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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.

Tokyo Asakusa Insider: Rickshaw and Walking Tour

2. Tokyo Asakusa Insider: Rickshaw and Walking Tour

Enjoy the retro and quirky neighbourhood of Asakusa from a unique vantage point in the comfort of a traditional rickshaw. Cruise the bustling streets of Tokyo in your own private chariot on a fun, customizable sightseeing tour. Check out the Denpoin street which has only changed a little since WWII followed by the quirky Tanuki-doori, Orange Street, and the entertainment street of the historic Rokku Ward. Back on the rickshaw, take souvenir photos of Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement park in Japan. Travel back in time as you head to the Geisha district. Park the rickshaw and continue the tour by foot. Under the guidance of your local guide, follow Japanese customs and pay your respects at Tokyo's oldest temple. Stroll along the Nakamise street to discover mouthwatering choices of modern and traditional local snacks as well as unique souvenir options. On the way back to the finishing point, venture inside Sumida Park, which has thousands of cherry trees in bloom during the Spring. If you choose the 190-minute option, the tour also includes a stop at the Imado Shrine, famous for its numerous cat figurines, especially the maneki neko, the beckoning cat.

Tokyo: Asakusa District 1400-Year History Exploration

3. Tokyo: Asakusa District 1400-Year History Exploration

You have 1400 years of history to cover, but don't worry, tours are limited to 6 guests, so you won't miss a thing. First, get to know Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's essential sightseeing spot. Learn the history and secrets of this ancient place, while participating in the temple and shrine-visiting rituals.  You will have an opportunity to try your luck drawing a paper fortune. Take a detour into the quiet back streets to pick up some freshly-made 'melon pan' sweet bread, and enjoy it in the shade on the temple grounds. After that, escape into the 'Rokku' area: Asakusa's traditional entertainment district, always bustling yet rarely busy. Walk through the Meiji period into the present day, with stops along the way for more Japanese sweet snacks. This district of endless novelty — movies, comedians, and exotic animals — became a quaint neighbourhood of handicrafts and nostalgia. Your guide will provide vivid descriptions of its complex, colourful history. Speaking of your guide, most have gone through a 3-month training course to become fully qualified for guiding this course and they have all passed a rigorous certification process.

Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Asakusa

4. Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Asakusa

Meet your guide and embark on a journey of bar hopping. The local guide will take you through the hidden food and drink spots near Kaminari Gate. Explore some local favorites in the Nakamise shopping street.  After a drink, head towards historically significant locations and enjoy a hearty Japanese meal. Expand your knowledge about Japanese food culture and taste it directly there.  Visit the oldest existing bar in Tokyo and grab a drink at the famous Hoppy Street like a local. Enjoy the famous "Denki Bran", which is a strong cocktail. Your guide may also take you to the mysterious Ninja Bar.

Tokyo Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

5. Tokyo Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

On this four-hour private tour you will see Tokyo’s major landmarks, including the Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine and Asakusa. Following pick-up from your hotel at approximately 9:00 AM for the morning session or 13:00 PM for the afternoon tour, head to the Imperial Palace (Double Bridge). The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle. The area is a large park surrounded by a moat and massive stone walls. Wander the idyllic grounds of the palace’s serene East Garden, where you’ll have time to check out its tea pavilion and moat. Then head to Meiji shrine consecrated in honor of the Emperor Meiji, and considered the most-renowned Shinto site in all of Japan. Hear about the practices behind this ancient Japanese religion as you explore the shrine’s treasure house, sanctuary and other structures, each of which is composed of cypress and constructed with copper-lined roofs. Continue to the Asakusa area to visit the Senso-ji temple, the largest temple in Tokyo and home to a golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Next, walk along Nakamise shopping street before ending the tour.

