National Diet Building Tours

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The National Diet Building is the center of Japanese politics, as it houses both chambers of the Diet, or legislative arm: the House of Representatives, which meets in the left wing, and the House of Councillors, which meets in the right wing. Built in 1936, the building is constructed almost entirely of Japanese materials. 

The building is iconic for its pyramid-shaped dome in the center of the complex, which made it the tallest building in Japan at completion. The interior is decorated with cultural artifacts and art pieces, such as bronze statues of the men who are credited with formulating Japan's first modern constitution. The building sits on land once inhabited by feudal lords, giving the spot even more historical significance. It is sometimes referred to as the House of Parliament or the Government building in Tokyo.

Practical Info

Groups of up to 10 people can enter the House of Councillors wing without prior reservations. To visit the lower house in the building, a House of Representatives member is required as an escort, and prior arrangements are necessary. For groups of more than 10, reservations are always required. A free one-hour tour takes place only when the Diet is not in session, and English guides are not always available. The National Diet Building is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached via a short walk from the Nagata-Cho Station on Tokyo Metro Subway.
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Address: 1-7-1 Nagatacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0014, Japan
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Hours: 9am-5pm
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1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour

Discover Tokyo's must-see landmarks on this full-day coach tour including a cruise along the Tokyo Bay. Drive past the National Theater and other major attractions en route to the Imperial Palace East Garden for a stroll. Then explore the sights of Asakusa, including Senso-ji Temple, with commentary from an audio guide. Follow a tour assistant through the Tsukiji Fish Market before hopping aboard a short cruise on Tokyo Bay. Opt to include a buffet lunch if you’d like, with views of the Bay and the Rainbow Bridge from your seat.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

See some of the top Tokyo temples, gardens and shopping areas during this 4-hour bus tour, perfect for first-time city visitors and those short on time. During your Tokyo exploration you’ll marvel at the city’s Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the Imperial Palace East Garden and stop at Asakusa Kannon Temple (known as Senso-ji). Finish your excursion at the busy Ginza shopping district and the colorful Nakamise Street, another commercial hotspot. This overview of the temples, shopping and shrines of Tokyo includes a guide, entrance fees and pickup from select hotels.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa and Central Tokyo Sightseeing Tour

Get a unique perspective on Tokyo on this 6-hour bus tour of the city’s top must-see sights, culminating in a visit to the Tokyo Skytree, one of the world’s tallest towers. Start in central Tokyo, where you’ll drive past the Imperial Palace Plaza, National Diet Building and State Guest House, then head to the city’s Ginza and Akhibara districts. Then check out Buddhist shrines of Asakusa before getting a sky-high view of Tokyo on top of its towering Skytree attraction. Your excursion also includes hotel pickup, a guide and Skytree admission.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$59.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour - A bike tour in the center of Tokyo

Cycle around the Imperial Palace and its surrounding area! The Imperial Palace is located right in the center of Tokyo, on a vast piece of land, rich in nature. The historic Edo Castle once stood on this land. On this tour you will cycle around the Imperial Palace, getting a chance to enjoy both the scenery of the great metropolis and this historic structure. The route around the Imperial Palace is 6.6km, but the bikes you will be riding are electrically powered, so you will not feel too tired! You will also visit an impressive building which was built between the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, as well as the National Diet Building. Fancy a breezy cycle around central Tokyo with your private otomo tour guide?
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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$113.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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9-Day Tokyo and Seoul Highlights from Tokyo

Take a whistle-stop tour of top Tokyo and Seoul attractions on a 9-day Japan and South Korea experience, designed for travelers wanting to see more of Asia in less time. Beginning in Tokyo, you’ll take a tour of Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple, and the Tokyo Tower, followed by a cruise on the Sumida River and two days’ of free time. Then, fly to Seoul for a mixture of guided tours and free time. Flights, transfers, four nights’ accommodation, and select meals are included.
  • Duration: 9 days
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$1,670.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 days
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