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Tokyo day tour was excellent. It was the best way to spend first few days in Tokyo. The English speaking guide was very good. Meiji Shrine, Imperial lawns and Asakusa Temple were interesting historical places. Tokyo Bay tour in the afternoon gave opportunity to see Tokyo skyline. The guide took care of each one by providing directions at the end of the tour.
Excellent full day. Our guide Ono was terrific, very knowlgedable, friendly, approachable and excellent English. Loved the Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Gardens. The Tokyo harbour cruise was another highlight. The lunch was not as good, there were so many people there by the time we got to the buffet, a lot of the food was already gone they did replenish many of the plates and we had limited time as we needed to get to the cruise. OVerall great way to learn about key elements of Japanese culture.
This was an amazing biking tour. It started with excellent directions to get to the meeting point, which included photos. The tour was excellent - Gak was happy to adjust the tour to allow for sights we had already seen and for things we were interested in. I loved seeing the small shrines that were just off from main shopping areas. We learned so much about history and culture as we travelled through the city. The drivers in Tokyo are very courteous to cyclists, it was a pleasure to cycle there. Shopping at the supermarket for lunch was fun. I wish there were 6 stars for this activity, it was a great day - it is one of the first things we mention when people ask us what we did on vacation. Finally, the photos Gak took of us and then emailed to us after our tour are fabulous. Gak, thank you for a wonderful day in Tokyo!
Doing what: Small-Group Tokyo Local Biking Tour
Very good tour of Tokyo, saw all the major sites, guide was excellent, lucky to see a wedding at the shrine. Most enjoyable
The Meiji shrine was very interesting and we were lucky enough to see a wedding procession. Because it was Monday we were not able to see the gardens of the Imperial Palace but we did stop by the bridge for a photo opportunity. Sensoji temple was great and the surrounding area was bustling with activity. We would have liked to have a bit more time there but realize the time constraints did not allow for it. The cruise on Tokyo Bay was the highlight of the day. It was a beautiful way to see the city.
I booked this tour for my first full day in Tokyo and I was so happy I did! I met Gak around 9am and he took me through both back roads and main roads of Tokyo. First I saw shrines and temples off the tourist trap map and into the neighborhoods where only the locals go. By lunch time we stopped at a local grocery store and picked up some food then sat by the waterfront and enjoyed some awesome sushi while chatting away and enjoying the view. In the afternoon we biked around even more seeing some of the major sights of Tokyo. It was so hot that day but Gak made sure I had enough water and we took breaks to rest and rehydrate in between. Some highlights for me were the Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Garden. We ended the day with a view 45 stories up to take in the magnificent city. I've taken bike tours all over the world and this was by far my favorite. Gak made sure I was safe and was always making sure we were biking at my pace. He even took photos of me throughout the day and sent me the link to download them later. He is one of the nicest guys I've met ask him about his Mt Fuji adventures, he's got some great stories, and he even helped me plan my next couple days in Tokyo. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Tokyo! I highly recommend this tour!
Doing what: Small-Group Tokyo Local Biking Tour
This tour is great for those who have limited time to spend in Tokyo. We were able to see the main places that one needs to see in Tokyo such as the Meiji Shrine, the Asakusa temple and shopping place, Ginza district and view of the Imperial Palace. The Tokyo Bay cruise was scenic. Our tour guide Sushi was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. We are glad that we picked this tour.
This is a great way to see a lot of Tokyo in one day. We saw a wedding at the Meiji Shrine and the Asakusa Sanja Matsuri - it must have been my lucky day! Yoko was a great tour guide.
We took four Viatot tours in Japan, and this was the best guide we had Mrs. Junko Informative, kind and with an spectacular English. The tour itself was nice with good visit to Meiji Srhine and Asakusa Temple, and a enjoyable cruise by the Bay. We finished the day with a visit to Acqua city shopping. Really we had a good time.
Masaki is a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and full of insights. I like the sake experience and quiz the the provided while we were on the train going to Meiji Jingu, it provided a lot of perspective not just about the sites that are covered in the tour but also about Japan and japanese culture in general. Highly recommended - thanks to Masaki!
