Japan is an amazing country with so much to see and experience. People are often overwhelmed by where to go and what to experience first. I am happy to offer my services to make your Japan visit a life time memory. I pride myself on being an excellent planner and guide. Simply let me know what you wish to do or where you would like to go and allow me todo the rest. I have taken the liberty to offer a sample one-day tour and several options below. I am happy to plan longer tours and to other destinations outside of Tokyo as well. I would like to add that what you will experience with me is a off side Japan than not many tourists from abroad have easy access to, due to language or connections. So if you would like to see Sumo super stars practicing in there stables at Ryogoku, take part in a private Japanese tea ceremony by an authentic Maiko, experience a spectacular tour of Tokyo by helicopter at night followed by an exquisite 5 star 10 course kaiseki dinner (special Japanese cuisine reserved for only the privileged) then please allow me to open those doors. Of course if you are looking for something more down to earth or easy going like an onsen trip to Hakone or a day trip to see the Great Buddha in Kamakura, please allow me to be of service to you!
Example Full day Tokyo Tour A
Suggested start time 8AM; Observing Sumo super stars training at Ryogoku stables. Sumo is one of the oldest sports in the world, dating back to the middle ofthe Yayoi Era, 2,000 years ago! Today, it is easily classified as the national sport of Japan. Sumo is almost completely a spectator sport, and the professional wrestlers become internationally famous and popular.The grand sumo tournaments are held every two months.(The titles changes hands during these times)Sumo wrestlers starts training 6:30am-10:00am in the morning and it’s open to the public. During this time we can visit the stables and observe them practice but as a rule we should be very quiet and refrain from speaking .
11AM; Participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the surroundings of a beautiful Japanese garden. In Japan, we have a traditional tea ceremony called Sado. During Sado, the master of the ceremony invites guests and serves Japanese traditional tea called matcha. The ceremony of Sado is based on Zen philosophy. During the Kamakura period, as Zen became popular in Japan, so did Sado. Sado is based on Japanese hospitality and tranquility.We can also experience the intimacy of being served in a Japanese traditional tea house.
*Happo-en –Tea ceremony location http://www.happo-en.com/banquet/plan/detail.php?p=438
Travel back in time for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony (Sado) set in breath taking Japanese gardens. The tea house dates back to the Edo period.
12PM; Lunch at exquisite traditional Japanese Kaiseki Restaurant
Afternoon; Sightseeing in Tokyo
These gardens belonged to the Tokugawa shogunate and served as a branch castle for Edo Castle during the Edo period. They feature a tidal pond and two duck hunting grounds. It is said that the gardens as they currently appear were completed during the era of Tokugawa Ienari, the 11th shogun. After the Meiji Restoration, they became a villa belonging to the Imperial household, and the name was changed to “Hama-rikyu.” The gardens were given to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1945, and they were opened to the public as “Hama-rikyu Onshi Park” in April of 1946.
*Water bus (Hama-rikyu Asakusa)
Departure from Hama-rikyu Gardens and arriving at Asakusa. The water taxi is a fun alternative to taking a regular taxi and allows you to see the Tokyo landscape from a uniquely different perspective. The water taxi travels along the Sumida river to our destination Sensoji temple.
*Sensoji Temple (Asakusa kannon temple)
It is said that early in the 7th century, local fishing folk hauled up a statue of the Goddess of Mercy (Kannon), and this led to Sensoji’s founding. Asakursa has long thrived as a temple town with Sensoji, at its heart. Nakamise, with almost 90 little shops on both sides of the street, is the ideal place to purchase Japanese souvenirs.
*Meiji Shrine (in Omotesando)
This is Tokyo's most venerable Shinto shrine, opened in 1920 in honor of Emperor and Empress Meiji, who were instrumental in opening Japan to outside world a hundred years ago. Japan's two largest torii(the traditional
entry gate of a shrine), built of cypress more than 1,700 years old, give dramatic entrance to the grounds, one the estate of a Dimyo lord. The shaded pathway is lined with trees, shrubs, and a dense wood. Meiji JinguShrine is the place to be on New Year's Eve, when more than 2 million people crowd onto the grounds to usher in the New Year.Omotesando area is famous for fashion, galleries, art as well as many cozy cafés and stylish restaurants, so it is nice to have a break after walking around Tokyo.
