West Side - Half Day - Day Tour
Destinations: Meiji Shrine - Harajuku - Shibuya
Tour Length: 4 Hrs +/-
Starting time: Flexible
Meeting Point: Harajuku [Map]
Language: English (Native), Japanese (Fluent)
Tour Cost: $71 per person (USD)
+ Approximate Entrance/Activity Costs of: $0 per person (USD)
+ Approximate Transportation Costs of: $4 per person (USD)
optional Food & Drinks during tour: $0 - $20 per person (USD)
Click Here for Important Information & Details
- Guide Fee. A "Fully Escorted" native or fluent English speaking guide for the duration of the "Day Tour" to the destinations of the planned itinerary below.
What's NOT Included
Simply stated: ONLY the "Guide Fee" is included for our "Day Tours".
- Does not include any transportation costs.
- Does not include any entrance, activity, etc. fees.
- Does not include any meals or drinks.
Entrance fees, Activity Fees and Transportation fees are NOT included in the "Day Tour" price. You will pay these fees separately as the tour progresses and we have listed an approximation of what these fees may cost. We chose this method for "Day Tours" in order to keep "all options open" and give "fluidity" to the day tours. Please bring sufficient funds to cover these costs.
An absolute maximum of 8 people are allowed on this "Day Tour".
Our guides use public transportation (train, subway, bus, etc.) for all our "Day Tours". If you prefer to use taxi or a private car, please contact us first and we can make this happen. Any extra costs associated with transportation other than public transportation will be an extra fee.
Walking: Because we use public transportation there IS a lot of walking. You will be walking to and from stations and then walking around destinations. Furthermore, at some times public transportation can be crowded and you may have to stand while riding public transportation.
As stated above in "What's NOT Included", transportation costs are NOT included in the tour price. If you want to utilize a different form of transportation other than public transportation (Rental Car, Taxi, etc.), you will pay for those costs.
Food & Drinks
What you buy to eat and drink is totally up to you but some places do have "Sit Down" and or "Drink Requirment" fees (this cost is stated in "Approximate Entrance/Activity Costs").
Drinks: At a typical restaurant/bar 1 drink in Japan will run from 500 yen (about $5 USD) to 1,200 yen (about $12 USD). At higher end establishments 1 drink can run from 1,000 yen (about $10 USD) to 2,500 yen (about $25 USD).
Food: A typical restaurant meal in Japan can run from 800 yen (about $8 USD) to 1,500 yen (about $15 USD). However, of course depending on the level of the restaurant prices can vary greatly. Al-la-cart establishments like Izakaya, street stalls and little drinking shops can "seem" inexpensive but costs add up quickly if you order a lot (please watch your budget).
Meeting Point or Pick Up / Drop Off
This "Day Tour" specifies a "Meeting Point" in the description and our fee for this tour starts at this meeting point.
Pick Up / Drop Off - If you would like us to actually come to your hotel or place of lodging and pick you up / drop you off, we can do that. The fee is 2,000 yen per hour (billed in 15 min. increments of 500 yen) for the extra time spent getting to your place and then getting to the starting point + any extra transportation costs our guide will incur.
Please request this service on our contact form or by calling us and we can give an exact quote on how much extra it will cost.
- Tour itineraries & schedules are subject to change due to train conditions, road conditions, extreme weather, and other unavoidable events. If an "unavoidable event" occurs and we are not able to reach a destination, options will be given in exchange.
- There may be other participants, up the the maximum "Group Size" stated in Important Information & Details above.
- You do not pay for the guide's food and drinks, only your own.
- Must be over 20 years of age to drink alcohol in Japan.
- Tours start at the designated time. We will leave the "Meeting Point" 5 to 10 min. after specified time. If you are late, you may try to join us along the route.
Tokyo is a HUGE city but inside that city are some calm places you can relax! Meiji-Shrine (or Meiji-Jingu) and it's surrounding park area is one of those places. On this half day tour, we will visit Meiji-Shrine first where you can stroll through the beautiful park before reaching the magnificent shrine itself. After the shrine we head over to (now World Famous) Harajuku, the "heartland" and J-Pop culture and "Harajuku Girls". The streets in Harajuku are full of variously styled people and shops where you can also try some popular hot-trending sweets such as crepes, popcorn, cotton candy and smoothies. Finally we will jump on the train for a stop and get off at Shibuya, another "World Famous" mega-city that is over-flowing with modern Japanese culture and the crazy Shibuya Crossing.
Please use the map to find the exact meeting spot. The guide will be holding a Japan Travel Packages sign or flag.
- There are only 2 exits at Harajuku Station, Takeshita exit and Omote-sando exit [ Good Map of Station ].
- Exit the Omote-sando exit and you will see a "New Days" kiosk. Your Tour Guide will be waiting there.
About the Guide
Brad is an American, Colorado native, who has lived in Japan for a total of over 15 years. He speaks fluent Japanese and has travelled all over Japan. Brad is also a professional entertainer in Japan (entertaining the Japanese) and has visited most every city in Japan including it's hotels, resorts, hot springs, amusement parks, castles, temples, etc. and has hob-knobbed with some of Japan's most famous celebrities.
About the Destinations
Meiji Shrine (Shrine): The most visited and probably most famous shrine in Japan. Meiji Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and his wife Empress Shoken (1849-1914).
Harajuku (Area): Harajuku is extremely popular with teenagers and Harajuku Girls (those girls that dress up cute and pretty).
Shibuya (Area): Shibuya is probably the most famous city in the Tokyo Metro Area. The area in front of the station has been seen in countless movies. Fashion, shopping, nightlife, eating, people watching... its an exciting place!