Get right into Japan with the perfect introductory tour that gives you the confidence to explore on your own later.
Get used to the public transport system
Master a few polite phrases
Learn how to dine at Japanese restaurants
Discover the difference between a shrine and a temple and what to do at each
Most importantly, learn how to RELAX in Japan! We want you to enjoy our country and Japanese people will go to enormous lengths to make that happen!
Just a half-day with one of our guides will give you the confidence to set out on your own and make the best of your time in Japan!
Our tours are recommended to begin in the morning and end early afternoon however, if you wish to begin at noon, we can arrange the tour as requested. Please write your requests in our reservation form.
Costs, Fees and Other Important Details
All tours are private. You will not have other groups in your tour. The tour fee is for your own group of people.
Tour fee: JPY28,000 per group of up to 10 people for five hours with a guide
(NOTE: This is the per-group fee, NOT the per-person fee)
Other Expenses: Approximately JPY2,500 to JPY3,000 per person
(admission charges for the temples, transport and lunch)
Expense for the guide: Please cover the guide's transport during the tour and lunch
Please make sure that you are covered by your own travel insurance.
Extension of tour is also possible with an additional fee. Please write your requests in the reservation mail.
Tips for traveling in Japan
We advise you that you wear socks inside the ryokans, restaurants, temples and houses where you have to take your shoes off. It is not a good manner in Japan to walk in bare feet indoor or to wear the provided indoor-slippers in bare feet.
We are expected to talk quietly on trains and subways, not to disturb other people. You will probably notice how quiet it is on the trains when you arrive in Japan!
[Eating on the streets]
Basically Japanese are expected to sit and eat. You will not see people walking and eating on the streets. The so-called street-food shops usually provide a small bench for you to sit down. However, due to the past decades' trend of drinking out of bottled drinks, Japanese seem to be a bit more comfortable to walk and drink. Mmmm, but still not alcohol drinks!!
[Eating on the trains]
When Japanese travel on the long-distance trains such as on bullet trains and limited express trains that travels for more than one hour on a high-speed, they enjoy taking a box-lunch and eating and drinking while enjoying the views from the windows. When you travel to the country sides, the box-lunch prepared with the local specialties are also sold at train stations. However, on the local trains and commuting subways and buses, it is not acceptable to eat food even if you are seated.
If your long-distance bullet train rides are taken within in 7-days, you might like to check JR 7-Day Pass.
[IC-Cards for trains, buses and subways]
You can purchase IC-Cards at any train/subway stations. Each area sells differently named cards (SUICA, ICOCA, etc.) but you can use them almost throughout Japan. It is much more efficient to use these cards so that you do not need to purchase tickets at each ride.
It is not acceptable to cancel the bookings once made. Many Michelin starred restaurants only accept booking via hotel concierge for foreign tourists to secure cancellation charge. We advise you that you book restaurants only when you are 100% certain that you will go. Even if you did not book these famous restaurants, there are so many other good restaurants especially in Tokyo and Kyoto. You can easily find a good place to go after your arrival in Japan.