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First-Timer’s Guide to Tokyo

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First-Timer’s Guide to Tokyo
Tokyo is an undeniably exciting city, but it’s so big and sprawling that visitors often get overwhelmed. From sampling street food to watching sumo wrestlers, here’s how to make the most of your first visit to the Japanese capital. 

Have a Foodie Experience
Japanese food is extremely varied, from fried and skewered street food to delicate kaiseki ryori haute cuisine. Take a cooking class, explore a market or two, or join a food-themed walking tour. 

Stroll Around the Imperial Palace
The inner grounds of the Imperial Palace are open only a couple days a year, but a walk around the spacious gardens and along the moat is a good way to get your bearings in central Tokyo. Rent a pedal boat and admire the cherry blossoms in spring.

Tour Asakusa
Asakusa is one of the most traditional neighborhoods in the city. Visit the Senso-ji temple, and shop for food and souvenirs in the surrounding markets. A rickshaw tour is a fun and easy way to discover the area.

Watch Sumo Wrestling in Ryogoku
Sumo wrestling is Japan’s traditional national sport—if you’re an enthusiast, go to the Ryogoku neighborhood. Catch a tournament, tour the stables where the wrestlers live, and feast on chanko nabe hot pot.

Shop (or Window-Shop) in Ginza
One of Tokyo’s chicest areas, Ginza’s wide boulevards are lined with multilevel stores selling luxury fashion items. Window-shop, or part with some cash on a customized shopping tour.

Get Up High for a City View
To see just how vast Tokyo is, head to one of the city’s observation platforms. Visit the red and white Tokyo Tower, get a free view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, or enjoy some art with your view at the Mori Tower.
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Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in TokyoMulti-day Tours

Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo

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Visit a sumo training center in Tokyo to observe the morning practice. Spend approximately two hours watching the sumo wrestlers train and observe the rules and regulations of sumo. It’s a rare chance for visitors to glimpse this exclusive world, and a fascinating window into a Japanese tradition.
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  • 2 days 12 hours to 7 days 12 hours
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  • 2 days 12 hours to 7 days 12 hours

Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food TourHalf-day Tours

Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour

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Combine the cultural delights and delectable bites of Tokyo on this 3-hour food tour of Japan’s capital. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the culinary scene of the city by visiting several popular bars and restaurants. Sample local specialties like succulent grilled meat skewers, sweet cakes and refreshing sake. Deepen your knowledge of Japanese culinary and cultural traditions and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Walking Food Tour of Shibuya at NightHalf-day Tours

Walking Food Tour of Shibuya at Night

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Get a taste of Japanese food and culture during this walking tour of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Escape the tourist hordes as you eat like a Japanese local, sampling favorites like ‘okonomiyaki’ (savory egg pancakes), Wagyu beef skewers and more in the area’s off-the-beaten-path eateries and hangouts. Toast your adventure, and new friends, with an included glass of beer, ‘shochu’ (rice liquor) or soft drinks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Tokyo Panoramic : Meiji Shrine,Asakusa Temple,Tokyo Bay Cruise & Odaiba Day TourDay Cruises

Tokyo Panoramic : Meiji Shrine,Asakusa Temple,Tokyo Bay Cruise & Odaiba Day Tour

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Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Tokyo, covering its best gardens, temples, shopping areas and a Tokyo Bay cruise over the course of a day. Check out Meiji Temple, the city’s most famous Shinto site before visiting the Imperial Palace and Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist site, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji). You also get to do some shopping in Tokyo’s Nakamise before enjoying a cruise on Tokyo Bay. This Tokyo excursion also includes a guide, coach transport, entrance fees, and lunch.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Traditional Group Geisha Experience and Dinner Show in Tokyo, Fukagawa DistrictDining Experiences

Traditional Group Geisha Experience and Dinner Show in Tokyo, Fukagawa District

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Spend your evening at a teahouse in Tokyo and enjoy a dinner banquet while two highly trained geisha entertain you with a traditional dance and musical performance. Spend a leisurely 2-hour meal feasting on traditional Japanese dishes while you converse with the geisha who are skilled in the Japanese arts as well as the art of communication. Learn about Japan’s age-old traditions while you dine.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw TourPrivate and Luxury

Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

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Enjoy a memorable rickshaw ride through the streets of Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s most picturesque and historic neighborhoods, on this easily-customizable, private tour offering several different ride lengths. Sit back and relax as your knowledgeable dedicated driver peddles you past some of the city’s iconic sites, lovely gardens, towering skyscrapers, and historic shops, passing cherry and maple trees as you go. It’s a great way to take a relaxed, informative, ride through this atmospheric area of Tokyo.
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  • 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Tokyo private food tour: from Ramen Bars, Vending Machines to Cat CafesHalf-day Tours

Tokyo private food tour: from Ramen Bars, Vending Machines to Cat Cafes

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Go beyond the typical dining establishments frequented by tourists and get a real taste of local life on this guided food tour in Tokyo. In the company of a local host, discover local ingredients and dishes you have never heard of, and visit eateries you'd never find on your own. Eat your way around the city, visiting 6-8 different places that might include from side street yakitori, tiny sushi joints, and lively izakaya, while your host shares insights into Tokyo food culture.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Private Ginza Architecture Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Private Ginza Architecture Walking Tour

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The Ginza district of Tokyo is one of the best places to enjoy seeing a blend of both new and historic architecture. A tour guide will make sure you don’t miss a single opportunity to learn about these iconic buildings. This private walking tour is customizable to your interests and knowledge base, and will take you to sights you may not be able to access on your own. You’ll end the tour with great photos, feeling like a Ginza expert yourself.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Japanese Style Dinner Cruise by Yakatabune by Tokyo BayDinner Cruises

Japanese Style Dinner Cruise by Yakatabune by Tokyo Bay

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Get the best views of Tokyo Bay from the water on a luxury cruise, the ideal choice of sightseeing experience for first-time visitors. On a boat designed according to Edo tradition, you’ll float past waterfront Tokyo attractions such as the Tokyo Skytree while dining on seasonal Japanese specialities like sashami, tempura prawns, and clam stew, with premium dishes available to order. Plus, free-flowing beer, whiskey, wine and sake are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Celebrate cherry blossom seasonHalf-day Tours

Celebrate cherry blossom season

For visitors to unfamiliar cities, it can be difficult to get a glimpse into local culture. This private and personalized guided tour allows you to do just that. In the company of your host, you will explore Tokyo and discover the locals' favorite spots for cherry blossom-viewing and enjoy a picnic under the "sakura."
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Custom Shopping Tour with a GeishaPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Custom Shopping Tour with a Geisha

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Treat yourself to a day of shopping, indulgence and Japanese culture during this customizable 2-hour private retail session with a real geisha. Explore handcrafted products like carved hair ornaments, hand-painted fans, silk bags, woven fabrics and more among the historic geisha shops of Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood. As you shop you'll gain new insight into the beauty routines and shopping habits of this iconic Japanese community. Your experience is led by Sayuki, the country’s first western geisha practitioner, or one of her trainees. 
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tokyo Custom Shopping Tour by Chartered VehicleDay Trips

Private Tokyo Custom Shopping Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Shop until you drop in the retail paradise that is Tokyo during this 8-hour private shopping tour aboard a chartered vehicle. Climb aboard your comfortable bus, limo or van as you shop for finds at some of the Japanese capital’s top department stores, boutiques and electronics centers. Choose four stops from among top tier stores like Isetan Shinjuku, Takashimaya, LAOX and many more. A driver, private vehicle, and round-trip transport from your hotel or central meeting point are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
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Soba Cooking Class with Tsukiji Soba Academy ChefCooking Classes

Soba Cooking Class with Tsukiji Soba Academy Chef

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Take part in a private Tokyo cooking class, and hear the tips and secrets of Japanese cuisine from one of Tsukjii Soba Academy’s master chefs. With your private group, you’ll watch a soba-making demonstration, and then follow it up by creating the buckwheat noodle dish yourself. Mix and knead the dough, cook it in a steaming broth, and then the best bit: enjoy your creation for lunch.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation