9 Best Guided Tours In Tokyo, Japan - Updated 2021

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Ryan Joshua
Ryan Joshua
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Japan, the land of the rising sun, truly has diverse offerings for locals and tourists alike. Known as one of the best cities in the world, Tokyo, the capital of Japan, boasts of its rich culture and heritage working side by side with its tall buildings and modern lifestyle. Be mesmerized with the sunny weather or walking along the cherry blossom path during winter. Not only that, Tokyo is surely the dream destination of every anime fan out there. Planning to visit Tokyo in the near future? Or are you interested in visiting the city especially that the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held here? Well, here are some of the best-guided tours in Tokyo, Japan that will help you get the most out of your trip.

1. Harajuku fashion and culture guided tour (from USD 43.03)

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The Harajuku district in Tokyo is known as the city’s center of culture and fashion that is very popular amongst the young people in Tokyo. Get to know more about the Japanese kawaii culture, enjoy a walk along Takeshita Street, Harajuku’s center of trendy fashion, and get to visit the Kawaii Monster Cafe that is popular with its very unique interior design and innovative visual menu. This guided tour lasts for two and a half hours.

Harajuku: Kawaii Culture Guided Tour

Duration: 2.5 hour

3 reviews

2. Tokyo private welcome tour with a local (from USD 35.0)

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There’s nothing better than experiencing something firsthand with someone who has a very wide knowledge of that certain place. Get to explore Tokyo from a local’s point-of-view with this tour. Commence your very interactive and interesting tour with a local guide at your accommodation and start your two to six hours of adventure all throughout the city. Your local guide will teach you all of the “life hacks” that you need to learn in order to get the most out of your visit.

Tokyo Private Welcome Tour with a Local

Duration: 2 hour

140 reviews

3. Tokyo one-day private customizable tour by car (from USD 484.79)

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If you want your tour to be more private or if you want to enjoy Tokyo all by yourself then this tour is certainly the best one for you. Get picked up from your hotel, be comfortable inside your own chartered car and get to explore the city according to your own terms with a professional tour guide on a full-day tour. Just mention the best places you want to visit with your guide, or just follow the tour he/she has planned for you.

Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

Duration: 10 hour

21 reviews

4. Tokyo sightseeing bus tour (from USD 76.5)

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Get to see the sights of Tokyo within the comforts of a bus! This four-hour tour starts with a drive through the Takeshita Avenue until you reach the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine, the Omote Sando, the Outer Garden, the Akasaka Emperor’s property, and the National Diet Building. Then you get to enjoy the serenity inside the Imperial Palace East Garden where you get to be in touch with nature and history with the structures coming from the Edo Era. You also get to see the commercial district of Marunouchi and see the venues of Kanda’s best Shinto festivals. Shop for your favorite gadgets at Akihabara’s electronic goods marketplace and also get to see Ame-Yoko and Kappabashi shopping centers. As you get to Asakusa, you also get to see some historic structures such as the Kaminari-mon Gate and the Sensoji Temple. Your tour will end by seeing the Tokyo Sky Tree and Asahi Beer’s headquarters.

Tokyo: Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

Duration: 4 hour

31 reviews

5. Guided go-kart tour experience on the streets of Tokyo (from USD 81.0)

This will be a tour of a lifetime. You will have the freedom to choose a costume from a variety of sizes and styles that are inspired by comics, games, and anime characters. Your guide will lead the way and give full safety instructions before the tour starts so you don’t have to worry about anything. Drive past Japan’s best attractions such as Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi, and Shibuya crossing.

Official Street Go-Kart Tour - Tokyo Bay Shop

Duration: 2 to 4 hours

7 reviews

6. Dynamic tour of Tokyo Tower, river cruise and Asakusa (from USD 123.67)

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Experience the traditional Japanese way of living with this tour! This tour will give you an opportunity to view a tea ceremony, which is probably the best example of how traditional the culture of Japan is. You also get to enjoy the diversity of Tokyo’s skyline and scenery from a boat on the Sumida River. And after a long day of touring Tokyo, get to indulge yourself with an authentic Japanese lunch.

Tokyo: Dynamic Tour of Tokyo Tower, River Cruise & Asakusa

Duration: 1 day

31 reviews

7. Toyosu tuna auction and market tour with a private guide (from USD 217.0)

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Get to know more about fish trading in Tokyo, not from a tourist’s point of view, but from that of a Tokyo fish trader. Explore and get to know more about the Tsukiji Fish Market early in the morning and get access to the world-famous auction. Then, end the tour with a brief history of the market with a breakfast and a visit to the market itself.

Tuna Auction Viewing & Insider Tour at Toyosu Fish Market

8. Tokyo morning sightseeing tour (from USD 56.0)

Get to know Tokyo City even for just a short span of time during this tour. This Tokyo City tour includes a very brief exploration of the city’s shopping and culture in only three and a half hours. Explore some of Tokyo’s most popular landmarks such as the world-famous Tokyo Tower, the peaceful and calming Asakusa Kannon Buddhist Temple, and have your photos taken in front of the Imperial Palace. Shop ‘til you drop in Tokyo’s best shopping districts from Akihabara and Nakamise Street. Not only that, but you can also be picked up from your hotel for your convenience.

Tokyo Morning : Tokyo Tower,Imperial Palace & Asakusa Temple Half Day Tour.

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

10 reviews

9. Ghibli Museum and Hayao Miyazaki's movies themed tours (from USD 133.77)

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All the geeks and anime lovers out there - rejoice! We all know that the anime that we all love came from Tokyo, Japan. Now, get to experience how these animes are being made, its history, and everything you need to know about animes on this tour. Get to visit the Ghibli Studio, inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s career in the world of animation. You also get to capture some Instagrammable shots with Totoro, the robot soldier that is featured in the Castle in the Sky and all of Miyazaki’s popular characters. This tour also includes a visit to the Ghibli Museum where you get to see a lot of exhibits which includes the animation production processes, a reading room, and an original Ghibli short animated film that you can only watch inside the museum.

Tokyo: Ghibli Museum and Hayao Miyazaki Movies Tour

Duration: 7 hour

60 reviews

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Tokyo City indeed is a very great city that you need to visit. And with the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics getting closer, you must now be familiar with the places you need to visit here. ‘Arigatou gozaimasu’ and see you in Tokyo!

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Ryan is a Computer Engineer with a heart for traveling and writing. Born in Pasay City, Philippines, and raised in Melbourne, Australia, he is now based in the Philippines' City of Smiles, Bacolod...Read more

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