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Personalised Half Day with a Local


36 reviews
4 hours | from $66.50 pp
Ditch the guidebook and get ready to see the real Tokyo! Discover the city as you would if you were staying with a friend who lived there and in just half a day you’ll see an authentic side of Tokyo as you visit famous attractions and discover hidden gems. See the city’s highlights or discover local neighbourhoods (or do both!), get oriented and immerse yourself in Tokyo’s unique culture with a local by your side to navigate on your personalised route that’s been created just for you!
4 hrs
Start when you want
Private & personalised

What you'll do

Join a like-minded Local Host to explore a neighbourhood or two of your choice or to visit the most famous sights, discovering hidden local gems nearby so you can see the city through the eyes of the locals.Read more +


Stop to refuel at one of the local’s favourite eateries, cafes or street food markets; a hand picked place that suits your preferences, budget and dietary requirements. 

As well as visiting the places you most want to see, stop by local spots and places of interest along the way to get an authentic insight into local life in Tokyo. 

Your Local host will also advise you on the best way to spend the following days of your trip, allowing you to discover other areas of Tokyo that you will love and revealing other hidden gems that they know you’ll love. 


What To Expect

We’ll be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality and interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. 

Your Local Host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience you can always change your mind about what you want to do. 

Your Local Host may also suggest adjustments or new routes if they feel that there is something just around the corner that you may enjoy, or perhaps if the weather affects your itinerary. 

Although you will see the main attractions in the area, your Local Host will also help you to discover the places, things and stories that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make the city unique. 


How This Benefits You

Tokyo can feel like a a tricky city to get to grips with, but with a Local Host by your side the city will feel less intimidating. You’ll be able to go beyond the superficial, connect with Tokyo and its people and immerse yourself in its unique culture.

With a Local Host to navigate, you’ll be able to get oriented in the city and get to grips with Tokyo’s transport system, learning how to use the metro system and how to get around as well as understanding cultural practices you may be unfamiliar with. 

See the main attractions with the benefit of local knowledge, skip tourist pitfalls and experience life like a local. Your Local Host will help you explore off the beaten path areas as well as the most famous (and busy!) spots, and introduce you to the local cuisine. 

Our Local Hosts in Tokyo can all speak English and Japanese, but many also speak Italian, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Indonesian, Russian and Polish so they can connect with you culturally as well as with your personality.


What's Included

* Private and personalised experience
* 4 hours with a Local Host
* Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)


What's Not Included

* Food and drinks
* Tickets to any attractions
* Transportation costs 
* Gratuities (optional)


Meeting Point

Your meeting point is flexible, and to be agreed with your Local Host. Meet-up at your hotel or accommodation can be requested, or your Local Host will meet you at a convenient location close to the start of your experience.


Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 7 days before your experience and get a full refund. 

Experience Highlights

* Spend half a day with a local who will create an experience that's fully customised to your interests and what you'd most like to see 
* See Tokyo's iconic attractions or off the beaten path spots 
* Discover the highlights of the area or neighbourhood that you explore
* See the real Tokyo that you wouldn't find in a guidebook

Total: USD
per adult
Start when you want

You can specify your preferred start time after booking

Experience type
Private and personalised to what you want to see and do.
Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.
Kids go free
Kids up to 12 years old go free


Peter T

Explore the City with a Local for 5 hours

It was the first trip to Japan for my wife and myself. We stayed in Tokyo for two nights, went to Kyoto for two nights and went back to Tokyo for two more nights staying at a different area. I wanted someone to show us some of basics and hidden areas before we start exploring on our own. City Unscripted sent me a questionnaire a week before the tour to find out my interest to match us up with a local host. Yuki was perfect for us. She took into account where we were staying on the days that we were in Tokyo. We took the Tokyo subway and visited quite a few places. Yuki took us to where based on what we like to see and our time frame. Tokyo is too big a city to cover in a few days, let alone 5 hours. Besides showing us the sights in the five hours, Yuki also marked up the areas that we could visit later that day and when we came back from Kyoto to Tokyo. We followed her suggestions and were able to explore quite a few places on our own. We could take our time window shopping and sample different foods and a group tour would not work well for us. We also do not need a local guide to chaperone us the entire time. This was the perfect arrangement for us and Yuki was invaluable. Yuki also speaks perfect English. I found language to be quite a problem in Japan if you cannot speak Japanese.

Catherine  J

Perfect way to begin Tokyo trip

As first time visitors to Tokyo, we chose the walking tour to quickly learn how to navigate the city and familiarise ourselves. Fulvio was a friendly and interesting guide who devised an immersive and unforgettable experience for us, based on our interests. If we had only had those 5 hours in Tokyo, we would have gone home happy! Thank you Fulvio!

Viveca B

A very god experience

We were a family of four and we really appreciated the 4 hours we spent with Fulvio! He was very sympathatic and very knowing about japanese life. He took us to some interesting places we would not have found ourselves. We can highly recommend the experience.

Sally  D

Great waking tour of Tokyo

We are three women over 50 who found ourselves with one day to see Tokyo. We saw City Unscripted on the internet at about 11pm the night before and messaged them thinking that it would probably be to late to organise anything. However we were lucky that Marcus was free for a few hours the next day, so arranged to meet him at a railway station. Marcus is a knowledgeable, energetic, warm and enthusiastic guide who is happy to tailor things to your interests. We had a wonderfully varied and entertaining tour of Tokyo on foot and by subway. Marcus can take you to temples, modern architecture, shrines, funky suburbs, neon light district... We saw and learnt far more than we expected. He gave us advice for what else to see when we left him. I would highly recommend Marcus as a guide for anyone wanting to get the most out of a visit to Tokyo.