Summer Games Tours & Experiences
Tokyo is a fascinating destination with a long list of things to do and places to see. We’ve carefully selected our favorites for you to enjoy. Our professionally hosted tours can be added to your itinerary in any configuration to allow you to make the most of your visit to Japan. Customize your itinerary with the most exciting “must-see” attractions, unique cultural rituals, and quintessential Japanese culinary experiences to create your ultimate Tokyo Summer Games experience.
Tokyo Highlights Half Day Tour
(Included in Our Standard Packages)
Your experienced guide will show you the best that Tokyo has to offer. You will be picked up at your hotel by your English-speaking guide, then step back in time to visit the Tokyo of old with a stroll through the tranquil Meiji Shrine and a serene walk through the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. Explore the bustling area of Shinjuku, known for its towering skyscrapers and numerous alleyways dotted with local cafes and shops. You will then be whisked away to Ginza, the famous shopping district lit by bright neon signs and showcasing brands from all over the world. As you travel through this vibrant city, you will discover unique neighborhoods, historic temples and cultural attractions. You will be returned to your hotel with time to ask questions or receive recommendations for meals or additional attractions.
Tokyo Past and Present Tour
(Optional Extension of Tour Above)
Tokyo has so much to offer. For our guests who are interested in extending their included Tokyo Highlights Half Day Tour, a customizable experience can be offered. Get a real feel for the beautiful contrasts of this city, where ancient history meets modern, cutting edge. Visit Tokyo Tower, where you’ll receive a bird’s-eye view of the city’s vast urban landscape from a refurbished observation deck. Travel onwards to vibrant Akihabara, renowned for its electronic shops and anime culture. For a peaceful retreat, your dedicated guide will then introduce you to the tranquil Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Explore Shibuya, another bustling neighbourhood famed for its colorful alleyways and famous scramble crossing. Bordering this area is Harajuku, the epicentre of young fashion. Its busy streets are lined with trendy boutiques, sweet treat cafes and unique accessory and souvenir shops. A lunch stop will be made early in the afternoon, based on your preferences with recommendations from your guide. You will be returned to your hotel with time to ask questions or receive suggestions for restaurants or additional attractions.
Authentic Tokyo with Tea Ceremony
Tokyo is a city with a vibrant culture and one-of-a-kind experiences. Your knowledgeable guide will accompany you on a walk through two of Tokyo’s unique neighborhoods to take in historic buildings, bustling atmospheres, a plethora of local shops and truly authentic restaurants. Tokyo’s districts all have a uniquely distinct feel, and your guide will discuss the details of your tour in advance to get a feel for the best fit based on your interests. Get truly immersed in Japanese culture as you experience a traditional tea ceremony during your walking tour; sample matcha, handcrafted sweets and seasonal snacks.
Culture and Architecture Walking Photography Tour
Led by a specialist photographer, this half day walking excursion introduces visitors to both ancient Buddhist sites and modern neighborhoods. Discover Japan’s long standing traditions and its wide ranging pop culture through the eyes of your local expert. Explore the heart of the Harajuku and Omotesando neighbourhoods to learn about the city’s prominent architecture and take those unique photos. Understand what makes Tokyo the interesting city it is through historical themes and modern, global trends. Take in traditional and contemporary buildings, designed by esteemed Japanese artists and international architects. This experience is fully customizable and tailor made for you with the assistance of your private photographer.
Private Sushi Making Experience
Sushi is synonymous with Japan. Learn to create this Japanese staple under the guidance of an Itamae (master sushi chef and instructor). Your expert chef will explain the entire process; from sourcing the freshest of ingredients to the creation of the perfect roll, while explaining the art of balance and precision. While the focus tends to be superior, hand-picked seafood (and rightly so), guests will also come to understand the importance of the rice, with its regional variations and special cooking processes. This private experience takes place at our specially selected local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel, and will include samples of the creations.
