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Wonderful guide. Fun introduction to Tokyo. The wooded area around the Meiji Shrine was beautiful. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace was also lovely. The Asakusa Temple area was extremely crowded, but there are lots of things to see there. Be sure to do your fortune in the temple. If it is bad, you don't have to take it with you. You can tie it to the wires and leave it with the temple. We had a nice lunch and then went on the Tokyo Bay Cruise. It was a nice cruise, and one of the people from the boat was on deck to take pictures for you with your camera with the Rainbow Bridge in the background. Then we went to Odaiba and saw the giant Gundam Statue and the Statue of Liberty. We felt like we covered a lot of Tokyo in a day's time, and it left us eager to see more.
This was one of my highlights of my time in Japan! Yasushi was a great tour guide! I brought my camera, but I rarely had to pull it out because he was taking most of the pictures. This was great because I like to travel solo and so having someone else take photos of my was nice. During this tour it was raining and so we didn't get to hop on the bikes until almost the end of the tour but Yasushi improvised by driving us around and even showing us some additional spots. The walk down Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba was amazing! Despite the overcast and rain, the view of Tokyo still looked amazing under the light cloud of fog.
It was fantastic! Yasushi and Yoko were good guides and enjoyed biking around Odaiba and Tsukiji Market. I have heard about these places but had never been there. I even recommend Japanese tourists to take this tour because it was informative and fun with some people from all over the world! I enjoyed very much. Thanks!
Sheila Wong Hong Kong
It was a wonderful and relaxing cycling day tour. With a very helpful English speaking local guide, you could ride in Tokyu safety and comfortably. The experience of riding a bicycle along the pier of Odaiba will give you have another feel of traveling Tokyu. My family enjoyed the day tour by bike so much and will definitely recommend it to my friends when traveling in Tokyu.
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.
The tour is done by a pair of freelance-tour guides, they recently opened up a school teaching English as a second-language, which goes to show how passionate they are in this service.
The Quraz Building isn’t hard to find at all because it’s right above Kachidoki Station. , with free wifi in the Tokyo metro lines, you are able to whatsapp the guides if you expect to be late.
First of all they will assign you one bike and teach you how to lock the bike with their password locks. Then they gave us five minutes of adjusting to the bike. The bikes we rode around are well-maintained foldable bikes. The foldable-bike I rode on was quite comfortable, and it even comes with a cute complementary mineral-water bottle on a bottle-holder. (I recommend that you need to at least know HOW to ride a bike because being unable to means you are gonna slow everyone down.)
The tour to Tsukiji Market involves walking along the food-street where you can buy really good Tamago sticks and grilled Oyster. It started to rain a little and the tour guides were quite prepared for that and gave us all ponchos for us to wear. Luckily the rain didn’t last very long and we were able to continue the tour while wearing our ponchos. There IS a heavy-rain alternative where we could travel by public transport but JUST HOPE this doesn’t happen…
Anyway don’t mean to spoil anything for you fellas but do expect crossing the Rainbow Bridge where many breathtaking photos can be taken and riding along the pier in Odaiba, where EVEN more photo-opportunities can be taken… The guide on the history, background and upcoming sights in the surroundings were quite well-done and prepared. The couple doesn’t mind being asked to repeat if you miss it. Their English is very fluent too!
Throughout the journey across Tokyo and the sea, the guides will cycle on both ends of the group for our safety.
There’s much more to just a bike tour, I rate it 5 stars for a very relaxing, non-rushed bike tour!
I went on this tour on 16/5/14. I have been on previous full day tours of Tokyo and also just a morning tour. This tour offers a great overview of Tokyo. Time is limited at each stop, but it gives you a good iidea of where you can revisit in your own time. The lunch was simply superb overlooking Tokyo Bay and consisted of multiple courses. The afternoon cruise was very relaxing and offered great views of Tokyo and the Rainbow Bridge from the bay on a beautiful cruise boat. Our guide Mina was just simply wonderful. She provided great insights into Japanese culture and made the trip very special. The stop at Odaiba was a wonderful end to a great day. Mina made sure that the whole tour knew how to get back to their hotels from Tokyo Station. Highly recommended.
