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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was simply fantastic and one I would highly recommend to anyone who is only able to go on one tour in Tokyo, this is it! The day started off at the bus station in the morning at 9am where we met our lovely guide Nori and we were first driven to see the business side of Tokyo and visit the Meiji Shrine where, as it was a Sunday morning we were able to watch a traditional wedding procession. The tour then moved onto the Imperial East Garden which was also lovely and very peaceful, Nori provided us with great cultural and historical information regarding the park and the surrounding palace. After this we had a stop-over at Asakusa Temple and the general Asakusa area where we were given the choice of visiting the shrine with Nori or choosing to go on our own around the area and doing some shopping. This is a little gem in Tokyo and has to be seen as it is so different from other areas! The next stop was lunch overlooking the wonderful Tokyo bay on the top floor of a hotel, lunch was absolutely delicious and the view was simply breathtaking. Once we had enjoyed the rather sumptuous food and view over the Tokyo skyline, we were treated to a 50 minute cruise of the bay which was then followed up with shopping in the Odaibo district. I think the tour was incredibly varied and very well organised and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore the wonderful city of Tokyo and a lot of what it has to offer in a day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour guide most helpful and encouraged one to use the Tokyo Metro which was not difficult to do.
Very helpful tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Really nice lunch included. Loved the Meiji shrine, but you could do with more time here.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. Saw a great deal of Toyko without feeling rushed. Wonderful lunch and good guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great orientation to Tokyo. Very comprehensive. The lunch was pretty good too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

the guide was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was wonderful tour, well designed programe, good guide, nice lunch.
Really beautiful experience .
Thank you, viator!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour with a very good guide. It really gives you a good idea in one day of what the city is about.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great iternary , good english speaking tour guide. Lunch is excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great guide, enjoyed this compact day tour!

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