Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day

Marunouchi, Japan
Private Custom Tour Tokyo in a Day

From $175.98

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

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


Discover Tokyo at your own pace on this 4- or 8-hour private, custom tour with guide. Design a tour that’s perfect for your interests. There’s a world of options, including the outer fish market at Tsukiji, the city’s temples and shrines, shopping excursions and food or sake tours. Your private custom tour includes a guide, entrance fees at select attractions, snacks, round-trip transport from your hotel with meet-and-greet and a car (for the private transfer option), or public transport (for the public transfer) and optional lunch (for the full-day tour).
  • Let an experienced guide help you create a half-day or full-day sightseeing itinerary
  • See city attractions like Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace, or discover Tokyo neighborhoods, depending on your interests
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (if full-day tour selected)
  • Explore the city by train and subway, or upgrade for transport by comfortable, private vehicle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This private, fully-customizable tour lets you choose between taking private or public transport.

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if by private vehicle)
  • Meet-and-greet service at hotel (if by public transport)
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle (if by private vehicle)
  • Transportation fares (if by public transport)
  • Lunch (full-day option only)
  • Snacks
  • Fees for optional tours, activities and lessons
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Additional charge will apply if meeting point located outside of Tokyo (if by private vehicle) Meeting point must be within Tokyo. (if by public transport)

What To Expect

Create your dream tour of Tokyo during a 4- or 8-hour private, custom tour with a guide. Whether you’re into food, Japanese culture, history, shopping or something more specific, you can design an exploration that’s right for you.

Select your desired tour length of either a half-day tour (4 hours) or a full-day tour, (spanning 8 hours) and how much sightseeing you’d like to fit into it. The choice is yours, ranging from leisurely walking tours, utilizing Tokyo’s excellent public transport system, to an upgrade with private vehicle to whisk you between the city’s top sights.

Read below for some potential options you might visit during your custom designed trip.

The Tsukiji Market

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Hama Rikyu Gardens

1 hour Admission Ticket Included


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Meiji Jingu Shrine

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Additional expenses will be advised upon discussion with our tour operator, based on the customized itinerary
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operation dates for attractions are subject to availability
  • Visiting optional attractions may incur an additional fee. Please consult with tour operator for any questions
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers 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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Hiro was such an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and smart and gave us a great overview of Tokyo. He also took us to some cool spots and shops that we would never have known about otherwise. We learned so much from him about Tokyo’s history and culture. He is a very kind man and we enjoyed spending the day with him. We highly recommend his services.


