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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

See Tokyo at its dynamic best on this jam-packed day of sightseeing — perfect if your time in Tokyo is limited. A professional guide points out highlights such as the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street and Asakusa Kannon Temple. Soak up the views from Tokyo Tower, take part in a traditional tea ceremony in a Japanese garden and enjoy a relaxing 40-minute cruise on the Sumida River. Hotel pickup, lunch and a souvenir map of Tokyo are all included.


  • Full-day tour of Tokyo highlights with Sumida River cruise
  • Take in the panoramic views from Tokyo Tower with an informative and friendly guide
  • Pass under a dozen bridges during a 40-minute riverboat cruise
  • Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and Japanese-style lunch
  • Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple
  • Make a photo stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the Nakamise shopping street
  • Includes pickup from selected Tokyo hotels with drop-off in Ginza shopping district and a souvenir map

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With this scenic sampling of Tokyo sights, you can't top the views from Tokyo Tower and the river cruise. And the tea ceremony is a true taste of Japanese culture. You'll love the bonsai trees!

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

Asakusa Kannon Temple

After hotel pickup from selected Tokyo hotels in the morning, depart from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal by comfortable coach. Each stop during your full-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo takes approx. 30-40 minutes.

Your first highlight of the day is Tokyo Tower, which provides panoramic views of Japan’s capital from the main observatory. Climb to the 476-foot-high (145-meter) viewing platform in Japan's second tallest structure, and be sure to stand over the glass-floor ‘lookout window.’

Next, you’ll appreciate nature from every angle as you take part in a traditional tea ceremony. While you sip tea, admire bonsai trees in the Japanese garden, which has carefully preserved the lovely Edo-style ambience throughout the centuries.

After a Japanese-style lunch, your guide drives you past the Japanese Capitol (House of Parliament). Make a brief photo stop at the plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, and cross the symbolic, double-arched Niju-bashi Bridge, which originally led to Edo Castle (aka Chiyoda Castle) before fires destroyed much of its wooden structures. Hear how the emperor of Japan claimed the site as his official residence in 1863.

When you reach Hinode Pier on Tokyo Bay, embark on a boat ride to Asakusa. Your 40-minute river cruise passes beneath a total of 12 bridges on the journey along the historically significant Sumida River.

Upon arrival, follow your guide on a walk along Nakamise shopping street, a narrow, paved promenade crammed with traditional food and souvenir shops leading up to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji). Take a guided tour of Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temple, whose history spans more than 1,300 years.

Finally, enjoy a drive through Ginza, Tokyo's most luxurious shopping district, filled with towering department stores and a vast variety of brand-name shops.

Before drop-off at Tokyo Station, you'll receive a souvenir map of Tokyo to help you explore the exciting city on your own.

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Customer Reviews

Lynette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We did this tour on our 1st day of 5 in Tokyo, which was a great thing to do as you get an overview, especially from the Tower. Loved the Tea Ceremony, and enjoyed a gorgeous lunch at a hotel cooked right in front of us. Well organised. Thankyou.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic great guide and tour! Beautiful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide, Kyoko, was so great! She was knowledgeable, friendly, and very efficient when it came to getting us to each of our destinations. We loved Tokyo and saw so much on this day tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide excellent, lunch outstanding, sights interesting. A full day. Worth every Yen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I really liked this tour. It is very educational and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour gave us a good orientation to the city of Tokyo and Japenese culture. At the end of the tour we had to take a train home. Initially we were hesitant to do this but our lovely guide Mini-San wrote instructions for us. We have used all the helpful information from the tour to take the train independently and see more of the city. I highly recommend this as a day one activity.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely great tour. We absorb so much in the short time. Really impressed with Tokyo and will need to return. Tour guide was excellent showing us where we were on a map as we traveled around. A must to do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Enjoyed our tour and the tour guide was very helpful and informative. Great way to see Tokyo.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Awesome tour! A must for every visitor visiting Tokyo. Recommend doing this tour first. It gave us more than what we were expecting and gave us the opportunity to map out the city area. Our tour director was great and so friendly and informative. The traditional Japanese meal that was included was very delicious. Loved the Tea Ceremony. A great tour to learn about Japanese culture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved it!

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