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    City Unscripted Tours: Tokyo Edition

    By Hana Furuhashi

    March 31, 2023

    City Unscripted Tours: Tokyo Edition

    Tokyo is a bustling city that radiates excitement and fascination. Japan's capital city is full of rich culture, history, delicious food, and awe-inspiring attractions to keep your schedule busy while visiting. Millions of people travel to Tokyo each year, making it one of the busiest hotspots in the country. If you've never traveled to the city before, you may be overwhelmed with figuring out how to plan your sightseeing and navigate the foreign districts. 

    If you're looking for a stress-free, comfortable, and enjoyable touring experience while in Tokyo, the best way you can do to achieve this is by joining a guided tour. City Unscripted offers the tours Tokyo has to offer, accompanied by a local host that guides you through the city from a local's perspective. 
    In this article, you explore the tours in Tokyo and the surrounding areas. 

    Key Takeaways

    1. Joining a private tour is an excellent way to tour Tokyo, as it provides you with guidance from a local. 
    2. There are many types of tours in Tokyo, ranging from food tours, sightseeing, and shopping. 
    3. Tokyo is a busy city with many unique districts, making it challenging for some travelers to navigate on their own. 

    • Customize Your Experience
    • A Taste of Tokyo
    • Must See Tourist Attractions
    • Off the Beaten Path
    • Tokyo in the Spring
    • Benefits of Having a Local Guide
    • Book Your Tour Today!


    Customize Your Experience

    You can have a private tour with a personalized itinera

    With City Unscripted, you can design a customized private tour that fits your travel style, schedule, and budget. The process of creating a personalized tour itinerary with City Unscripted is straightforward. Once you book your tour, you will be assigned a local host who will work with you to create a personalized itinerary based on your interests and preferences. Your local host is a knowledgeable guide who knows the city and can provide insider tips and recommendations to create a unique experience.

    You will have complete control over your itinerary and can customize the tour. You can visit popular landmarks, lesser-known neighborhoods, hidden gems, or offbeat attractions. 

    You can also choose the pace of the tour, the type of transportation, and the duration of the tour. Create your itinerary from scratch, or allow your tour guide to create one based on your preferences. 
    One of the significant advantages of customizing a tour itinerary with City Unscripted is its flexibility. You can adjust your itinerary based on your preferences and mood, allowing for a personalized and authentic travel experience.

    Even if there are sites outside of Tokyo, your host may be able to arrange a trip to a Unesco world heritage site. You can join a Mount Fuji day tour, offered as a tour through City Unscripted. Catch a ride on a bullet train and see all of Japan's beautiful surrounding areas. 

    A Taste of Tokyo

    Taste Japanese cuisine and learn about culinary traditi

    Tokyo is a city that any food lover shouldn't miss. A Tokyo food tour is an excellent way to experience its culinary delights. So, what can you expect on a typical food tour in Tokyo?

    You could visit a local market such as Tsukiji Fish Market. You'll witness fresh seafood sold there and learn about the market's culture and history. You'll then try various Japanese foods, ranging from famous dishes like sushi, ramen, tempura, and yakitori to lesser-known and unique delicacies.

    Apart from sampling different foods, a Tokyo food tour provides an opportunity to learn about Japanese cuisine and culinary traditions. You'll learn about different foods' ingredients, cooking techniques, and cultural significance. Your host may also take you to visit restaurants and food shops, where you can taste some of the city's best dishes and snacks from a local's perspective.

    One of the highlights of a Tokyo food tour is seeing local chefs and food experts in action. You'll taste Tokyo's diverse culinary scene as you explore different neighborhoods and districts known for their unique food cultures.

    If you like to customize your experience, some Tokyo food tours allow you to choose the foods and restaurants you want to try based on your preferences and interests. Whether you're a foodie or someone looking to experience something new, a Tokyo food tour offers an authentic and personalized food experience in one of the world's most vibrant cities.

    Must See Tourist Attractions

    Book a private tour to explore the best of Tokyo

    Tokyo Tower

    This iconic landmark stands 333 meters tall and offers breathtaking city views from its observation deck. Visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Tokyo's skyline. The tower is also beautifully lit at night, adding charm.

    Senso-ji Temple

    The Senso-ji is one of Tokyo's oldest and most famous Buddhist temples. The temple features a vibrant and colorful atmosphere with plenty of shops and food stalls. The main attraction is the Kaminarimon Gate, which features a massive paper lantern and leads to the shopping street, where visitors can buy traditional Japanese souvenirs and snacks. The temple also offers visitors a glimpse into Japanese religious traditions.

    Meiji Shrine 

    Dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, the Meiji Shrine is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Tokyo. The shrine is surrounded by a forested area that offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Visitors can also participate in traditional Shinto rituals and ceremonies at the shrine, adding to the authentic experience.

    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

    Located in the bustling Shinjuku district, Shinjuku Gyoen is a spacious and serene garden with different themed areas, including a traditional Japanese landscape, a formal French-style garden, and an English landscape garden. The garden also offers a stunning view of the cherry blossoms during spring. It's a perfect place for visitors to relax and enjoy nature in the city's heart.

    Visit Tokyo Tower and Senso Ji Temple on your Tokyo tou

    The Imperial Palace

    The Imperial Palace is located in the Chiyoda district and was once the site of Edo Castle. Today, it is the residence of the Emperor of Japan and features beautiful gardens and historic buildings. Visitors can take a guided tour of the palace and learn about its fascinating history. The palace is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.


