10 One-of-a-Kind Ways To Explore Japan’s Capital City, Tokyo

Get further under the skin of Japan's capital with a unique tour
Get further under the skin of Japan's capital with a unique tour | © imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo

Tokyo may be one of the most popular destinations on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you have to explore it in the same way as everyone else. These unique tours will shed a fresh light on Japan’s capital city.

Tokyo’s futuristic buildings, quirky culture and playful food scene keeps travellers coming back for more. No matter how many times you’ve been here, this curated list of tours can show you a unique side of Japan’s capital city. Take a tempura-frying lesson at a Japanese culinary school or learn how to wield a samurai sword with these experiences that will take you straight into the city’s heart.

ClassTempura Frying lesson at Japanese Culinary School
From $74 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
5 (1)
Enjoy this small group Tempura Frying class in central Tokyo. During the class, you'll enjoy to make Tempura Gozen (set meal that comes with Tempura, Rice, Miso soup and dipping sauce) and matcha-flavored warabimochi (a traditional Japanese dessert) taught by a professional instructor at one of Asia’s largest culinary school. You can choose option to have your name created in Kanji (Japanese Character) and written in Japanese calligraphy!! It will be an unique souvenir for yourself or your loved one. Cooking ingredients, tools and lunch with a beverage are all included. Just bring yourself!

*From September 2019 to March 2020: 
All cooking class pairs with 5 different kind of Shochu (Japanese spirit)!

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ToursMust see Tokyo with a local: private & personalized
From $179 per person
8 hours
5 (7)
You couldn't possibly see all of Tokyo’s must-sees in one day but you can see what you think is unmissable. Get lost amongst the madness of Shibuya Crossing, feast on sushi at the top of a skyscraper, take in the views from the top of the Tokyo Skytree or pay your respects at Sensō-ji. Feeling peckish? There are dozens of noodle outlets and sushi dens. Just tell us what you’re into and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do
These recommendations were updated on March 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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