Chris P United Kingdom
The Panoramic Tokyo day tour was a fantastic way of seeing all the major sites of Tokyo in one day.
The tour guide was excellent, incredibly knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and was very good at organising everyone in the group.
On the day we did our tour it rained and was windy but this took nothing away from a brilliant day.
The meal although was small (for me anyway) was very tastey (I had the beef).
The cruise on Tokyo bay was very nice on a big boat.
At the end of the day we were in Odaiba and we asked if we could make our own way back from there, which was fine. We were very grateful for the tour guide who had given us all the information needed for us to get home using the trains. Odaiba is really nice, with loads of shops, theme park and visitor attractions to see. Including a Statue of Liberty, rainbow bridge and views of Tokyo Tower.
All in all this trip was well worth the money, we definitely recommend it.
THe tour was excellent. Luckily we had good weather on that day. The start was a little leisurely but once we caught up with traffic it was nice. The japanese efficiency and punctuality is nice. The morning morning temple visit was quite interesting as we were knowing about shinto and forms of buddhism but what impressed us was mix of religion and tech in japan at every step. The lunch break at bay side hotel was good. THe lunch we had asked veg was excellent and pleasing. The bay tour made us aware of tokyo at sea. Tour ended at odaiba which we liked a s we could do lots of shopping which was unplanned.
suggestion a map of out tour ONLy is better and will be appreciated more rather than map of tokyo whcih is mind boggling. The end point of trip needs to be more specified and not come as surprise location wise.
Every aspect of the tour was excellent: the reliable and convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the tour bus; the outstanding tour guide with very clear English, funny comments; the varied and well-paced itinerary; the lunch; the boat ride; and the short stop at the fun shopping center at Odaiba, where I was able to quickly get some cash yen at a good rate with my bank card via the Japanese Post Office ATM there. One of my travel companions commented that this tour was the highlight of her 5-day trip to Tokyo! I wouldn't make that definite declaration for myself, having stayed longer in Japan than she, but I would definitely recommend this as likely the best deal and itinerary of all the tours.
Daniel A Australia
The weather on the day was overcast and we had a few showers, but it was great. After having a lot of highly active days, I felt it was nice to be shown around the city. It would be a great idea to do it on one of the first days in Tokyo to get your bearings. By no means is it a jam-packed day with no time to breathe; it is a relaxed experience that allows you to see a lot of the city, including the Odaiba Statue of Liberty, shrines, gardens, a bit of shopping and a cruise. The guide we had spoke great English and was extremely knowledgeable. Great experience!
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and the tour was a great and #34;taster and #34; of Tokyo. We were happy to take the tour, as we were able to discover places we wanted to go back around to, and spend more time. Was not big on Odaiba time, as we felt it was very Americanized. Loved everything else!
Our guide, Atsushi, was great! We learned a lot of history and facts of the Japanese culture. Overall, the tour was good. I wish we had more time to spend at the Meiji Shrine and Asakusa Temple. Spending 40 minutes is just not enough time at both. Also, it would have been nice to start the visit off at Asakusa temple from the ftont of it and not the back where the buses parked. It was hard to make our way through the crowds into the shopping area as we were opposing the flow of traffic. Lunch was okay. The cruise gave a nice view of Rainbow bridge and Odaiba. We actually left the tour early and stayed in Odaiba instead of going to Tokyo station. Again, time was short and we didn't think we could actually see the entire Odaiba in 45 min. I would recommend this tour if you just want to see the sights with minimal free time. One more thing. I thought the walk through the Imperial Palace garden was a waste of time. It's beautiful, but I would have rather enjoyed the extra time at Asakusa Shrine.
This tour was very good for giving you a quick overview of Tokyo. Which was what we needed as it was our first visit to the city. For the most part we had enough time at each of the locations we visited. Although a bit more time at Asakusa Temple and Odaiba would have been nice.
