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Tour guide services 



Date and Departure

Tours depart daily at 1:00 p.m. except the year-end and New Year holidays.

*Course 12 departs at midday
*Courses 2, 8, and 9 also leave at 10 AM.
*Please come to register up to 15 minutes prior to the starting time.

Registration /
Departure Location

Tokyo Tourist Information Center Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal Branch
Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal 3F
5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


  • 1Strolling in Gardens and Experiencing a Tea Ceremony
  • 2Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo! Learn about Japan's trends in department store basements and while shopping
  • 3The Asakusa Route
  • 4A town of Sumo with the Atmosphere of Edo
  • 5 The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace and the Outer Garden
  • 6Thirty minutes from Shinjuku; Journey to Enjoy History and Nature
  • 7View the Tokyo metropolis from new angles
    : the sky and the sea
  • 8Exploring Streets and a Shrine of Harajuku
  • 9Streets in Japan and an Oasis in Central Tokyo
  • 10Japanese Architecture and tour of the National Diet Building
  • 11Introduction to Japanese gardens, tea, food, craftsmanship, and Japanese culture
  • 12At Mt. Takao, experience rich nature, the mountain, and the Japanese spirit.
  • 13

    Visit places of spiritual calm of temples, nature, sophisticated streets, and the Japanese spirit

Regarding Guide Services

  • This guide service is provided by volunteers, and transportation is mainly by public transport or walking.
  • The participants for the guide service should be up to 5 people.
  • It will be accompanied by 2 tour guides.
  • Participants are required to pay the costs for an accompanying tour guide.
  • The fees shown here are for one participant. The price changes depending on the number of participants. We will notify you of the actual fee by email.
  • The fee for guide services should be paid with Japanese Yen.
  • Among the participants, there must be at least one person over 20 years old.
  • Some facilities may be closed depending on the day of the week. We ask for your understanding.
  • The time and date of departure changes depending on the course, so please check the details for each course.

*The fee is the amount required for transport and attraction admission fees. (Including the fees for two guides).
It also includes the amount required for the guides to return to Shinjuku after the guidance finishes.
The guidance itself is free of charge.

Regarding bookings

To apply for a tour, click the “Apply here” button on the details page of the relevant course.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building information/guide services  

Our 40-minute tour is designed to introduce various must-see spots throughout the Metropolitan Government Buildings. Tours are available for travelers from overseas and are offered by our volunteer tour guides in three languages.

Available languages

English, Korean, Chinese

Date and Departure time

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
(no tours offered on Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building inspection days, holidays, and the year end/New Year holidays)
*Registration closed at 2:20 p.m.

Departure Location

Tokyo Tourist Information Center Main Office at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Shinjuku)

Registration / Departure Location

Registration is taken at the tour starting point. No advance reservation accepted.


Tokyo Tourist Information Center → Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Building → Observatories

  • Tokyo Tourist Information Center
  • Observatories

Observation Deck guide services 

Why not enjoy views of Tokyo from 202 meters above the ground? Tokyo sightseeing volunteer guides provide this guide service, which is for foreign tourists visiting Tokyo from overseas, in English.

Available languages


Date and Departure time

Monday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
(no tours offered on Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building inspection days, holidays, and the year end/New Year holidays)
*Reception is open until 2:40 p.m.


approximately 20 minutes


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No. 1 (45th Floor)
South Observation Deck Volunteer Desk
*Advance reservations are not available

Tour content

Scenery information, explanation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building as an
architectural structure, sightseeing information, etc.