This tour was simply fantastic and one I would highly recommend to anyone who is only able to go on one tour in Tokyo, this is it! The day started off at the bus station in the morning at 9am where we met our lovely guide Nori and we were first driven to see the business side of Tokyo and visit the Meiji Shrine where, as it was a Sunday morning we were able to watch a traditional wedding procession. The tour then moved onto the Imperial East Garden which was also lovely and very peaceful, Nori provided us with great cultural and historical information regarding the park and the surrounding palace. After this we had a stop-over at Asakusa Temple and the general Asakusa area where we were given the choice of visiting the shrine with Nori or choosing to go on our own around the area and doing some shopping. This is a little gem in Tokyo and has to be seen as it is so different from other areas! The next stop was lunch overlooking the wonderful Tokyo bay on the top floor of a hotel, lunch was absolutely delicious and the view was simply breathtaking. Once we had enjoyed the rather sumptuous food and view over the Tokyo skyline, we were treated to a 50 minute cruise of the bay which was then followed up with shopping in the Odaibo district. I think the tour was incredibly varied and very well organised and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore the wonderful city of Tokyo and a lot of what it has to offer in a day.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Really nice lunch included. Loved the Meiji shrine, but you could do with more time here.
We were lucky as other clients had cancelled and my husband and I became the only clients for the tour. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and found our tour guide brilliant. He was very informative and easy to talk to I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a quick introduction to the shrines and temples of Japan and the pop culture of the Japanese teenagers. He gave us a good insight into the Japanese life. Thanks for a great tour, by far the best one we had been on.
A great trip to get an overview of Tokyo and take in some of the sights. Guide was very informative and helped everyone find their next location. Lunch was great with good views I went with the beef option. We were lucky to see some wedding ceremonies at Meiji Shrine.
A fantastic day in a fantastic city! The tour guide was a little hard to understand at times but very good generally. The cruise is the perfect length and seeing weddings at the Meiji Shrine was a plus. There is a little free time to wonder off too which was a welcome addition. The lunch was amazingly tasty not what we were expecting! and better still it was at the top floor of a hotel in the Bay so the views were outstanding! A real plus! Be warned: Hotel pick up just takes you to a crazy bus station to then collect tickets and get on another bus. In our case it meant driving back the same direction we had come from so we felt we had wasted over an hour on buses before the tour had even started!
We were lucky to meet Aurelia who was a knowledgeable and personable guide. It was like going for a walk with a friend who had done her research and more on the architecture and culture of Japan. We found out a lot about the symbolisms and the design concepts of the buildings. Aurelia started from the historical perspective at the Meiji temple in Harujuku and we learnt very quickly about the historical progression and architectural context. We proceeded to Omotesando and Roppongi. A Phd Scholar with a architectural background from Romania, Aurelia's acute perception and depth of knowledge of architecture was a plus and her personable skills made us feel like we were walking with friends. From an architectural perspective, this tour is highly recommended. My husband and I had a great time revisiting these buildings again in Tokyo from Australia. Make sure you have good walking shoes and architectural appreciation.
John L USA
Our tour guide, May, was very informative and anticipated the groups needs with interesting facts and history for the sites we visited as well as information about Tokyo between sites. We had a hotel pick-up which was very convenient and a must as the bus station where the tour "starts" is hard to find and get to the right area where the tours leave from. We visited the sites as advertised, Shinto, Imperial gardens, and lastly the Buddhist temple. We did a half day tour and they dropped us off at the shopping district not too far from the National Kabuki Theater (a must see!).
We learned the major differences between Shinto and Buddhism as well as the Imperial system and how the Shogun era impacted Japan and its culture. The shrines were actually not much to see in themselves but we saw 2 wedding parties, a Shinto monk procession, and the ceremony of tolling the shrine bells. The Imperial gardens were nice and a great break from the concrete and glass of Tokyo. The Buddhist temple was interesting but extremely crowded. A lot of excellent shops and stalls on the main street and there are people walking around in actual kimonos and period dress (men and women). Get some of the snacks and small objects here as they are much easier to find, but no bargaining as in other Asian cities.