The imperial palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. It is the residence of the present Emperor and Empress. It is located near Ginza, Marunouchi .An area in Tokyo famous for its upscale brand shops and exclusive restaurants .
*Daikanyama –Ebisu; Local district area A stylish district dotted with refined, unique shops and restaurants, including Hillside Terrace, a symbol of the district. In addition, the wide avenues of this area in the midst of the city are lined with big trees and greenery, and are most suited to strolling. It’s a great place to walk aroundand explore a more cool and adult oriented area of Tokyo.
*Daikanyama Tsutaya Books; Adult shopping complexhttp://real.tsite.jp/daikanyama/english/index.htmlThe cultural complex catering to mature readers consists of three buildings containing six book departments including classic literature andart, a Magazine Street lined with the latest periodicals from around the world, and even corners dedicated to film, music, and stationery.
*Edo Tokyo Museum
The Edo-Tokyo Museum offers an experience of Tokyo’s history and culture from premodern times to the present. The permanent exhibition area showcases life-size models of Nihombashi Bridge and a drama theater of the Edo period (1603–1868), and small-scale models of the Rokumeikan Hall and the streetscape of Ginza in the Meiji period (1868–1912). A wealth of real-life materials including ukiyoe paintings, kimono gowns, and daily household items also provide fun insight into the historyof Edo and Tokyo.
*Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Miraikan is a science museum where visitors can enjoy learning about advanced science, including earth environment, robots, space and life science, through hands-on exhibitions and interaction with a science communicator. 3D planetarium shows, special exhibitions, and other events being held.
*Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
This museum contains historical buildings with great cultural value that were relocated, preserved, and displayed here because they could not be preserved in their original locations. The goal of this museum is to pass this important cultural heritage to future generations.
Optional day activities;
*Day Spa (Couple massage, hot water pool, hot springs bath with luxury sunroom) - Experience a traditional Japanese Spa and onsen located in the Tokyo Chinzan-so Hotel set in a huge beautiful Japanese garden. http://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/spa/yu-the-spa/
Tokyo Helicopter Night Cruise;
*Helicopter ride – dynamic night cruise experience above central Tokyo and create the memory of a lifetime.Sunset – 20:00 (approx. 17min) Standard chartered flight for two 45,000 yen.
7PM; Dinner upon your request at selected Restaurants (Japanese, French , Italian , International Cuisine etc)
Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai (Japanese Kaiseki)
This restaurant features beautiful pine trees and a pond where Koi carp swim. Passing in front of the garden lantern and waterwheel and walking on the steppingstones, you will find yourself back in time in the town of Edo, the Tokyo of 200 years ago.Please enjoy the extraordinary atmosphere in the restaurant with 6,600 m²of extensive Japanese gardens located at the foot of Tokyo Tower.
Ginza Kyubey (Sushi)
With a history dating back to 1935, Ginza Kyubey has an established reputation as one of the best places to try authentic Edo-mae style sushi in Japan.
BENOIT Tokyo (French Bistrot)
BENOIT is a bistrot produced by Alain Ducasse. The restaurant has the same name and esprit as the ever-popular traditional bistrot in Paris established nearly 100 years ago.
Ristorante Aso (Italian)
Ristorante Aso serves refined Italian cuisine in a beautifully converted house dating to 1939. The 2009 Michelin Guide awarded Ristorante ASO two stars.
Aroma Fresca (Italian)
Italy may be the basis of Harada's cuisine but the inspiration and interpretation are entirely his own. The ingredients are superb, most of them sourced here in Japan. The flavors are subtle and presentation exquisite.
