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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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Itinerary

Hotel Pickup Locations
Cerulean Tower Tokyu (Concierge desk) - 7:40 am
Metropolitan Tokyo (Ikebukuro - Bell desk) - 7:40 am
New Otani Tokyo(Main Bidg.- Bell desk) - 7:50 am
Hyatt Regency (Concierge desk) - 8:05 am
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (Front desk ) - 8:05 am
New Sanno (Lobby) - 8:05 am
Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza (Bell desk) - 8:15 am
Tokyo Station(Marunouchi South Exit - Outside of Tokyo Station - Hato Bus waiting room #7) - 8:15 am
ANA International Tokyo (2F Concierge desk) - 8:20 am
Tokyo Dome (Bell desk) - 8:20 am
Meeting Locations
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (Front desk) - 8:05 am
Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (World Trade Centre Building Annex,1st floor) - 8:40 am

Customer Reviews

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

Myrna P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Liked the tour. Kept us busy with wonderful activities for 8 hours. Only criticism: tour drops you off in locations different from where picked up so we had to find our own way back in Tokyo. Viator could offer an option to return travelers to pick up points for a few dollars more.

petrica p United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

IT THE BEST TOUR I EVER HAVE IN VACANTION,THEY COVER MANY THINGS AND TOUR GUIDE PERSON, NAME MAYA AND THE DRIVER WAS VERY PROFESIONAL AN SAFETY ,INFORMATION,ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN.IN THIS BUDGET I NEVER EXPECT ALL THIS.THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING VALENTIN AN PATRICIA FROM FLORIDA USA.

JOSEPH V F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Best organised in tokyo

Gaurav S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved it, great outing around Tokyo in short space of time with a fascinating tea ceremony, short river cruise and lunch - all thrown in the mix

Maria Teresa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I went on this tour in early March and had the BEST time! It was the perfect introduction to Tokyo. I booked it for my first day because I thought it would get me a good idea of what to do in the city and cover a few major attractions. It did that and more. Even though the agenda was packed I never felt too rushed and had plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy each location. Our guide Uran was really great and fun! She was helpful in explaining each location, important things we passed along the way, and giving advice for other sights to see and shopping areas. The lunch was pretty awseome as well. None of us expected that grand of a bbq and it was located in a very fancy hotel with beautiful gardens to explore. Don't expect to get too close to the Imperial Palace.. this isn't the tours fault because even if you go on your own you can only get a far away side view. I was still happy to see it. I didn't need directions back to my hotel after but our tour guide stayed in order to direct others which was very nice. The maps given in the beginning were also very helpful for the rest of my trip. I would very much recommend this tour to anyone visiting Tokyo. A must do! Thank you!!

Tracy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Nobu was an excellent tour guide. She provided a great deal of information and was extremely engaging. She managed to keep everyone on schedule. Lunch was a treat and we are vegetarian. Tea ceremony and the garden were extraordinary, I highly recommend this tour as you get a lot in during those 8 hours.

st_stephens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This tour is great, so much too see !

Stephen B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very impressive tour. Great Guide - one of the best

pamj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Loved it

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