Highlights of Tokyo Private Tour with a Licensed Guide

6. Highlights of Tokyo Private Tour with a Licensed Guide

Start by visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market. See a busy market with lots of fresh seafood and also try foods you have never seen before. If you would like to, you can also enjoy a small breakfast. Next head to the Meiji Jingu Shrine, one of the biggest in Tokyo. If you are lucky, you might see a traditional Japanese wedding. After the shrine, stroll around the Omotesando and Harajyuku shopping areas famous for teenage pop fashion. You can have lunch there or in Asakusa later. In the afternoon, visit Asakusa where a big Sensoji Temple is located. There are many shops called Nakamise so you can enjoy shopping typical Japanese souvenirs. If you need more shopping after the tour, you can stay in Asakusa.

Tokyo: Asakusa's Shrine & Temples Private Walking Tour

7. Tokyo: Asakusa's Shrine & Temples Private Walking Tour

Explore the quiet district of Asakusa on a private walking tour where you will discover some of Tokyo’s most important and beloved shrines from the flourishing Edo era, including the impressive Sensoji Temple. Meet your guide at Asakusa station and follow your guide on a walking route that includes the following shrines and temples: Matsuchiyama Shoden, Imado Shrine, Hashibafudo-son, Yoshiwara ShrineOtori Shrine, Asakusa Shrine, and Sensoji Temple. Learn about old myths preaching that the seven disasters would be eliminated and worshipers would receive seven happiness by visiting shrines home to the seven luck-bringing gods enshrined there. Collect red stamps at the temples, which was traditionally considered as a sign of worship and has recently become a trendy hobby amongst the younger Japanese generation. As a highlight, visit the picturesque Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo with a beautiful vermillion landscape and a large red lantern that is a symbol of Asakusa. Walk on the Nakamise Shopping Street, which is the busiest area in Asakusa. Buy souvenirs and eat famous local dishes and don't forget to take a photo near the Kaminarimon gate as well.

Asakusa: History Tour and Live Performance with Lunch

8. Asakusa: History Tour and Live Performance with Lunch

Experience an in-depth guided walking tour with lunch and live music in Asakusa, the heart of old Tokyo. Visit Azumabashi Bridge and then move on to the well-known Thunder Gate with a giant red lantern hanging under the gate, the entrance to the Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine.  At noontime, visit a long-established Japanese restaurant for a live performance of Tsugaru-shamisen and traditional cuisine. Enjoy the music in intimate proximity to the musicians. Enjoy deep and passionate melodies that leave audiences mesmerized. Next visit Hozomon, the Sensoji Temple and the Asakusa Shrine. Experience the coexistence of two distinct religions in the same premises while your guide unlocks local mysteries from a historical standpoint.

Asakusa: 2-Hour Photographic Walking Tour

9. Asakusa: 2-Hour Photographic Walking Tour

Your meeting point is in front of the Asakusa tourist information center. Following a brief introduction you will head up to the top floor of the Information Center for wonderful views, overlooking the area in which your tour will take place. Your tour will then continue to the Kaminarimon Gate, also known as Thunder Gate, where you can take a few pictures before continuing onto Nakamise Street. Nakamise is an old yet still hustling-and-bustling shopping street in Japan. Over 90 shops and food stalls are lined up between the gate and the main hall of the temple. On the way to the temple you can stop and look for souvenirs, and can also opt to try some local delicacies. At the Sensoji Temple your guide will explain and demonstrate the proper way to behave and pray at both a Buddhist Temple as well as a Shinto Shrine. You can enjoy the old architectural style by viewing the 5-story pagoda and the Hozomon Gate, and following a short walk to the rather quiet and serene Sumider Park by the Sumida River, you will see more modern architectural styles. As you return to the tour starting point, your tour will come to an end.

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What people are saying about Asakusa Shrine

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 53 reviews

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

It is a very interesting tour; tasting the local food with the help of a local is a great way to approach this culture so far from ours and the explanations, availability and treatment of our guide, Yasu, are unpayable

Our guide Fulvio was absolutely top class We couldn't have done it any better. A polite extremely well informed man and super friendly. He has helped make sure our short stay in Tokyo will be memorable. 5 stars.

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!

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