TWO ROOMS (International Cuisine)
TWO ROOMS GRILL | BAR offers simple yet elegant dishes utilizing Old and New World cooking techniques and only the freshest produce. Working with exclusive winemakers from around the world, TWO ROOMS GRILL | BAR also offers a comprehensive range of international wines from our glass walk-in cellar.
After Dinner fun;
*Bar Maduro - urban live Jazz music bar in Grand Hyatt - http://restaurants.tokyo.grand.hyatt.com/maduro-bar/
*Blue Note - Jazz Live restaurant - http://www.bluenote.co.jp/bnj/
*Cotton Club - Music Live restaurant - http://www.cottonclubjapan.co.jp/en/
Naughty Night Activities; Adult Shows, Clubs
*Robot Restaurant - one of the kinkiest show in the world! - http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/restaurant/gourmet/robot.html
*Burlesque Tokyo - Japanese style Burlesque entertainment show - http://burlesque-roppongi.com/sp/
*Aoyama Dolls (Every Thursday 19:00) - GoGo, Aerial, Pole, Burlesque shows - http://cafe-atlantis.com/event/831.html
*Sugar Heel (in Roppongi) -SM show club (Sexy bondage erotic show) http://www.sugar-heel.com/?ac=system_eng
*Milky Way (in Gotanda) - Shibari(bondage) bar http://milkyway2002.com/top.htm
*ARCADIA (in Kabukicho)-SM&Fetish(Shibari) bar http://arcadiatokyo.com/index.html
*Bliss out (in Kabukicho)–Happening Bar http://www.bliss-out.jp/eindex.html
*OLIVE21 (in Kabukicho)- Couple Kissa http://olive21.net
Touring outside Tokyo - Plan B
One day trip;
*Kamakura City The ancient feudal capitol of 13th century Japan – About one hour away from Tokyo. Once there you can enjoy visiting ancient temples including the great Bhudda . You can also enjoy taking a rick shaw ride tour of the city and dine at one of the many traditional eateries located throughout the city. Kamakura is a wonderful walking town and is located minutes from the beach. There are many wonderful traditional shops and food stalls to explore and you can easily spend an entire day there without everrealizing it.This is also one of the best places to buy traditional Japanese gifts and souvenirs.
*Odawara Adventure forest (Sightseeing of nature & Zip lining) http://foret-aventure.jp/eng/Odawara is surrounded by forests and hills and it therefore is not surprising to find this kind of outdoor park here. The Forest Adventure is part of an organization that runs a few similar parks throughout Japan. Forest Adventure is an aerial course built through the trees comprising various ladders, bridges, swings, nets, trapezes and giantzip lines! It’s also only a 10 minute ride to Odawara castle!
*Hakone (hot springs) Hakone, located in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park west region of Tokyo. It is a mountainous town known for its hot springs resorts (onsen) and views of the iconic active volcano Mount Fuji. It also encompasses Hakone Shrine, a Shinto shrine with a red “torii” gate overlooking Lake Ashi, which can be toured by boat, as well as the boiling sulphur springs of the Owakudani Valley.
Special Kimono service;
If you would like me to wear a kimono or Yukata (Yukata or summer Kimono is only worn in the Summer) for Dinner (or any occasion such astea ceremony, lunch etc) I am happy to oblige.
Kimono/Yukata setup – additional 80,000 yen for setting up by professional couture salon / additional 10,000yen for transportation.The Kimono is the beautiful national costume of Japan also called wafuku (literally “Japanese-style clothing”) .It has won popularity beyond its birthplace. The garment is made with various materials, such as cotton and silk, and in different styles for different purposes, from formal to casual. Few people dress in kimono on a daily basis today, but the gown remains essential to traditional Japanese culture and is worn on special occasions like weddings and New Years celebrations. Yukata is a variant of the kimono made with a lighter fabric. The stylish gown comes in diverse colors, patterns, and materials. Compared to the a regular kimono, it’s a bit easier to wear.Both kimono and yukata give the wearer a nostalgic feel of old Japan.It’s worth creating the opportunity to have a photograph taken or stroll thestreets of Tokyo with a beautiful Japanese woman wearing a kimono or yukata.