Customizable Tokyo Shopping Experience
A mecca for dedicated shoppers, Tokyo has it all: high end design brands, traditional finds and a truly local fashion scene. Led by your private, expert guide, you’ll visit shops of your choice as discussed with your guide in advance to best suit your interests. The options are endless; Ginza is the city’s shopping “capital” and home to posh boutiques and gleaming department stores. High-fashion mall Ginza Six dominates, but tucked in between its imposing facades are smaller, local gems such as Takumi for local crafts and gourmet food at Akoymeya. The Shibuya and Harajuku districts have a trendy, modern vibe and Akihabara is the electronics mecca. Bustling Shinjuku boasts some of the city’s most revered shops, and its window shopping is a veritable feast for the eyes.
Tokyo Culinary Walking Tour
Taste some of Tokyo’s most iconic cuisine in the city which boasts one of the best culinary scenes in the world. This gastronomic adventure is privately guided and a true “foodies” dream. Venture off the beaten path to experience the dishes of the locals, sampling yakitori (skewered and grilled meat and vegetables), comforting ramen or udon, and crafted taiyaki (fish shaped pastry filled with bean paste or custard). You will experience everything from authentic cafes, bustling street markets, depachika (deluxe food halls housed in major department stores) and specialty restaurants. Sample Washoku dishes, a cooking style that emphasizes seasonal ingredients and traditional techniques. Expect well-known favorites (such as sushi and tempura, it goes without saying), rounded out with new and inventive dishes.
Guided Toyko Nightlife Tour
Tokyo is famous for its nightlife. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to neon-lit Shinjuku and Kabuchiko areas to sample small, authentic restaurants and explore the small alleys and quirky bars of the Golden Gai. Explore Kabuchiko’s “Sleepless Town”, an infamous entertainment and red-light district. Stop by Izakaya, a Japanese-style gastropub, for a hand crafted drink and continue on to the candlelit Hanazono Shrine. Entrances to night clubs can be arranged and this popular tour can be customized for preferences.
Exclusive Ochaya Dinner with Geisha Entertainment
Ochayas are contemporary tea houses – but actually not designed for drinking tea. Rather they are historic, invitation-only establishments where Geishas entertain guests with song, dance and witty conversation, all while ensuring glasses are filled and special guests are well looked after. Your dedicated guide will accompany you on this once in a lifetime experience; expect traditional music such as the koto (Japanese harp), impeccable hosting, seasonal dance and entertaining games. Geishas are highly trained masters of fine arts and communication; it takes years of dedicated study and practice to enter this very traditional and professional custom. Learn about their daily rituals and their mysterious life. Many Japanese residents have never had the opportunity to experience this very unique and exclusive event.
Mount Fuji Day Trip by Bullet Train
Japan’s most legendary mountain is also the country’s highest; travellers from all over the globe come to marvel at its beauty and some climb to its summit. It is of importance to Japanese citizens as it represents good luck and good fortune. Your private guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and will escort you by taxi or metro to Tokyo Station, where you will board your First Class train car to Odawara Station (one hour). From there, a private transfer will take you to the mountainous and picturesque town of Hakone, famous for its hot springs and breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Your knowledgeable guide will share the mountain’s significance and will escort you through this scenic town. Enjoy lunch, explore the quaint shops and local cafes, capture the best photographs and explore the Open Air Museum prior to returning to Tokyo by bullet train. You will be taken back to your hotel under the care of your guide.
Kamakura Day Trip – The Cradle of Zen
Meet your private guide in your hotel lobby this morning for a day trip to Kamakura, a seaside city located just south of Tokyo. An hour by train, this region of Japan is popular with both locals and visitors alike, and makes for a perfect day retreat. Kamakura was the political capital of medieval Japan, and is now a scenic resort town with a plethora of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto Shrines, bamboo gardens and authentic tea houses. Its most recognizable attraction is the Great Buddha, standing 13 metres high, and is a must-see, although there are many secret gems that are equally worth exploring. Alongside your dedicated guide, trace the development of the unique concept of Zen and experience the discipline of those practicing this meditation. Enjoy a Japanese lunch overlooking the secluded garden at Komyoji. Your experienced guide will explain the cultural importance of Kamakura as you explore a temple of your choice this afternoon, prior to taking a scenic walk along the beautiful beach. Board your return train to Tokyo with your guide later in the afternoon. You will then be taken to your hotel, with dinner recommendations from your guide.
