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Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

1. Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

Enjoy a day out on the town feeling the breeze of the city from a custom-built go-kart. This tour takes you through the center of Tokyo, namely the Shinjuku and Shibuya areas, and allows you to experience Japan in a unique way.  Before you begin the tour, you'll have the option to dress up in a costume of your favorite character. Then, zoom off into the Shinjuku area. Drive to see Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and then head to the iconic Shinjuku Love Sign. Zip along through the famous nightlife district area near Shinjuku Station and then to the shopping district of Harajuku. After that, head to one of the most iconic places in Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing. Return to the meeting point following Shibuya Crossing.  Your guide will lead the way, so you don't have to worry about missing any important sights. They will also take plenty of fun photos of and for you during the experience. On returning to the meeting point, your guide will airdrop or email you all the photos taken.

Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

2. Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Tokyo’s quirky underbelly on a personalized tour of bustling Shibuya and pop culture paradise Harajuku. Get a snapshot of the city’s weird and wonderful attractions as you’re led down its liveliest streets (and those only locals know about). You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide in bohemian Shimokitazawa, an area that’s off the Tokyo tourist trail where local artists and musicians move between cool thrift shops and vintage record stores lining tightly packed streets too narrow for cars. Peer into the tiny shops on your way to Tomigaya, a quiet oasis filled with cafes and artisanal coffee shops not far from frenetic, flashy Shibuya, then stroll through Nabeshima Shoto Park – once a tea plantation in the late 1800s, today the park is a popular spot for locals to kick back on a bench and watch the world go by. Next, stop off at the strangely out-of-place Moyai Statue, a massive landmark modeled on the Moai of Easter Island, then make the mad dash across Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world (and certainly the busiest in Japan). Jostle your way through hordes of locals on your way to the zelkova tree-lined avenue of upmarket Omotesando, and pass cool designer stores – and even some urban farm animals – on your way to bright and bustling Takeshita Street, a pedestrian shopping exploding with colorful boutiques, cafes, and eateries. Then, why not grab a bite (or several)? Catch your breath with a drink at the whimsical Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku, a quintessential snapshot of the area’s obsession with all things adorable. Check out the Purikura (print club) shop, where 25 retro photo booth machines make a great alternative to a selfie stick, and end your day in one of Tokyo's largest city parks, Yoyogi, with a peaceful stroll to the century-old Meiji Shrine. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local tour operator's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Tokyo: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

3. Tokyo: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Japan’s electrifying capital city. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets – and a few off the well-trodden tourist trail. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide at the 1300-year-old Sensō-ji temple, the oldest in the city, in the heart of the historic Asakusa district. Get a lesson in Tokyo’s ancient Buddhist history, and see the awe-inspiring Asakusa Shrine, which honors the three founders of the Sensō-ji. Then, walk the traditional streets to the neighboring Ueno district, an old downtown area that’s home to several attractions like museums, historical monuments and the popular Ueno zoo, all found inside the sprawling 150-year-old Ueno Park. Intrigued by Tokyo’s national sport? Head to the riverside Ryogoku district, the heartland of professional sumo. See all sorts of fascinating sumo paraphernalia, small statues of yokozuna (the highest-ranking sumo wrestlers), and Ryogoku Kokugikan – Tokyo’s famous sumo stadium. There’s really no limit to what you can see and do in Tokyo, and there’s something for absolutely everyone. Whizz around on a go-kart, play retro arcade games in the Anata No Warehouse, and grab a quick bite at the Robot Restaurant – where you’ll be entertained by robotic monsters, dancers, and flashing lasers! Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Tokyo: Private Eat & Drink Like a Local Tour

4. Tokyo: Private Eat & Drink Like a Local Tour

Enjoy 6 authentic, delicious tastings and a drink included in this unforgettable personalized food tour of Tokyo with a friendly local guide. Explore the food scene in the electric streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku, Tokyo’s fast-paced commercial hubs and a foodie havens. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide at the iconic Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world, and make the mad dash across to a depachika – expansive food halls in the basements of luxurious department stores – to stock up on traditional snacks like Gyoza dumplings for a quick picnic in Yoyogi Park. Explore Cat Street, a quiet backstreet with limited car traffic where well-heeled locals move between high-end fashion boutiques and cool cafes, then indulge in super-fresh kaiten sushi (sushi on a rotating conveyor belt) in the city that made it a culinary icon. After that, give your stomach a break with a peaceful stroll down the zelkova tree-lined avenue of upmarket Omotesando, and pass quirky designer stores – and even some urban farm animals – on your way to Takeshita Street, a pedestrian shopping exploding with colorful shops, cafes, and popular eateries. Next, why not stop off somewhere for a bowl of ramen? Tokyo has varieties that don’t exist anywhere else in the world! Quench your thirst with a drink from a vending machine, and hop on the train to Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, a quintessentially Tokyo labyrinth of alleys crammed with tiny bars and food stalls. Sample food like Dango, a rice flour dumpling drenched in sweet soy sauce, or crunch on surprisingly delicious fried chicken from a local convenience store! Finally, head to one of the area’s super-trendy cafes or dessert bars for something utterly delectable, and end in Tokyo’s Korean corner, Shin-Okubo, where – unlike in Japanese cuisine – spice and strong flavors are the name of the game. Your itinerary will be fully personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local operator's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

