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Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day

Marunouchi, Japan

From $172.82

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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 outer 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).
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This private, fully-customizable tour lets you choose between taking private or public transport.

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if by private vehicle)
  • Meet-and-greet service at hotel (if by public transport)
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle (if by private vehicle)
  • Transportation fares (if by public transport)
  • Lunch (full-day option only)
  • Snacks
  • Fees for optional tours, activities and lessons
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

09:00 AM

What To Expect

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.

The Tsukiji Market

The most famous Fish Market in the world

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Hama Rikyu Gardens

Japanese garden

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Additional expenses will be advised upon discussion with our tour operator, based on the customized itinerary
  • Operation dates for attractions are subject to availability
  • Visiting optional attractions may incur an additional fee. Please consult with tour operator for any questions
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips


Using public transport is a great way to do it.
I really recommend orienting yourself to the city with tour early in your visit and do the transit option (versus private transportation).
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Tokyo in a day!
Chris_P, Dec 2022
Miyuki was fantastic and she and our driver Mr Tanaka took our suggestions for places we would like to experience and built a great itinerary. Even down to our Food choice. She was a great guide and we highly recommend her.
Wonderful tour with Miyuki
Tudor_I, Dec 2022
Miyuki was a wonderful guide, extremely flexible and accommodating of our preferences. We didnt have to worry about a single thing. Highly recommend the tour to start your Tokyo trip and get to see as much of the city as possible
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you Tudor, wonderful to hear you had a great day with Miyuki and thanks for your positive recommendation. It is great to hear this started your trip to Tokyo and Japan on a positive note. Miyuki loved spending time with you. Take the best of care.
Our guide was friendly...
Nicole_G, Nov 2022
Our guide was friendly and we enjoyed meeting him. However, given how expensive this tour was, we were extremely disappointed with how little our guide knew about the history and background of the sites we visited. Unfortunately, we really cannot recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Nicole that you for your comments here. We appreciate the time and effort for you to join and to make comments so any information to help us improve the leaders performance from your Nov 12th experience is greatly accepted and will be used immediately. We do apologize that on this occasion you wont have fond memories of your time with Kyoshi but he enjoyed his time with you and will learn from your feedback about information and communication. Please enjoy your remaining time in Japan.
One of Our Favorite Days Abroad, Period.
Alessio_S, Nov 2022
We aren't typically quick to seek out guides or tour groups, preferring to explore and get lost a bit more organically when we travel. But, after beinging guided by Kurashina Yoshi san, my perspective on tour guides has completely changed. We opted for a more free-form tour, though we started at Tsukiji fish market. Kurashina san would discreetly and subtly adjust our itinerary based on our conversations and interests, though, so we quickly found ourselves in the back rooms of shops and restaurants chatting with owners and watching craftsmen work. Realizing that I had a background in film, Kurashina san started pointing out places of historical Japanese film significance and it made the whole excursion feel very special. I could go on and on, but after just one day with Kurashina san, I felt much more confident getting around and it got the rest of our trip off on the right foot.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you very much Alessio, we appreciate your great review for Yoshi. He is happy to hear that you had good time with him as he really enjoyed the day. Please contact us again when you have a chance to come back to Japan in the future. It was a pleasure to have you. Kind regards.
It’s like having a local friend…
Gerianne_F, Nov 2022
Fantastic time! But so be weary, should you choose the public transit package as Tokyo is very walkable/commuting town! Kyo was our tour guide. He was punctual with meeting us at our hotel and discussing our custom itinerary, which included places we had mentioned that we wanted to see. Throughout the tour he was very kind and patient and gave us suggestions and tips to ensure we got the most out of our tour/trip! We enjoyed the privacy, as it was just my parents and me. It’s as if you were going around Tokyo with a local friend! Highly recommend! :)
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you Gerianne, wonderful to hear you had a great day with Kyo, we are happy you could enjoy time with him . He mentioned that he really enjoyed the time also. We appreciate your positive recommendation of Kyo and us and please enjoy the rest of your trip.
