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An excellent introduction to Tokyo from an experienced and informative guide. The weather was snow and rain and very cold, so not so easy to get out and walk about but her enthusiasm kept us all going!
My only criticism is that the drop off in Ginza district, rather than back at the pick up point could be difficult if you had just arrived in the city and were not yet orientated to the area. I was on my own and it was the day after I arrived in Japan and Tokyo, but luckily I recognised some buildings from the first day that helped me get back to my hotel.
This was a great way to spend our first morning in Tokyo. It was a great way to orientate yourself and then then explore Ginza and have the rest of the afternoon to explore yourself. Very experienced and friendly guide.
Our tour guide Tomoko was so full of knowledge and had so many interesting stories, she made this tour as good as it was. The temples were beautiful and she had so many fun facts about them. The only downside would be that you don't get enough time to explore them more, but if you had the time you could always go back. I always prefer to get tours when going into places like these as the guide gives you so much more information than a brochure ever could. The Ginza part was also more of a drop off, but it was handy for us as we wanted to explore this area and she pointed out some major places of interest.
We joined this tour on our 3rd and final full day in Tokyo. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We had travelled around Tokyo on our own the previous 2 days, but this tour covered alot of ground, provided some respite from the heat and was thoroughly interesting. Our guide Junko was excellent. Her English is impeccable, and she gave good explanations of where we were going and what we would see. She tought us about the customs and even taught us a few words of Japanese. She did a good job of managing the large group, and keeping us together. She even wrote out some directions for us in Japanese at the end of the tour. The tour was diverse and very interesting. First stop was at the Tokyo Tower. We had a clear day, with good views. The Happo-en garden was beautiful, with a wonderful assortment of bonsai trees. It was interesting to see the rituals of the tea ceremony. A wonderful bonus was seeing 3 bridal parties in the garden that day, some in traditional dress, some in white gowns. Lunch was at a beautiful hotel, with an extensive garden, with more brides! The BBQ was delicious [Oishi]. We walked around the Imperial Palace, and saw what we could of the manucured grounds and buildings from the gate.Through the GInza, and all the fancy shops. Then it was on the river on a short cruise, past some interesting sights, to Asakusa Cannon Temple via the Nakamise shopping street. The shopping street was interesting, lots of small shops and stalls, with samples of snacks and lots of kimonos to try on. The temple and the pagoda are beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. It was the perfect of our time in Tokyo. It would have been very difficult, especially in the heat and himidity, to cover as much ground as we did in one day on one's own.
Excellent introduction tour to Tokyo. Guide was good and tour was well organised. Shrines are well worth the visit. Leaves afternoon to explore the shopping areas of Asakusa or Ginza. Good value package
We started out at the Tokyo tower, then went to the imperial palace, a drive through Ginza, a temple, and left at the electronics district. The tour guide did a great job of explaining what we were seeing and answering questions. The temple is a good place to pick up traditional souvenirs at prices slightly cheaper than available at the airport.
Doing what: Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour
Thomas B USA
Our guide was wonderful. She spoke perfect English, gave us an in-depth overview of everything we saw, and made sure that when we left the tour in Ginza that we were comfortable that we could get back to the hotel. Great way to get your bearings to explore Tokyo on you own later.
A great way to get your bearings of Tokyo and see popular shrines and temples. Glad that it was a half day tour and finished up in time for lunch in Ginza. The guide was entertaining, polite, and informative.
All very interesting and good value for money. They even dropped us to the Ginza area after the tour.
Margaret D USA
Both the shrine and the temple were very interesting. We also visited the beautiful Imperial Palace East Garden. People could remain at the temple do shop on an adjoining street or get dropped off at Ginza. The drive around Tokyo from one place to another was also interesting. We had a very good guide. On all the tours, the guides gave us instructions of how to return to our hotels via the subway.
This is a great tour. We left the tour in Asakusa to shop at the Nakamise area. Be sure you know where they leave you in Ginza. You need to find your way back! We knew this but it was funny to see the reactions of people when they found out they had to find their way back. Do your research people!!!
Overall, the Tokyo Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour was excellent. That said, we started the tour on a sour note, with a 30-minute delay at the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal: a crowded and unappealing place. Supposedly, our bus was delayed due to traffic. Once we got moving, the tour picked up pace quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed our guide, Tomoko. She was witty, spoke excellent English and blended the discussions with Japanese culture, history and language. There were 25 of us on the bus, but it was comfortable and the group friendly. The bus driver really managed to steer the rig through some tight spaces. We started at the Meiji Shrine, with a chance to walk the grounds. They were preparing for the New Year’s celebration to come. Tomoko explained the difference between Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples and the influence of those two religions on the Japanese. We also saw the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist Temple, which is a picturesque or quintessential view of what many think of when they imagine Japan. We also drove and walked around the Imperial Palace, but the gardens were not open on Fridays (which was well advertised by Viator and told to us by Tomoko). We saw the Japanese Diet (parliament), and the Ginza shopping district. We ate a decent lunch at a hotel restaurant near the bay, which was very scenic. The 50-minute boat ride under the Rainbow Bridge and around the bay was enjoyable both from the cabin, but also on the deck. It was a bit chilly but sunny. We also had a bus ride to Odaiba man-made island via the Rainbow Bridge. There we saw a small, original copy of the Statue of Liberty and a giant Gundam robot. Overall, with Tomoko’s excellent running dialogue and the fast pace of the tour, we came away with a great, quick impression of some of the highlights of Tokyo!