590 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great impressions of Tokio
Karin_S, Sep 2023
Very informative and individual tour. Our guide Hitomi was very friendly and responded to our wishes.
A wonderful experience with Mami
Kristin_S, Sep 2023
Mami was the best guide we could have hoped for. She has an energy and love for Japan AND because she has lived in San Francisco she could appreciate some of our more subtle questions about culture and social interactions. Mami and our driver worked well together. A great combination to introduce us to Tokyo!!
Tomislav_E, Sep 2023
We had a terrific day seeing the sites. Our guide was very knowledgeable and customized the tour according to what we wanted to see and do. Wonderful experience.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Tomi san & Lisa san, thank you so much for your great review ! At Tsukiji market, both of you tried a variety of local foods. We visited two bars and enjoyed tasting sake, craft beer & orange wine. In the evening, we took a stroll through Kabukicho and Golden Gai in the heavy rain, watched Godzilla perform, and then parted at Memories Alley, I'm sure you had a good time there ! The photo booth you took in Akihabara was the best. Did you show it to your family? I look forward to the day I can drink Sake with you again. Your friend, Miyuki
worth it!
Gretchen_C, Sep 2023
Taki was an amazing tour guide. He tailored our experience per my son's request and we were able to see, learn and experience so much that Tokyo has to offer. Taki exposed us to so many different sites, foods and off the beaten track gems found in the city.
EXCEPTIONAL GUIDE Miami , outstanding experience
Robin_V, Sep 2023
Wow- Mami is a wow! She is Japanese and lived in the US and married to a Scotsman - perfect combination . She is exuberant, extremely knowledgeable, gave us a phenomenal tour and excellent overview of the city . We had so much fun and we saw and experienced more than we ever expected . From shrines, temples, parks , d’épatement store food emporiums, fish market and even a stop for Soba noodles at a 100 year old traditional neighborhood locals place that specialize in soba noodles . We had an excellent private driver who made this tour possible, we are so fortunate with this team . Mami is bred for job. Viator is lucky to have her . We wish she was with us for the rest of,our trip. Kindly , she has been guiding us a bit as move throughout the country by text . Nothing not to love about her . Arigatou!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Arigatou Robin, Jean-Pierre, & Jean-Michel! My sides were hurting by the end of the day from laughing so much. We shared so much with our joined passion for food and nerding out over depachika presentations. These guys started out as pastry chefs at a desert company and brought over to the states in which I had the pleasure to learn about food and also share my own cooking experiences with. Robin was so kind and even went as far as seeking out my own personal story and what a delight it was to just chat with her about life and puppies! Maybe one day when I ever visit Florida, I’d love to share a glass of wine with you all & Mr Pepin. Lol Kind Regards, Mami
Unforgettable Moments
James_D, Sep 2023
I had an amazing adventure in and around the city of Tokyo with Satoshi-San. So many great memories were created! Akihabara, Tsukiji Market in Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, the Metro System, Delicious Matcha Tea at a beautiful temple cafe on an island where Koi jump and smile while you rest comfortably. The day was filled with exploring the things in Tokyo wish I dreamed of seeing. Satoshi was knowledgeable in Shinto and equally urban mythology and the culture of Japan. We had amazing food and unforgettable moments! This is a personal tour and after experiencing it…you’ll gain a new friend and love for Japanese Life!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Much thanks for the glowing review James! I had a blast galavanting the city and sharing all the banter with you. It was your desire that helped me curate the trip and I must say, the day was awesome because of our teamwork. Our chat during the yakiniku will always be a fond memory that I'll reflect on with great admiration and longing. Anytime you come back to Tokyo, I'll be eagerly waiting for your company. Satoshi
Great Day in Tokyo.
Kathleen_R, Sep 2023
This tour is lovely. Rumi our guide spoke perfect English and was super knowledgeable. She even scheduled a traditional tea ceremony for us. We had a 4 month old baby and had to take stops to feed/change him but never felt rushed. Highly recommend this tour if you are traveling with kids but want to see the main sites of Tokyo.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for your kind comment! It motivates me to improve my guiding. Tea Ceremony experience was great,wasn’t it? It was good that you loved traditional Japanese sweet. Your baby made everyone happy even though in a crowded train. I hope he grows up to be healthy and happy. I also had a great time with you and your family. I look forward to seeing you again. Rumi
Meiji Jingu, Ikebukuro,...
skelton4, Sep 2023
Meiji Jingu, Ikebukuro, the tour guides friendly disposition and help in showing me around the city.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for choosing our tour. How do you find Ikebukuro, which has a completely different atmosphere from Meiji Shrine? There are still many interesting places in Tokyo and Japan. Next time, please come in another season, like the cherry blossom season. We will be waiting for you!
The Best Tokyo Tour & Guide! Ask for Mami!
Shawn_C, Sep 2023
