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Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day

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Experience the best of Tokyo on foot or by car during a private, customized tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Choose a half-day or full-day itinerary, tailored to your particular interests. See Tokyo highlights, from shrines and museums to the world’s largest fish market - Tsukiji Market, or explore distinct neighborhood shops, visit a sake brewery and sample Japanese cuisine. Public transportation fares via train and subway are included if you select a walking tour, or upgrade for a hotel transfer and travel in the comfort of a private vehicle throughout the dynamic capital.
Highlights
  • As you like it: Create a custom half-day or full-day private Tokyo tour
  • Unique sightseeing itineraries: gardens, museums, neighborhoods, and more
  • Your choice: cover must-see sights or under-the-radar attractions
  • Like a local: Get insider access and insights from your resident guide
What to Expect
Opt for a half-day or full-day guided tour and craft your own one-of-a-kind sightseeing itinerary. For history and culture buffs, you might choose to begin a half-day tour with a visit to Meiji Shrine and its famous massive torii (gates), then move on to the beautiful, expansive gardens of the Imperial Palace. Or you could opt for an in-depth neighborhood tour for an insider’s look at fashion hot spots like Harajuku, Omotesando, or Shibuya.

On full-day tours, you have time to take in even more of the city. Possibly begin by observing sushi chefs haggle for fish at the outer Tsukiji, one of the world’s largest seafood markets. Stroll through gardens like 17th-century Koishikawa Korakuen or Shinjuku Gyoen, once the grounds of a private Edo mansion, and stop into some of the city’s world-famous museums.

For custom excursions on foot, you and your guide use the city’s public transportation system, giving you time to explore neighborhoods at a leisurely pace. If you’ve upgraded to the private vehicle option, enjoy door-to-door pick-up and time to cover more attractions.
Itinerary
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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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended a cruise in Yokohama, where we were met by our very congenial tour guide Silvia. They completely tailored the day to what we wanted to do, including tea in a tea house and lunch in a Japanese restaurant, then took us to our...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jeannie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great experience and had the best tour guide ever! Aya showed us everything we wanted to see and was very knowledgeable about everything that we saw and she made us feel very comfortable. We took the tour our first day in tokyo...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ricardoi63
KazuUA, Guide at Venture, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars! I am very thrilled to read you enjoyed the day. I was happy to showing you around favorites part of Tokyo. I hope you had fun to watch the baseball game! I...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful one day Tokyo tour with Aya. We could choose pretty much any itinerary we wanted and the tour was then custom made for us. Aya was extremely knowledgable and friendly and gave us numerous recommendations (emailed to us afterwards) as well...More

Thank WKH22
KazuUA, Guide at Venture, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars! I am very thrilled to read you enjoyed the day. I also enjoyed the day with you all, I was happy to showing you around. Loved to listen how much your daughters...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best way to go! Heat was 37 Celsius so moving in the van was excelent option with the air conditioning, always waiting to move you fast and easy all over Tokio. But the real difference was Joshi our guide, fully prepared to tell you...More

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KazuUA, マネージャー at Venture, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars! Yes, Summer in Tokyo(Japan) is getting hotter and hotter but we are very delighted to heard Yoshi delivered you enjoyable tour. Thank you so much again for giving us great review! Kindest...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t recommend the Tokyo after 5 tour more highly! It was a perfect balance of sights, culture, food and drink. Our guide Aya was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about the city and went out of her way to make sure we all enjoyed...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Julia800
KazuUA, Guide at Venture, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Julia Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars! I am really glad to heard you enjoyed the tour! I also enjoyed the time with you all and I was happy to sharing you all the food, culture. Thank...More

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