Private Tokyo Tour with a Local Guide: Tailored to Your Interests

Shibuya City, Japan
Tokyo Explore the City with a Local

From USD 80.85

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Understanding Tokyo can seem like an impossible wish for foreign travelers. Take the mystery out of your visit on this guided tour with a local. Before your tour, your guide contacts you to get a feel for what interests you. On your customized tour, they take you to see the city's must-see sites, as well as underexplored local neighborhoods and hidden gems. Along the way, they share insights into local life giving you a better sense of Tokyo culture.
  • Private tour for just you and your party
  • Your guide customizes your tour to your interests and personality
  • Get a deeper insight into Tokyo life than possible alone
  • See Tokyo through the eyes of a local and discover its hidden gems

What's Included

  • 100% Private and personalized experience
  • 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours with your host - Pick your preferred duration when booking!
  • Walking tour, though public transport may be utilized
  • Optional meet-up at your central location accommodation
  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sarutahiko Coffee The Bridge
    Japan, 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingūmae, 1-chōme1820 原宿駅 2階

    After booking, you can adjust the meeting point to fit your preferences with the help of our Experience Planners.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Sensō-ji (Pass By)

Kappabashi Dougu Street (Pass By)

Yanaka Ginza (Pass By)

Ginza (Pass By)

Shinjuku City (Pass By)

Shibuya City (Pass By)

