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Orient yourself on your first day in Tokyo, and see the city through the eyes of a local. During this customized tour with your personal host, learn how to navigate and use Tokyo’s transport system. Choose from the city’s most famous attractions, or explore up-and-coming neighborhoods. Understand cultural practices, find the best places to eat, and get advice on Tokyo’s nightlife scene.
Explore Tokyo at your own pace with a local guide
Customize your tour to your needs and interests
Get familiar with navigating the city on Tokyo’s transport system
See the most popular attractions in your chosen neighborhoods
My guide was Jordyn and she was an excellent guide for introducing me to Tokyo - I learned how to navigate the subway - saw several unique neighborhoods and had an amazing lunch in a place that no tourist could ever find on their own! She was friendly and informative and I can't say enough good things about her! Highly recommend
Kento was awesome! There were 6 of us and he helped us get our JR passes and Suica cards up and running and got us familiarized with the train system. We even had time to see a couple of sites and then had lunch at one of his favorite sushi restaurants. Money well spent and a great way to kick off our first day and get situated for the rest of our trip.
This review is long overdue, but I wanted to leave an excellent rating! It was our family of 5's first trip to Japan and I was worried about navigating Tokyo. We had a list of places to visit on our 10 day trip and wanted to get a good start with the intimidating transportation system, so I booked the "Kickstart Your Trip to Tokyo" tour. Our tour guide, Patrick, met us at our Shinjuku hotel and I had emailed the items and places that we would like to cover the first day. After introductions and a quick review of the itinerary, we started down the list. First, Patrick helped us to arrange for transfer of our luggage from our first hotel to our last hotel. We would be traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto and then back to another Tokyo hotel and did not want to lug our suitcases to Kyoto. Most of the staff at our hotel spoke some English, but I wanted to make sure that our suitcases could be transferred and held until we arrived at the hotel. Patrick spoke Japanese and helped to confirm our request.
Patrick also speaks French, German, and some Korean well. His English is great too! Next stop was to the Japan Rail office to reserve our tickets for activation (on another date) and to reserve our seats on the bullet trains for our trip to Kyoto and back. The staff at the JR office spoke perfect English and we would have been able to explain what we wanted to do, but Patrick helped to confirm everything. Outside the office Patrick helped us to purchase our Suica cards and we caught our first "regular" train to Shibuya. He showed us how to navigate with Google maps and to determine the different routes, placement numbers to wait at for the train, and how to reroute if you catch a different train. We had read about the crowds of people and variety of shops in the train stations and would have been lost and distracted for the whole day at the stations if Patrick did not gently try to keep us on schedule. After our tour of the Hachiko dog statue, Meiji Jingu shrine and the famous Shibuya crossing, we enjoyed a nice lunch and some shopping. Patrick guided us back to Tokyo and directed us back to our nearby hotel.
Would we book this tour again? Absolutely! We would have eventually figured out how to navigate the train system, but coming from a place that public transportation is not used, it was nice to be able to ask questions and learn more quickly to "jump start" our list of things to see. Patrick also taught us a lot about the Japanese culture.
Thank you for the lovely review. I’m glad we succeeded in matching you with a host who provided you with a unique insight to the city-life of Tokyo. Our Kickstart experience is the best one to help you navigate your way through the city. Patrick is also one of our top hosts in Tokyo, he has a lot of knowledge and passion to share.
At City Unscripted we pride ourselves on offering private and personalised experiences designed specifically around our guests' needs, so it’s always very rewarding for me to hear that the itinerary fulfilled your wishes.
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay and do book with us again in Tokyo or in any other of our 40+ destinations worldwide. We’d love to join you on your adventure!
Co-founder, City Unscripted
Very helpful to be able to personalise your experience
, Apr 2019
We were staying in a Tokyo for a week and wanted to learn how to use the trains. Our guide Lauren was very personable and to start with we sat over coffee to work out the travel arrangements for the things we wanted to see over the week. Then she came with us to buy the train card and go into a Tokyo centre to the Imperial Palace so we were able to immediately practise what we told us. This personalised tour gave us the confidence to travel effectively for the week and made our time in Tokyo a great success.
Nous n'avions que 24hrs à Tokyo. Le tour guidé nous a servi à être initié aux métros de Tokyo et à faire un tour rapide de la ville. Ensuite, Anne-Laure nous a remis une liste de suggestions à voir pour terminer notre visite.