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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 pickup 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

Leonora B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Good tour, though fast paced, as others have indicated. Our guide was very friendly and spoke English well. I only wish it had ended closer to the pickup point.

Patricia Louise W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I was well organized and a great tour - guide was exceptional as her English was very strong and she kept us on task. We were not rushed and they gave us enough time between everything to look around. We did skip the Ginza part of the tour as there was too much to still look at with the Senso-ji Temple and there were 1000s of vendors set up.

Ronald H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Good intro to Tokyo.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent choice for a tour. Guide was knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this tour

Athalie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great way to see the highlights! Very informative. It is very fast paced but I really enjoyed it.

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An excellent introduction to Tokyo from an experienced and informative guide. The weather was snow and rain and very cold, so not so easy to get out and walk about but her enthusiasm kept us all going!
My only criticism is that the drop off in Ginza district, rather than back at the pick up point could be difficult if you had just arrived in the city and were not yet orientated to the area. I was on my own and it was the day after I arrived in Japan and Tokyo, but luckily I recognised some buildings from the first day that helped me get back to my hotel.

Donna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Covered lots of sights in a half day. Well done tour. We got picked up at hotel, which was very easy, but it took a long time to get to the bus terminal,after stopping at several hotels on the way.

Reshad M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour

Lesleyanne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a wonderful time in Tokyo, great tour!

Stefanie D

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.

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