Private Guided Tour of Tokyo
Tanpopo Journeys is collaborating with Haruko Asakura of Private Tsukiji Tour to provide a one-day tour of Tokyo. If you are arriving in Tokyo before your trip with Tanpopo Journeys, take advantage of the one-day Tokyo tour with a knowledagebable guide. Choose from one of the three guided tours offered or customize your own using the options below. Airport pick-up is also available through the Private Tsukiji Tour.
Choose from one of the unique tours of Tokyo
Classic Tour of Tokyo
Meiji Shrine -> Imperial Palace Garden -> Asakusa
Start your day by strolling through the Meiji Shrine located in central Tokyo. Constructed in 1915, Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine where the spirits of the Meiji emperor and empress rests. You will enjoy the 170 acres of beautiful landscape with 3000 species of trees, birds, and wildlife and forget that you are in the busy city. In the afternoon, your guide will take you through the Imperial Palace Garden to learn the history and culture before heading to Asakusa, the shopping and merchant district long the Sumida River. After visiting Sensoji-temple to wish upon a safe journey, don’t forget to grab street food of okonomiyaki, a tabletop cooking, or a warm cup of matcha with Japanese sweets for a snack. Then, enjoy a conversation with the local guide who can share the history and culture of Tokyo.
Old Meets New
Imperial Palace Garden -> Akihabara -> Ueno Park
What makes Tokyo unique is where old traditions exist in the realm of modernization. Start your morning by strolling through the majestic Imperial Palace Garden for seasonal flowers and old architecture built by the Tokugawa shoguns. Next is Akihabara, a center for electronics and animation and one of the most visited towns in Tokyo. This town is sure to ignite your imagination and curiosity. Yet even in the busiest town, one can find modest shrines nestled in narrow alleyways embracing the tradition of worshipping gods. A popular cherry blossom site of Ueno Park is just a short walk away. Ueno district is also a gateway to a merchant town. Be sure to visit small shops and studios of traditional crafts dating back to the 6th century, and the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest and the largest museum in Japan with an extensive collection of national treasures.
Streets and Hidden Alleys
Shinjuku National Garden -> Asakusa -> Ryogoku
This tour will start in Shinjuku National Garden, Japan’s most significant and well-visited park. The garden consists of a Japanese landscape garden, French and English Garden, and botanical garden and is known to have the best cherry blossom view during springtime. After the morning stroll, let’s head to Asakusa, a shopping and merchant district along Sumida River. Asakusa is centered around Sensoji Buddhist Temple, the oldest and most prominent temple in Japan. Enjoy the casual street food along the Nakamise Dori. Make sure to stretch your feet to Kappabashi, kitchen town, for Japanese kitchen tools, including Japanese knives. Across the river is Ryogoku, the historic center for sumo wrestling. Stop by at Edo Museum for life-sized models that recreated feudal life.
Customize Your Tour
Did you not see what you are looking for? Private Tsukiji Tour provides customized tours based on your interests. Please choose three of the following places or activities, and your guide will create a tour of Tokyo just for you!
- Imperial Palace Garden
- Meiji Shrine
- Tokyo Sky Tree
- Tokyo Tower
- Hamarikyu Garden
- Ueno Park
- Shinjuku Gyoen
- National Museum
- Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum
- Ota Memorial Museum of Art (UKIYOE)
- Sushi Making Class
- Soba Making Class
- Tea Ceremony
- Boat cruise on Sumida River or Tokyo Bay
- Kabuki Theater Show (30-minutes)
- National Museum of Modern Art
- Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Time & Location
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in metro Tokyo. Lunch is not included.
$200 per person (minimum of two people)
Includes guide and transportation fee, entrance fee to locations listed in highlights, and liability insurance for one day. Additional fees will apply to Customized Tour.
Mostly walking but may use trains & buses (additional fee may apply)
Airport Pick-Up Service
Because international arrival is often confusing and overwhelming, we will be happy to meet you at the airport upon your arrival at Haneda International Airport. We want to make sure you are off to a good start.
How does it work?
An English-speaking guide will meet you at the Haneda International Airport upon arrival. He/she will assist with arrival information including currency exchange, wifi, and phone set up before accompanying you to your hotel in Tokyo. There is a flat fee of $50 per person (does not include the transportation fee).
Haruko Asakura founded the Private Tsukiji Tour company in 2021 after her former employer, a tour guide company, closed its door due to the COVID-19.
She joined the travel industry in 2017; her responsibility included arranging and planning guides for domestic and international travelers and leading tours.
Before joining the tourism industry, she worked at global and domestic financial institutions and executive search consulting firms.
She was born and raised in Gifu prefecture but lived and worked in Tokyo for the past 25 years. She loves and misses Gifu but also enjoys her days in Tokyo at the same time. Please accept a warm welcome from Haruko and her team of guides to help you get to know Tokyo better.