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Tokyo 1: Traditional & Modern Tokyo

  • Time: 6 hours
  • Fee: ¥60,000 (about US$399)
  • Expenses: about ¥2,500 per person

This walk is the best way to see both faces of Tokyo: the hyper-modern urban side and the soothing traditional side.

On this tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the atmospheric Yanaka district, one of the few areas in Tokyo that wasn’t completely destroyed in World War II. From Yanaka, you will head to Ueno, to check out Ueno Park, Tokyo’s most famous park, which is home to shrines, monuments and museums. While in Ueno, you’ll stop by Ameyoko Arcade, a bustling street that dates back to the black market days of Occupation-era Tokyo.

Finally, you’ll cross town and explore one of Tokyo’s modern urban hubs, such as Marunouchi, home to banks, boutiques and wide boulevards, or Roppongi, Tokyo’s entertainment and dining district where you can check out a museum or two after the tour. Or, if you want to stay on the traditional side, you can head over to nearby Asakusa. You can discuss these options with your guide on the day of the tour.

This tour takes about six hours. You’ll eat lunch en route. If you wish, your guide can drop you back at your hotel (please notify your guide at the beginning of the tour if you’d like to be dropped off at your hotel or at another destination).

Of course, we can alter this tour as you wish to take in a specific area of interest. Please notify us in advance if you wish to do so. Note that if modifying the tour requires extensive planning or research, we will have to charge a consulting fee.

As with all our other tours, this tour is completely private. We do not put groups together.

The walk costs ¥60,000 (about US$399) per group (NOT per person) plus expenses that average about ¥2,500 per person (entry fees, lunch etc). Note that we offer a four-hour version of this tour for ¥40,000 (about US$266) per group (NOT per person) plus expenses that average about ¥2,500 per person (entry fees, lunch etc). The four-hour version covers some but not all of the sights in the normal route.

For those who want a quick orientation and help with activating/buying rail passes and Suica etc before starting the tour, we offer an orientation option of this tour. For all details see our Tokyo Orientation Tour .

To book a tour,  contact us .

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