Overall, the Tokyo Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour was excellent. That said, we started the tour on a sour note, with a 30-minute delay at the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal: a crowded and unappealing place. Supposedly, our bus was delayed due to traffic. Once we got moving, the tour picked up pace quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed our guide, Tomoko. She was witty, spoke excellent English and blended the discussions with Japanese culture, history and language. There were 25 of us on the bus, but it was comfortable and the group friendly. The bus driver really managed to steer the rig through some tight spaces. We started at the Meiji Shrine, with a chance to walk the grounds. They were preparing for the New Year’s celebration to come. Tomoko explained the difference between Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples and the influence of those two religions on the Japanese. We also saw the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist Temple, which is a picturesque or quintessential view of what many think of when they imagine Japan. We also drove and walked around the Imperial Palace, but the gardens were not open on Fridays (which was well advertised by Viator and told to us by Tomoko). We saw the Japanese Diet (parliament), and the Ginza shopping district. We ate a decent lunch at a hotel restaurant near the bay, which was very scenic. The 50-minute boat ride under the Rainbow Bridge and around the bay was enjoyable both from the cabin, but also on the deck. It was a bit chilly but sunny. We also had a bus ride to Odaiba man-made island via the Rainbow Bridge. There we saw a small, original copy of the Statue of Liberty and a giant Gundam robot. Overall, with Tomoko’s excellent running dialogue and the fast pace of the tour, we came away with a great, quick impression of some of the highlights of Tokyo!
The trip as a whole was good. We could have done without the shopping time in Odaiba.
A good tour to see the highlights of Tokyo in one day. The lunch was very good and with a nice view.The cruise could be avoided, as there is nothing to see, and you can see the bridge when you go to Odaiba island.The guide was very good too.
Excellent tour guide! Informative, efficient, well organized and enjoyable. Visit to national palace park not worth it in winter time, gardens dry and not much to see; also did not to visit Odaiba. More time would have been appreciated at other tourist sites or at the Oriental Market for gift shopping. Thank you, Kim Steenberg
Good way to see and learn about Tokyo and get on the water! Could have cut out Odaiba trip.
SUMMARY: If you are a senior citizen, not fit, pregnant, or just not into walking fast during vacation - DO NOT TAKE THIS TOUR
Overall, it was ok. The cruise made the the whole trip a bit more relaxing.
My problem is the speed in which the whole tour takes place.
There is minimal information about each location, mostly because the tour guide is trying to meet a deadline.
I know very little about the Asakusa temple for example. Not more than what is stated in the brochure or the first paragraph of Wikipedia.
Or we were brought to Odaiba to see the Statue of Liberty and the shops. We were given 20 minutes in the location. Just 20 minutes to take a picture of the statue of liberty, roam around a mall, and take a bathroom break. We weren't even shown the giant Gundam statue just one floor below us.
But mostly, I was ok with it until the end of the trip. This is the part that just made me feel bad not just for me, not just for the senior citizens on the tour, but for all the customers.
At the end of the tour, you are given the choice to stay at Ginza station or to be taken to Tokyo station. In fact, in the tour description, this is not even a choice. It is stated there that the last stop is Tokyo station. But it was made very clear by the tour guide that he would have rather no one go to Tokyo station. He was telling EVERYONE what a bad idea it is to go to Tokyo station when their stops are so near Ginza. He even told me, my husband, and another customer who insisted to be brought to Tokyo station that actually Tokyo Station is walking distance. It was only when we stared at him in silence that he shut up and brought us. I am pregnant, it was 11 degrees celsius, I am in a foreign country where English is not a common language - 1.5km 17 minute walk according to Google Maps is NOT an option for me. Especially, if am not asking for special treatment. Just asking for what was stated in the description.
To be honest, it wasn't that bad. It started out light. But as the day wore on, more and more, we were asked to walk briskly, to jog, to hurry. How can you enjoy or even understand what you are seeing if this is the pace?
This tour provides you a good overview of Tokyo with a nice cruise towards the end. However I found that Odaiba was disappointing in that all we did was looked at an area near the Statue of Liberty copy of NYC's and the guide was more interested in showing people the one yen shop. The lunch was also western style- it was not bad but we did not come all the way to Japan to eat western food. This was the third tour we took by sunrise and I found them to be average at best.
