Tokyo Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

Marunouchi, Japan
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From USD 101.97

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This half-day tour is an ideal choice for time-tight travelers visiting Tokyo. Avoid the hassle of navigating by having a private guide to take you around the city. A perk of the tour is that you won’t waste time going to sights that don’t interest you, as the route can be customized. A sample itinerary may include Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Shibuya Crossing, Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Imperial Palace, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
  • Save time and see many top Tokyo landmarks on a half-day tour
  • No transport to organize—hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • This fully flexible tour allows you to customize the itinerary
  • Avoid the stress of getting lost by having a private guide to navigate

What's Included

  • Licensed Local Guide
  • Customizable Tour of your choice of 2-3 sites from 'What to expect' list
  • Transportation fee (for yourself)
  • Entrance fee (for yourself)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

This private tour is a walking day tour. A private vehicle is not included. Public transportation or local taxis maybe used to transfer between sites. Exact transportation costs can be discussed with the guide after a reservation is finalized. Please have Japanese Yen on hand for your transportation costs. If you wish to arrange for a private vehicle, please contact us directly. All Private vehicles must be booked 2 days in advance. Maximum number of passengers: 7.

What To Expect


1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free

Imperial Palace

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Not Included

Shibuya Crossing (Pass By)

Tsukiji Fish Market

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free

Meiji Jingu Shrine

1 hour Admission Ticket Free


1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Not Included

Hama Rikyu Gardens

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Not Included

Tokyo National Museum

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Not Included

Tokyo Skytree

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Not Included

Senso-ji Temple

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free

Rikugien Garden

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Not Included

Yoyogi Park

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Takeshita Street

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Roppongi Hills, Shop & Restaurant

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Odaiba District

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free


1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free

Shinjuku Golden Gai (Pass By)