    Known for its unique fashion and street food, Harajuku is a vibrant and trendy district that attracts visitors worldwide. Visitors can explore the colorful streets, browse the eclectic shops, and try delicious street food. It's a perfect place for visitors to experience Tokyo's pop culture and trendy fashion.

    Shibuya Crossing

    Located in the bustling Shibuya district, Shibuya Crossing is one of the busiest intersections in the world. The view of the crowds crossing the street during rush hour is mesmerizing and a unique sight to behold. It's a must-see for anyone visiting Tokyo and offers a glimpse into the city's bustling energy.

    Shibuya is the worlds busiest crossing

    Off the Beaten Path

    Tokyo is a city that offers a plethora of unique and offbeat experiences, making it a dream destination for those who love to explore new and unconventional places. One such place is Yanaka, a historic district of Tokyo with a serene atmosphere that transports visitors back to old Japan. A walking tour of Yanaka's narrow streets, lined with traditional wooden houses, quaint shops, cafes, and temples, is a delightful way to experience the district's charm. 

    Explore new and unconventional places.

    Kawaii is all about cuteness and is a unique aspect of Japanese culture that has captured the world's attention. Kawaii culture is a significant part of Japanese pop culture, and Tokyo is the perfect place to explore it. A tour of Tokyo's kawaii hotspots, such as Harajuku and Takeshita Street, offers a chance to see the latest trends in kawaii fashion, food, and entertainment. 

    Akihabara is another offbeat destination in Tokyo, known as the "electric town." It's a hub of anime, manga, and video game culture. A tour of Akihabara is perfect for enthusiasts who want to explore the shops and arcades and learn about the history and culture of otaku (geek) in Japan. 

    For those who love cats, Tokyo has many cafes where you can relax and play with cute cats while enjoying a coffee or tea. It's a unique and relaxing way to experience Japanese culture and is a must-visit for cat lovers. These are just a few offbeat Tokyo tours to consider. Tokyo is a city full of surprises, and this vibrant city has many more unique and exciting experiences.

    Tokyo in the Spring

    Our Tokyo Cherry Blossom tour is a must-do

    A Tokyo Cherry Blossom tour is a must-do if you visit Tokyo in the spring. The cherry blossom trees, known as "sakura" in Japanese, symbolize renewal and new beginnings in Japanese culture. The blooming season is a highly anticipated event throughout Japan that attracts visitors from all over the world. 

    Embark on an exploration of Tokyo's scenic wonders with Tokyo walking tours. Your tour will likely begin with a visit to one of Tokyo's many beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots, such as Yoyogi Park, Sumida Park, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, or Ueno Park. You can stroll through the park and take in the breathtaking beauty of the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Your local guide will suggest their favorite viewing spots. 

    A popular tradition during cherry blossom season is to picnic under the trees. The tour allows you to experience this tradition by adding a stop at a local market or food spot to prepare a delicious picnic under the blossoms. 

    Your tour may also include visiting historical sites that are especially beautiful during cherry blossom seasons, such as Asakusa's Senso-ji Temple or the Imperial Palace. You can learn about these sites' history and cultural significance while admiring the beautiful cherry blossoms surrounding them.

    Benefits of Having a Local Guide

    A private tour guide will ensure stress free exploratio

    If you're visiting Tokyo for the first time, you might feel overwhelmed by the many attractions and activities available. That's where having a local guide can make all the difference. It's important to note that not all tour companies offer the same quality of service. City Unscripted offers some of the best tours in Tokyo and ensures our customers receive everything they need for a successful experience. 

    Local tour operators have a deep understanding of the city, including its history, culture, and customs. They can share insights into Tokyo's hidden gems, lesser-known attractions, and local hotspots that tourists might overlook. When you're in the City, you'll likely have many questions that may not be easily found online. Don't hesitate to confide with your tour host and see if they can help you answer any questions that you may have.

    With a local guide, you can make the most of your time in Tokyo and avoid getting lost in the city. Tokyo is a vast, bustling city with many unique districts that can confuse travelers. With the help of your guide, you can see all of the sights on your itinerary at your own pace without getting lost or confused along the way. 

    English is not widely spoken in Tokyo, making communication challenging for non-Japanese speakers. A local guide can serve as a translator, helping you bridge the language gap and facilitating communication with locals. This is especially helpful when you're at restaurants and have questions regarding the menu. 

    A local guide also gives you a more in-depth understanding of Japanese culture, traditions, and customs. They can introduce you to local cuisine, teach you basic Japanese phrases, and arrange cultural experiences for you to enjoy, allowing you to immerse yourself in Japanese culture.

    Lastly, while Tokyo is a safe city, it's still essential to be aware of potential safety concerns. A local guide can provide tips on navigating the city safely and help you avoid potentially dangerous areas or situations. They can also offer practical advice, such as how to use public transportation and where to find medical facilities if needed.

    Book Your Tour Today!

    Get the full Tokyo experience with our private tours

    Exploring Tokyo can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. By choosing City Unscripted, the best tour company in Tokyo, you'll have the opportunity to experience the city like a local, with customized itineraries, expert guides, and exceptional customer service. Whether you're looking for a private Mt Fuji tour, a stroll through central Tokyo, or simply want to watch amazing city views, City Unscripted has something for everyone.

    But here's the hook: our dedication to providing an authentic and personalized experience sets City Unscripted apart from other tour companies. We take the time to understand your interests and preferences and tailor each tour to your needs. Plus, our guides are locals who know the city and can offer insider tips you won't find in guidebooks.

    So, if you want to make the most of your trip to Tokyo and experience the city in a way you'll never forget, choose City Unscripted. You will surely have the trip of a lifetime with our commitment to authenticity, exceptional customer service, and expert guides. 

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