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Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

1. Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

Start the tour in Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district nestled underneath the train tracks and step into narrow, lantern-lined streets to get a taste of 70s-style Japan. Here, you’ll enjoy typical snacks and starters at local izakayas frequented by locals. Move on to Ginza, exploring high-end, specialty goods, like a $400 melon and visit a famous Sembei (rice cracker) shop which dates back to the early 1800s. Complete your evening by wandering through Shinbashi’s nearby maze of eateries, izakayas and standing bars. The tour finishes with one last bite - dessert, of course.

Haneda Airport: 1-Way Shared Shuttle Transfer

2. Haneda Airport: 1-Way Shared Shuttle Transfer

Following pick-up from the Haneda Airport terminal, head to any of the 23 wards of Tokyo City to the doorsteps of your address. Or, if you are traveling somewhere from your hotel or place of accommodation, enjoy a pick-up from your hotel lobby. As this shuttle transfer takes the stress out of trying to find expensive and untrustworthy taxis, this is truly a hassle-free way to get to and from the Haneda Airport and your place of accommodation in Tokyo.

Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

3. Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

Explore the alleys of Tokyo's Shinbashi area, known for its rustic izakayas (pubs) and food stalls. Grab some of the most satisfying food on the planet as you discover the vibrant district after dark! Start by entering the chasm of eateries overrun on a nightly basis by the working class of Japan. Join the thousands of businessmen who go to their favorite izakaya bar for a quick bite and cold beer before going home. Stop for some sashimi (raw fish), large gyoza (dumplings) and tamagoyaki (omelet), and then continue to a yakitori stall serving skewered meat and veggies cooked over an open fire. Wind your way through the maze of izakayas to find one of the most hidden okonomiyaki (pancake) shops, where only the locals go. Savor an authentic okonomiyaki with a drink before heading back to Shinbashi Station for the end of the tour.

Haneda Airport to/from Tokyo City: Private One-Way Transfer

4. Haneda Airport to/from Tokyo City: Private One-Way Transfer

Pre-book a private transfer from Haneda Airport to your all 23 wards of Tokyo city accommodation (within the "03" area code) and choose a vehicle that suits the size of your group. The door-to-door service is available either from the airport to the city or in the opposite direction. For arrival transfers, the driver will be waiting to meet and greet you, holding a Cherry Tomato sign. For departure transfers, you’ll be met in the lobby of your hotel or outside your home or apartment accommodation. If the size of the vehicle makes it impossible to enter a narrow street a nearby meeting point will be chosen. Bookings are accepted up to 13 months in advance as well as at the last minute. It is recommended that you book at least 72 hours in advance to ensure that there is plenty of time to process your request. Note that all bookings are subject to availability and confirmation.  

Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

5. Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

The tour provider will organize the locations for your photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the information you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on location in Tokyo and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Your highly experienced Tokyo vacation photographers are handpicked local experts, who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. When your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. Create mementoes that will last a lifetime, and look back over your travels with fond memories.

Tokyo: 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Subway Ticket

6. Tokyo: 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Subway Ticket

Save yourself money and stress with this unique subway ticket. If you are staying in Tokyo and planning to visit major city attractions by train, this metro pass is the perfect option. Enjoy unlimited rides on Tokyo subway lines for the validity of your ticket. Whether you choose the 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour option, you'll be able to travel on both Tokyo Metro lines and Toei subway lines.

Japan: Unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi Router Rental, Hotel Delivery

7. Japan: Unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi Router Rental, Hotel Delivery

Enjoy the convenience of an unlimited portable Wi-Fi router, charger, and USB cable delivered to directly your hotel in Japan along with a prepaid envelope for return. With your router, connect up to 10 devices at one time and stay fully connected on your trip. iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphones, PCs, Mac laptops, and other portable consoles are all supported with your pocket Wi-Fi. The device enables a Hybrid 4G LTE high-speed connection with a battery that can last up to 10 hours (usually about 8 hours, depending on usage). At the end of your trip, use the prepaid envelope included with your order to seamlessly return your pocket Wi-Fi via any Japanese postal box or airport postal box.

Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

8. Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

Learn more about Japanese views on religion on this tour, as well as getting a thorough introduction to the country's best seafood dishes at Tsukiji Market. After meeting your guide, head to a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn more about Japanese worship traditions.  Next, head to Tsukiji Market, the cradle of seafood in Tokyo, and the place where famous sushi chefs buy their seafood every morning. Soak up the lively atmosphere of this revered location as you wander around the various stalls. Feel free to sample some dishes from street food vendors and ask your guide for recommendations. Before lunch, pay a visit to the market's observatory and witness all the hustle and bustle from above. Finish your tour with a delicious seafood lunch. Sit down to a yummy donburi bowl at a seafood restaurant. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sip on a glass of Japanese beer or sake with your finger food or seafood bowl. This is one of the Japanese' favorite ways to enjoy Tsukiji—a cold beer with excellent seafood.

Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour [Customizable]

9. Tokyo: Private Sightseeing Tour [Customizable]

Delve into the heart of Tokyo on a sightseeing tour, and get the most out of the city with a private guide. Customize your experience to cater to your tastes and preferences. Choose from different tour durations to suit your schedule. Visit one area or point of interest with the 2-hour tour, or select the 4-hour tour to discover 2 monuments or neighborhoods. With the full-day experience you'll enjoy the company of a private guide for a whole day of sightseeing.   On the full-day tour, following pickup from your hotel you'll head to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Stroll around the stalls at the world's biggest seafood market, which can be difficult to understand without a guide. Continue to the Asakusa area to visit the Senso-ji temple, the largest temple in Tokyo. Next, walk along Nakamise shopping street before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to the Meiji shrine to marvel at the biggest shrine in Tokyo. Continue to the renowned Takeshita Street to explore local pop culture, before finishing your tour at approximately 4 PM.

Tokyo After 5 Food Tour: Culinary Adventure

10. Tokyo After 5 Food Tour: Culinary Adventure

Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this 3-hour Tokyo tour you’ll join a local guide to dive into the city’s food scene, tasting some of the city’s best dishes. Get a truly local perspective as your local guide explains the history of the food you’re tasting and the places you visit, sharing personal experiences and food related family traditions and customs during the tour. Begin in Yakitori Alley, near Yurakucho, an area with many casual bar-style restaurants and the birthplace of yakitori, one of many Japanese people’s favourite appetizers. Enjoy a drink of sake or a local beer, then sample yakitori at one of the many local restaurants, each with their own “tare” (sauce) mixed with their secret ingredients. Travel to Tsukishima to visit “Monja” Street, where “Monja-Yaki” is said to have originated, a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. You’ll have the chance to watch your food being cooked, chat with the cook, and devour your Monja-yaki fresh from the hot plate.  Take a quick stroll through Ginza, where you can find great confectionery shops and learn about the rich variety of traditional Japanese sweets — and, best of all, choose one to try! Usually made of rice and red beans, these sweets change based on the ingredients available at each time of year, and even their shapes are inspired by what you can find in nature during that season. Your tour ends here but don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see do and eat during your stay. Fancy a cool local bar or a karaoke place? Your guide is happy to recommend  favourite spots so that your night can continue. Equally, your guide can help with directions back to your accommodation, or you can return to the start point with them.

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100% recommended. We had a lot of fun, we met, ate and lived the experience like a local riding a bike around the city. Hiro was very kind and careful, we loved the tour with him.

Great wifi router with multiple pick-up/drop off options! Connections sometimes dropped prompting a restart, but overall it was great, especially for the price!

Excellent Driver and a very clean Van. Got me to my destination ahead of schedule.

Awesome service. We got our tickets easily and quickly. Would highly recommend.

Antonio was a great guide we toured Ueno Park and Yanaka