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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour - Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise

Discover the highlights of Tokyo on a full-day guided tour, the perfect introduction to the city. Visit Meiji Shrine, Japan's most famous Shinto shrine, stroll the gardens of the Imperial Palace, and spend time at Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. See shopping areas like Nakamise Shopping Street and the Ginza district, then enjoy a boat cruise on Tokyo Bay. Your experienced guide shares the history and culture of Tokyo as you explore the ancient and modern aspects of this bustling city.


  • Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Tokyo's highlights
  • Visit important places of worship including Meiji Shinto Shrine and Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji)
  • Stroll the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Shop for souvenirs and snacks on Nakamise Shopping Street
  • Get great harbor views on a 1-hour boat cruise around Tokyo Bay
  • See hyper-modern shopping districts such as Ginza and Aqua City Odaiba
  • Includes pickup at selected hotels, lunch, entrance fees, transport by coach, and professional guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You won't believe how much you'll see in less than nine hours! Learn about Tokyo's history and culture on this tour that has plenty of shopping and photo opportunities.

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What You Can Expect

Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour - Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise

Nakamise Shopping street

After morning pickup from selected hotels, travel by comfortable coach to the Meiji Shrine, which was dedicated to the Emperor and Empress in 1926. Hear from your guide why the Meiji Shrine is Tokyo’s most popular and important Shinto shrine while you stroll around the buildings and gardens.

Return to the coach and drive past the towering Japanese House of Parliament en route to the Imperial Palace East Garden. Located outside the Imperial Palace on the grounds of a former Edo-era castle, the expansive grounds contain a tea pavilion, traditional Japanese garden, a moat and stone walls.

Next, walk along Nakamise Shopping Street, a colorful promenade lined with food stands and souvenir shops that leads up to Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple, Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji). Your guide takes you through the market to tour the magnificent architecture, shrines, and Japanese gardens around the temple.

Leave Asakusa Kannon Temple and drive by the celebrated Ginza shopping district with its eye-popping neon lights, department stores and giant theaters. Then sit down for a Western-style lunch at Pastel-Tei restaurant, which overlooks Hamarikyu Garden, Tokyo’s only surviving seaside garden from the Edo period.

When you finish your meal, board a large boat for a 1-hour cruise around Tokyo Bay. Snap photos of Tokyo’s skyline and iconic sights such as Rainbow Bridge. At the end of your cruise, check out the futuristic waterfront shopping district called Aqua City Odaiba. Keep an eye out for architectural fancies in this area, including the Fuji TC Building, Tokyo Big Sight, and Telecom Center.

Your tour ends at Tokyo Station as you make your own way to your hotel.

Please note: On Mondays, Fridays and other days when the Imperial Palace East Garden is closed, you will visit Imperial Palace Plaza instead.

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Customer Reviews

Neil M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Covered most of what I wanted to see. Got my bearings on day 1, and great tour guide and well organized throughout. I'd book something similar for other cities in future.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

If you've got only a day in Tokyo, this gets the job done pretty good.

Howard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Beautiful Day and a really nice Viator sponsored tour. The HATO bus was roomy and very comfortable.

Marissa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

After my red eye, this was a great way to jump right into Japan! The hotel pickup was super convenient. We covered a lot of places and the guide was great to answer all my Day 1 questions upon arriving in the country. Trust me, good to have someone to ask because not many people speak English in Japan!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good. Very friendly guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good. Very friendly guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good. Very friendly guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great one day tour. Feel we saw the highlights of Tokyo. Tour guide was very informative and helped explain Japanese ways. Tour moved along quickly as there was a lot to see. The cruise was a real bonus. Reasonable cost considering the content and duration. Highly recommended!

Phil W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Truly a must for visitors with limited time in Tokyo. Our tour guide was called on to make decisions due to an unfortunate accident to a client. well handled and tour went on. Great work

George G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour for and introduction to Tokyo. This tour covers the key sites for Tokyo, highly recommend as a first tour when visiting the city.

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