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Shinjuku

A bustling hot-spot for shopping, drinking, eating, and best of all — neon-lit karaoke.

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Shinjuku: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

1. Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Explore the best of Tokyo on this 1-day, fully customizable, and private tour. Select which must-see locations you’d like to visit from the list below and your knowledgeable, licensed guide will customize an itinerary for you based on your preferences. The most popular, must-see attractions available on this tour: Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Akihabara, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Nezu, and Shinjuku Golden Gai. On the day of the tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your full-day tour. Using either public transport or walking to get around, why not start your day with a visit to Asakusa to see the famous Senso-Ji Temple. Your next stop could be to take a walk through the Outer Garden (Gaien) of the Imperial Palace, followed by lunch in trendy, ‘Kawaii’ Harajuku. Then, maybe, spend your afternoon at the Meiji Jingu Shrine forest, between the busy neighborhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku.

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Tokyo: Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

2. Tokyo: Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

Join your local guide on this Tokyo Night Foodie Tour and discover Shinjuku, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Visit three famous venues loved by the locals. While enjoying the delicious cuisine, also learn about Japanese food culture and the complex Shinjuku area through this tour. Start the trip by visiting a sushi restaurant tucked in the Shinjuku underground. Here, an authentic Sushi chef, or Itamae, will create beautiful sushi creations right before your eyes. Your chef will prepare fresh sushi using the fish inside restaurant’s own fish tank. Next, visit a Yakiniku restaurant located near Shinjuku station. This restaurant pays tribute to the late Toshiro Mifune. Here, you will prepare your own Japanese BBQ, featuring the famous Wagyu. Enjoy your time grilling the meat with an authentic Japanese shichirin, or BBQ stove. Next, wander around the hustling bustling Kabuki-Cho. Make your final stop right in front of the famous Godzilla TOHO Theater at an artisan gelato store in a quiet, cozy cafe.

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Tokyo: Private Customizable Walking Tour with Pickup

3. Tokyo: Private Customizable Walking Tour with Pickup

Meet your private guide at your Tokyo accommodation and head out on a walking tour to explore the city. Customize the itinerary to suit your interests and schedule. Be spontaneous and choose where you want to go. Make the most of your time with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Tokyo that aren’t in the guidebooks and that are popular with the locals. If you’ve just arrived in the city, start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Experience the city like a resident, get recommendations for the best places to eat and shop, and learn the easiest ways to get around. See some of the top attractions, wander through the charming old town, or indulge your senses at local food markets. Learn more about sights that you can visit on your own after the tour.

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Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

4. Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

Enjoy a day out on the town feeling the breeze of the city from a custom-built go-kart. This tour takes you through the center of Tokyo, namely the Shinjuku and Shibuya areas, and allows you to experience Japan in a unique way.  Before you begin the tour, you'll have the option to dress up in a costume of your favorite character. Then, zoom off into the Shinjuku area. Drive to see Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and then head to the iconic Shinjuku Love Sign. Zip along through the famous nightlife district area near Shinjuku Station and then to the shopping district of Harajuku. After that, head to one of the most iconic places in Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing. Return to the meeting point following Shibuya Crossing.  Your guide will lead the way, so you don't have to worry about missing any important sights. They will also take plenty of fun photos of and for you during the experience. On returning to the meeting point, your guide will airdrop or email you all the photos taken.

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Tokyo: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

5. 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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Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

6. Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

Although public transportation in Tokyo is very convenient, it can also be quite pricey as individual trips typically cost from 100-500 yen. It may not seem like much when you tap your Suica card each time you pass through the ticket gate, but if you do the math at the end of the day, you'll find that it can add up to be quite a lot! There is a much cheaper alternative available: This 24, 48 or 72-hour Metro pass offers unlimited use during consecutive days within your chosen timeframe. Your pass provides unlimited access to all the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines within the Tokyo Metropolitan area, taking you anywhere in the city you may want to go.

