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.

Summer Games Tours & Experiences
Tokyo Highlights Half Day TourTokyo Past and Present Tour
Authentic Tokyo with Tea Ceremony and Deluxe Sumida River CruiseCulture and Architecture Walking Photography Tour
Private Sushi Making ExperienceCustomizable Tokyo Shopping Experience
Tokyo Culinary TourGuided Tokyo Nightlife Tour
Sumo Wrestling Stable Visit

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 and Deluxe Sumida River Cruise

Tokyo is a city with a truly vibrant culture and one-of-a-kind experiences. Your knowledgeable guide will accompany you on an afternoon excursion featuring two authentic local experiences. Enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch and cruise on the Sumida River, taking in the city from all angles. This deluxe ship boasts excellent cuisine and a luxurious atmosphere. Following your cruise and accompanied by your private guide, you will drive through diverse neighborhoods and precincts, all with their own distinct feel. Get truly immersed as you experience a traditional tea ceremony; 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.

culture achitechture walking photo tour

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 and will include samples of the creations.

sushi making tour

Customizable Tokyo Shopping Experience

A mecca for dedicated shoppers, Tokyo has it all: high-end designer brands, traditional finds and a truly local fashion scene. Led by your private, expert guide, you’ll first visit Ginza, 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 Akomeya. The Shibuya and Harajuku districts have a trendy, modern vibe and nearby bustling Shinjuku boasts some of the city’s most revered shops. Preferences and tastes will be catered for as this tour is fully customizable, from haute couture to sought-after electronics, locally made kimonos to unique housewares.

customizable tokyo shopping

Tokyo Culinary Tour

Taste some of Tokyo’s most iconic cuisine in a 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 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.

culinary tour

Guided Toyko Nightlife Tour

Tokyo is famous for its nightlife. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to neon-lit Shinjuku and Kabukicho areas to sample small, authentic restaurants and explore the small alleys and quirky bars of the Golden Gai. Explore Kabukicho’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 your preferences.

Sumo Wrestling Stable Visit

Sumo is Japan’s national sport and a deeply rooted tradition. Training is strict and regimented; sumo wrestlers spend years dedicated to a heya (stable), where they live and train. Observe these ‘titans of men’ in an intimate and authentic location and see first-hand how they became the masters of this uniquely Japanese sport. Competitive and gruelling, sumo is also extremely technical and hierarchal. Gain insight into this curious world with expert explanations and inside etiquette knowledge.

Summer Games Ticketing Notice

Roadtrips is in no way affiliated or associated with the IOC, the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, or Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games official site is When available, tickets can be ordered separately, direct from the Tokyo 2020 website. Roadtrips base packages do not include tickets.

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