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Tokyo: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

1. Tokyo: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Japan’s electrifying capital city. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets – and a few off the well-trodden tourist trail. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide at the 1300-year-old Sensō-ji temple, the oldest in the city, in the heart of the historic Asakusa district. Get a lesson in Tokyo’s ancient Buddhist history, and see the awe-inspiring Asakusa Shrine, which honors the three founders of the Sensō-ji. Then, walk the traditional streets to the neighboring Ueno district, an old downtown area that’s home to several attractions like museums, historical monuments and the popular Ueno zoo, all found inside the sprawling 150-year-old Ueno Park. Intrigued by Tokyo’s national sport? Head to the riverside Ryogoku district, the heartland of professional sumo. See all sorts of fascinating sumo paraphernalia, small statues of yokozuna (the highest-ranking sumo wrestlers), and Ryogoku Kokugikan – Tokyo’s famous sumo stadium. There’s really no limit to what you can see and do in Tokyo, and there’s something for absolutely everyone. Whizz around on a go-kart, play retro arcade games in the Anata No Warehouse, and grab a quick bite at the Robot Restaurant – where you’ll be entertained by robotic monsters, dancers, and flashing lasers! Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

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Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

2. Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Tokyo’s quirky underbelly on a personalized tour of bustling Shibuya and pop culture paradise Harajuku. Get a snapshot of the city’s weird and wonderful attractions as you’re led down its liveliest streets (and those only locals know about). You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide in bohemian Shimokitazawa, an area that’s off the Tokyo tourist trail where local artists and musicians move between cool thrift shops and vintage record stores lining tightly packed streets too narrow for cars. Peer into the tiny shops on your way to Tomigaya, a quiet oasis filled with cafes and artisanal coffee shops not far from frenetic, flashy Shibuya, then stroll through Nabeshima Shoto Park – once a tea plantation in the late 1800s, today the park is a popular spot for locals to kick back on a bench and watch the world go by. Next, stop off at the strangely out-of-place Moyai Statue, a massive landmark modeled on the Moai of Easter Island, then make the mad dash across Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world (and certainly the busiest in Japan). Jostle your way through hordes of locals on your way to the zelkova tree-lined avenue of upmarket Omotesando, and pass cool designer stores – and even some urban farm animals – on your way to bright and bustling Takeshita Street, a pedestrian shopping exploding with colorful boutiques, cafes, and eateries. Then, why not grab a bite (or several)? Catch your breath with a drink at the whimsical Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku, a quintessential snapshot of the area’s obsession with all things adorable. Check out the Purikura (print club) shop, where 25 retro photo booth machines make a great alternative to a selfie stick, and end your day in one of Tokyo's largest city parks, Yoyogi, with a peaceful stroll to the century-old Meiji Shrine. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local tour operator's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

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Japanese Street Food Tour

3. Japanese Street Food Tour

Try the delicious side of Shibuya, a place more known for being at the forefront of culture and fashion, and rarely known for its food.  This tour will show you the places to go in Shibuya, the places the locals go, so the next time you visit you can do so as a local. Get the chance to visit 5 food stops and try: Kobe Beef Skewers, Osaka Takoyaki, Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, 5 types of Sushi and Taiyaki (Japanese dessert). Nestled in the back alleys, these places are unforgettable and an experience you wont want to miss. End your journey with a tour of Shibuya Depachika (underground food market).

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Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya

4. Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya

Your tour begins in front of one of Tokyo’s most iconic sites, the Shibuya Crossing. This frenetic pedestrian crossing is the busiest in the world. Use the opportunity to take photos surrounded by the buildings of Shibuya as hundreds of people cross the street. At the first bar you’ll get a taste of Japanese beer alongside local grilled delicacies. Afterward, follow your guide through a ‘yokocho’ (indoor alleyway) down a street that is home to 30 ‘Izakayas’ (Japanese bars). You’ll encounter plenty of locals as they unwind after work. Izakayas tend to be small, intimate bars, but on this tour you’ll have reserved seating for enjoying local food and beverages. Follow the bar crawl through various stops as you sample world-famous Wagyu beef, Sake, beef sushi and melt-in-your-mouth Kobe beef. Vegetarian/vegan menus are also available.

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Shibuya: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. Shibuya: Private Guided Walking Tour

Shibuya City is an area of Tokyo where young, hip people gather. Shibuya has been redeveloped since 2010 and on this tour, you will visit its new popular hotspots. Explore highlights such as Shibuya River Street, where you can enjoy its relaxing atmosphere. Discover Shibuya Niwa, a rooftop garden at the famous the scramble intersection. This tour takes you to the popular MEGA Don Quijote discount store, where you can find your favorite Made in Japan products. Dine at a newly opened restaurant where you can enjoy different local cuisines from around Japan. Discover Hachiko, featured in the movie, HACHI: A Dog's Tale, and a beloved spot by Japanese locals and tourists alike. Explore Shibuya Parco, with its 193 clothing stores, theater, rooftop garden, and its technology area, "CYBERSPACE SHIBUYUA". Visit Shibuya Yokocho in Shibuya Miyashita Park. This is a 24-hour yokocho that opened in 2020 as a new "hangout" spot. It has 19 shops in total, from Hokkaido to Kyushu and Okinawa, and you can also enjoy soul food from each region of Japan at this hip location.

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What people are saying about Center Gai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 248 reviews

Jordan was our guide and showed my husband and I an amazing experience! It was very personable and we got to experience some delicious food. it offered good. variety into different types of Japanese food, the history behind them as well as parts of Japan. We learned so much! We would highly recommend Arigoto food tours to anyone looking to taste various Japanese foods and learn about the culture here.

Our guide was very knowledgeable , an Italian guy who has lived in Tokyo for several years, we had a day and he maximised our time. Super flex and always asked what next to make sure our family was enjoying the experience

Janet was wonderful and knowledgeable. The tour was completely customized to our liking and she was flexible throughout. This is a great way to see the city!

Valentina was lovely! She was personable, engaging, attentive and so much fun!

We had a great tour and it was well laid out for our time and interests.