I never write reviews but I felt absolutely compelled as this was such an awesome experience with an even better tour guide. First of all, I'd recommend going private and request Mami as your guide for peace of mind that you'll have the best experience possible. She contacted me days prior to me arriving in Japan to get an idea of what I'd like to experience in Tokyo so she could have our entire tour planned and we weren't guessing/wasting time on the day of my tour. I honestly had no idea what to see aside from the typical landmarks, etc. However she got to know me and curated an amazing tour based on my likes/personality. When she picked me up the morning of my tour, I felt as if we already knew each other. As if I had a friend that lived in Tokyo and was showing me around for my first time there. She speaks perfect English as well as Japanese so I learned a bit of Japanese throughout the tour as well. She was more than prepared for our day and took the lead straight away. All I had to do is go along for the ride. I was impressed. Her personality is amazing and she kept me laughing the entire day while learning so much about Tokyo as well as Japan overall. We saw everything. Certainly more than I expected. I travel the world monthly and I'd have to say that pound for pound, Mami is the best tour guide I've ever had anywhere. She has definitely found her calling of creating the most amazing and memorable experiences for people and made this tour more than worth the money. It's because she's just a great person, she cares, and is dedicated to ensuring people learn about her culture while having a great time and fun in the process. As the CEO of a publicly traded company in the USA, I know that she is such a great asset to her company. You're guaranteed to have a great time all while exploring and learning a lot from Mami about Tokyo and Japan. I will definitely book other tours with this company when I return to Tokyo; especially if I have Mami leading the tour. Thanks again Mami! Hope to see you next time my friend!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Arigatogozaimasu Shawn! I very much appreciate your very thoughtful review, the pleasure to show you around my favorite city was my utmost highlight! We galavanted the various districts, your adventurous appetite was a charming quality and I will keep the moments when you tried the grilled whole squid and monjya Yaki with me for years to come. Our adventure together is still something I reflect on, perhaps we can meet each other again when I return to the states next month Batman! Until then, Robin will continue to entertain and work to serve more incoming tourists! Your friend, Mami
If Tokyo can be sampled in one day, this is the tour to do it
Aurelia_B, Sep 2023
Excellent experience due to the thoughtfulness, patience and perfect courtesy of our guide, Hiro. Many thanks to him and to the tour operator. This is a tour you will get the most from if you take a little time to prepare, such as letting your guide know what you are interested to see and taking time to review the individualized tour itinerary. It is ideal for the first-time traveler to Japan to whom the intricacies of its well run transportation system or some aspects of its high-tech society may seem daunting. Do follow your guide's recommendations with respect to hydration, clothing and weather precautions. You will also get a good workout! THANK YOU.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Dear Aurelia and Ruslan; I am so happy that you had nice time in Tokyo and Kyoto. Also thank you very much for your nice review. This is really big pleasure to meet nice guests from overseas and share the time together exploring Tokyo, my home town. Please pay another visit here despite long flight hours from Philadelphia. I am sure that it worth on board more than 10 hours, still charming Japan welcome you with a full of hospitalities. All the best and stay safe in Indonesia! Hiro
Tokyo 🇯🇵
casie_h, Sep 2023
Great time in Tokyo 🇯🇵 T was very accommodating and Fun! Excellent English, Great locations and easy transportation with T!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
These two ladies were the most hilarious bunch I've met! A warning to all tour guides who come across these two ball of fire, your gut will hurt from all the laughs! Such a delight to show Suzie and Casie around and have their hilarious banter as company. 5 star tourists, would hang out with them again!! Satoshi
Great tour with an amazing guide
Livvy_H, Aug 2023
Our half day tour was extraordinary. Though we had limited time, Mami, our guide, did an excellent job showing me and my family all the best of Tokyo. She took all of our individual interests into account and catered to each of us. Mami wasn’t pushy or rude, but did a good job of getting my family from one place to the next, which is a task, considering how easily we scatter or wander off. She gave us amazing recommendations and even helped us make reservations for dinner, (which happened to be the best dinner of our lives.) Not only did she manage all that with ease, but also helped us plan the next days activities. We had some of the best thrift shopping I’ve experienced, along with great temple and shrine walk throughs. Me and my dad also really appreciate anime and manga, so Mami did and excellent job of showing us anime inspired attractions and shops. This tour was memorable, efficient and most enjoyable.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Arigatou Livvy for the 5star review!! I had a blast being the leader of the pack and gathering your very curious & enthusiastic family!! It was an absolute delight to see big smiles on everybody’s faces. Reading your review makes me even more confident in what I do which I feel like is my calling. I will be giving my best into exceeding in this career til the day you and your family comes back for the long tour!! Thanks for the good time everybody Warm Regards, Mami
