Tokyo Specialized Tours

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Specialized Tokyo Tours allow the visitor to choose exactly what they want to see. We have included a variety of the most popular sight seeing options in Tokyo. Here is a list of Specialized Tokyo Tours.

A free eBook “Gaijin Inside Tokyo” comes with every tour

  • All the Personal Tokyo Tours are provided by the author of the book “Gaijin Inside Tokyo” This book provides an inside look at the city of Tokyo and the Japanese society from a foreigner who has lived in Tokyo for over 20 years.
  • Learn all about the city of Tokyo from a long-term resident tour guide who is prepared to answer all the questions that will make the visit to Tokyo easy, fun and enjoyable as possible.

Specialized Personal Tokyo Tours Options

At Personal Tokyo Tours, our goal is to bring the best of Tokyo for the visitors to Tokyo. The visitors can pick the sites they wish to see and design their own personal tour of Tokyo. If the visitor has any other ideas let us know?

After, a visitor has selected the specific sites that they wish to visit. We can organize a specialized personal tour for the visitor. We will organize the tour based on the most efficient use of time to visit the selected sites, plan the transportation options and we will provide a total cost for the tour. Our goal is to help you create your own specialized tour, and have the best time possible in the city of Tokyo possible!

*Admission fees vary depending on the sites, facilities and exhibitions. Some sites are closed on Mondays or Holidays.

Tokyo Parks, Gardens and Shrines

Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a very large public park located next to Ueno Station in central Tokyo. Ueno Park is home to a zoo, shrines, temples and many museums including The Tokyo National Museum, which is the oldest and most famous in Tokyo. This park is very popular during the cherry blossom season.

Yoyogi Park

This is a very large park located in between Shinjuku and Shibuya in the western part of Tokyo. Yoyogi Park features wide lawns, ponds and large forested areas. It is a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities. It is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. Almost every weekend there is a some kind of special events at this park. It is a popular park that can be very busy on weekends.

Hibiya Park

This is the Japanese oldest western style park. This fairly large sized park has many kinds of trees, manicured gardens and ponds. There are high-end restaurants and kiosks scattered around the park. There are multiple performance stages and there are large special events that occur throughout the year at the Hibiya Park.

* Closed December 29 to January 1.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park

Shinjuku Gyoen combines three distinct types of gardens, the traditional Japanese, a formal French and a landscaped English style. There are large lawns, ponds and quiet groves. In the spring you can view over 1,000 various kinds of cherry trees that fill the park. In the fall you can view some of Tokyo’s best autumn colors. There are large variety of plants in the gardens and greenhouse make the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden worth a visit at any time of the year.

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

This is a beautiful garden located in the middle of the Tokyo right next to the Tokyo Dome City. This garden attempts to reproduce famous landscapes of Japanese and Chinese scenery. By using an assortment of ponds, stones, trees and man made hills.

* Closed Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29 to January 3. There are no closing days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November).

Hama Rikyu Garden

This is a large garden located in south Tokyo on the edge of the Tokyo Bay. Hama Rikyu is attractive in any season and there are many kinds of plants and trees that will bloom or change colors throughout the year.

* Closed December 29 to January 1.

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden

The Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden features all the typical elements of a Japanese landscape garden, including a pond and man-made hills, symbolizing the ocean, lakes and mountains of the real world, and circular walking trails to enjoy the garden from various perspectives.

* Closed December 29 to January 1.

Rikugien Garden

This beautiful garden is designated as a special national place of scenic beauty. This is a great example of the Edo period walking garden. The walking trails wind around the gardens, through forests and open lawns, and lead to several teahouses that are open to the public.

* Closed December 29 to January 1.

The Institute for Nature Study Garden

This is a nature reserve located in the heart of Tokyo. It is a wild, natural and peace full park. The aim of the Institute is to preserve the natural environment of Tokyo’s forests and marshlands. The Nature Study Garden grounds are used for research and education. Its open to the public who can enjoy the park’s trails and natural beauty.

* Closed Mondays or following day if Monday is a national holiday, and the day after national holidays (except Saturdays and Sundays) and December 28 to January 4.

