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The Backstreet Guides

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Shinagawa / Gotanda
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Address: Shinagawa 141-0031, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 80-4421-8366

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Thanks Yoko for a great day

We used Backstreet Guides for a one-day tour to Kamakura. Our guide was Yoko and she was great. In fact, her knowledge, friendliness and flexibility all made our day memorable and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We used Backstreet Guides for a one-day tour to Kamakura. Our guide was Yoko and she was great. In fact, her knowledge, friendliness and flexibility all made our day memorable and enjoyable. Yoko was at our hotel in Shinjuku on time and after introductions we (my wife, daughter and me) went off with her to get onto a train from... More 

2 Thank ParagliderBasel
Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First time to Japan, so we decided to book a private tour. We ended up booking 3 tours for the five in our party. All three guides (Yoko, Rie and Maki) were all excellent and each had a great, unique perspective. We only had one day in Tokyo, so booked a morning tour and an evening tour (leaving a few... More 

Thank Travel123223
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Backstreets? We did not get backstreets, rather we were taken to mainstream tourist destinations on our private walking tour. Being foodies, we wanted to find great food, small interesting local streets, interesting architecture and a city view. As we did not know where to go in Tokyo, we sought "Backstreet" advice, and they came up with an itinerary that was... More 

Thank jane c
TBSG_Team, Owner at The Backstreet Guides, responded to this review

Dear Tokyo visitor. Thank you very much for your feedback. Firstly just to say that we are all, including your experienced guide, very surprised at your review. All of our clients receive a popular and proven itinerary before payment but without knowing you this is just our best guess. We make it clear that you can ask for any changes... More 

Zaandam, The Netherlands
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56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So happy we found Backstreet Guides. We booked for a half day private tour in Tokyo, it was completely tailored to the areas we wanted to visit. The guide Rie was great and shared insights and information about Tokyo and Japanese culture in general which otherwise we would have missed. It was also great to get around using the metro... More 

2 Thank fourstardust
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned so much about the places we visited and the Japanese culture from our guide Mikiko. She is super patient and knowledgeable. Goes the extra mile to help us with directions and places to eat after the end of the tour. There was a lot of walking but she also took her time telling us about each place in... More 

1 Thank Cindy Z
Brisbane, Australia
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52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fantastic tour with Mayu all around Tokyo. She was an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and happy to answer all our questions. The tour itself covered a lot of cool places all throughout Tokyo including a really yummy yakitori dinner. We would never have found some of the places without this tour, and we learnt a lot about... More 

1 Thank Theo_and_Fiona
Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I was solo in Tokyo over a weekend before working the next week. I wanted to be able to see some of tokyo at night but was not comfortable going by myself. I booked the evening tour with backstreet. It turned out to be one other woman, the guide and me. It was so much fun. We had a great... More 

3 Thank Twinkle2832
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We spent a fascinating day with Yoko. It was certainly worth booking a private tour as the whole day was designed to our personal likes. We were interested in heritage and had a number of specific dietary requests. The day was packed with all the things we requested. Yoko was well-informed, spoke excellent English and had great charm, combined with... More 

2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I was traveling as part of a group of three and arranged a tour of Asakusa and Akihabara, starting from my hotel in Shinjuku. Although it was my third time in Japan, I was traveling with my niece and her boyfriend and wanted the help of a guide to make sure we covered everything during our limited time in Tokyo.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

I am so thankful we discovered Backsteet Guides on TripAdvisor. We were in Tokyo for only four nights and needed to make the most of our time. We booked three day tours and one evening tour. You tell them what you are interested in then relax and enjoy. We saw everything we asked for plus many hidden gems. Day one... More 

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Shinagawa / Gotanda
In Shinagawa, an office district shares space with luxury residential buildings and the scene is constantly changing with rapid development. Ikedayama park and Togoshi park are great places to see beautiful traditional Japanese gardens with ponds, as well as enjoy the changing seasons. Shinagawa was a post and a port town during the Edo era and the lavish old Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples at Shinagawa and Ebara are very popular. It's a great place to get in touch with the old Edo atmosphere on a pleasure boat cruising along the canal. The neighboring area around Gotanda station is a study in modern contrasts filled with unique restaurants and a lively nightlife.
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