Personalised half day with a local

4 hours | from $60.00 per person

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!

Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.
Experience type
Private and personalised to what you want to see and do.
Money back guarantee
We'll refund your money if you're not happy with your experience.
Kids go free
Kids up to 15 years old go free

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. 

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. 


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



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
* Pick-up from your accommodation (within a reasonable distance)
* 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


To be agreed with your Local Host.


Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 48 hours in advance and get a 50% refund. 



Total: USD
per adult


Jason C

Personalised half day with a local | Tokyo

Review by: Jason C
September 2017


It was great to have a Chinese taking me around Tokyo, which makes the conversation more interesting since we speak the same language. A very big thank you to Janet who spent real efforts planning the route for me as I have already been to most of the tourist spots, which could have made her planning more difficult.

Anne-Laure O

Personalised half day with a local | Tokyo

Review by: Anne-Laure O
September 2017

Great tour with unique insight !

CityUnscripted provides tours with locals who give their unique insight to cities like Tokyo where it is sometimes difficult to find places. It's great to be guided around, not to worry about finding the right transportation (which can be difficult in Tokyo) and discover hidden place in the city. I definitely recommend it !

Helen W

Personalised half day with a local | Tokyo

Review by: Helen W
August 2017

Exploring downtown Tokyo

Andy provided me with a great experience, exploring the Shibuyo area of Tokyo and thereabouts. We tried some ramen and some octopus. He provided a great overview of the area as well as his experiences living in Tokyo as an expat. I would tour with him again.

Helen W

Personalised half day with a local | Tokyo

Review by: Helen W
August 2017

Work with CityUnscripted to create tours to really see and experience the places you visit!

I took two 4-hr tours with CityUnscripted while in Japan, the first in Tokyo and the second in Kyoto. Both guides, Andrew and Francesca, respectively provided great experiences when tasked with my request of "What would you show your friends and Family if they were visiting?" My trip to Japan was not long planned and I had no chance to do real research to inform my lists. The office staff were great to deal and were able to help me despite my plans being somewhat fluid. I would reach out to them again for tours anywhere they serve.