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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a great tour guide, she has a lot of information, she is very kind, but on a rush!!, it was a good experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a very good tour and it provided an excellent introduction to Tokyo. First stop was at the Tokyo Tower which provided an excellent view of how large Tokyo is. Second stop was for the Tea Ceremony. Our group was split into two where one group went for the Tea Ceremony while the other group visited the nearby Mitsuo Aida Museum. Afterwards, the two groups switched places.

Lunch consisted of a bento box and Shabu-Shabu which was quite filling and very tasty. After lunch, we stopped at the outside of the Imperial Palace. Next, we visited the Hama-rikyu Gardens which was a peaceful break from the city. The Sumida River cruise was next. It was quite crowded on the boat. Last stop was at the Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street for some souvenir shopping.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I have been on many of your tours and this again, was excellent. The lunch was amazing as was the very informative and friendly tour guide. Well worth your time and investment.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience! Loved our whole trip to Japan and this tour was a great compliment to it all. A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guide was first class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tea ceremony was great! Good to see those traditions! Tokyo tower was also fun to see! Good guide aswell. The river cruise showed us allot of the sideline, this is a great tour to book on a first or second day in Tokyo!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour! If you only have time for one tour, this is it. Our guide spoke very clear English, was very informative, and had a great sense of humor. The Shuba-Shuba lunch was delicious! Definitely a do over!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great way to cover a lot of ground in Tokyo. Do it your first day to get a great lay of the land, check of some top sites and learn a bit about the city along the way. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was my favourite day in Japan, our guide was hilarious and very insightful. The tea ceremony and the gardens are beautiful and very peaceful. The Japanese BBQ lunch was delicious!
Would definitely recommend this tour.

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.

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