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Sightseeing taxi / Versatile service for a leisurely excursion

Taxis are convenient for traveling between the airport, train station, and hotel. Another popular service in recent years is the sightseeing taxi, where drivers who know Tokyo inside out guide tourists around town in the comfort of a hired car. In addition to model courses that visit standard destinations, operators can customize courses to include places and stores requested by the customer for an original experience.

Oedo Sweets Taxi

Classic Japanese sweets plus sightseeing spots

The plan combines traditional Japanese confectionery with famous sightseeing spots in the nostalgic shitamachi area of Tokyo. Sweets include kuzumochi Japanese arrowroot cake invented by the time-honored Funabashiya, dorayaki pancake with a generous filling of handmade whole red bean paste by Usagiya, and others in the Asakusa, Sumida, Ueno, Kameido Tenjin, and Koto areas. Model courses are three, four, or five hours long. The reasonable three-hour course covers the Imperial Palace, TOKYO SKYTREE, and three confectioners. Customers may also create an original plan by adding destinations to a model course.


kuzumochi Japanese arrowroot cake

Operator Hitachi Motor Transportation Group
Departure Tokyo’s 23 wards (inquire for locations outside the 23 wards)
Reservations By phone or via website reservation form
TEL 03-3605-5181 (Japanese only)
kankoyoyaku2@hitachi-gr.com
(English acceptable)
URL http://www.hitachi-gr.com/
sightseeing/s_seeing_sweets.html (External link)

Tokyo Famous Place Drive Course

Once around Tokyo’s sights at your own pace

The six-hour course comprises a guided tour by a trained and certified sightseeing taxi driver, and free time at Tokyo Tower and the Asakusa area. Customers drive by Niju-bashi Bridge, the National Diet Building, Rainbow Bridge, Kabukiza, and more—these famous places are viewed through the cab windows—explore Tokyo Tower and Asakusa on foot along the way, return to the taxi, and finally drive by TOKYO SKYTREE. A variety of other model courses are available, including one featuring the night view of Ginza and Odaiba, and one in combination with a cruise of the Sumidagawa River.

Operator Hinomaru Kotsu
Departure Tokyo’s 23 wards, Musashino-shi, and Mitaka-shi
Reservations By phone or via website inquiry form
TEL 0120-381-882(English acceptable)
URL https://hinomaru.tokyo/kanko (External link)

Tokyo Wagamama Tour

A concierge to satisfy the most exacting wishes

A driver concierge doubling as tour guide plans an original tour just for you. Apart from visiting standard destinations in Tokyo, customers may make any request they please—take me to the most talked about restaurant, take me to a Mecca for anime fans, and take me to the birthplace of my favorite author are only a few examples. English-speaking tour guides are available for visitors from overseas. Vehicles are matched to group size, starting at 2–3 person passenger cars, and include luxury models like Lexus and Mercedes.

Operator Human Vehicle
Departure Tokyo’s 23 wards (inquire for locations outside the 23 wards)
Reservations By phone or via website reservation form
TEL 03-6880-1071(English acceptable)
URL http://www.tokyo-wt.com/(External link)

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Tokyo Sightseeing Taxi Driver Certification

The certification system was established by Tokyo in 2012, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of taxi services and as part of efforts to promote tourism toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Certification is granted to taxi drivers who have passed the Tokyo City Guide Examination and completed all required training. At present more than a thousand certified drivers run taxis in Tokyo.

Tokyo City Guide Examination

The examination co-sponsored by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organized once a year since 2003 to test the degree of knowledge and understanding required to present the charms of Tokyo to tourists from in and outside Japan. Certification is used mainly by professionals in the travel, tourism, hotel, and ryokan businesses. Volunteer license holders have also established a Tokyo City Guide Club for communicating to tourists the attractions of premodern Edo and present-day Tokyo.

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