The tour guide was terrible, her English was very difficult to understand and she was rude, kept repeating at each stop that if you were a minute late the bus would leave and you were on your own. Walked very fast and started explanations before everyone was with her and since it was a very hot day she sent the group on our own while she stopped at air-conditioned spots. The morning was good and lunch was at 1:30 p.m. in an excellent panoramic view location with excellent food. The afternoon was extremely rushed; too many things and only 15-20 minutes at each location where you had a 10 minute walk just to get there. The trip to Odaiba was a waste of since the walk to and from the bus took 15 minutes and we were given 20 minutes to see the site. I rather they had allowed that time for extra minutes at the other sites.
Go for the half day tour instead. I enjoyed the morning but the afternoon wasn't as great. The cruise in Tokyo Bay is in a largely industrial area so not really scenic. Really loved the morning at the Meiji Shrine and Asakusa Temple though. At the latter, consider leaving the tour there and wandering in the market. The food stalls were great and it was a riot of busy Japanese shoppers. Lunch was unremarkable after that and the Odaiba shopping area is okay if you're interested in malls which I'm not.so the half day tour would do it and it ends at Tokyo Station where you can walk to the Ginza or take the train/subway other places. The tour guide, Mihoko, was great though and added a lot of interesting information in addition to tour sites. It want horrible by any means and the morning was fabulous - just in retrospect would have enjoyed the afternoon more if I was able to wander myself. Also be prepared for not very many bank machines in Tokyo!! You will find them in 7 Elevens etc all over but they would often not take my North American bank card. Use the ATM at the airport and get what you need there. 10,000 yen is roughly 100 US dollars. I found myself at the Asakusa market and no bank machine for the street food and trinkets. Larger purchases take credit cards but I sent interested in those.
Chantelbh United Kingdom
Id been in Tokyo 5-days before the trip JapanAnime2015 festival so for me it was great as I already knew how to get to and from the pick-up and drop off points on my trip they were at different locations. Id also visited / skirted around some of the sights on the tour schedule which meant I could focus on other aspects within the tour that I hadnt seen.
My personal highlights are the bay cruise, viewing Odaiba from a different perspective and the visit to Asakusa. Due to time restraints I didnt get to see EVERYTHING, so I went back and at a much more leisurely pace really savoured my surroundings. I would recommend visiting the Ema Exhibition and Denboin Garden the exhibition pieces are fantastic and the gardens are beautiful! and surprisingly tranquil and peaceful considering its location, this is not part of the tour and you may not have time during the tour itself as youll be at the Kannon Temple and then off down some of the Nakamise shopping arcade dont just go straight take a couple of turns itll be worth it. For me this was a great introduction tour not only to Asakusa but to Tokyo and I really enjoyed it.
If your hotel is not one that gets a hotel pick-up, I would recommend knowing what metro / train line your hotel is on and how to get from your hotel to Hamamatsucho Station-JR Yamanote line Id recommend this as a second-day tour purely for the above reasons although your guild will help you.
The only negative which is not really a negative is that my tour lunch was western it was a lovely 3-course meal with a stunning backdrop view but I was expecting Japanese cuisine
Overall I enjoyed this tour around Tokyo. The Meiji Shrine was the first shrine I visited while in Tokyo and was great to see, plus there was a traditional wedding happening at the same time so that was great to see. The Imperial Palace East Garden was interesting to visit and the Asakusa Kannon Temple was great.
There are some things that were a little disappointing with the tour. The guide was a little standof-ish, which considering the amount of people on the tour was probably just something that happens. The Imperial Palace gardens were a disappointment after seeing some of the other sights of Tokyo. The Tokyo Bay cruise was fairly short and you didn't really see that much (luckily there was another wedding on the boat to captivate people).
Also, though it is listed as a Western-style lunch, it was still disappointing to eat Western food while in Tokyo. One of my reasons for going to Japan was to try the local cuisine. And then finishing off the tour in Odaiba, while great cause I got to see the Statue of Liberty and Gundam statue, was another let-down cause there wasn't much else to do.
I would have liked more time in Asakusa, especially since that was a tourist spot with shopping opportunities, and maybe a stop in Ginza instead of just driving by and saying it is the upmarket shopping area.
I know there are a few criticisms there, but with some modification this could be a really good showcase of Tokyo, and after spending several days there, there is just so much interesting stuff to see.
This is a really good tour and a good way to become familiar with some of the landmarks that make up this great city.
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