Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Our tour guide, May, was very informative and anticipated the groups needs with interesting facts and history for the sites we visited as well as information about Tokyo between sites. We had a hotel pick-up which was very convenient and a must as the bus station where the tour "starts" is hard to find and get to the right area where the tours leave from. We visited the sites as advertised, Shinto, Imperial gardens, and lastly the Buddhist temple. We did a half day tour and they dropped us off at the shopping district not too far from the National Kabuki Theater (a must see!).
We learned the major differences between Shinto and Buddhism as well as the Imperial system and how the Shogun era impacted Japan and its culture. The shrines were actually not much to see in themselves but we saw 2 wedding parties, a Shinto monk procession, and the ceremony of tolling the shrine bells. The Imperial gardens were nice and a great break from the concrete and glass of Tokyo. The Buddhist temple was interesting but extremely crowded. A lot of excellent shops and stalls on the main street and there are people walking around in actual kimonos and period dress (men and women). Get some of the snacks and small objects here as they are much easier to find, but no bargaining as in other Asian cities.
We took our 2 small children, 5 and 8, and they kept up and managed the entire half day tour easily. Plenty of photo opportunities every where on this tour, even on the bus as you will go past the Tokyo Tower and the Sky Tree. Take some spending money for Buddhist Temple area. Take advantage of the hotel pickup. If you do the half day tour, there are restaurants close to the drop off point. Make your way back to the National Kabuki Theater and Sony Showroom for sure. Shows are short and very interesting but kids have to be quiet and no photos. Great cultural and photogenic tour of Tokyo!
The morning tour was a highlight of our visit to Tokyo. Our guide Meiko was amazing, she talked about the shrine and temple we visited, as well as giving us interesting historical anecdotes while the bus drove us around Tokyo from pickup point to shrine to garden to temple. We were taught a few Japanese words and given loads of tips on shops and places to visit. A definite must for first time visitors to Tokyo. Would highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide Tomoko was so full of knowledge and had so many interesting stories, she made this tour as good as it was. The temples were beautiful and she had so many fun facts about them. The only downside would be that you don't get enough time to explore them more, but if you had the time you could always go back. I always prefer to get tours when going into places like these as the guide gives you so much more information than a brochure ever could. The Ginza part was also more of a drop off, but it was handy for us as we wanted to explore this area and she pointed out some major places of interest.
Jose C Rodriguez
Wife and I enjoyed this tour. We saw highlights of Tokyo and gave us ideas on how to spend the rest of our time in Tokyo. The tour guide's English was very good and she added humor. She also provided information about Japan's culture. We were lucky enough to see a Shinto wedding and the guide also showed pictures of her Shinto wedding. We noticed that the tour does not include travel back from the bus terminal to your hotel. No problem, wife and I decided to stay longer at the Senso-ji temple and had lunch in the area. Our guide showed us how to take the metro and it left us 1/2 block away from our hotel. We learn how to use the metro and used it to get around in Tokyo.
A superb tour. Our tour guide, Mina was exceptional. It was a great way to see Tokyo in a very short time. We wished we had done the full day tour. Worth every dollar.
A good way to see Tokyo if you are only there for a short while.