Kyoto Excursion (three day, two night)
Kyoto is, in a word, a delight. It is truly the centre of traditional Japanese culture and is remarkable in beauty, history and design. It boasts a stunning array of temples, famous World Heritage Sites, peaceful Zen gardens and traditional wooden architecture. Not to mention the fabulous shopping and world class restaurants. It is also known as the birthplace of the Geisha.
This three-day semi-escorted trip will allow visitors to explore both independently, and at times accompanied by a dedicated guide on selected experiences.
Visit a sword maker at his farmhouse
Travel to the countryside outside Tokyo (approx. 1 hr) with one of the world’s leading experts of samurai swords. Here meet a master sword craftsman and watch him at work. A simple Japanese lunch will be prepared for you in his lovely farmhouse home by his wife. Later our sword expert will instruct you in the art of drawing a sword and demonstrate some simple techniques and maneuvers. [includes car & guide]
Taiko drumming experience in a temple
Be welcomed by the head monk into the sub-temple of one of Tokyo’s most important temples for an exclusive taiko, Japanese drumming lesson. [includes guide]
After-hours tour of Nezu Museum & tea ceremony in garden tea houses
Have the gorgeous Nezu Museum to yourself for a private tour and tea in one of the three lovely tea houses set in the gardens. [includes guide]
Learn and cook teppanyaki with Iron Chef
Atelier Morimoto XEX is a restaurant owned by Morimoto san, known as an Iron Chef on Japanese TV. Learn (from ingredient preparation to table setting), cook, and eat teppanyaki under the guidance of the Morimoto XEX’s chefs.
Sunset helicopter flight over Tokyo with champagne
Enjoy a helicopter flight over Tokyo for the best way to truly get a sense of the size of the world’s largest metropolis (can be combined with Super Car pick up, champagne & dinner, etc). [includes transfers to and from helipad]
Sake brewery tour, Tokyo night tour & dinner tour
With one of the world’s leading experts on Japanese sake, visit a Tokyo brewery to learn about the brewing process and sample the products. On returning to Tokyo, enjoy a private tour of the one of the city’s geisha districts and visit some of the local bars and restaurants specializing in sake culture. [includes car, guide, sake & dinner]
Watch early morning sumo training followed by brunch with the wrestlers
Japan’s official national sport has a history spanning many centuries. You’ll be granted exclusive access to a sumo stable, where you will see high-ranking wrestlers in their morning training session. Once practice ends, share the traditional brunch of chanko nabe (meat and potato stew), during which some wrestlers may have their hair restored to the sleek chonmage (top knot). [includes car and guide]
Private Tuna Auction & tour of fish market with sushi breakfast
• VIP access to the tuna auction venue
• Insider talk with an experienced tuna master
• Fish market insider tour (Toyosu)
• Deluxe tuna tasting breakfast
• Hotel pick up (approx. 4:30am)
[includes transport and guide]
Tour of the ‘no visitor access’ area of Tokyo fish market & sushi workshop with Michelin starred chef
• Special access to Toyosu wholesale area
• Insider tour at Toyosu & Tsukiji fish market
• Filleting trial & sushi making workshop with Michelin starred sushi chef
• Deluxe sushi lunch
• Sake or other alcohol pairing option available
[includes transport and guide]
Drive out to Hakone in a super car & enjoy lunch at the exclusive Gora Kadan
Take a super car out for the day to the foothills of Mt. Fuji on some of the best driving roads around Tokyo. Enjoy lunch (and a hot spring bath) at the gorgeous Gora Kadan ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. [includes lunch]
Visit one of the last remaining Ninja training schools in Japan, led by the formidable female clan leader, and learn the basics of what it takes to be one of the most highly trained assassins the world has ever known. This clan played a critical role in shaping the Japanese political landscape and society from before the Edo period until after WWI, although you will not find them in any history books. [includes guide]
Private kappo dining (Tokyo)
