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Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

1. Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

Be picked up from your hotel, relax in a chartered car, and explore the city at your own pace with a friendly chauffeur on a completely customizable day tour. If you are not sure what you want to see, you can choose the default itinerary. Choose to explore the sights on your own, or select the option including a driver-guide. With the set itinerary, be picked up from your accommodation within Tokyo's 23 wards at 9:00 AM. The first stop is the Asakusa District where you will see Tsukuji Market, Sensoji Temple, and the Tokyo SkyTree. Afterwards, see the Imperial Palace before traveling to Ginza and the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Visit Harajuku Takeshita Street and see Japanese street culture for yourself. Go to the Shibuya Area and witness the famous scramble crossing. Enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo Bay in the futuristic area of Odaiba before being dropped off at your hotel or place of your choosing within the 23 wards at 8:00 PM.  Suggested places to visit include the Traditional Cannon Shrine in Asakusa, the Giant instagramable Kaminarimon Gate, the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, and the fancy Ginza area. You could choose to walk through the beautiful Imperial gardens, enjoy the magnificent views from Tokyo Tower or Skytree and stroll around the futuristic Odaiba area.

Tokyo: Signature Sightseeing Tour

2. Tokyo: Signature Sightseeing Tour

Your first stop is Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu), a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. The shrine was completed in 1920, and through the southern and northern path to the shrine meet you'll find the symbol of Meiji Jingu: the torii. Following that, you will visit the Tokyo Imperial Palace (Kokyo). It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, consisting of a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo. It contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums, and administrative offices. The next stop is Sensoji, the ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is Tokyo's oldest and one of its most significant temples. Adjacent to the temple is a 5-story pagoda called the Asakusa Shinto Shrine. The Kaminarimon is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately lead to the Sensō-ji in Asakusa. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is hugely popular with tourists. After visiting Sensoji you will have free lunchtime in Nakamise-Dori, in Asakusa. It is a street that leads to the temple that is approximately 250 meters in length and contains around 89 shops and restaurants. The morning section of your tour will conclude there. In the afternoon, you will continue your tour to the Asakusa Pier where you'll board a Tokyo water bus, which has recently become a hot-spot in Tokyo. See Tokyo from a different perspective and take in panoramic views of the city skyline. The last spot of the tour is the old neighborhood of Shibamata. Absorb the warm atmosphere of the old town that still bears a close resemblance to Edo, one that has a special place in the heart of many Japanese people. See the filming location of the long-running TV film series “Otoko wa Tsurai Yo,” which translates to “It’s Tough Being a Man”. Visit the Shibamata Taishakuten, a Buddhist temple founded in 1629. Then, take a leisurely stroll through the calm Japanese garden passing beautiful sculptures.  In the end, you can then choose to either enjoy your evening in Akihabara, considered by many to be the center of modern Japanese popular culture and a major shopping district for computer-related goods or take the bus back to Shinjuku to finish your tour there.

Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

3. Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

Cruise the bustling streets of Tokyo in your own private chariot on a fun sightseeing tour of the Asakusa district by rickshaw. Admire the beautiful Asakusa Shrine next to the city's oldest temple, and experience the everyday street life en route to the famous shoe shopping district of Hanakawado. Venture inside Sumida Park, most resplendent in spring when thousands of cherry trees are in bloom. Check out quirky Tanuki-doori, and the adult theaters of the historic Rokku Ward. Take souvenir photos of Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement park in Japan. Ride down Denpoin Street, where little has changed since World War II as you make your way back to the starting point. Book the 2-hour or 3-hour tour options and you will also see the Sensoji Temple, while guests on the 3-hour option can choose a memorial gift of a special Hello Kitty doll or original T-shirt.

Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

4. Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

Get the most out of Asakusa on a deep yet relaxed 3.5-hour walking tour of this historic township at the heart of Tokyo. See the 1400-year-old Sensoji temple and learn its secrets from your knowledgeable and hospitable guide. Our guides bring you the best in tourism: local knowledge, genuine friendliness, and an expertise earned through a rigorous certification process. Just as Asakusa’s history started by the Sumida river, so do our tours. Step back and forth in time with us as we help you navigate the lively streets of Sensoji Temple, guiding you to the best spots to satisfy your eyes, stomachs, and your curiosity! Participate in centuries-old rituals at the Temple and the Asakusa Shrine and have a chance to see what the fates have in store for you with Sensoji’s infamous paper fortunes. Relax in the quaint, atmospheric side streets reminiscent of olden days gone by and let our guide show you hidden gems and sights of all kinds, even those that don’t exist anymore! From the hundred-year-old shops and restaurants to the newer entertainment halls of the “Rokku” area, you’ll fall in love with Asakusa’s endless novelties that our guides help bring to life. We use an earphone guide system during the tour to: ・ Deliver the guide’s voice securely to each participant from a distance. ・ Enable communication within the group.

Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour [Customizable]

5. Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour [Customizable]

Delve into the heart of Tokyo on a sightseeing tour, and get the most out of the city with a private guide. Customize your experience to cater to your tastes and preferences. Choose from different tour durations to suit your schedule. Visit one area or point of interest with the 2-hour tour, or select the 4-hour tour to discover 2 monuments or neighborhoods. With the full-day experience you'll enjoy the company of a private guide for a whole day of sightseeing.   On the full-day tour, following pickup from your hotel you'll head to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Stroll around the stalls at the world's biggest seafood market, which can be difficult to understand without a guide. Continue to the Asakusa area to visit the Senso-ji temple, the largest temple in Tokyo. Next, walk along Nakamise shopping street before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to the Meiji shrine to marvel at the biggest shrine in Tokyo. Continue to the renowned Takeshita Street to explore local pop culture, before finishing your tour at approximately 4 PM.

Asakusa: Live music dinner after history tour

6. Asakusa: Live music dinner after history tour

1) After having an in-depth Asakusa history tour, we will take you to a Japanese restaurant for live performance of traditional Japanese musical instruments over dinner. Since it is a small restaurant with a limited number of seats, the performance is presented just in front of you. Enjoy the powerful but adroit performance in close proximity to the musicians. 2) And of course, the tour preceding the visit to the restaurant is one of a kind; an in-depth history tour in Asakusa. 3) If the group size is 3 or more, we will use an earphone guide system which enables you to clearly listen to the guide from a distance.

Tokyo: 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour

7. Tokyo: 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour

Meet your guide at Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa, Tokyo to explore the greater part of Asakusa. It will be around 1 to 2 kilometers of walking and you will visit the non-touristy areas and family-owned shops and restaurants.  You will first visit a standing sushi restaurant owned by a fish dealer. Learn how to eat sushi and taste fresh seafood that you might not have tried before. Sushi used to be fast food before in Japan and now you will also learn how to properly eat sushi. Have the chance to visit a family-owned soba restaurant where you will enjoy fresh soba and gyoza at a local restaurant that only locals go to. Try handmade rice crackers at a local store with over 100 years of history. Taste some Japanese snacks which are a hidden gem that started with a food stand 50 years ago in Tokyo. Finally, you will also visit Sensoji Temple, one of the largest temples in Tokyo to learn about Japanese culture and history. 

Asakusa: Kitchen knife store visits after history tour

8. Asakusa: Kitchen knife store visits after history tour

Go on a guided history tour of Asakusa. View the Asahi Beer Headquarters from an observation deck. Visit the Kaminarimon Gate and Sensoji Temple. Have your fortune told. Explore dozens of shops on Kappabashi Street while you go shopping for Japanese kitchen knives. Taste Japanese sweet snacks. Meet your guide at Asakusa station to begin your history tour. Benefit from an earphone system if the group exceeds 3 people, so you can hear the guide from a distance. Go to Azumabashi Bridge, where the story of Sensoji Temple originated 1400 years ago. Continue to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. Ascend to the observation deck and gaze at the main part of Kaminarimon,Tokyo Skytree, and the Asahi Beer Headquarters. Visit Kaminarimon Gate, also called the Thunder Gate, which eventually leads to Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. Walk to Nakamise Shopping Street on the way to Sensoji Temple. Admire the shops. Read the history tablets, which depict Asakusa's history with lovely pictures. Arrive at Hozoman gate, the inner of 2 big gates in front of Sensoji Temple. Marvel at this 2-storey gate, known for its treasures. Enter Sensoji Temple, one of the most famous in Tokyo. See the 5-story pagoda next to it. Hear about how it holds Buddha's ashes, which were given by the government of Sri Lanka to promote goodwill between the 2 nations. Participate in fortune-telling rituals at the temple and Asakusa shrine. Conclude your history tour and be taken to Kappabashi Street. Go shopping in the stores selling items used by restaurant operators. Shop for Japanese kitchen knives in specialized stores and check out the lineup of products. Communicate with the staff through your guide. Enjoy the experience of looking at the famous Japanese kitchen knives and dozens of stores on this street. Finish your tour on Kappabashi Street.

Tokyo: Personalized Private 6-Hour Tour

9. 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.

Highlights of Tokyo Private Tour with a Licensed Guide

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Asakusa Shrine

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 724 reviews

I had a wonderful time on this tour! For starters, the company had to shift the specifics of the tour due to the previous restaurant closing due to COVID, and they dealt with all of those logistics and worked with me to find a new date that worked for me. The tour guide, Yoko, is very knowledgeable and kind, giving an overview of the history of Asakusa and answering a variety of other questions I had about the area. She was also willing to adjust the tour somewhat based on my interests, which was great, and happily helped take some photos and sent them to me afterward. Then the dinner at the restaurant was delicious and the Shamisen performance was absolutely incredible. Honestly had a great time and would readily recommend this tour for folks interested in getting to know Asakusa and some Japanese history.

Our guide Yeonmi was just a godsend, booked online at the last minute. She helped us navigate Tokyo with great insights into the culture and ways of the Japanese people. She was funny, considerate and helpful to the utmost. Her advice on how best to utilise our short time in Tokyo was invaluable in making the most of our trip. We cannot recommend her enough.

We had a lovely time with our guide Mo. she was very attentive to our interests and gave us great insight on Japanese culture! I would recommend this tour !

Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made our experience very positive and memorable. He did an amazing job!!!

Antonio was a great guide we toured Ueno Park and Yanaka