of Tokyo during a 4- or 8-hour private, custom tour with a guide. Whether you’re into food, Japanese culture, history, shopping or something more specific, you can design an exploration that’s right for you.
Select your desired tour length of either a half-day tour (4 hours) or a full-day tour, (spanning 8 hours) and how much sightseeing you’d like to fit into it. The choice is yours, ranging from leisurely walking tours, utilizing Tokyo’s excellent public transport system, to an upgrade with private vehicle to whisk you between the city’s top sights.
Read below for some potential options you might visit during your custom designed trip.


Half-day custom tour on foot or by private vehicleIf 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 vehicleEight 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

Gianni S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We booked this private tour for our first full day in Tokyo and are so glad that we did! Our guide was super friendly and accommodating we went during the hottest season, and the temperature was around 97 degrees that day we made multiple cafe stops to cool off. She toured us through Akihabara, Ginza, Shinjuku, Kabukicho, and Yanata. The tour was super helpful is orienting us to Tokyo's subway system, which proved very useful for the rest of our vacation. Our lunch that day soba noodles was super delicious as well, and we wouldn't have found it without our guide.

Kathy Jan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Ikumi was the perfect guide. We only had one full day in Tokyo and she managed to squeeze as much as possible into 8 hours. We couldn't have done it without her. She met us at our hotel and she spoke perfect Japanese and English. She took us to a shrine, a temple, an authentic Japanese lunch of soba noodles with chopsticks and a taste of sake, showed us how to ride the trains, some shopping and much more. We would definitely recommend the custom tour to see exactly what you want to see.

Suzette F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It's a bit pricey but is definitely worth it especially in my case travelling with 2 young kids 6 and 1 yr old. Meg guide and Tanaka san driver were excellent and very friendly!

If you are visiting Tokyo or Japan without a travelling companion who can speak/ understand Nihonggo and wants some personal touch in your Tokyo experience, this is a must! Meg helped us big time to have a better appreciation of Tokyo- the city, food, culture, and its people!

Charles L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful excursion around Tokyo with our guide. She guided us around the vast Tokyo metro system to many places of interest. One of the highlights was lunch at an authentic sushi restaurant in the sprawling fish market area.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My fiance and I took this tour the day after we arrived in Tokyo, and honestly, it could not have worked out any better. We needed a day to recover/adapt to the time difference and when it was time for this tour we were still a bit tired. Nonetheless, our tour guide, Ikumi, was energetic, upbeat, and outstanding. She really made us feel welcome. The entire time felt more like, going out with a friend rather than being pushed facts and information about certain things. She took us to several locations including the Tuskiji Fish Market which sadly is being moved to make way for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. If you have not had a chance to see it, I HIGHLY recommend you do so before it is permanently moved. The experience you get there is literally, once in a lifetime. If you are considering going to Tokyo, please visit the Tuskiji Fish Market before it is gone!

For us, what really made our entire 2 week trip in Japan was Ikumi. WIthout her and this tour early on in our stay, we would have been lost, confused, and unable to communicate other than basic Japanese, she taught us some keywords which we are forever thankful for. If you can, definitely request her. She is one of those people that you may have only just met minutes ago, but you feel like youve known her your whole life.

Denise O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was wonderful. My guide Ikumi was great. She was very nice and knowledgable. She took me around Tokyo and made me feel as if I was touring around Tokyo with a friend. We went to the major highlights and she also took me to places I may be interested in. Thank you again Ikumi.


Charles V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful day in Tokyo. This is definitely the way to go if you're only spending a few days in Tokyo.

Cathy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved the tour. Our guide Silvia made sure we saw many of the sights we were interested in during the tour.

Michael C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The local guide, Sylvia, arrived at my hotel on time and we began the day tour of Tokyo. The transport vehicle was clean and the driver knew exactly where to go. Sylvia was friendly, informative, easy to understand and knew the subject matter. We were finishing a bit early so she added a few extra locations and sights to see. I was most pleased with the tour and heartily recommend it.

Faizan Hassan United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour and our guide Meg was simply amazing. She really helped us understand the history of the places we were visiting and did a fabulous job during the tour. For someone visiting Tokyo, this tour is highly recommended.

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