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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.

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: Full-Day Japanese Garden Private Guided Tour

3. 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

Tokyo: Full-Day Bicycle Tour

4. Tokyo: Full-Day Bicycle Tour

After meeting your guide, listen as they explain the bicycle and local traffic rules. Visit some of the highlights of Tokyo, including Hibiya Park, Ginza shopping district, Kabukiza theatre, Tsukiji fish market, Kachidoki Bridge, Tsukishima Monja, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station and many others. The full length of the tour is 18 kilometers, and most of the roads are flat. Enjoy the easy pace of the tour as you follow your guide to some of the most interesting places in Tokyo.

Tokyo: Personalized Private 6-Hour Tour

5. 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.

Tokyo: Private City Highlights Van or Car Tour

6. Tokyo: Private City Highlights Van or Car Tour

Enjoy the flexibility of being able to pick a set itinerary, or customize your own with this car or van tour in Tokyo. Relax as your driver takes you to must-see destinations like the Shibuya crossing and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Have the freedom to pick and choose which sites you want to visit. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Tokyo. Hop aboard the spacious and air-conditioned car. Pick from a range of transportation options that suit your group's size. Make your way to the historic neighborhood of Asakusa and see its impressive Kaminarimon gate. Head to the tallest structure in Japan, the Tokyo Skytree broadcasting and observation tower. Continue to the Chiyoda district to see the Tokyo Imperial Palace which is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. The palace is made up of several buildings including the main palace, some residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices. Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, and take a walk through the traditional wholesale market which sells seafood, vegetables, produce, and housewares, established in 1935. Get recommendations on where to purchase an authentic lunch. Drive to the Tokyo Tower which is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato and the second-tallest structure in Japan. Capture pictures of this lattice tower that is painted white and orange. See the world's busiest pedestrian crossing at Shibuya Crossing. Go to the tranquil Meiji Shrine which is a timber Shinto shrine in Shibuyahat is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Tokyo: Day Tour with a Private Van

7. Tokyo: Day Tour with a Private Van

The van will pick you up from your hotel. Then the tour starts with visiting the Imperial Palace where the Emperoer of Japan and his family live. After the Imperial Palace, visit Akihabara electric street. Enjoy shopping there for 1 hour. Next, head for Asakusa which is ancient area in Tokyo. Take a lunchtime break here and enjoy walking around Asakusa district.  In the afternoon, will go close to Rainbow bridge in Odaiba. Enjoy the scenery of modern architecture from the window. After Odaiba, you will visit Ginza which is most famous and luxurious shopping district in Tokyo. Take your time to see around the top-brand shops on the street. Then the van will you take to the hotel around 17:30.

Tokyo: Full-Day Customized Your own Highlights Tour

8. Tokyo: Full-Day Customized Your own Highlights Tour

Highlights Tokyo Tour is the best choice for first time visitors. Visiting all must-see and popular spots in Tokyo; Meiji Jingu, Imperial Palace Eastern garden ( or Nijyubashi bridge of Imperial Palace), Tsukiji and Asakusa. It includes Japanese historical spots, religious places, Japanese sport and of course food market. It's also able to customize. You can contact with a guide through mail and talk in advance to tell your interests and make your own itinerary. Usually visiting 4 places for a day. You enjoy to see fully aspects of Japan with a professional local tour guide. Let's discover Tokyo!

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What people are saying about Tokyo Imperial Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 392 reviews

We had a wonderful tour around Tokoyo with our guide Shinji. He was very knowledgeable and made for an interesting and engaging 6 hours. We had three teenagers with us who really enjoyed listening to Shinji. If booking a Tokoyo tour I would recommend the 6 hour tour and using a combination of public transport and private car as it meant we could visit more places.

Μrs Aki-san was an amazing guide! She told us about history of shrines and temples and during the tour she explained us everything!!! She was very polite and kind with us!!!! Amazing woman! I definitely recommend to go for it!!! Beautiful experience! Arigato Gozaimasu

Our guide Hideki was able to optimize his time well and present several tourist attractions in Tokyo. For those who are short on time and unfamiliar with Tokyo's train and subway lines, we recommend this customized tour.

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.

Antonio was a great guide we toured Ueno Park and Yanaka