A four hour Tokyo trip full of attractions
After meeting at your hotel in central Tokyo, we'll first visit the vibrant fish market, the biggest in the world. Then, we'll enjoy taking a walk in the Imperial East Garden in the compound of Imperial Palace. After that, we'll head for Sensoji temple, the oldest one in Tokyo, with the famous Nakamise 'traditional' shopping street in front of it. You can try an authentic but simple tea ceremony trial at Happoen, one of the most elegant Japanese style gardens in Tokyo, if you like it. Instead, we can visit the world famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, Omote Sand Avenuve (dubbed as Tokyo's Avenue des Champs-Élysées), the 202m high observatory at Tokyo GOV building, etc.
This is a basic itinerary subject to changes. Please see notes as well.
0900 Meet up at your hotel lobby in central Tokyo
0930-1015 Meiji Jingu Shrine
1030-1100 Observatory (202m high) of Tokyo GOV building (to be closed from Spt. 1, 2018 for renovation)
1130-1200 Shibuya Crossing
1230-1300 Imperial East garden *East garden is closed on Monday and Friday except national holidays.
You can replace any of above places by some of the following ones.
Tsukiji Outer Fish Market (Inner market will be demolished some time in 2018)
Sensoji Temple/ Nakamise (Asakusa),
Happoen garden for tea ceremony experience*
Yanaka traditional shopping street, or
Akihabara Electronics & Anime Town
* Tea ceremony experience is held between around 11am - 3pm subject to availability for yen 3, 240/ person.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or any other agreed upon place in central Tokyo. Otherwise, the guide's additional out of pocket costs are to be borne by the tourist.
End location: Your hotel or any other agreed upon place in central Tokyo. Otherwise, the guide's additional out of pocket costs are to be borne by the tourist.
Duration: 4 hours
This is a walking plus train/ subway tour. We usually walk 3 to 7 miles for this four hour tour. We can reduce the walking distance by cutting places to visit, using taxi/ cab, etc., as per the client's request.
Included in this tour are my knowledge, my experience, and my guiding fee.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 YEN - Transit fares, refreshment and admissions per person.
Transit fares, refreshments, snacks or personal purchases. Admissions/ charges for the clients and the guide. This guide does not accept any tips.
I'm not a driver but can accompany you in your vehicle.
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My 18-year old son and I spent a day and a half with Hiro and had a great time. We saw every major sight and neighborhood in Tokyo and learned our way around the city and subway/train system. Hiro is very knowledgeable about Tokyo history and contemporary culture. His English is excellent and it was a pleasure to spend the time with him. He was also flexible and creative in coming up with good indoor options when a big rainstorm threatened to swamp our tour.