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

5. 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 your hotel along with a prepaid envelop for return. If you would prefer to pick up the device at the local partner's Harajuku office, please refer to the meeting point. With your router able to connect up to 10 decides at one time, stay fully connected on your trip. iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphones, PC and Mac laptops and other portable consoles are all supported. The device enables a Hybrid 4G LTE high speed connection and the battery can last up to 10 hours (usually about 8 hours, depending on usage). At the end of your trip, use the prepaid envelop included with your order to return your Pocket Wi-Fi. Mail the envelop from any Japanese postal box as well as an airport postal box. Please note that ONLY hotels and hostels are eligible for delivery. AirBnB or other accommodations sadly CANNOT be accepted. Furthermore it is necessary to confirm the customers hotel reservation before delivery, so please also provide your check-in date and check-in name (if different from the details given in your Wifi router reservation.

Japanese Street Food Tour

6. Japanese Street Food Tour

Try the delicious side of Shibuya, a place more known for being at the forefront of culture and fashion, and rarely known for its food.  This tour will show you the places to go in Shibuya, the places the locals go, so the next time you visit you can do so as a local. Get the chance to visit 5 food stops and try: Kobe Beef Skewers, Osaka Takoyaki, Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, 5 types of Sushi and Taiyaki (Japanese dessert). Nestled in the back alleys, these places are unforgettable and an experience you wont want to miss. End your journey with a tour of Shibuya Depachika (underground food market).

Tokyo: Meiji Shrine Walking Tour with Local Guide

7. Tokyo: Meiji Shrine Walking Tour with Local Guide

Explore the Meiji Jingu Shrine with a guide who holds the Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. Issued by the Japanese government, this license requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. Meiji Jingu Shrine is located in the heart of Tokyo’s metropolitan area and is rich in natural beauty, with over 100,000 trees donated from all over Japan. From your guide, learn about the Shinto religion and how to respectfully visit Japanese shrines. This shrine is known as a “power spot”, or a place with strong spiritual energy. Throughout your visit, you can offer prayers for happiness, success, or healthy relationships.

Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

8. Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

Although public transportation in Tokyo is very convenient, it can also be quite pricey as individual trips typically cost from 100-500 yen. It may not seem like much when you tap your Suica card each time you pass through the ticket gate, but if you do the math at the end of the day, you'll find that it can add up to be quite a lot! There is a much cheaper alternative available: This 24, 48 or 72-hour Metro pass offers unlimited use during consecutive days within your chosen timeframe. Your pass provides unlimited access to all the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines within the Tokyo Metropolitan area, taking you anywhere in the city you may want to go.

Tokyo: Crazy Cute & Kawaii Harajuku Food Tour

9. Tokyo: Crazy Cute & Kawaii Harajuku Food Tour

Come make some delicious memories in Tokyo’s mecca for youth culture, pop art and fashion, and the home of Japan’s cutest characters, goods and yes even "cute food.” On this newest Tokyo tour, let your guide show you around the back streets of Omotesando. Harajuku is at the crossroads of international and local designers, artists, chefs and fashionistas. This area is so colorful and chaotic. Find out more than you can from the guidebooks and websites. Explore the hidden gems with local experts. This Kawaii Food Tour is great for families, cute culture fans, foodies and especially those with a bit of a sweet tooth.

Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

10. Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

Discover Tokyo with a local host and experience the city like a resident on a customizable walking tour. Choose what you want to see and do based on the recommendations of your guide. Visit the Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa-jinja Shrine, and enjoy lunch in the area in a traditional restaurant or from one of the street food stalls. Your local host will explain the options and make recommendations based on your requirements.  Take the subway to Shibuya to walk across the Shibuya Crossing and explore the best shopping districts. Travel to Harajuku to visit Yoyogi Park and the Meiji-jingu Temple, or head to Roppongi for dinner and to experience the nightlife in one of the many bars. You will be contacted within 24 hours to discuss your interests so that the best local host can be assigned. A bespoke itinerary will be built based on what you would like to see and do. Benefit from an itinerary that is fully flexible and change direction at any point during your tour. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them.

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What people are saying about Harajuku

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,099 reviews

My private tour trough Tokio was just awesome. Together with my guide Yoshi we explored Tsujiki Fish Market, Meiji Shrine and also some local shops. She gave me so many insights about Japan, the culture and daily life that it felt like exploring the city with a friend. Great day. Great memories. Thanks for this experience!!!

Pocket wifi was waiting for us when we arrived at hotel. Extremely easy to get set up, and has been an absolute blessing having unlimited internet access on the move. Highly recommended!!

Got it at my hotel, it comes with a short instruction card and it's very easy to understand and set up. Works great!

Valentina was lovely! She was personable, engaging, attentive and so much fun!

It got sent to the hotel, is easy to use and the battery last long enought.