Prompt pick up at my hotel. Tour guide was good. This is a good preview of the city and major tourist spots. Enjoyed Asukusa with temples , women dressed in Kimonos , and you can see Skytree at the background. We were dropped off at the Ginza district at the end of the tour, where there are a lot of department stores for shopping and food. We took a monorail back to the Grand Pacific Hotel
It was good. But, when the tour guide said "walking distance to Ginza" is not really a walking distance. However, It is nice tour also as Japanese people are polite and very helpful.
Pauline G United Kingdom
The tours to the Meiji Shrine and Senso-ji Temple were very informative. Found the Ginza shopping district section just a pass by on the coach and had no sense of what the area was about. Most of the shops we saw from the coach were no different from those found in London.
Catherine C Philippines
This tour covers most of Tokyo's attractions especially if you have limited time. It starts at the Tokyo Tower where you can have a panoramic view of Tokyo's Skyline then go to Happo-en Japanese Garden and participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony which was something unique for me. The Happo-en Garden is quite an attraction in itself being a favorite venue for Japanese weddings.. From there we went to have lunch in Chinzanso Tokyo Garden Hotel located somewhere in the outskirts of the city with beautiful sakura in the garden and lining the Kanda River at the back. We had a taste of Japanese barBQ done right in front of us on our table! And we were all made to wear an oversized bib! Had to have pics taken!. From there, we went around to the Imperial Palace grounds to have a photo stop notwithstanding the rain. Then we hurried to the pier for our Sumida River Cruise. Although it was raining, the view on both sides were still visible. It was just too crowded for comfort!. We were glad to disembark near the ASAKUSA to see the temple and the busy Nakamise St where we bought some souvenirs in a hurry. The Tokyo Skytree can also be seen from Asakusa.. After that we were dropped off in GINZA for shopping and /or go back on our own to our hotels.
Our guide Ms. Junko was not only helpful, but well informed and had detailed insight regarding the shrines and temples that we stopped to visit. The tour was enjoyable and entertaining while the guide shared history and details about the areas in which we were moving around. I would prefer to have removed from the list of highlights, the nakamise shopping street and Ginza shopping district because those are only observed momentarily from the bus and would not consider those "highlights of the tour". 8.5 hours seems like a lot however getting to one place to another consumes a lot of time, so strolling and admiring the visiting places are down to a bare minimum, it felt like we were rushing everywhere. On the plus side you do get to relax and cool down at the end while you do the Tokyo Bay cruise, so it was all very positive.
The tour guide was good and the places were neat. It shouldn't really say a tour of Ginza since they don't really give your a tour, but only drop you off at this location. Also, it seemed a couple people were unaware they were getting dropped off and didn't know their way back home. All in all it was pretty good tour.
Lucy J United Kingdom
This is a great few hours to show you a few interesting parts of Tokyo. As with some other tours they try to fit in a lot in the few hours you have but what they show you is beautiful. The Meiji Shrine is a stunning place to visit and we actually went back another day to spend more time there and to see more of it. During this tour we only got to spend 30 minutes here which isn't really long enough to take in what it has to offer and to explore everything else. Even though you spend a lot of time travelling to and from venues the tour guides are very knowledgeable about Tokyo and are constantly telling you what you are driving past and about the history of the area. You have a short walk through the Imperial Palace East Gardens which are beautiful and at this time of year the Cherry Blossoms are starting to come out. On the day we went id was raining which was a shame but we still saw the gardens and the blossoms. The tour ends in Ginza shopping district which is described as the New York of Tokyo. It has streets and streets of designer shops and department stores which you can spend hours in and thousands of yen! If you are interested here is where there is the Hello Kitty stores. There are about 4 Hello Kitty stores which have everything you could ever imagine! Very enjoyable but very busy!!
Lesley H United Kingdom
A very comprehensive and interesting tour. The guide was knowledgeable, interesting and professional with very good language skills. It covered a large number of areas which made the visits to individual places quite brief, but it did give you ideas of where to go again. Being able to leave the tour at Ginza was an excellent part of the trip as it allowed you more time to look at this area.
William H USA
If you've never been to Tokyo, this is a great way to get a quick overview. Our guide was very seasoned and shared a wealth of information. If you are not adventurous, you may be put off by being dropped off in the Ginza and having to find your own way back to your hotel, but we enjoyed this experience. It forced us to learn the subway system, which is relatively easy. People were very friendly and helpful. Once we got the hang of the system, we were hopping subways all over Tokyo.
Natalie M United Kingdom
A great way to see a few of the sites of Tokyo in the morning. Not really for you if you can't do a lot of walking as the pace is quite fast, especially around the palace gardens. Our guide was great and knew lots about the city and the various areas and the place we weren't visiting. We chose the morning so we could do some shopping in Ginza. After this tour it was easy for us to find our way round the city and do the other sites ourselves.
This is a great tour and would definitely recommend it. At the last temple, the Senso-ji Temple there are great markets for souvenirs and such - I would recommend staying there instead of going to the Ginze shopping district because Ginza was a bunch of overpriced stores.
Paul M United Kingdom
A good introduction to Tokyo. Unfortunately it was raining. We left the tour at Asakusa, which I would recommend unless you must see Ginza. Our guide was most informative.
The dinner was good and the views from the restaurant excellent. The nighttime views from Roppongi Hills were excellent as well. However, I feel we could have spent more time on the bus looking at the lights around the city. We saw Ginza, government buildings, and the bridges, because that combined with the guide's commentary was really fun. I thought it was a little silly to go and see the Statute of Liberty as most of the people on the tour were from America.
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