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Tour code: 2142TYO_A100
Take a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Tokyo as you visit the city’s top landmarks, observe a tea ceremony and enjoy a river cruise during this 8.5-hour day tour. Follow your guide to attractions including the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Tokyo Tower observation deck. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and take a 40-minute cruise on the Sumida River. This excursion in Tokyo, perfect for those with limited time, also includes lunch, all entrance fees, pickup from select hotels and a souvenir city map.


  • 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

Get a taste for all the amazing sights Tokyo has to offer, plus learn about Japanese cultural traditions at tea ceremony, during this 8.5-hour tour of the top attractions in the Japanese capital. If you’re short on time and looking for an easy way to sample this fascinating Japanese capital city, this is the tour for you.
Start your Tokyo experience with a pickup from select hotels or at the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal in the morning. Continue by coach bus on day-long tour of the city, making stops for around 30-40 minutes at each site.
Proceed first to Tokyo Tower, a towering landmark of the city skyline that provides incredible views of the greater metropolitan area. Ascend to the Tower’s 476-foot (145m) observation deck, sitting atop the second-tallest structure in Tokyo as you get a bird’s eye view of the city. Make sure to check out the transparent-floored ‘lookout window,’ affording heart-pounding views down to the ground below.
Continue your tour by taking part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Visit a serene garden, filled with bonsai trees and carefully-preserved architecture from the Edo-era, as you watch this intricate ritual that is as much art form as it is a beverage preparation.
Take a break from your tour to refuel with an included lunch before heading next to central Tokyo to view the Japanese Capitol, which houses the country’s Parliament, and to the front of the Imperial Palace, where you’ll make a short photo stop. Your tour continues across the double-arched Niju-bashi Bridge, which at one time led to Tokyo’s Edo Castle (also known as Chiyoda Castle). Listen as your guide explains the history of this site, which the Japanese Emperor claimed as his residence in 1863.
Move next to Hinode Pier, where you’ll enjoy a short cruise on the Sumida River as you head towards Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood. Your ride on this historically significant body of water will take you underneath 12 bridges as you enjoy the unique architectural landmarks along the riverbank.
Disembark from your boat and spend some time strolling the streets of Nakamise, a thoroughfare that’s packed with vendors selling handicrafts and food. Head on from Nakamise to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), where you’ll have the chance to explore Tokyo’s oldest and most important Buddhist temple. This sacred site’s history spans nearly 1,300 years.
Finish your excursion with a ride through Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood, a high-end area of department stores and luxury boutiques. Stop with your group at Tokyo station, where your tour ends and you receive a souvenir map that allows you to continue your discovery of the city on your own.

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Customer Reviews

Sandra B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed. Knowledgeable guide, significant points of interest, comfortable bus, properly paced, highly recommend it to others.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The was fantastic.
Nice seeing all the cultural and other aspects of life in Japan


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent trip! Full and amazing day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very complete. The food and the tour guide Tomoco were outstanding.

James W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I'm not one for organised trips as a rule, but this is far and away the best way to see the major sights in the city. You pack an enormous amount into the day with the Tea Ceremony wasn't expecting that! along with the Japanese lunch being highlights of the tour. It's excellent value for money with in our case a top notch guide to see you through the day. Book it with confidence!

Patrick D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I had a great time. This is the perfect way to see some of Tokyo if you have a limited amount of time.
The tour guide was friendly and informative. I'll definitely be using Viator in the future.

Patrick D/p>

Rais H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent Tour , I would recommend to anyone, I have been to many cities in the world and done lots of tours, But Japanese tours guides are the best.

Lawrence F H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was a good trip but difficult at the tea ceremony because I couldn't move a wheel chair up and down the steps and gravel. Luckily my son took photos for me. The River cruise was fun. Me and my son, who are afraid of heights, actually went up to the top.

Valerie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We very much enjoyed this trip - everything was very well spaced out - we did not feel rushed at all. Ot gave us a wonderful aspect of the whole city as we were only there for two days. The lunch was a great experience and fitted in nicely with the rest of the activities. I would highly recommend to anyone who does not have much time to spend exploring Tokyo on their own.

Peter G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour - covered so much in one day- would highly recommend it . Lunch included was also great - very good value for money

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