A great way to discover Tokyo
Dan_N, Aug 2023
We enjoyed the day greatly. The guide spoke perfect English, was very knowledgeable and patient. He explained things that would be hard to get or understand as a tourist. We went to a lot of places, some of them would've been hard to come by on our own. And he showed a great deal of flexibility and was able to accommodate some of our requests. Overall we are extremely happy to have taken this tour. Thank you Satoshi for the day you spent with us.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hey Dan, I'm immensely pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour. The jokes we shared and the laughs we had will be something I will take with me for a long time. I wish to see you in Seattle one of these days! Have a great rest of your trip! Satoshi
Wonderful day in Tokyo!
David_P, Aug 2023
Satoko was so wonderful! Very knowledgeable and flexible with the itinerary. It was a great mix of food, culture, and knowledge. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Dear David and Erica, Although it was like urban hiking that day, It is more than anything that you enjoyed Tokyo. I myself had an amazing time with such a wonderful couple like you. I am hoping that you would come back someday and explore more peaceful and quiet parts of Japan. Wishing you the very best in your future! Satoko
A glimpse of Tokyo
Athanasios_T, Aug 2023
A great tour to obtain a first idea of Tokyo. The tour was adapted to our interests for the better. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable regarding history and culture and very friendly which made the experience very enjoyable
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Athanasios san & Xenia san ! Thank you so much for great review. It was a super hot day, but we went to many places and tried local foods. I enjoyed myself talking with you many topics. Please enjoy the rest of your stay & we will see you again under cherry blossoms next time ! Miyuki
Tokyo with an amazing tour guide.
Malose_K, Aug 2023
Mami our guide is arguably one of, if not the best tour guide we have ever had in our various travels. Highly energetic and patient. We travelled with our teen children and she went out of her way to ensure that she fitted in as much as possible of what they wanted to see. Really value for money experience. Tokyo is an amazing city that never stops giving.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Arigatou Malose, for the 5 star review!! I am honored to have been your guide and to be able to be apart of an exceptionally unique experience with you and your family! I was immensely delighted to be with your vibrant family and the driver was just peak exhilaration for me. I will never forget your smiles, thanks for such a brilliant time. Sincerely, Mami
Full and fun day.
Jennifer_H, Aug 2023
Yoko did a great job planning our tour. She was always trying to keep our kids engaged. Our plan included a museum, the Tokyo tour, a temple and market, lunch and a landscape garden. She answered all of our questions and gave us advice for the remaining days of our trip.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hello, Jennifer, Mike,Alex, Rachel, Thank you very much for your great review. I really had a good time with you. I was impressed to know that Rachel could tell the specific names of those birds and turtles and even the trees we saw at the Kiyosumi Garden. It was fun to see you stepping on the Tokyo Tower's tempered glass floor from where we could see down. Do you remember how Mike was scared? Please come back to Japan. I'd be happy to be your guide again. Yoko T
Amazing tour of Tokyo
Stephanie_P, Aug 2023
The private tour was excellent! Our tour guide Ichi was so amazing, he spent so much time preparing for our tour and had such a nice welcoming prepared. He customized the tour for us and was so flexible. I can't say enough good about Ichi. The driver we had was also great. Very professional. Please ask for Ichi if you are touring Tokyo.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
I would like to express my sincere thanks to you, Stephanie. I feel very honored to have been able to assist you in your journey regarding the August 11th tour. It is also my pleasure to have received your feedback and I appreciate it very much. I sincerely hope that you and your wonderful family will continue to enjoy your trip. Ichi
Fantastic Tour!
Wyatt_W, Aug 2023
Mami was great, we saw so much of the city and it was the perfect tour to determine what to do with the rest of our time in Tokyo!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Arigatou Wyatt, for the 5 star review!! It was lots of fun spending the day with all the boys galavanting around the city!! It was a first time experience for me seeing the sumo dojo & I found it to be so memorable to get that rare picture of your family with the Sumo wrestlers! Thanks for the vote of confidence Sincerely, Mami
Very great
Jacobo_A, Aug 2023
Very good experience very good guide miho thank you very much it was wonderful she explained everything and teach us a lot
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Jacobo and Yael, Thank you for your great review. Hope you had a wonderful honeymoon in Japan. I was honoured to be your guide and to see Kawaii your wife in Kimono! Muchas Gracias!! Miho

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