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Full-Day Private tour as-you-like in Central Tokyo
This tour covers my recommendations in Tokyo. Please choose 2-3 places from the list first, and I may add some attractive spots near your choices if possible and make an itinerary according to your health condition and interests. If you have other places you want to go, please feel free to ask me.
I'm completely open to your preference.
Western & Central Tokyo (Modern Area)
1. Harajuku: Center of world-famous Kawaii Fashion. Local young girls gather hereon weekends to get fashion items at affordable prices. Takeshita-dori Street is lines with many shops handling colorful sweets like crapes, huge cotton candy, and ice cream as well as fashion goods.
2. Meiji-jingu Shrine: Located in Y the miraculous forested area close to Harajuku in Shibuya ward, it’s become popular among foreign tourists. You'll forget your being in the middle of city walking through the forested area The Well of Kiyomasa in this garden has become famous as a so-called power spot. Pure water has been welling up for more than 400 years.
3. Omotesando, Aoyama and Roppongi district: a street lined with zelkova trees on both sides that provides a relaxing atmosphere. It is also lined with refined shops including brand shops, cafés, as well as restaurants. Let’s enjoy walking in the Minami Aoyama district to Roppongi! (1.5km form Omotesando to The National Art Center in Roppongi)-The Nezu Museum in Aoyama: popular among foreigners not only for its collection but also its amazing garden.-The National Art Center in Roppongi: designed by the famous architect, Kisho Kurokawa. The restaurant and café in this building are also fantastic!
4. Shibuya, teenager shopping area: Walking from Harajuku to Shibuya, you can see shop windows displaying the latest fashion for the young. And you can visit to Shibuya station to see the Hachiko statue and the ‘human scramble’ traffic crossing.Shrines and Temples
5. Ginza: streets lined with long-established department stores, good restaurants and a high-end brand shops. Other poular shops here are high-quality stationery shop, Itoya, Japanese paper shop, Kyukyodo, and Kitkat chocolatory.
6.Tsukiji Market: you can find anything from foods such as fresh fish, fresh meats, fresh fruit and vegetables,and dried foods to food-related products such as knives and dinnerware. Also a famous gourmet spot. I can take you to one of the best tuna shop where you can eat fine Otoro that immediately melts in your mouth.
7. Shinjuku: -Tokyo Metropolitan Government office building. One of Tokyo's landmarks with an observatory on the 45th floor
Always busy thw whole day, this town has several attractions too. Famous ones are Samurai Museum, Robot Restaurant, Omoide-yokocho, and Kabuki-cho.
8. Ikebukuro: within 10 minutes from Shinjuku
-Sunshine Aquarium: first rooftop aquarium in Japan based on the concept of “an oasis in the sky”
-J-WORLD-TOKYO: indoor theme park full of animated cartoons from popular comic book “Jump” such as “One piece” “Dragon ball” and “Naruto”
-Nanjatown: indoor theme park that provides everything from amusement to food all at once, which is popular with groups as well as couples
9. Marunouchi: -Tokyo Station: Originally completed in 1914 and designated Important Cultural Property, Tokyo Station building was restored to its original form in 2012.
-Imperial Palace: The Edo Castle, formerly the Tokugawa Family’s residence, became the Imperial Palace as the Emperor moved to Tokyo from the Kyoto Imperial Palace after the Meiji Restoration.
10.Hie-jinja Shrine: famous for its Sanno Festival, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. You can also see the National Diet Building and other important buildings nearby.
11. Zojoji Temple: situated near Tokyo Tower, Zojoji Temple is the chief temple of the Jodo-Buddhist sect. It had a deep connection to the Tokugawa Shogunate family.
12. Tokyo Daijingu: called ‘o-Ise-sama in Tokyo’, this shrine is especially popular among young women who want to encounter their future husband. You can get a pretty charm on which flowers or Hello Kitty is embroidered.
Eastern Tokyo (Old residential area)
13. Ueno: -Ueno Park: designated in 1873 as the first park in Japan. In the huge grounds are occupied by a museum complex, zoo, and historic shrines and temples.
-Ameyoko (short for Ameya-yokocho) is famous for its extremely cheap seasonal goods and other wares such as cosmetics, shoes, sporting goods, leather jackets and jeans.
14. Yanesen area: Yanesen refers to Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi. There are many small temples in the neighborhood because this area was located in the north of Edo castle. Because it's believed that demons come from the north, people built temples here to protect the castle buildings. This is the best place for you to see how the local live.
15. Tokyo Skytree: the highest communications and observation tower in the world, whose observation decks command a breathtaking panorama of Tokyo. There are also a planetarium, an aquarium, and a lot of shops and restaurants, so people from all age groups can enjoy there.
16. Asakusa: one of the most popular tourist destinations. Senso-ji Temple, famous for its huge red lantern is the biggest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. But do you know that Asakusa-jinja Shrine is in the same grounds? You can learn about the coexistence of Buddhism and Shintoism here. You can buy traditional Japanese souvenirs at the shopping arcade called Nakamise.
17. Asakusa-Odaiba Tokyo Bay Cruise : You can fully enjoy the color of Tokyo along the Sumida-gawa River toward Tokyo Bay and see many types of bridges spanning the river. (about one hour)
The popular boats are spaceship-like boats that were designed by a famous cartoonist, Matsumoto Reiji, whose famous works are Spaceship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999.
18. Odaiba: popular among both adults and kids. There are also several kids' places such as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, an indoor amusement park along with fancy several attractive malls for adults. The most popular facility recently is Mori Digital Art Museum, or Team Labo.
19. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa: old town with several popular coffee shops, temples and shrines, and a famous Kiyosumi-garden, which is one of the greatest masterpieces in the gardens in Tokyo.
We have several beautiful gardens in Tokyo.
20. Shibamata: Taishakuten Temple may not be so widely known to foreign tourist, but it’s very popular among Japanese people because the temple and the approach lined with many long-established shops used to be a set of the movie titled ‘Tora-san’, which has been loved by the Japanese for many years. Taishakuten Temple has great wooden carvings throughout the Taishaku-do building. This is the best spot to see the magnificent works of wooden carving in Tokyo.
Yamamoto-tei near the temple is worth visiting for its beautiful Japanese house architecture and its garden.
Anime, Games, Comics, and several kinds of theme cafes:
21. Akihabara: The center of electric, comic, card game shops, maid cafes, and anime products. The shop filled with many toy vending machine selling capsule toys called “Gasha-pon” is also popular along with the instant photo booth, Pri-Kura.
Not only maid cafes but also animal cafes like cat cafe, bunny cafe, owl cafe, and hedgehog cafe have become popular.
-Kanda Myojin Shrine: supposedly built in 730, which is dedicated to Taira no Masakado. The vermilion-lacquered main hall is spectacular. It’s also a sanctuary for anime fans now because of the scene of a popular anime “Love Live”. Adjacent to the Akihabara district, you can find omikuji sold in a capsule toy style.
22. Nakano: a Sanctuary for Otaku (geek, nerd, or freak); enjoy Japanese sub-culture fully at Nakano Broadway. If you love a certain anime character, you can even make your cell-phone case printed your favorite one. Anyway, everything Otaku want is here.
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