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Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

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

Explore one or two of west Tokyo’s eclectic neighborhoods on a guided tour, where the weird and wonderful is never far away. Discover Shibuya, the enormous entertainment district, and Harajuku, the epicenter of Tokyo’s youth culture. 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. Jostle your way through hordes of locals on your way to the zelkova tree-lined avenue of upmarket Omotesando, and pass cool designer stores on your way to bright and bustling Takeshita Street, the epicenter of Tokyo’s youth culture exploding with colorful boutiques, cafés, and all things adorable. 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). Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences.

Sake & Food Pairing with Sake Sommelier

2. Sake & Food Pairing with Sake Sommelier

Do you have limited sake experience back home? You will probably go home with a completely different impression after tasting new styles of sake in this sake class. Today even traditional sake breweries produce various types of sake as millennials are taking over their family sake businesses that have a lot of history. On this tasting experience, you will taste five different kinds of sake from across Japan paired with local Japanese snacks. These sake brands will really open your mind and change your image of sake as just a drink with a strong alcoholic kick and flavor.  In addition, you will create your own sake tasting chart and get to know about each of the sake breweries from your sake sommelier. 

From Tokyo: Private Historical Day Trip to Kawagoe

3. From Tokyo: Private Historical Day Trip to Kawagoe

Meet your host in Tokyo and travel back in time to visit Little Edo, a reference to the grand, feudal Tokyo of old times located less than an hour north of the city. 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. Discover the relicts of the Japans Edo era and take in museums and the fascinating culture in Kawagoe. Here Japanese history and culture have been preserved in the shape of traditional wooden buildings, fascinating museums, and a festival that celebrates the glory of past eras.  Explore Kita-in Temple, where you find a room that once formed part of Tokyo’s iconic Edo Castle. Witness the power of the annual Kawagoe Festival when locals go to the streets on extravagant floats to celebrate the arrival of summer. If you’re not lucky enough to see it live, you can get a taste at the unique Festival Museum.  Marvel at the remnants of the centuries-old castle town preserved along the modern streets. Your host will help you navigate colossal stone walls to discover the Toki no Kane bell tower, a local icon.  Discover a world of sweet delights in a rustic setting at Penny Candy Lane. Wander along Kurazukuri Street where traditional, charcoal-tiled buildings offer a unique glimpse into the past. Your host will show you how to eat local delicacies like a boiled eel and if you are open all kinds of quirky sweet potato-infused treats before you head back to Tokyo.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 227 reviews

This tour was fantastic! Mariana was so friendly, kind, knowledgeable and fun. We only had 21 hours in Tokyo on a layover, and the four hours spent with Mariana were put to fantastic use! She showed us around all of the main areas that we wanted to see, as well as took us to some local spots and brought us to fantastic food locations. Would absolutely recommend this tour and Mariana!!

My guide who spoke in English took my wishes into account by modifying the direction of the visit with a hook at the Louis Vuitton Foundation to see the exhibition of Christian Boltansky as I wished. I liked the fact that we leave the crowd to take a more "confidential" path with the rue des créateurs ...

It was great—I just wish I had booked a longer tour! Our guide, Royce, was really informative and took the time to explain lots that I might not have even noticed. He also got my kids (6, 10 and 12) to sample takoyaki filled with octopus, which they loved and which I would not have thought to try.

Very convenient. Our guide Izumi is very nice and we had fun walking around Shibuya.

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