A selection of free and low-cost guided tours operates from the Tokyo Tourist Information Center offices in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building and Shinjuku Bus Terminal. The multilingual tours are conducted by friendly volunteer guides happy to show you a slice of their city.
Tours are available in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. Reservations are required and must be made at least three days in advance. The earliest they are accepted is one month in advance. Note that tours in your preferred language may not always be available on the date requested.
Tours of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building (weekdays only) and the 45th floor observation deck (daily except the first and third Tuesday of the month) cannot be reserved in advance and are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis from the tourist information center on the first floor of the building. Tours are available in English, Chinese and Korean, but tours in your preferred language may not always be available. Note that tours are not offered over the year-end holidays, on national holidays or at times when regular building inspections are being carried out.
Route 1: Strolling in Gardens and Experiencing a Tea Ceremony
Route 2: Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo! Learn about Japan's trends in department store basements and while shopping
Route 3: The Asakusa Route
Route 4: A town of Sumo with the Atmosphere of Edo
Route 5: The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace and the Outer Garden
Route 6: Thirty minutes from Shinjuku; Journey to Enjoy History and Nature
Route 7: View the Tokyo metropolis from new angles: the sky and the sea
Route 8: Exploring Streets and a Shrine of Harajuku
Route 9: Streets in Japan and an Oasis in Central Tokyo
Route 10: Modern Japanese Architecture and tour of the National Diet Building
Route 11: Introduction to Japanese gardens, tea, food, craftsmanship and Japanese culture
Route 12: Experience rich nature, the mountain, and the Japanese spirit at Mt. Takao
Route 13: Visit places of spiritual calm of temples, nature, sophisticated streets, and the Japanese spirit
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building information/guide services
Observation Deck guide services