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Essence of Tokyo Half-Day

Tour feature and details

This is a Half-day walking tour of Fish market and historical spots including Sumida River Cruise. Our tour starts from Tsukiji Fish market to Hamarikyu garden and Asakusa.

●Tsukiji Inner Fish market is for the actual trade between intermediate whole seller and retail fish shops or restaurants. Only in the morning, we can observe the lively auction as long as we won’t bother such professional’s trade. Tsukiji Outer market is next to the inner market and you could sample the taste of some Japanese food such as dried laver seaweed, soup, fish boiled in soy sauce etc. as well as enjoy the selling of various Japanese foods.
●Hama-rikyu Gardens was a garden for Tokugawa Edo Shogun family and later became the garden of the Imperial family, which became open to public in 1946. It has a tidal pond that changes the water level by the intake of seawater from Tokyo Bay. . From Hamarikyu Gardens, you will get on a waterbus for Sumida River Cruise to Asakusa.
●Asakusa offers an experience of the sights, sounds and smells of old, historical Tokyo and attracts many foreign visitors. Please enjoy the most popular spots in Tokyo.

Course(Visiting Spots)

1. Tsukiji fish market (no tuna auction)
2. Hama-rikyu Gardens
3. Sumida River Cruise (approx.60min)
4. Asakusa

Departure Time 8:30AM
Duration 5 hours
Number of People 1~4
Meeting Point Your Hotel
Tour End Hotel or the nearest station at the end of tour (Asakusa station or others)
What's Included ・Professional guide fee
・Hotel pick-up
・Hotel drop-off is your option
・Small group private tou
What's Excluded ・Admiision fee (Hama-rikyu Gardens 300yen) for the customer
・Transportation fees to/from your hotel and each attraction both for the customer and the guide (at least Water Bus 740yen/person and Subway ticket depending on your hotel location)
・Lunch (if any)
*Fees may be subject to change.
Reservation Deadline 7 days before the tour
Others Since the fish market,so-called inner market, will change the rule that the time tourists are allowed to get in there from 10:00am to 11:00am, tour schedule might be revised as follows.
If you chose one of those your guide will be very happy.
option 1: pick up time would be later from 8:30 to 9:30. after that,same schedule as described. And finish the tour around 3:00pm.
option 2: same pick up time(8:30). Before the fish market, Hamarikyu gardens will be guided first. Then fish market and water bus ride to Asakusa.
Finish the tour around 2:00pm.
option 3: visit outer market only. then Hamarikyu gardens,water bus ride to Asakusa.

・Not recommended to visit Tsukiji market whenever Tsukiji Inner Market is closed (Basically, Sundays, Wednesdays and other national holidays)
・Travel insurance not be attached.
  • Takao
  • Language:English
  • Interpreter Guide Number:EN03764




Had a great time, I did not get a chance to attend the tuna auction that morning so my guild made sure that I got so see some of the big tuna's and he came through!!! My guild spoke vary good English was vary well informed on everything we went through. The only problem was that it rain the day I went on but that did not stop us from moving forward!!! All around I was vary happy at the end of the tour!!!

Donna F



Excellent tour guide and enjoyable tour, evening the rain.




Wonderful guide who provided plenty of information about Japanese culture and history. The fish market was crowded and exciting and we learned a bit about how the seafood we enjoyed at last night's restaurant made it to the table. No talk of whales though! We enjoyed the gardens and sat down with our guide in the tea house overlooking the pond for a sweet and a cup of green tea this is relaxing and great value for money. The water bus was a standard river trip but the Asakusa temple and approaches were enjoyable despite the rain.




Great tour Strongly recommend Good people Interesting




Our guide was a Tsukiji expert. He was organized, professional and flexible with the interests of our group. The temples were amazing and his secret local spots to view of the city were priceless. My whole family enjoyed our tour and it was a highlight of our Japan vacation.




My husband and I took the private walking tour of Tsukiji Fish Market, the Hamarikyu Gardens, and the water bus on the Sumida River to Asakusa. Takao, our guide, was friendly, very knowledgeable and eager to share information about Tokyo and the places we were visiting. We took the metro with Takao, which was interesting to us and something we would not have ventured to do on our own. He was solicitous of us, making sure we did not get separated when we were in crowded areas. Never having been in Japan before, we had many questions to ask about Japan, the Japanese people, the language, etc. and Takao was happy to respond to our questions. We were very pleased with our guide and the entire tour, and we highly recommend both the tour and our guide, Takao.




This tour was perfect for us coming off 11 days of 12-14 hour days on a group tour of Korea and Japan. Takeover was friendly, knowledgeable, polite and accommodating. We had already done a tour to the Imprrial Palace, so Takao let us take more time at the markets and gardens.




Couldn't have asked for a better guide or tour. Takao was a wonderful guide to spend the day with very personable, friendly and knowledgable. We were able to enter the fish market from another entrance to avoid the crowds thanks to Takao. The garden was beautiful, highly recommend getting the matcha at the tea house. The tour ended with the boat ride and tour of Asakusa which were both lovely. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone.




Excellent. Our guide was very informative. This was our first visit to Tokyo and were only there for 4 day so we wanted to make sure we made the most of it. If you are in the same situation, it is wise to book tours. The guides are from there and can explain information you otherwise would not know.




どうもありがとうございました to Mr. Takao Kawanabe for his clear and useful explanation. At 68, he is still strong, energetic and good memory. We really enjoyed the trip on 11 Aug. Thanks God for the excellent weather, freshest fishes, safe water bus ride and many blessings along the way.

Tour Fee

  • US$137 per group(2people)
  • US$147 per group(3people)
  • US$167 per group(4people)

Cancellation Policy

8 or more days before tour date
No Cancellation Fee
2-7 days before tour date
20% Cancellation Fee
1 day before tour date
50% Cancellation Fee
On the tour date or If you do not send a cancellation contact
100% Cancellation Fee

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