My wife and I really enjoyed this tour of Tokyo. The visit to the top of the World Trade Buildsing was really marvellous with a full 360 degree view of Tokyo from 40 floors up! The brief stop at the Imperial Gardens was very enjoyable, with some super views of the outer de moat area of the Imperial Palace. We loved the tour's inclusion of a Shrine and street market where there were lots of tempting Japanese souvenirs.... The Sumida River cruise was a wonderful way to end the tour with spectacular views of the Tokyo waterfront. The guide was a lovely person, highly informative and willing to answer all kinds of questions put to her!
For us, this was a super introduction to Tokyo.
This tour is highly recommended. If you've been to the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and any other significant highrise, then the views are similar. If you want a free view of the city, I'd recommended the Tokyo Government Metropolitan building in Shinjuku since the observatory deck is free and gives you a similar view.
The tea ceremony was a good experience if you want to observe and participate in one of Japan's traditions. You only get a sampling of the tea - which is green and frothy, but as with most Japanese teas, has a bitter after taste. When attending this ceremony, participants are asked to be respectful and abide with the local tradition. The teahouse is also surrounded by a garden, so it's best to go there during Spring or Fall. There is a 300+ and 500+ year old bonsai tree on the premises, so make sure to ask the tour guide if you are interested in seeing them.
The lunch was one of the highlights of the tour - it states a "BBQ" lunch, so don't be deceived if you are used to the concept of an American BBQ. It's actually a hibachi-style lunch, a la Benihana, but not with the volcano or cutting shows. The food is freshly prepared in front of you, so it's definitely worth the experience and was the best lunch out of all 3 tours I took in Japan.
The Sumida River cruise started at the Port of Tokyo to Asakusa, where you will be given about 50 min to an hour to browse around the local shops and bakeries. Most of the vendors do not accept credit cards, so if you want to shop for souvenirs and sweets to take home, make sure you have enough yen on you. Since there is a limited amount of free time in this shopping area, make sure you have a plan of action since the tour bus leaves timely.
Lastly, the tour ends at Tokyo station, and you are responsible for finding your own way back. The guide will help you with directions but you will need to have enough money to return by train/subway. Overall - it was a good tour if you are short on tiime.
This was our first time to experience tea ceremony in Japan. It was a very different experience for us and we were also very lucky to see a pre-wedding shots for Japanese with traditional Japanese wedding dress. Make sure to check out the spaceship cruise in Sumida River.
This was a well organised trip. We had an absolutely fantastic Tour Guide who kept us on track the whole day and was extremely informative. We were lucky whilst at the Tea Ceremony it was the first Saturday in June so there were 2 wedding ceremonies with bride, groom and wedding party in traditional wedding clothes. The only down side to the day I felt was the Sumida River Cruise, it was not worth having on the trip as all we were seeing were the same buildings from the river that we had seen all day, and if there was commentating on the boat I did not hear it. But over all well worth the money and i hope I am as lucky if I book with Viator again.
Overall this was an exceptional experience and certainly worth the money if it's your first visit to Tokyo as it was for us. Certainly Viator couldn't help that the day was overcast and occassionally rainy, but that only impeded the views and not fun of the day. Despite the weather, Tokyo Tower was still quite thrilling. The tea ceremony and surrounding gardens were beautiful and engaging. Our lunch at the Four Seasons was delicious. The only reason I did not give this review 5 stars was the Sumida River Cruise which I found disappointing and unimpressive. I suppose when one books a river cruise, you expect some level of scenic appeal. This had none. I felt like we were cruising down an industrial waste stream. Anyway, the tour would have been that much better without the cruise in my opinion. Our guide was wonderful though. Great sense of humor and very personable.
good thing we chose the afternoon tour as it was bright and sunny. we were able to see the skyscrapers along the sumida river. the guide was good, gave us lots of information from the start till the end of the tour. He was also friendly and smiling face. :-)
The trip was great. We had a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. My least favorite section of the tour was the Sumida River Cruise. The boat was jammed and I didn't (couldn't) take pictures. I especially enjoyed lunch and the location.
This was a very good day tour. Guide was knowledgeable and personable and we were able to see the major sights in Tokyo. Tea ceremony and lunch were also very enjoyable. We were only in Tokyo for 4 days, so this was perfect. Only disappointment was the cancellation of the Sumida River Cruise due to windy conditions and high tides.
Nice trip, especially if you're short of time. The guide was excellent. I've lived in Tokyo for almost three years and she told me things about the city I didn't know. Lunch choice was great. Sumida River cruise wasn't much. You simply sit on a people barge with hundreds of your Japanese friends and ride up the river. Scenery on the river isn't much to look at. Tokyo tower was nice.
This tour was worth it. The tour guide was quite informative and spoke English well. She also used good visual aids to make sure we understood what she was talking about. here was a Women's marathon the day of our tour and we ended up waiting 50 minutes at one block because of this. Due to this we missed our scheduled Sumida cruise and had to take the next cruise out. What this meant is that we ended up having less time at our last stop stopping at the Asakusa shopping arcade. However, the overall tour was very good and I would recommend this tour for anyone traveling to Tokyo for the first time.
Michelle M M
First of all, our guide was amazing; he was funny and down to earth and gave a great informative overview. The only problem that we encountered was time. We seemed to be too rushed. Half an hour at the Tokyo Tower was not enough, as well as the visit to the Imperial Palace. But the tea ceremony was wonderful, and the lunch was very relaxed and highly enjoyed! An hour at the shopping and temple just after the Sumida river cruise would have been less rushed, but I still immensely enjoyed this tour, and I do realize that travel time to each destination depends on traffic, therefore altering the time at each site. Thank you to our wonderful guide!!
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.
In all honesty, this tour is too expensive for what you actually get. The best part of the tour was the temple in Asakusa but that's something that is free anyway. The stop at the Imperial Palace was worthless - you can't even see the palace or the gardens. You see the moat and part of the old watchtower. The cruise down the Sumida River is really just a means to get you back towards Tokyo Station, not really very worthy of sightseeing.
Tokyo Tower was cool to see, but wish I could go to highest observation level. We only went to mid-level for viewing. Tea Ceremony was just OK. Not much info provided and could have used some traditional music to go with ceremony, but garden was really nice! The Sumida River Cruise was very boring. No one even took pictures cause there was nothing to see! No one paid attention during the cruise. Would have been better to go other direction near Odaiba. Lunch was very average, not filling or very tasty. However, the hotel and garden area were very nice. Tour guide was good and gave great insight on Japanese culture. Overall, this was an OK tour, but very professional and comfortable, and you do get to see a lot of Tokyo!
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