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Essence of Tokyo Half-Day

Tour feature and details

Though so-called Tsuikiji Fish Market has moved to the new location, the outer market still has active atomosphere of fish market.
People are enjoying shopping and eating seafoods , fruits and some Japanese sweets.

First we will waik around many small shops in this outer market. Also your guide will take time for eating sushi there, if you would like (sushi i not included in the tour price).
Then, you will stroll around the quiet Japanese garden constructed in 18th century by Tokugawa Shoguns and observe an interesting duck hunting site, while enjoying the unique contrasting landscape of the traditional garden and skyscrapers. And you can enjoy Japanese traditional Matcha tea and confection at a tea house(fee is not included).
After cruising on the Sumida River that is the mother river of Tokyo, the final spot you will visit is Asakusa, a historical and religious place. Walking through the oldest and energetic shopping street leading to Sensoji Temple, built in the 7th century, you will see a deeply religious side of Japanese culture. You will find find some differences between Buddhism and Shintoism at the Asakusa shrine located next to the temple. Also you'll get a chance to try tasting some sweet samples and find souvenirs after visiting the temple.

And when a water bus does not stop Hamarikyu gardens, we will take a train for 5 minutes and go to another pier for water bus ride.

Course(Visiting Spots)

Itinerary (Subject to change):
1. You will be picked up around 8:30am from your hotel.
2. Tsukiji Outer Market (No tuna auction)
3. Hamarikyu Garden
4. Water Bus Ride (from Hamarikyu to Asakusa about 50 minutes)
5. Asakusa: Sensoji Temple
6. You will be dropped off at your hotel at around 2pm.

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 tour
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 800yen/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 Through this tour we will walk about 3 hours .
From Dec.28 to Jan.1 Hamarikyu gardens are closed, we will take waterbus from the different pier after taking driverless train.
In cases of bad weather, the water bus ride may be cancelled in which case the subway will be used.
Tuna auction is not included in this tour.
  • Takao
  • Language:English
  • Interpreter Guide Number:EN03764




We booked this walking tour for the morning after we arrived in Tokyo as a way to get a better lay of the land. We’re so glad we did, because it made us feel more comfortable navigating the remainder of our trip on our own, and we went back to certain spots we wanted to check out further later that week. Five hours was perfect, since we knew we’d be jet-lagged. Plus, the tour hits some great highlights of Tokyo. Our tour guide, Takao, was very friendly and knowledgeable, and he was very accommodating of our requests to linger longer in some spots. Overall, we’re very glad to have booked this private walking tour!




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.

Tour Fee

  • US$98 per group(2people)
  • US$105 per group(3people)
  • US$119 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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