Tokyo Tower

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can 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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231 reviews
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It was okay
Yolanda_W, May 2023
Tour did not fulfill our needs, expected more based on zoom meeting prior to tour. Our guide was nice.
Great tour guide
jessica_b, May 2023
Sat was a very good guide he was Patient and willing to adjust to our pace and preference - thoroughly recommend as a tour guide - thank you our trip was fabulous .
Great way to see historic Tokyo
Michael_T, May 2023
Yoshi was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. We visited Tsujiki market, Asakusa, and the East Gardens and highly recommend them.
Half Day Tokyo and Trains
Lee_C, May 2023
We had a wonderful half day Tokyo tour with Fumiko who led us on both subway and elevated trains all across the city. Without her we would have been miserably lost. Her enthusiasm was contagious and she related much of Tokyo's history for us. We viewed the Sensoji Temple and adjacent Shinto shrine from the 8th floor of a nearby building, then joined the throngs of visitors on the Temple pathway lined with shops of all kinds. After a lovely walk along the river, she also took us to the Shibuya scramble crossing - the busiest in Tokyo. It was a memorable afternoon!
Private Tour was a Winner
Yvonne_C, May 2023
Our guide was very informative, intelligent and caring. We so enjoyed all the places he took us to, especially the Temple and the open market, making sure we saw the busiest shopping streets.
Poor experience
KLAUS_W, May 2023
Not a good experience. Guide rushed us and did not wait for us. At one point he disappeared and at another point he left us to fend for ourselves when we had trouble with subway turnstile. Did not seem knowledgeable
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you very much for your review. We are very sorry to hear about your experience and would like to know more about what happened on your tour. Please do contact us so that we can continue to provide quality guides to all. JGA Customer Support
Excellent walking tour
Ralph_C, May 2023
Tatsu provided a customized tour with last min. changes. He went out of our way to find candies and other souvenirs. He was on time and made a timetable to ensure we made all the highlights we wanted. Highly recommend him.
Response from Host, May 2023
Many thanks for your wonderful review. I am glad to know that you could buy everything you wanted to buy and could have Ramen for lunch. I hope you could return home with pleasant flight. Thank you very much for visiting Japan. I look forward to serving you again in the near future. Tatsu
Great Tour with Sachi!
neildudely, May 2023
My wife and I had a wonderful half-day tour with Sachi. She met us at our hotel, showed us sights based on our preferences and interests, and even brought us to a delicious tempura restaurant that we never would have found without her. Sachi took the time to show us how to use public transportation, answered our questions about local etiquette and customs, and, overall, showed us a good time while helping to get us settled in Japan. During the remainder of our trip, we caught ourselves repeatedly saying "I miss Sachi!" Highly recommend!
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you very much for your message. I was deeply touched by the word “repeatedly saying "I miss Sachi!" I ‘m so glad you had a chance to have the nice Tempura course. We enjoyed the moment even before eating by hearing the sound of frying them! That was a special time!! - SACHI -
Personalized unforgettable experience
Stacey_S, May 2023
Personalized unforgettable experience If you’re looking for a phenomenal guide Andy is the best! We booked a private walking tour of Tokyo. Our guide, Andy, contacted us via WhatsApp and asked what we would like to see. We sent him a list of sights and activities and he fine tuned an amazing itinerary for a half day tour. Andy met us at our hotel on time. We used the subway and JR pass to get around Tokyo. We definitely would not be able to navigate the subway system without him! He was well-prepared for our tour with his vast knowledge of the sights, traditions, culture, and history of Japan. The routes he took included several unique sights that we would have missed if going on our own. He was patient and flexible when we wanted to stop for photos or to shop. Andy is very friendly and fun plus he speaks English easily so we had great conversations. He is also an interesting person having had a full career prior to becoming Tour Guide. His passion for offering an authentic and enjoyable tour was apparent in how he tailored an entire experience unique to our interests. We left Andy feeling like we had a new friend in Japan! After 2 weeks in Japan, our day with Andy was one of the most memorable highlights of our trip.
Great experience.
Barbara_S, May 2023
Maya took us to areas of Tokyo tourists usually do not visit. Rode the metro and had lunch at a wonderful restaurant. She picked us up at our hotel. She guided us around the neighborhood and through markets. We learned much about Japanese culture. It was a great experience. We would highly recommend this tour with Maya as your guide.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you very much for your nice review. I’m so glad that you enjoyed your time with me. The chef at that restaurant is very good and well experienced. I also had a good time with you. I hope you had a safe journey back home with the good memories of our country. I hope you come back to Japan sometime in the future. Thank you again and please take care of yourselves. Maya
This was a great experience and I highly recommend this tour.
Brad_E, May 2023
My son and I had a fabulous day with our guide. He took is to all the highlights in Tokyo on our first day there. It was a great way to get acclimated to this large and fascinating city. I highly recommend this tour.
Amazing experience, highly recommend
Anna_B, May 2023