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Tokyo: Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class

7. Tokyo: Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class

Enjoy cooking and savoring Kaiseki course meal and Wagyu beef steak! Kaiseki is authenthic Japanese haute-cuisine featuring seasonal produce and presentation. Using various method of cooking, you will cook 7-8 admired dishes. Friendly local instructors are around you to assist sharing tips and culture that accompany every dish. Afterwards, enjoy what you have prepared and taste of juicy delicate Wagyu beef.  

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Japan: Unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi Router Rental, Hotel Delivery

8. Japan: Unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi Router Rental, Hotel Delivery

Enjoy the convenience of an unlimited portable Wi-Fi router, charger and USB cable delivered to your hotel along with a prepaid envelop for return. If you would prefer to pick up the device at the local partner's Harajuku office, please refer to the meeting point. With your router able to connect up to 10 decides at one time, stay fully connected on your trip. iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphones, PC and Mac laptops and other portable consoles are all supported. The device enables a Hybrid 4G LTE high speed connection and the battery can last up to 10 hours (usually about 8 hours, depending on usage). At the end of your trip, use the prepaid envelop included with your order to return your Pocket Wi-Fi. Mail the envelop from any Japanese postal box as well as an airport postal box. Please note that ONLY hotels and hostels are eligible for delivery. AirBnB or other accommodations sadly CANNOT be accepted. Furthermore it is necessary to confirm the customers hotel reservation before delivery, so please also provide your check-in date and check-in name (if different from the details given in your Wifi router reservation.

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Japan: SIM Card with Unlimited Data for 8, 16, or 31 Days

9. Japan: SIM Card with Unlimited Data for 8, 16, or 31 Days

Being connected to the internet is of great importance in Japan, especially for foreigners. You can use it to navigate the sometimes confusing public transport system, to translate unknown words, and to simply stay connected with your friends and family. With these convenient SIM cards, you can immediately get an internet connection.  This SIM card has high-speed internet access (4G LTE) and no data limitation. It is available for a duration of either 8, 16, or 31 days. It works on the Docomo network, Japan’s biggest network provider. The SIM card connection covers 99% of Japan. It can be adjusted to fit as a nano, micro, or normal SIM card. 

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Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

10. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Cooking local food is the best way to get to know Japanese culture. Learn how to cook these meals at a little cute apartment in Shinjuku. The menu changes depending on the day of the week. You will cook one of the menus below with 2 to 4 items. The weekly menu schedule is below: SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUEDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Standard meal days - Menu: teishoku, donburi, obento, tonjiru and rice ball WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Heavy food days - Menu: curry rice, okonomiyaki, gyoza, ramen, rice burger, kara-age, yakisoba. SATURDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Real home-sushi day - Menu: temaki-sushi, bara-chirashi-sushi. An optional short trip (1PM-3:30PM) takes place everyday after the morning class. You will go to several amazing places which are not found in your guide books.

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What people are saying about Shinjuku

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,371 reviews

Tour was fantastic! Naow was a great guide - informative, kind, great English, very helpful and went out of her way to ensure we enjoyed ourselves such as by being our personal photographer!! We were very lucky with the weather and had great views - would recommend checking the weather in advance to booking. Ps. At the lake, get bento boxes or the like from a 7 eleven and enjoy the views of the mountain whilst eating!! Better than the restaurant!

It is my first time in Tokyo and this was a perfect introduction to the city. Tomoko was great - showing me the old and the new - and giving me the background to the sites we visited. This was a great experience.

This was a wonderful day trip with extraordinary sights of breathtaking Mt. Fugi. Even though our driver Was limited English speaking, (private van tour) he was kind and caring beyond belief.

Pocket wifi was waiting for us when we arrived at hotel. Extremely easy to get set up, and has been an absolute blessing having unlimited internet access on the move. Highly recommended!!

The spots our guide took us to we're amazing. We took lots of pictures and hope to go back and see a few more.