Harajuku Station (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation: You will receive confirmation of your booking immediately after making the reservation.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Questionnaire: After booking, you will receive a short questionnaire to tell us more about your interests and preferences. You will be matched with a like-minded local host based on your responses.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Meet-up at your hotel or accommodation can be requested if centrally located.
  • Near public transportation
  • This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes
  • Most travelers can participate.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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293 reviews
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Amazing tour with Kenji
Peter_E, Sept 2023
We had Kenji as our guide who was beyond fantastic. It was my wife and I and our seven year old son. Kenji taught us a lot about Japanese culture and society. He was amazing with my son, he made my sons whole trip. We started at Asakusa which was beautiful and then Kenji took us to a great little sushi place and told us all about sushi as he is a sushi chef. Afterwards we went Ueno Park for a walk around a temple and great parklands. Then we went to Akihabara where we played old school arcade games with Kenji. Could not recommend the tour and especially Kenji more higherly.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Peter, we're delighted to hear you had an amazing experience with Kenji! From Asakusa to sushi insights and Akihabara's arcade games, it sounds like a fantastic tour. Your high recommendation is greatly appreciated!
Great tour and good deal!
Wanda_S, Sept 2023
Tomi was great!! He was very polite, knowledgeable and attentive. You can tell he’s very passionate about his work. It was a good tour! We didn’t get to fully see Mt Fuji but that’s the weathers fault not the tour’s. However Tomi was always excited to point out any view of The Fuji! I would recommend!
Very good walking tour
MICHAEL_O, Sept 2023
East walk through Tokyo neighborhoods, park, viewing the city landscapes from above, and multiple shrines.
Tokyo Experience with Firas
Clarisa_B, Sept 2023
We had an outstanding day in Tokyo with our tour guide Firas. We probably wouldn’t have experienced as much as we did had we not hired a tour guide. It was an amazing, memorable day of our trip to Japan and we are so grateful to have been paired with the best guide!
Wonderful day trip in Kyoto with Ryuken
Robin_R, Sept 2023
Ryuken was an amazing local guide. He took us to all the hot spots in Kyoto. He is a fabulous young man with gold etiquette and a great sense of humor. We got to hear his perspective on the Japanese culture and lots of inside information we could not have known if we didn't take the tour. He tailored the whole day trip to our taste and eating preferences. Overall, a very wonderful experience!
Loved this tour - Firas was the.l best
Amaninder_B, July 2023
Firas was such an excellent tour guide. I had already been in Tokyo for a couple days, and so he suggested a day trip to Enoshima and Kamakura. I was hesitant at first, but he promised me that I would love it, and I did! He has a great energy and enthusiasm for the land, culture and history. It was such a fun and meaningful experience. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would.
I had a great time with Marc. 100% recommend.
Derek_F, July 2023
I had a great time with Marc. He showed me the best spots in Tokyo. I really enjoy hanging out with Marc and learning about the Japanese culture, tradition, his family and the various historic and cultural spots.
Great introduction to Japan
Jeff_D, July 2023
Guide was very knowledgeable and extremely flexible with tailoring the experience. Pleased with the sites he picked out and areas of interest
A well informed guide....
Sandor_W, July 2023
A well informed guide. Knowledgable and patient with tweens. We visited worthwhile sites and were given useful travel information. Musch appreciated.
Lovelly tour!
Susana_J, July 2023
Great time together, with interest explanations and lovely places. The gardens of the Imperial Palace and Asakusa temple, particularly special. Always bring umbrella in June.
Thumps up to Mr Firas
Emil_C, July 2023
Mr Firas was a great friendly guide. He came earlier than his time just to show me around more places. Really appreciate. All the places and planning was perfect.
Great experience
Pili_O, June 2023
We enjoyed expending time with Mari while she was showing us her city. Mari was very accommodating with us with any stop when wanted to do
Many famous spots in just a few hours!
Misty_G, June 2023
Marc was so excited to show his city, Tokyo. Even though we did not have a lot of time, he managed to squeeze in many of the famous Tokyo sites. Plus, he gave us many other ideas for the next time we came to Tokyo. Well done, Marc!
Definitely BOOK it NOW!! Best for custom itineraries & private tours
Stephanie_W, June 2023
Apy was so amazing and really knowledgeable about everything we wanted to do! She communicated with us prior to the experience to ensure we could see what we wanted in the timeframe and suggested different itineraries for us to choose from. Also, she was so so fun, and had such positive and upbeat energy which made the walking tour so fun. Definitely would book again!
Evening in Asakusa and Ueno
JAVIER_T, June 2023
Karique was the perfect tour guide! His explanations were extensive and precise. Just that we were looking for.
Excellent tour, but crazy expensive!
Paul_H, May 2023
This was a great tour. Our guide. Elina, was very good. We liked being shown how to use the train system. HOWEVER, after two train rides, it became apparent how much walking and time using the train was taking. It's a lot of walking just to get to the right exit and change lines. So we switched to taking metered cabs to cut the walking effort and time so we were able to get two more stops done. We were paying a crazy amount of money for the guide to be there, so it just didn't make sense to use the train to save a few dollars. We were sent a questionnaire to fill out in advance to determine our interests and the suggested itinerary was spot on. Our 7 year old loved the visit to the Pokémon store I requested. We had to pay for everything. Including admission for our guide into all attractions which we found odd. Guides generally enter free pretty much everywhere we go in the world because they are obviously bringing constant business. I suspect a license of some sort was missing. We are totally sold on private tours. The flexibility to move at our own pace and choice of activities is invaluable. This was our second visit to Tokyo, so going custom meant we wasted no time duplicating what we had done before, or duplicating where we were going later anyway. For example, a tour that stopped at Harajuku would have been a waste because we went there anyway for the Owl and pig cafés later. You don't need a guide for obvious attractions like Skytree for example, it's hard to mess that up on your own. I think in the future we will avoid full day walking tours. It's just too tiring for us. If you are fit, go for it We just found the day insanely expensive for a walking tour with nothing included, but that's an observation, not a complaint, because we knew the price upfront. As a comparison, we had a private driver with a BMW for 11 hours in Taiwan for close to half the price of this tour during this vacation! We were very grateful for the help Elina gave us booking other activities for later and the advice given when I asked by email later. She definitely went beyond the scope of the tour to be helpful.
Personalized Tour!
Joseph_C, Apr 2023
Kanei was a wonderful tour guide and put together a great itinerary for us. Kanei is new at being a guide and had to rely on what was essentially Wiki and Google searches for the more detailed history of the areas we visited (had to look up answers to most of my questions). I'm sure Kanei will improve with more time and research. Other than that, we had great time and I would recommend to others.
Fantastic local tour in Tokyo with Mari
Arindam_M, Apr 2023
We traveled to Tokyo with family. Our guide for this tour was Mari. She is absolutely fantastic. She is a local and had great insight knowledge about all attractions. She also had guidance for our future tours. She helped us with insights on local food and restaurants. We never felt rushed, she is fun to be with. I'd strongly recommend Mari to anyone who is looking for a tour in Tokyo.
Lovely Tokyo Tour with Patrick!
Surbhit_A, Apr 2023
Patrick took us through Yanaka Cemetery, UENO Park, Sensoji Temple and everything around these areas. It was a wonderful tour as he explained us about the history, culture and even architecture of all these places. Got to understand Japan properly at the start of our trip and this accustomed us quite well to the Japanese way of life and made it easier to get around. Patrick even told us about the shopping and food stores, districts and streets. Like Kappabashi for kitchenware, Itoya for stationery, Mitsukoshi for food, etc.
Great tour, language barrier
Dana_A, Apr 2023
We were able to see a lot and really enjoyed our time. This was our first time in Tokyo, and it was great seeing different areas of the city. I would have given 5 stars, except our guide - who was incredibly nice and thoughtful - did not speak English very well so that really took away from the experience. I would have loved to have learned more, but conversations just weren’t very possible.

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