Your guide will take you for an exclusive kappo dining experience prepared by a master chef at his tiny restaurant tucked away in a Tokyo backstreet. Kappo simply means ‘to cut and to cook’, an all-encompassing word for a less formal cuisine that emphasizes the proximity between the diner and the chef who is cutting and cooking the food. [includes guide & dinner]
Japanese Cultural Experience
Our expert will assist you in choosing a from a selection of beautiful kimono, and arrange your hair and make-up in the traditional style, before you venture out into the streets of Tokyo accompanied by a professional photographer. Take a ride in a rickshaw to a charming local tea house where you will be hosted at a private tea ceremony, and instructed in the finer points of the ceremony. Following tea, you will learn the art of Japanese calligraphy and create a piece to take home with you. This can be arranged in a beautiful bonsai museum or in the tea house, located in the beautiful gardens of a former Meiji era politician’s home. [includes guide & photos]
Kabuki traces its origins to the start of the Edo period, a time of unique cultural development during which townspeople became patrons of art for the first time. Its lack of pretentiousness made Kabuki a popular art form as it was in general more accessible than other traditional performances. Today it is recognised as one of Japan’s three major classical theaters and has been named as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Guests are invited to a pre-performance private lecture and tour of the Kabukiza gallery, to maximize viewing enjoyment.
*Matinee, afternoon or evening performances can be selected
*Noh and Bunraku lectures and performances can also be arranged
[includes lecture & tickets]
Kamakura Mind & Body Experience
This is a unique experience led by an 11th generation Wabisuki tea master located one hour from Tokyo in Kamakura. Kamakura is known as the birthplace of zen and buke bunka (samurai culture) with a history dating back over 800 years. This is an artistic and spiritual journey designed to create an empty space in your mind. The Wabisuki journey is a mix of old and new, the discarded and the reclaimed. It is an invitation to let go, an invitation to recharge your batteries. It is a journey to lose yourself, and a journey to find yourself. Learn of Japanese traditions in a unique tea garden and contemporary art space set in the burnt remains of a century old Japanese farmhouse. [includes transport & guide]
Meet an established manga artist for a chat and learn about how manga are created. The artist will then create a unique manga poster featuring your party. The finished product will be mailed to you in 6-8 weeks. [includes guide and art]
Enoura Observatory visit
Visit artist and visionary Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Enoura Observatory with an art expert followed by a delicious fresh seafood lunch in the fishing port of Odawara. [includes car & driver]
We are also able to arrange private expert guides for shopping, art, architecture, history, samurai culture, photography, food, fashion, and more.
2020 Summer Games Add On Tours & Excursions
Download our Summer Games Add On Tours & Excursions Brochure to enjoy an in-depth guide to our experiences in Tokyo during the Summer Games.
Summer Games Ticketing Notice
Roadtrips is in no way affiliated or associated with the IOC or the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the 2020 Olympic Games. 2020 Summer Olympics Tickets are limited to the Authorized Ticket Reseller in your country of residence. Roadtrips is not an Authorized Ticket Reseller for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and therefore we do not include tickets in our base travel packages.
The official website for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games scheduling and events is tokyo2020.org/. Details on ticket categories, event sessions and how to purchase tickets the 2020 Summer Games can be found on the Tokyo 2020 website.
Roadtrips is dedicated to providing high-touch service throughout your experience and we will customize your itinerary to match your chosen 2020 Summer Games events, whether or not you have already purchased your tickets. With over 28 years of experience providing travel packages to the world’s biggest sporting events, you can trust we have the knowledge and expertise to provide a personalized, comprehensive travel package to the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
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