The city where the traditional and the modern collide!
Due to a rather tumultuous modern history and wood based traditional construction techniques, there are actually no buildings left in Tokyo dating back to the pre-modern period. Does this unfortunate fact, this city became entirely modern, leaving its long past and its traditions behind ? No, not at all, actually!
The most fascinating thing about living in Tokyo is how this busy megapolis makes the very modern, the plain eccentric and the highly traditional cohabit, sometimes right next to each other! For example, it is not an uncommon sight in Tokyo to see a small shinto shrine being just next to a high rise office block or inhabitants celebrating a centuries-old local festival within a contemporary residential area.
Seeing and experiencing first hand these contrasts are really what makes Tokyo a unique city to visit ! So, join me on this private tour where I will aim to show you Tokyo's many aspects, from its rich past and traditions to its eccentric, vibrant, modernity!
This tour is entirely customizable: you can leave the itinerary (including 4-5 locations for the 8 hours tour) up to my discretion or we can tailor it based on your fields of interest and past experiences.
From the pick up at your hotel, the tour will offer a selection of both traditional/ancient and modern locations, among the following ones:
For the historical aspect of the city:
*Asakusa/the Sensoji buddhist temple
*The Meiji shinto shrine
*The Edo-Fukagawa museum: reconstitution of life in the 16th-18th century
*Nihonbashi: Tokyo's most famous bridge !
*the Yanaka/Kagurazaka areas
*The gardens of the Imperial Palace
*A Japanese garden of the Edo period
For the modern aspect of the city:
*Omotesando and Harajuku: classy/eccentric fashion !
*Akihabara: electronics, anime, maid cafes !
*Shibuya: scramble crossing, hachiko statue
*Roppongi Hills: for a very high view of the city !
*Tokyo's design museum
* Michelin star Ramen noodles !
*Fluffy premium pancakes !
All in all, it will be a pretty packed day
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 8 hours
We shall use public transportation services during the tour. Taxis can also be used at additional costs.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 Japanese yens - -Your own transportation costs (about 1500 yens)
-Your own admission costs (about 1500 yens)
-Your lunch/snack (about 1000 yens)
This amount is an estimate of the cash amount you will need to cover the extra costs incurred during the tour for a full day. The amount may increase depending on your meal preferences and the exact itinerary of the tour (possibly higher transportation costs while different places have different admission costs).
Tours are usually conducted by using public transportation services. Private transportation can be arranged on request with advance notice and at additional costs.
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Pascal's tour was way beyond my expectation. I saw things in Tokyo that I never would have considered and it gave me a greater level of understanding of the history of this amazing city. His knowledge is diverse and his choice of places to see perfect for what I was looking for. If I could give him 10 stars I would. I have great appreciation for the time I have spent with him in Tokyo. Highly highly recommended!