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

Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Gulam's Tokyo Tour United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour was exactly as advertised and we had a great time. The guide was friendly enough and shared many notable information and tips. The lunch was exceptional. Highly recommended.

Genevieve J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fantastic tour guide. He was very entertaining. Enjoyed the whole tour.

Charles T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

excellent guide and experience

Frances L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour!!! Love it...tour guide was fantastic. Great overview of Tokyo and it's culture. The tea ceremony and the garden was awesome. The bbq was delicious and way above my expectation. I highly recommend this tour.

Augusta A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved this tour! Great way to see Tokyo!!! Tour Guide Nori made experience fun!!! Very informative!

Briony A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour, particularly at the start of my time in Tokyo as I also got an idea of the other things that were worth seeing from the guide. Our guide was very well informed, very ready to answer all questions and really pleasant. All of the aspects were worth doing, lunch was excellent and not too much time was spent travelling. An excellent tour

Maria C

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

Bill604

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.

Carl H

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.

VICMARY V

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

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