Excellent, efficient, real
Ruben_A, Nov 2022
Yoshi was fantastic. Great options and recommendations. Stops at key small places/business. Lives using the subway system.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you Ruben, wonderful to hear you had a great day with Yoshi. He mentioned that he really enjoyed the day also. We appreciate your positive recommendation and please enjoy the rest of your trip.
Amazing
Isaac_J, Oct 2022
Yoshi was an amazing, knowledgable, and kind guide. Every question I had was answered and any additions I wanted to make to the tour were done without issue. I highly recommend this in-depth private tour. I would recommend going via public transportation as it does expose you to daily life in tokyo.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you Isaac, wonderful to hear you had a great day with Yoshi and thanks for your positive recommendation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent way to see Tokyo in a half day!
Joe_F, Feb 2020
My wife and I had a scheduled 8 hour layover at Haneda Airport. Too long to wait in the airport but not long enough for a day tour using public transit. We decided to book a half day private tour since we had never been to Tokyo. I was a little concerned that we could get stuck in traffic and not have time to see a lot. Our tour guide, Silvia, met us at the airport at a designated spot so we didn't have to navigate the public transit system and felt confident about getting back to the airport on time. In 4 hours we were able to see Meiji Jinga Shrine, Imperial Palace, the 2020 Olympic buildings, Shibuya Crossing and more. No issues with traffic. Silvia was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Our driver was a former cab driver so knew exactly how to get around in Tokyo!
2 travelers found this review helpful
A Local’s Look at Tokyo
Kim_T, Feb 2020
Mitch was our secret weapon to having the best day possible in Tokyo! He was such a kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable guide. We couldn’t have asked for more! He helped us navigate the streets and train stations easily and quickly. We were able to sample the best boba (mine was brown sugar tapioca with milk), a delicious okonomiyaki lunch at Tsurujiro, and yummy tayaki cakes filled with custard and strawberry cream. The highlights were Takeshita Street in Harajuku, where we took funny photos at the photo booth (Purikura), the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine, where we got to witness two separate wedding parties, and a visit to Sensoji Buddhist Temple. The best part was getting to experience both the traditional and modern Tokyo. Traveling with a local, instead on a standard bus tour, afforded us a much more in depth and varied look at Japanese culture. He personalized the trip t accommodate our interests. We can’t thank Mitch enough for helping us maximize our one day visit to Tokyo.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great tour and great guide!
Andy_M, Dec 2019
This was the perfect full day tour in Tokyo. With the ability to customize as needed, we were able to hit all the spots we wanted to. and spend more time on things that interested us. Mitch was a great guide, and was able to provide plenty of useful information about everything we saw. We used public transportation and the tour included a rechargeable IC card that we have been topping up and using for the remainder of our trip. The included lunch was based on our preferences and was a local place we never would have found on our own, and it was delicious. A fantastic experience all round. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The ONLY way to see Tokyo!
HAVAHAVA, Nov 2019
Not sure how to express just how much we enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Silvia, became a friend by the end of the day. We wanted her IN our pictures, not taking them of us. Because of some travel/life logistics we only had a couple days for our first visit to Tokyo (after 3 weeks in SE Asia) and we thought this tour would be the way to go. The price seemed steep at first but I assure you we received every penny and more in value! We saw so much of the city. Places and things someone on a big tour (or on their own) would never see. Using public transport is a great way to do it. You move around briskly without delays and really get a feel for the culture. We absolutely fell in love with the city and are already dreaming of our return. Meg (owner) and Silvia are a BIG reason why.
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am glad you could make a stop in Tokyo on your way back home and we could meet each other, you guys are awesome! I also had so much fun, thank you!! :) Silvia
Great day out in Tokyo
Linda_D, Oct 2019
Thanks to Meg for a wonderful day out in Tokyo. We gave her our itinerary and she worked the timings so that we did everything we wanted and then some. Even managed to fit in a journey on the bullet train......thankfully the day before the typhoon ! Would highly recommend
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great First Day in Tokyo
phiste2016, Oct 2019
Meg did a fantastic job meeting us at our hotel and taking us to the sites we selected. She helped us learn to use the subways and trains. We had a wonderful sukiyaki lunch, visited a shrine and a temple. Her English was great and she explained how we could accomplish our other travel goals. We would highly recommend her to family and friends. She was everything we hoped for.
