Essential Tokyo

Tour Creator

Juliana is a longtime Sao Paolo tour guide and former Tokyo tour guide, who has a deep knowledge of design, architecture, and Portuguese language literature. She has a Master of…Read More Bio »

Tokyo

GPS-directed

Remote Tour Included

1hr/2+hrs(Extended itinerary)

1km/2.5km(Extended itinerary)

Our tour explores Tokyo’s imperial, high-end glamour, post-war underground and traditional cultural sites.

Avoid the Crowds

Allows you to explore without having to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a large tour group

Created by an exceptional local tour guide

Written by a former Tokyo tour guide, who has a Master of Architecture

GPS Directions

Easy-to-follow GPS directions to get you from one point to the next on your tour

Highlights include:

Imperial Grounds, Tokyo Station and Ghibli Animated Clock

Remote Tour Included

As with all our tours, a remote tour is included that can be enjoyed from home

Itineraries

Essential Tokyo – Extended

Part 1

Part 2

  1. Imperial Grounds, Ninomaru Garden - Your journey starts in the Imperial Grounds, second circle of defense of the old Edo Castle. Check the medieval moats, gates, ruins and perfect reconstructions of whatever was destroyed during war or earthquakes.
  2. Imperial Grounds, Koukyo Gaien - This is the closest you will get to the emperor’s palace! Check out the official path walked by special guest and the emperor himself.
  3. Imperial Grounds, Wadakura Fountain Park - Built to celebrate the emperor and the prince weddings, each piece of this park has a particular meaning and wish. Find out about them!
  4. Gyoko Dori Avenue - One of the few monumental avenues of Japan, fulfills everyday the special task to convey the messages from emperors.
  5. Tokyo Station - The gateway of the central Tokyo just got renovated to tell even louder that modern japan started from here.
  6. Marunouchi Nakadori Street - Walk between the most expensive lands of the world, and get to know the deal of the century done by Mitsubishi.
  7. Mitsubishi Ichigokan - The first red brick building of Marunouchi now offers to Tokyoites and visitors nice curations of western art, a charming English Style garden, Michelin starred establishment and much more.
  8. Tokyo International Forum - Dazzle yourself with the winner of the first international design competition ever held in Japan. The Tokyo International Forum is the leading convention site of the country, but also a place for many other encounters.
  9. Yurakucho - Have a feel of a informal Japan with a taste of post war scenarios and definitely a pint of beer. Follow Yamanote Line, but not from inside the train, and discover the tiny authentic izakayas.
  10. Ginza Chuo Dori Avenue - Besides the abundance of famous international brands, get to know the big Japanese brands that were born in Ginza!
  11. Kabukiza - Don’t miss the best kabuki theater of Japan and the chance to learn a lot more about one of the most popular Japanese traditional theater expression.
  12. Tsukiji - The former site of the world’s busiest fish market continues to be a must see in Tokyo, offering countless restaurants in Tsukiji outer market, charming coffee shops from an older era and even an Indian Style Temple.
  13. Hamarikyu Garden - Once the garden of the shogun himself, now Hamarikyu Garden is the favorite spot of Tokyoites to chill and enjoy a nice green tea from a wooden tea house above a salt water lake.
  14. Shiodome Sio Site - Shiodome went from tidal marshlands to the first train station of Tokyo. After decades of abandonment, it came back from the ashes as Tokyo’s new wonder district.
  15. Ghibli Animated Clock - You don’t have to go to the Ghibli Museum to see an original masterpiece of Miyazaki. Shiodome offers one to you for free!
  1. Imperial Grounds, Ninomaru Garden - Your journey starts in the Imperial Grounds, second circle of defense of the old Edo Castle. Check the medieval moats, gates, ruins and perfect reconstructions of whatever was destroyed during war or earthquakes.
  2. Imperial Grounds, Koukyo Gaien - This is the closest you will get to the emperor’s palace! Check out the official path walked by special guest and the emperor himself.
  3. Imperial Grounds, Wadakura Fountain Park - Built to celebrate the emperor and the prince weddings, each piece of this park has a particular meaning and wish. Find out about them!
  4. Gyoko Dori Avenue - One of the few monumental avenues of Japan, fulfills everyday the special task to convey the messages from emperors.
  5. Tokyo Station - The gateway of the central Tokyo just got renovated to tell even louder that modern japan started from here.
  6. Marunouchi Nakadori Street - Walk between the most expensive lands of the world, and get to know the deal of the century done by Mitsubishi.
  7. Mitsubishi Ichigokan - The first red brick building of Marunouchi now offers to Tokyoites and visitors nice curations of western art, a charming English Style garden, Michelin starred establishment and much more.
  8. Tokyo International Forum - Dazzle yourself with the winner of the first international design competition ever held in Japan. The Tokyo International Forum is the leading convention site of the country, but also a place for many other encounters.
  1. Yurakucho - Have a feel of a informal Japan with a taste of post war scenarios and definitely a pint of beer. Follow Yamanote Line, but not from inside the train, and discover the tiny authentic izakayas.
  2. Ginza Chuo Dori Avenue - Besides the abundance of famous international brands, get to know the big Japanese brands that were born in Ginza!
  3. Kabukiza - Don’t miss the best kabuki theater of Japan and the chance to learn a lot more about one of the most popular Japanese traditional theater expression.
  4. Tsukiji - The former site of the world’s busiest fish market continues to be a must see in Tokyo, offering countless restaurants in Tsukiji outer market, charming coffee shops from an older era and even an Indian Style Temple.
  5. Hamarikyu Garden - Once the garden of the shogun himself, now Hamarikyu Garden is the favorite spot of Tokyoites to chill and enjoy a nice green tea from a wooden tea house above a salt water lake.
  6. Shiodome Sio Site - Shiodome went from tidal marshlands to the first train station of Tokyo. After decades of abandonment, it came back from the ashes as Tokyo’s new wonder district.
  7. Ghibli Animated Clock - You don’t have to go to the Ghibli Museum to see an original masterpiece of Miyazaki. Shiodome offers one to you for free!

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