Our tour guide, Bruce Sugano was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. He was also so kind and patient. This tour was the perfect way to start off our adventures in Tokyo. Our flight was late, resulting in us arriving at our meeting point an hour later. Bruce was so accomodating and was able to kindly delay the start of our tour. When we met him, he was so cheerful and immediately made us feel very welcome. Bruce had mapped out a perfect itinerary based on what I had said that we were keen to do and see. We didn't feel rushed and Bruce made sure that we were all happy and comfortable. He was so great with our children, aged 9 and 5 too! Not only did we do and see everything on our wish list, Bruce was so wonderful and helped us find the location of the office to collect our tickets for a different tour later on the week and helped us purchase Suica passes. This took so much stress off our chest and saved us time. Thank you so much Bruce for an excellent introduction to Tokyo and Japan.
Response from Host, May 2023
Arigatou Gozaimasu for your review. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. I hope that you were able to create special memories on your first trip as a family to Japan. We had so many great adventures together. I was so impressed by your organizational skills. You mentioned that I mapped out an itinerary but your detailed and thoughtful itinerary for your trip would rival KonMari! I was delighted that your children enjoyed learning my Japanese number song. They were very patient while waiting in line. It was great to hear them say ‘ichi, ni, san’ while taking photos. Weren’t cherry blossoms in Ueno Park beautiful? I could see your daughter’s excitement blooming just like the blossoms as she held the pink petals. It was good fun haggling for strawberries – the success of a 30% discount was just as sweet as the taste of strawberries! I hope you felt like royalty in that moment with your King of Sweets’ strawberries. Despite the rain you all remained in high spirits. Thank you for sharing with me that your children’s good nature has been passed from older sibling to younger sibling. I know this familial kindness will stay with you all for all your future adventures. Best regards, Bruce SUGANO
Great personal tour on our 1st day in Tokyo
Peter_K, May 2023
Great 1st day in Tokyo tour! Our guide Kenji contacted us via email 2 weeks prior to our arrival and we told him about our specific goals for the 1/2 day tour. He met us at our Hotel in Shinjuku. Walked us to the closest neighborhood metro station and helped us load Yen credits onto our Suica cards. He instructed us as we travelled on how to navigate the metro. We visited several neighborhoods (Harajuku and Akakusa). We spent more than the allotted 4hrs with him, but he still escorted us back to Shinjuku station and then lead us out of the enormous and very busy station to some shops nearby the Godzilla Head. From there we were able to easily walk back to our hotel. The next few days we felt comfortable exploring other areas on our own which was the goal.
Response from Host, May 2023
I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour in Tokyo. I am sure you can now move around Tokyo freely using the subway, and I hope you will bring back many good memories of Japan. Kenji
Flexible Itineary with knowledgeable and friendly guide.
Jerry_C, May 2023
Andy went out of his way to accomodate us in setting up an itinerary and sharing his knowledge. We felt fortunate in getting his assistance.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you very much for your very nice review. I wish you a very wonderful trip to Japan this time. Andy
Tatiana_D, Apr 2023
Really enjoyed the organization and the sights, lunch was spectacular . Thanks to our guide we had a wonderful time
Great tour, great guide !!!
Fraser_R, Apr 2023
Fantastic way to introduce ourselves to Tokyo. Our guide emailed us in advance to pre-agree the itinerary, which is a great idea. Tour itself was relaxing, informative and fun. Our guide Mika was excellent, we couldn’t have done this without her and she really made sure we enjoyed the experience.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you so much for your kind feedback that makes me feel encouraged. I am very pleased to hear that both of you enjoyed the tour. I also had a memorable day with you. I am really looking forward to your next visit to Japan in the near future. Mika
Don’t miss a day with KAZU!
james_s, Apr 2023
KAZU did a fantastic job showing my wife and I all the cultural areas of interest during our tour. He is intelligent, humorous and very familiar with life in Tokyo.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you very much for your encouraging comment. I also enjoyed a conversation with you two. I wanted show you as much as possible with limited time,and this obliged you to walk quite a long distance. I will be happy if you are interested in Japanese culture and find more in a next trip. Hoping a chicken will become a Phoenix !! See you next time. KAZU
We enjoyed very much our...
Ruth_B, Apr 2023
We enjoyed very much our visit and our guide mr. Yasuho Suzuki gave detailed explanations and was very helpful
Response from Host, Apr 2023
It’s my great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Tokyo with my explanations. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in Tokyo or Kamakura.
AmaIng experience
Megan_B, Apr 2023
Suzuki San was an amazing guide. He was so patient with the children and informative! He really went above and beyond for us, thank you so much!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
I am very pleased to hear that your family including your children enjoyed the tour. Your next visit to Tokyo or Kamakura is most welcomed and I’d like to entertain your family again.
Amazing Tour guide and sake sommelier !
Liana_W, Apr 2023
Steve was a wonderful guide. Prior to the trip, he reached out to understand our site seeing priorities. We had a wonderful half day tour to the Meiji shrine and Harajuku. We never felt rushed, and Steve also assisted us with the logistics surrounding our IC pass and our side trip to Hakone. A bonus is that he is also a sake sommelier! We bought a bottle of sake based on his recommendation and it was the best sake we ever had!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for kind comment for me. I am very happy to hear you had a wonderful day and enjoy sake. Please visit Japan again, many amusement arcades for kids, sake breweries for parents.

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Tokyo Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide


4 hours
Free Cancellation
USD 101.97