Imperial Palace East Gardens

These are the public accessible gardens on the grounds of the Imperial Palace. There are actually 3 separate areas Honmaru, Ninomaru, and Sannomaru that make up the garden. There are many buildings, ponds and a moat, and stonewalls that make up these beautiful landscaped gardens. 

Meiji Jingu Shrine

This is the most famous shrine in Tokyo and it is located in the middle of a beautiful forest in central Tokyo. The Shrine was dedicated to the spirits of the late Emperor Meiji and Empress Shokan. The original Meiji Shrine was destroyed in World War 2. It was was rebuilt in the original form in 1958. The spacious shrine grounds offer many walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll in a natural nature setting.

Yasakuni Shrine

The Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto Shrine that was founded in 1869. It is located in central Tokyo with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation for a peaceful Japan. The spirits of about 2.5 million people are enshrined at the Yasukuni Shrine. This is in form of written records, which note name, origin and date and place of death. The Shrine has a museum that observes Japans wars in detailed English, and hundreds of cherry trees.

Zojoji Temple

The Zojoji Temple grounds have many very impressive structures. There is a mausoleum for the Tokugawa family. The rulers of Japan in the Edo period, from 1603 to 1868. The Zojoji Temple is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism.

Asakusa Senjoji Temple

This is the oldest and most popular temple in Tokyo. The entrance to the temple is the stunning Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate”. This imposing Buddhist structure features a massive paper lantern painted in red and black colors to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. The area around the temple has a wide variety of Japanese souvenir shops in all price ranges. This temple is very popular with tourists.

Tokyo Cities

Shinjuku

This massive city has endless shopping, dinning and entertainment options. The western Shinjuku area is home to many government buildings, skyscrapers, businesses and hotels. The north side of the Shinjuku is the Kabuchicho area that has the largest red light district in Japan. The Ni-chome area of east Shinjuku is the largest gay district in Tokyo.  

Harajuku

The city of Harajuku is the center of Tokyo’s youth culture and fashion. The Harajuku area is full of all kinds of shopping, entertainment and dinning options that cater to this crowd. This is a great place to see the Japanese youth at their wild and craziness.

Shibuya

This is the capital of the modern Tokyo today. This is the home to the Japanese teenage and younger generations popular culture. There are many shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightclub options. It has the famous scramble crossing, hatchiko the loyal dog statue and the largest collection of love hotels in Tokyo.

Akihabra (Electric Town)

This is the home of the Japanese electronics and modern technology. This is the place to come to build a computer from scratch. Akihabra is the capital for the male Japanese Otaku (Nerd) in Tokyo. This is complete with everything male Otaku might need. Akihabara has many kinds of various fetish cafes. There are many places with young women dressed as maids, singers or other themes. That are popular with the Japanese Otaku.

Roppongi

The Roppongi district is the original home and nighttime entertainment center for Tokyo’s foreign community. There are many restaurants, clubs and bars, and various other entertainment options. Roppongi has had a major facelift with the addition of some very upscale projects that have arisen in the area. The most notable include the Roppongi Hills development and Tokyo Midtown.

Omotesando

The Omotesando area is home to some of the Tokyo’s most interesting architecture. The Omotesando area caters to the up scale customers. It the home of several international and domestic luxery fashion brands, shopping malls, cafes and dinning establishments. Omotesando can be very busy on weekends or holidays. 

Ebisu

The Ebisu district has a wide variety of dinning and drinking establishments. The Yebisu Garden Place is a upscale area in Ebisu. There is roughly a dozen buildings and skyscrapers and it features many restaurants, shops and a Mitsukoshi department store. Ebisu is a popular nighttime area with the foreigners living in Tokyo.

Ginza

Ginza is Japan’s largest luxury shopping and entertainment district. The land prices in Ginza are the highest in Japan. It is a status symbol for many companies to have their flagship store located in Ginza. There is a large collection of upscale department stores, shopping malls, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes. Ginza is the home of the largest Kabuki Theater in Tokyo.

Odaiba

Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Odaiba is popular destination for tourists and Japanese alike. It’s the best place to see the Tokyo skyline. It’s home to massive entertainment complexes, themed shopping malls, hotels and dining establishments. Odaiba features some of Tokyo’s most unique architecture.

Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro is located at the northwestern corner of Tokyo. It is the Gateway to the Saitama prefecture. This is the second busiest train station in Tokyo. There is the Sunshine City complex, several large department stores and many shopping and entertainment options. Ikebukuro is the center of the female Otaku culture in Tokyo. Ikebukuro caters to a female clientele with butler cafes and anime, manga and cosplay related shops.

Tokyo’s Special Sites

Tokyo Skytree

This is the tallest structure in Japan at 634 meters high,. The Skytree is a television broadcasting tower and major landmark in Tokyo. There are 2 separate observation-viewing decks on the top of the Skytree. This is the home to the large Solamachi shopping complex, with over 300 shops and restaurants and the Sumida Aquarium.

Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower is a copy of the famous Eiffel Tower from Paris, France. This is the second tallest structure in Tokyo. It is a communications and observation tower, built in 1958. The Tokyo Tower is a major landmark in Tokyo. There has been over 150 million visitors to the Tokyo Tower, since it’s opening.

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum opened in 1872. It is the oldest Japanese museum with the largest art collection in Japan. The museum collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archeological objects. The museum is located inside Ueno Park and it has several restaurants and shops on site. There is an outdoor exhibition area and beautiful Japanese landscaped garden.

* Closed Monday or the following Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday

Ota Memorial Art Museum

This museum has an excellent collection of Ukiyo-e wood-block prints. The original collector Ota Seizo, began to buy Ukiyo-e prints. After, he realized that many important examples of Japanese wood-block prints belonged to foreign museums. Making it impossible for Japanese people to view many of that time periods masterworks. The Ota museum has more than 10,000 wood block prints. Including many made by the masters of the art, such as Hokusai and Hiroshige.

* Closed Monday or the following Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday

Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum opened in 1993. The museum offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo period. There are various other special event exhibitions, including lectures and workshops on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo.

* Closed Monday or the following Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday

Kappabashi

This is the kitchen town of Tokyo. This is the place to go to buy the widest selection of Japanese kitchenware in Tokyo. There are over 200 kitchen supply stores in this area. This is the place to buy the amazing wax and plastic simulated looking food dishes. That are often find outside Japanese restaurants.

Depachika (Underground Food Courts)

The Tokyo underground food court are a special place. They are often located on the bottom floors of the major department stores, or major train stations in Tokyo. The food courts have a wide selection of Japanese and international foods. The presentation of these food displays are amazing, and the foods are the highest quality. The Tokyo food courts are one of the world’s greatest foodie wonders!!!

Other Ideas

Tokyo Night Tours

Tokyo Night Tours have been designed to give visitors a taste of the unique Tokyo Night Life. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of night tours that include various entertainment options. Here is a list of Tokyo Night Tours.  

Gay & Lesbian District

Take a tour to the Shinjuku Ni-chome district is the capital of all things gay in Tokyo. The Shinjuku Ni-chome area has one of the largest concentrations of gay bars in the world. In this small area. There is a variety of party and dance clubs, and other adult entertainment options.

Tokyo Personal Tours Information

  • The Personal Tokyo Tours are all conducted in English.
  • All tours starting times can be modified to fit a visitor’s schedule.
  • Tours start at the visitor’s hotel or designated meeting place and will end at the tours conclusion, or returned back to hotel or designated place.
  • All the personal tours will be walking and using Tokyo’s fantastic public transportation system.
  • The tour participants will pay all costs associated with the tours. This includes entrance fees of specific sites, transportation costs, and meals and beverages. “Excluding the Tour Guide.”
  • All tours are children friendly. Although with very small children the tours might have to be adjusted to limit the amount of walking.
  • Maximum travelers per tour 6 people. However, more people can be added for an additional cost.
  • All tours can be modified to the traveler’s wishes with rest breaks, meals, shopping time and other sightseeing opportunities.
  • Our goal is to help the visitor to Tokyo have the best time possible. We are at your service!
  • All Personal Tokyo Tour sales are final and there will be no refunds under any circumstances!

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