We took our 2 small children, 5 and 8, and they kept up and managed the entire half day tour easily. Plenty of photo opportunities every where on this tour, even on the bus as you will go past the Tokyo Tower and the Sky Tree. Take some spending money for Buddhist Temple area. Take advantage of the hotel pickup. If you do the half day tour, there are restaurants close to the drop off point. Make your way back to the National Kabuki Theater and Sony Showroom for sure. Shows are short and very interesting but kids have to be quiet and no photos. Great cultural and photogenic tour of Tokyo!
Good introductory tour of Tokyo. Could not go to Meiji temple because of dengi fever so went to the Tokyo Tower instead which was on our list anyway. Very informative guide and tour done at a decent pace. Great lunch with a fantastic view. At end of tour guide took time to answer any questions and point as in the right direction of where we wanted to go later. Will recommend this tour.
The morning tour was a highlight of our visit to Tokyo. Our guide Meiko was amazing, she talked about the shrine and temple we visited, as well as giving us interesting historical anecdotes while the bus drove us around Tokyo from pickup point to shrine to garden to temple. We were taught a few Japanese words and given loads of tips on shops and places to visit. A definite must for first time visitors to Tokyo. Would highly recommend this tour.
My wife and I's first tour in Tokyo and one of the best. Keiko, our tour guide was simply great! Not only did she do a superb job in her tour guide duties she also helped us learn some basic Japanese words and was ready with pictures, etc. to show us close ups of things like the Imperial Family, Kimono's, and symbols. This was especially great due to the fact that our trip to the Meiji Shrine the daughter's of the Imperial Family were actually there. We were able to see them exit the Shrine, and then be escorted out to their car. This was an amazing experience that was all by happenstance.
I would recommend this tour including the lunch for everyone visiting Tokyo.
The day started out raining but cleared up and the sun came out shining as we were leaving our first stop - Meiji Shrine :)
Our tour guide, Keiko-san was very informative and provided a lot of information not only on the places of interest, but on Japan as a whole - from the different emperors to language to culture. She also has her own "sales-kit", pictures, cards, handwritten notices to show us which makes it more interesting and not so dull.
We had a visit to the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden, Tokyo Bay Cruise, Odaiba (Aqua City) and drop-off at Tokyo Station. Lunch was included in the itinerary which was at the top floor of a hotel overlooking Tokyo Bay (nice view!). Lunch was Western-style and is very nice.
I would recommend this tour for 1st timers to Tokyo who would like a quick overview of Tokyo in a day. Do not take the 1/2 day tour as it is too rushed to appreciate the sights and experience.
My son and I only had 3 days in Tokyo so we decided to take this tour and were very happy with everything.
Mai our tour guide was so informative and explained everything in a clear and humourous manner.
We experienced the main sites --- Meiji temple --- palace gardens --- Asakura temple --- lunch with a wonderful view of Tokyo harbor --- then a boat cruise around the harbor and a final visit to the man made island where the small Statue of Liberty.
Great trip to orient yourself to Tokyo. The guide was patient and informative. The Shrine and Temple were amazing. To start understanding the history and tradition was wonderful to do while standing in front of these giants.
Our guide spoke English well since she had studied in Canada. She gave a little humorous side to the shrines and temples ("when passing through the gate of a shrine, you are said to be cleansed, but some people have to go back and forth several times before they are clean enough to move forward...") which made it fun. It was our first day so we didn't mind sitting in the bus for 30 minutes to get to the starting point, we just people watched all the little kids going to school, people on foot, etc. We had a little free time at Asakusa Buddhist Temple which was fun. Bring snacks with you as you have little time to sit and have a coffee, etc. We saw 3 things that morning, including the Imperial Palace which was super cool because we heard the guards practicing their martial arts behind a fence and could see them jumping high and shouting, etc.
We enjoyed this day trip very much. Had a great time taking pictures and videos of Tokyo skyline, Shrines and gardens. Our guide was excellent and paid attention to our questions and needs. Lunch was inclued and had adequate vegetarian choices. Excellent value for money.
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