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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: Private Customizable Walking Tour with Pickup

2. 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: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

3. 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: Imperial Palace Walking Tour with Local Guide

4. Tokyo: Imperial Palace Walking Tour with Local Guide

Meet your guide at Otemon Gate, the main entrance to the palace. From there, explore the East Garden situated to the east of the Imperial Palace, where you can visit facilities such as the Imperial Tokagakudo Music Hall and the Museum of Imperial Collections.  Continue exploring Kitanomaru Park, home of the Nippon Budokan Hall; and Kokyo-gaien, large outer gardens to the southeast of the Imperial Palace. Learn about the palaces history from your licensed guide as you explore this natural beauty.

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Tokyo: Full-Day Japanese Garden Private Guided Tour

5. Tokyo: Full-Day Japanese Garden Private Guided Tour

Discover the traditional and historic gardens of Tokyo on a fully customizable tour. Visit various gardens arranged various styles with native and non-native plants. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel or chosen location, then choose the gardens you wish to visit depending on your preferences. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Tokyo and first visit the garden of the Imperial Palace. Enjoy a stroll through this typical stately Japanese-style garden. Next, move to Meiji-Jingu Shrine then visit a quiet garden with a charming teahouse and pond. Have lunch in Harajuku where you have a lot of choices of food. Take a short train ride and arrive at Shinjuku Gyoen Garden which is one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo. Explore a vast park with a variety of different sections including a typical Japanese garden, a formal French garden with roses en masse, and an English landscape garden. Choose to visit other recommended gardens such as: • Koishikawa Korakuen Garden • Hama Rikyu Gardens • Yoyogi Park • Rikugien Garden • Ueno Park • Koishikawa Botanical Garden • Kiyosumi Teien Garden • Former Shiba Rikyu Gardens • Nezu Museum • Happo-en Garden

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Tokyo: Personalized Private 6-Hour Tour

6. Tokyo: Personalized Private 6-Hour Tour

Spend a day discovering some of Tokyo’s attractions. Let a professional guide design a tour in line with your interests. You can visit 3 or 4 attractions, depending on your pace! Visit a Meiji forest shrine and explore the Harajyuku pop fashion shopping area. Head to Asakusa to see the oldest Sensoji temple. Take in a fish market, explore busy and popular Shibuya and visit the east garden of the Imperial Palace. Visit the Tokyo Sky Tree – the highest broadcasting tower in the world. Shop at department stores in Shinjyuku or in the small shopping street in Yanaka’s old town. Try out a restaurant in Ginza or visit Hamarikyu Garden and try some green tea.

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Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

7. Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

Discover Tokyo with a local host and experience the city like a resident on a customizable walking tour. Choose what you want to see and do based on the recommendations of your guide. Visit the Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa-jinja Shrine, and enjoy lunch in the area in a traditional restaurant or from one of the street food stalls. Your local host will explain the options and make recommendations based on your requirements.  Take the subway to Shibuya to walk across the Shibuya Crossing and explore the best shopping districts. Travel to Harajuku to visit Yoyogi Park and the Meiji-jingu Temple, or head to Roppongi for dinner and to experience the nightlife in one of the many bars. You will be contacted within 24 hours to discuss your interests so that the best local host can be assigned. A bespoke itinerary will be built based on what you would like to see and do. Benefit from an itinerary that is fully flexible and change direction at any point during your tour. 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.

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Kabuki: Traditional Japanese Classical Drama Tickets

8. Kabuki: Traditional Japanese Classical Drama Tickets

Discover one of Japan's most important traditional art forms, Kabuki. Delight in the unique mix of theater, dance, and music as you expose yourself to an art form recognized by UNESCO as one of Intangible Cultural Heritage. See how Kabuki lives up to its etymological roots during the performance: derived from the verb “to lean,” it means something uncommon, out of the ordinary. Admire a tradition going back 400 years, and choose from different seating categories to find the right experience for you. The plays change every month and are presented in Japanese only, though audio guides are available to purchase. Depending on the show, the audio guide may simply cover the content of the play, or include explanations too. To enter the theater, please take the final voucher and confirmation that the local operator will send to your email after you have made your purchase. Tickets to this show are non-refundable.

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What people are saying about Tokyo Imperial Palace

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based on 473 reviews

Saya Christina was our host and she was amazing and our 10 & 8 year old boys fell in love with her. Saya was very knowledgeable and helpful with teaching us our navigation skills needed to get around to other activities after our time with her. We had such a good time at the Shrine and then visiting Harajuku and the Totti Candy factory. We finished our tour at the Shibuya Crossing and watched some people on a Mario Cart tour. I highly recommend using Saya she’s very fluent in English and is awesome with little ones. Thank you Saya for an amazing morning!

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 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.

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.