Hands down the best tour I have ever done
Jennifer_C, Oct 2019
Booking this tour with Meg was the best decision we made. This tour was our favorite tour that we did during our trip. Meg tailored the tour to our specific interests and was so knowledgeable about all of the questions we had about Tokyo. On our next trip to Japan, we plan to contact Meg for another tour. We learned so much and had a fantastic time.
An amazing day with a fantastic guide.
Scott_W, Oct 2019
Our guide, Meg, made this entire day one that we will never forget. She is knowledgeable about every aspect of life in Tokyo and took care of us in an exceptional way. Not only did she guide us but she took photos for us throughout the day. At her suggestion we ended our tour with a street festival that we would have never known existed. One of the best tour experiences we have ever had!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fine Day in Tokyo
Howard_P, Oct 2019
We were very fortunate to have Aya as our guide for our visit to Tokyo. She’s a GEM! In addition to visiting tourist sites, shrines, temples, and the royal garden we wanted to see the “real” Tokyo, so Aya guided us through neighborhoods visiting small shops and eateries, engaging us in banter with the clerks and trades people. Her English is excellent and she enjoyed sharing the history and background of what we were seeing. It was a fine day and an outstanding beginning to our vacation in Japan.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Tokyo full day tour
leszek w, Sep 2019
This was a private tour of tokyo with Yoshi san. I highly recommend this as it was custom and we picked the top attractions to our liking. The tour was relaxed and tour guide was knowledgeable answering all our questions.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect tour!
SpeedLo, Aug 2019
We really enjoyed the entire tour we bought the private tour with private transportation, the car was really nice and clean, driver was cool and on time and place every single time, our guide was friendly and cool, he took us to a lots of great places, he answered all questions, learned us about trains lines and how to get to destinations smoothly, suggested to us few places for the rest days we’re going to be in Tokyo, really recommend this tour for people whos visiting tokyo for the first time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A waste of time and money
Mona_A, Aug 2019
Aya is a perfect tour guide. she came to the hotel on time. She is an expert in directions, exits and entrances, but we spend most of the time moving from metro to another metro. After booking the tour, the orgainzer sent an email contained a lot of choices to choose four of them. Most of the choices were malls and shopping streets !! so you can visit them alone. I told them I like history so we decided to visit 4 places: Meiji Jingu, a Buddhist temple and Odaiba (shopping mall), the fourth place I don't remember it because we couldn't visit it because we don't have time !! I asked them to visit imperial palace but they told me it isn't allowed for us to enter it you can see it from the outside !!. Forget any thing was written in the description of this tour about visiting imperial palace. the restaurant was a Japanese restaurant and was very good, but we spend a lot of time in the restaurant. I finished my food and Aya too but we didn't move, actually I don't know why, which waste our time and we couldn't visit the fourth place. At least Aya was a nice person so I will give these two points to Aya. My advice save your money and time and do it on your own.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Dear Ms. Mona Ali, Thank you for taking your time to give us a review. We are very sorry to hear that you felt it was not worth doing the tour. As you might have already realized, that the method of transportation in Tokyo is the public transportation. However, we do understand that sometimes it feels as if you are moving from one exit of the station to another all the time and the time you are on subway can be overwhelming. Although it was indicated in the trip guide that your tour would be by the public transportation, perhaps we could reconfirm if you were comfortable with the plan. As for the Imperial Palace, there are only a few times in the year that is open to public. As a lot of people enjoy the East Garden of the Imperial Garden as well as the look form the outside, we always keep it in our suggested places to visit. If our explanation in our pre-trip message exchanges was not clear enough, we sincerely apologize. Despite of the experience you had, we very much appreciate that you gave our guide Aya a good review. Again, we are very sorry for the bad experience you had but we sincerely hope your stay in Tokyo was enjoyable. Kind regards, Tokyo Team
Day in tokyo
Jack O, Jul 2019
Yoshi is a very good guide He was prompt and very helpful Weather was very hot and muggy so we skipped the walk in the gardens but otherwise it’s a good tour to experience japan at your own pace. You can tailor the trip to what you like and spend as much time as you like in each location Fish market, Meiji shrine and Harajuku are the best The hi end shopping Omotesando is overrated but it’s what they have there, Shibuya crossing is a must see
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