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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

See some of the top Tokyo temples, gardens and shopping areas during this 4-hour bus tour, perfect for first-time city visitors and those short on time. During your Tokyo exploration you’ll marvel at the city’s Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the Imperial Palace East Garden and stop at Asakusa Kannon Temple (known as Senso-ji). Finish your excursion at the busy Ginza shopping district and the colorful Nakamise Street, another commercial hotspot. This overview of the temples, shopping and shrines of Tokyo includes a guide, entrance fees and round-trip transportation from select hotels.


  • Half-day morning tour of Tokyo highlights
  • Hear an informative guide introduce you to significant landmarks of Tokyo
  • Explore Meiji Jingu Shrine and Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Stroll along Nakamise shopping street to Asakusa Kannon Temple, or Senso-ji
  • Includes hotel pickup with drop-off at Ginza station

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Get a glimpse of Tokyo's rich history on this roundup tour, which features famous temples and shrines and ends in a prime shopping area. Keep your eyes open for a geisha as you drive through the Ginza district.

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

Ginza Shopping District, Tokyo

Learn about the history and culture of Japan on this 4-hour visit to some of the top religious and commercial attractions in Tokyo, the country’s biggest city. Whether you’re stopping in the Japanese capital for a quick visit, or are looking for an introduction to the city’s principal sights, this tour is a great option.

Start your day at 9am with a pickup from select hotels, proceeding on to the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to meet up with your bus transportation for the trip. Throughout the day you’ll tour a variety of religious, cultural and commercial sites, accompanied by informative narration by your onboard guide.

Make your first stop at Meiji Jingu Shrine, consecrated in honor of the Emperor Meiji, and considered the most-renowned Shinto site in all of Japan. Hear about the practices behind this historic Japanese religion as you explore the shrine’s treasure house, sanctuary and other structures, each of which is composed of cypress and constructed with copper-lined roofs.

Continue to the Imperial Palace, making sure to watch for the National Diet Building, which hosts Japan’s legislature, along the way. Arriving at the palace, observe the ancient foundations of Edo Castle, a structure that has all but disappeared except for its stone base. Then wander the idyllic grounds of the palace’s serene East Garden, where you’ll have time to check out its tea pavilion and moat.

After a peaceful 45 minute stroll, head on to the brightly-colored Nakamise shopping street, its sidewalks jam-packed with food vendors and souvenir sellers. From there, continue with your guide to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a 1300-year-old Buddhist Temple that is considered one of the country’s most important religious sites. On the grounds of the temple, take time to admire the golden image of Kannon, the female Buddhist Deity of Mercy, before finishing your day in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood.

Conclude your Tokyo tour as you say goodbye to your guide and then feel free to explore this exciting district of retail, food and entertainment at your leisure.

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

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a wonderful time in Tokyo, great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great way to spend our first morning in Tokyo. It was a great way to orientate yourself and then then explore Ginza and have the rest of the afternoon to explore yourself. Very experienced and friendly guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The Tour was very enjoyable. We saw a lot in a very little time. Well worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

So glad we did this. A great way to experience two well-known historic sites in Tokyo, without any fuss or bother with regards to transportation or entrance fees. Loved that our surroundings were narrated to us while we were driven around the city. Kyoko was a wonderful tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very well organized. Tour guide was friendly, pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed the tour attractions very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour guide was very nice and informative. She provided personal things to give is a sense of the culture and was accommodating if we ran late or wanted to change or meeting or departure location. It was great to also learn about the different sights along the way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I was pleasantly surprised that our tour guide spoke very good English. The tour was very concise and informative. I would highly recommend this for tourists who are on a short trip like us!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A succinct tour of the major highlights of Tokyo. Highly recommended for the first-timer in this bustling and cosmopolitan city. One could even view the newest and latest addition -- Tokyo Skytree--from the Asakusa Sensoji Temple on this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour showed us the major sites in Tokyo and orientated us to this large city. The guide was friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was a great snapshot of Tokyo and very informative.

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