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.
Great tour for first timers, recommend leaving the tour at Nakamise, to spend more time shopping.
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!!!
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.
Tour was well coordinated and informative.. The English speaking tour guide was excellent, and knowledgeable. Unfortunately due to the time of year (mid June to mid July) we were rained on. This is an excellent tour for a good overview of the area. The highlight being the visit to the Kannon Temple and Nakamise shopping tour in Asukasa.
Id been in Tokyo 5-days before the trip JapanAnime2015 festival so for me it was great as I already knew how to get to and from the pick-up and drop off points on my trip they were at different locations. Id also visited / skirted around some of the sights on the tour schedule which meant I could focus on other aspects within the tour that I hadnt seen.
My personal highlights are the bay cruise, viewing Odaiba from a different perspective and the visit to Asakusa. Due to time restraints I didnt get to see EVERYTHING, so I went back and at a much more leisurely pace really savoured my surroundings. I would recommend visiting the Ema Exhibition and Denboin Garden the exhibition pieces are fantastic and the gardens are beautiful! and surprisingly tranquil and peaceful considering its location, this is not part of the tour and you may not have time during the tour itself as youll be at the Kannon Temple and then off down some of the Nakamise shopping arcade dont just go straight take a couple of turns itll be worth it. For me this was a great introduction tour not only to Asakusa but to Tokyo and I really enjoyed it.
If your hotel is not one that gets a hotel pick-up, I would recommend knowing what metro / train line your hotel is on and how to get from your hotel to Hamamatsucho Station-JR Yamanote line Id recommend this as a second-day tour purely for the above reasons although your guild will help you.
The only negative which is not really a negative is that my tour lunch was western it was a lovely 3-course meal with a stunning backdrop view but I was expecting Japanese cuisine
The tour was just OK. I would have liked spending more time at Nakamise street and skip the Sumida River cruise. For most of the cruise there was nothiung of much interest to see and then finally about 5 minutes of the cherry blossoms.
The guide didn't say much about the places itself.
In the description of the tour it says that on certain days the Imperial Palace Plaza was visited. I schooled the tour expecting to go there, but that's not what happened.
Nakamise Dori wasn't visited with the tour guide, nothing was explained about that.
Ginza Discrict was the drop-off place only, we didn't go around it.
I wouldn't recommend this tour, it would do any other. There was too much time lost waiting for the tour to start and latter the places were visited in a very fast way.
Major disappointment. The tour guide didn't get his name, but he was 66, very fit and still had his 4 kids at home with him spent more time talking about himself and not the places we were passing. At our first stop shrine he was off in a flash. It was a wet day and lots of umbrellas. We had no idea where he was or what he could have been telling us about the shrine. Then next stop he had even walked off before we had time to get off the bus. We were chasing him all the time. When I did catch up I asked him to wait for everybody, but he said he didn't have time to wait. We were so livid. We got off the tour then and spent the afternoon walking around Nakamise street on our own and caught the subway back to Ginza where we were staying. You would be better off familiarising yourself with the train/subway system and doing the tour yourself.
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