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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise

Take in some of the top sights in Tokyo during this 3.5-hour sightseeing excursion and river cruise perfect for those short on time. Get a sky-high view of the city from the 40th floor of the World Trade Center building, before exploring the sacred confines of Asakusa Kannon Temple, strolling the shops of Nakamise Street and then stopping by the Imperial Palace and Ginza district. Your experience finishes with a relaxing 40-minute cruise. This Tokyo exploration and cruise also includes a guide, all entrance fees and pickup from select hotels.


  • 4-hour afternoon tour of Tokyo’s highlights and Sumida River cruise, from central Tokyo
  • Take in aerial views of Tokyo from 40 stories high at Seaside Top
  • Stop at the plaza outside the Imperial Palace for photo ops
  • Drive through the Ginza district, famous for high end shopping
  • Tour the revered Asakusa Kannon Temple and check out small traditional vendors on Nakamise Shopping Street
  • Cruise along the Sumida River for a fresh look at Tokyo
  • Includes expert guide, hotel pickup, transportation, entrance fees and souvenir map

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A great introduction to Tokyo, with a taste of both the traditional culture and modern day life of the city. Get an informative overview and suggestions from your guide, then receive a complimentary map that helps you discover the city on your own.

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise

Senso-Ji Temple, Tokyo

Get a taste for the top attractions in Tokyo as you explore some of its most iconic ancient temples, modern buildings and bustling shopping districts. Then cap off your day with a included scenic Sumida River cruise along the shores of Tokyo.

Start your Tokyo exploration with pickup from select hotels in the early afternoon, proceeding to the tour meeting point at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. For your first stop, head to Tokyo’s 40-story-tall World Trade Center building to enjoy magnificent 360-degree views from the skyscraper’s Seaside Top observation platform. From this unique vantage point you’ll have 20 minutes to spot the city’s iconic Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree and, when the weather’s clear, even the majestic Mount Fuji. After returning to ground level, take a quick look at the nearby Imperial Palace, where you’ll have the chance to view its beautiful outer garden.

On your way to your next stop, your bus passes through Tokyo’s busy Ginza neighborhood, one of the city’s most famous for shopping and nightlife. 

Soon you arrive at Asakusa Kannon Temple, which dates to 645 AD, and is known as the city’s most famous Buddhist religious site. Listen as your guide details the temples fascinating history and then admire its idyllic gardens, intricate architecture and sturdy gates. Next exit the temple via the Hozomon Gate, continuing on to the Nakamise shopping area, a commercial district where you can browse the many vendors offering traditional Japanese souvenirs and snacks.

Finish your day by heading to the Sumida River to begin a 40-minute cruise. Climb aboard your vessel as you glide beneath 12 of the city’s many bridges, listening to a recorded audio guide that will add context about the history of this unique urban waterway.

Step back on land at Hinode Pier, where you’ll return to your coach for a drop-off at Tokyo Station and receive a complimentary souvenir map to continue your own explorations of this one-of-a-kind city.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I loved everything about this tour. We went by land, sea, and air in the high-rise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was a great way to see many of the sights in Tokyo in a short period of time. The tour guide was knowledgable and the bus very comfortable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The castle was off limit and it rained on us but love every minute of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tokyo is an amazing city stayed at Royal Shiodome hotel with a view of Tokyo Tower and located near metro and rail network for convenience. Hotel pick was aTokyo is an arranged for the Tokyo tour highlights included Meiji Shrine, Asukasa Temple. Followed by Tokyo Bay Cruise for amazing city views of sky line and the Sky tree in the distance. After disembarking at city centre went up the towering Sky Tree telecom tower for breathing views of the iconic places. Later went to Tokyo museum and the Sumo stadium by metro. Overall, I had fantastic time Tokyo especially at Tjsike market and Sushi restaurants where sushi masters served selection of delightful sushi. Returned to the amazing night time views of Tokyo tower and night cap.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great guide and get to see only a glimpse of what Tokyo has to offer.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was a great experience to see different sites in Tokyo! Very knowledgable guide!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was awesome and our guide was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Wonderful tour! Mai was a great tour guide.

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