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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 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).
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

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


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, Dec 2018

Mitch, our guide was very accommodating. We also liked that he was suggesting how to maximize our time and effort given we had 2 family members who tended to tire easily. We had a most enjoyable experience with this private custom tokyo tour :) Thank you!!

, Dec 2018

We loved our private tour with Mitch (his English was superb, by the way). It was truly customized to our interests and we learned a lot about the city. We really appreciated how personalized the tour was -- including snacks/meals based on things we wanted to try. We also got to see some off-the-radar stuff that was really cool -- like a robot barista who made us pour-over coffee! I really recommend orienting yourself to the city with tour early in your visit and do the transit option (versus private transportation). It's not only cheaper, but the lesson on navigating the Tokyo train system is invaluable. Excellent experience all around!

, Oct 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Misa Toshiro. We had some restrictions due to physical ability and she adjusted marvellously!

, Oct 2018

She helped us learn to navigate the subway snd the city so we could do it on our own. What we learned allowed our full visit to be great

, Aug 2018

This tour was exemplary- congratulations to Kazu our tour guide. A must for everyone on first day in Tokyo. You see the best sights, get advice from the tour guide on how to navigate the subway, learn about the culture, Kazu even helped us plan the rest of the week and booked us tickets. Kazu- great English speaking, knowledgeable, respectful, sincere guide who kept in touch by email to make sure we were ok for the rest of the week in Japan- congratulations Kazu and Viator- this is a must do tour!

, Jul 2018

My 13 year-old daughter and I were going to be in Tokyo for a week, so we spent our first full day on this tour so we could get an overview of the city. Our guide, Akemi, met us in the lobby of our hotel in Shinjuku, went over the plan for the day (we had chosen 4 areas of the city from a list the tour company had sent prior to arrival) and off we went. We chose the “public transfer” option, which meant taking the metro, and Akemi made navigating the sprawling system easy. The day was incredibly hot and humid (95 degrees Fahrenheit, humidity to match) but Akemi bought us waters as needed and even bought us cool handercheifs to deal with the perspiration. She also bought us tasty treats that seem to be everywhere in Tokyo and we had a great lunch of noodles and miso in Akhihabara. Akemi was the perfect guide. She let us set the pace for the day and gave us great tips for getting around
Tokyo. She gave us just the right mix of history and culture and had a good sense of humor. This tour was great. My daughter said it was her favorite part of the trip so far (we also took the Viator tour of Mt. Fuji and Hakone with bullet train (another good tour), went to Kabuki-za, saw the Lion King (in Japanese) at the Shiki theatre, went to a Tokyo Yakult Swallows baseball game, and went to Shibuya several times, so that is saying a lot!). We highly recommend this tour and Akemi!

, Jul 2018

This was an amazing tour - our goal was to go on an adventure so we left a spot open for our guide to pick. During the tour we had interesting conversations and ended up going to places we hadn't even thought of. He was amazing and definitely made the experience.

, Jul 2018

Kim was an excellent guide through the highlights of Tokyo in a day. We used all public transportation and walking to avoid traffic so we were able to explore many different parts of the city in one day. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and spoke beautiful English as she was born and educated in the USA.

, Jul 2018

Excellent tour. My tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city, and very open to setting a schedule that I would enjoy. Great communication ahead of my trip. She provided a range of options and I told her what I found most interesting. In the end, the day was really fantastic and we saw a lot. It was great having someone there that could answer my questions is realtime. Nice way to see the city.

, Jul 2018

This was an excellent tour! Our guide talked with us and our teenagers to customize our tour. Everyone enjoyed the tour which included the Hama-rikyu Gardens, fish market, Akasuka Temple, Meiji Shrine, Rainbow Bridge, Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, a tour of a 100 year old Meiji era official's home, and neighborhoods of Tokyo. It heightened our curiosity to discover even more. We especially enjoyed the history of the places we went to and the traditional tea in the Hama-rikyu Gardensand lunch in a 160 year old traditional sukiyaki restaurant. Our teenagers, who are retro gamers loved the little time out from historic places to visit a wonderful shop full of older game systems, games and related items. Mitch, our guide through Venture, was great!
Our driver was very professional and kept us supplied with fresh water and a comfortable ride.

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