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Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

1. Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

Start the tour in Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district nestled underneath the train tracks and step into narrow, lantern-lined streets to get a taste of 70s-style Japan. Here, you’ll enjoy typical snacks and starters at local izakayas frequented by locals. Move on to Ginza, exploring high-end, specialty goods, like a $400 melon and visit a famous Sembei (rice cracker) shop which dates back to the early 1800s. Complete your evening by wandering through Shinbashi’s nearby maze of eateries, izakayas and standing bars. The tour finishes with one last bite - dessert, of course.

Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

2. Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

Join a 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 may choose to explore Tokyo’s high-energy central districts like Shibuya, the iconic area known for its dining, shopping, and entertainment, or venture further into Harajuku, a neighboring district renowned for its cutting-edge street and sweet street food. Then travel back in time to explore 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. 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. 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 activity provider's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Haneda Airport: 1-Way Shared Shuttle Transfer

3. Haneda Airport: 1-Way Shared Shuttle Transfer

Following pick-up from the Haneda Airport terminal, head to any of the 23 wards of Tokyo City to the doorsteps of your address. Or, if you are traveling somewhere from your hotel or place of accommodation, enjoy a pick-up from your hotel lobby. As this shuttle transfer takes the stress out of trying to find expensive and untrustworthy taxis, this is truly a hassle-free way to get to and from the Haneda Airport and your place of accommodation in Tokyo.

Tokyo: Custom, Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

4. Tokyo: Custom, 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. 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. Indulge in some shopping in Ginza's sparkling department stores, or wander around the street of "shita-machi", the oldest area of Tokyo, where you can soak up its Edo vibes. And don't forget to grab a quick bite at the old Tsukiji Fish market- you will be surprised to hear that seafood is not the only specialty here. 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.

Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

5. Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

Learn more about Japanese views on religion on this tour, as well as getting a thorough introduction to the country's best seafood dishes at Tsukiji Market. After meeting your guide, head to a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn more about Japanese worship traditions.  Next, head to Tsukiji Market, the cradle of seafood in Tokyo, and the place where famous sushi chefs buy their seafood every morning. Soak up the lively atmosphere of this revered location as you wander around the various stalls. Feel free to sample some dishes from street food vendors and ask your guide for recommendations. Before lunch, pay a visit to the market's observatory and witness all the hustle and bustle from above. Finish your tour with a delicious seafood lunch. Sit down to a yummy donburi bowl at a seafood restaurant. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sip on a glass of Japanese beer or sake with your finger food or seafood bowl. This is one of the Japanese' favorite ways to enjoy Tsukiji—a cold beer with excellent seafood.

From Tokyo: Mount Fuji Highlights Private Day Tour

6. From Tokyo: Mount Fuji Highlights Private Day Tour

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Mount Fuji area as you enjoy the comfort and convenience of a private, chartered car and an English-speaking driver. On this day tour, choose your own adventure and go at your own pace. Visit spots like Sengen Shrine and Lake Kawaguchi. Begin your tour and set out from Tokyo after your driver picks you up from your desired location within the 23 wards, including hotels and stations in Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, and Ikebukuro. Then, make your way to the Mount Fuji area. Admire the scenic views of the countryside as you ride. Continue your day following your own sense of adventure, or get suggestions from your driver. Stop at the Arakurayama Sengen Park for spectacular sights of Mount Fuji and the five-storied red pagoda. If seasonal weather allows, go to the Fujinomiya 5th Station before pausing for lunch. Next, go to Lake Yamanaka for further views of Mount Fuji. Relish the peacefulness and tranquility of the water as you admire the impressive volcanic peak. Finally, visit the eight, aquifer-fed springs of Oshino Hakkai before making your way back to Tokyo or Odawara.

Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

7. Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

Explore the alleys of Tokyo's Shinbashi area, known for its rustic izakayas (pubs) and food stalls. Grab some of the most satisfying food on the planet as you discover the vibrant district after dark! Start by entering the chasm of eateries overrun on a nightly basis by the working class of Japan. Join the thousands of businessmen who go to their favorite izakaya bar for a quick bite and cold beer before going home. Stop for some sashimi (raw fish), large gyoza (dumplings) and tamagoyaki (omelet), and then continue to a yakitori stall serving skewered meat and veggies cooked over an open fire. Wind your way through the maze of izakayas to find one of the most hidden okonomiyaki (pancake) shops, where only the locals go. Savor an authentic okonomiyaki with a drink before heading back to Shinbashi Station for the end of the tour.

Tokyo: 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Subway Ticket

8. Tokyo: 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Subway Ticket

Save yourself money and stress with this unique subway ticket. If you are staying in Tokyo and planning to visit major city attractions by train, this metro pass is the perfect option. Enjoy unlimited rides on Tokyo subway lines for the validity of your ticket. Whether you choose the 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour option, you'll be able to travel on both Tokyo Metro lines and Toei subway lines.

Haneda Airport to/from Tokyo City: Private One-Way Transfer

9. Haneda Airport to/from Tokyo City: Private One-Way Transfer

Pre-book a private transfer from Haneda Airport to your all 23 wards of Tokyo city accommodation (within the "03" area code) and choose a vehicle that suits the size of your group. The door-to-door service is available either from the airport to the city or in the opposite direction. For arrival transfers, the driver will be waiting to meet and greet you, holding a Cherry Tomato sign. For departure transfers, you’ll be met in the lobby of your hotel or outside your home or apartment accommodation. If the size of the vehicle makes it impossible to enter a narrow street a nearby meeting point will be chosen. Bookings are accepted up to 13 months in advance as well as at the last minute. It is recommended that you book at least 72 hours in advance to ensure that there is plenty of time to process your request. Note that all bookings are subject to availability and confirmation.  

Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

10. Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

The tour provider will organize the locations for your photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the information you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on location in Tokyo and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Your highly experienced Tokyo vacation photographers are handpicked local experts, who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. When your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. Create mementoes that will last a lifetime, and look back over your travels with fond memories.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,630 reviews

100% recommended. We had a lot of fun, we met, ate and lived the experience like a local riding a bike around the city. Hiro was very kind and careful, we loved the tour with him.

Great wifi router with multiple pick-up/drop off options! Connections sometimes dropped prompting a restart, but overall it was great, especially for the price!

Excellent Driver and a very clean Van. Got me to my destination ahead of schedule.

Awesome service. We got our tickets easily and quickly. Would highly recommend.

Antonio was a great guide we toured Ueno Park and Yanaka