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Enjoy a comprehensive Tokyo one-day tour, covering its best gardens, temples, shopping areas and a Tokyo Bay cruise over the course of your 8.5-hour trip. Check out Meiji Temple, the city’s most famous Shinto site before visiting the Imperial Palace and Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist site, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji). You’ll also get to do some shopping in Tokyo’s Nakamise and Ginza districts before enjoying a 50-minute cruise on Tokyo Bay. This Tokyo excursion also includes a guide, coach transport, pickup from select hotels, entrance fees and lunch.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Tokyo's highlights
  • Visit important places of worship including Meiji Shinto Shrine and Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji)
  • Stroll the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Shop for souvenirs and snacks on Nakamise Shopping Street
  • Get great harbor views on a 1-hour boat cruise around Tokyo Bay
  • See hyper-modern shopping districts such as Ginza and Aqua City Odaiba
  • Includes pickup at selected hotels, lunch, entrance fees, transport by coach, and professional guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You won't believe how much you'll see in less than nine hours! Learn about Tokyo's history and culture on this tour that has plenty of shopping and photo opportunities.

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Day Tour: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise

Nakamise Shopping street

See the best of Tokyo in one day as you visit some of the city’s top shrines and shopping areas before taking a short cruise on Tokyo Bay. It’s a great way to get a quick taste for the unique blend of modern and ancient sites available in this fascinating city during a short visit.

Start your Tokyo excursion with a pickup from select hotels in the early morning, continuing on to the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to meet up with the group and begin your tour. Head by bus to the Meiji Shrine, an key Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide.

Head back to your bus, driving past the Japanese House of Parliament as you continue on to the Imperial Palace East Garden. This idyllic outdoor space, home to a traditional Japanese garden, tea pavilion, stone walls and a moat, is situated within the complex of an Edo-era castle.
Continue on food to Nakamise Shopping Street, a brightly-colored thoroughfare of food vendors and souvenir stores that leads to Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites. Stay with your guide as you check out the elaborate gardens, architecture and shrines that surround the site.

Leave Asakusa Kannon Temple, heading by bus for the neon-tinged streets of Tokyo’s Ginza district, a premier shopping destination of department stores and movie theaters. From there, proceed to a Western-style lunch overlooking Hamarikyu Garden, a seaside garden from the Edo period, at Pastel-Tei Restaurant. (In 2017, join in on a Japanese dance experience in the Yurakucho area before a buffet lunch.)

When you complete your lunch, board a nearby boat for a 1-hour excursion on the city’s Tokyo Bay. From the boat’s vantage point, you’ll have excellent views of the Tokyo skyline, along with the nearby Rainbow Bridge. Finish your cruise and spend some time checking out the shopping at the waterfront Aqua City Odaiba complex. You’re likely to spot nearby architectural highlights like the Telecom Center, Tokyo Big Sight and TC Building while you shop.

End your tour at Tokyo station, where you make your own way back to your hotel.

Please note: On Mondays, Fridays and other instances when the Imperial Palace East Garden isn't open, you will explore the Imperial Palace Plaza as an alternative.

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Customer Reviews

Rajan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly informative

barrie.slee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Another fantastic tour we had only a few days in Tokyo and wanted to see as much as possible and this ticked all the boxes, great guides sights, and food

Monica United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A great way to cram as much as possible into your day. Highly recommend it.

Yuling L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is an excellent tour. The tour guide Junko is very knowledgeable and friendly. We visited six spots of Tokyo plus lunch in a good pace. We only have 2 days in Tokyo so this worked out really well for us!

Joel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Been on many Viator tours over the years and really enjoyed the tour and tour guide. A great overview of Tokyo.
Highlights were a nice walk to Meiji temple, lunch buffet, and the nice 50 minute cruise capped by a dancer to end the evening. The your guide Nori-San was great accommodating and even personalized each of our departures to send everyone safely home. Highly recommended!

Thomas W H P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour of Tokyo was second to none. The food at lunch was fabulous and the harbour cruise was very
well done, Our guide, Aki was the best we have had, she was friendly and informative, plus she played the recorder and sang a Tokyo song.
She was a delight.

Cherie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent way to see a lot in a short amount of time. We were only in Tokyo for three days on way to Asia so this trip fit the bill perfectly. We didn't have much time at any of the stops but that was to be expected with all we saw. Be aware that return to your hotel is not included so you will need to take the train or get a cab back. That was one surprise we weren't expecting.

suzie r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Tour operator was fantatsic covered all areas needed in one day

MC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was an excellent tour. Well organized and very informative. It touched several areas of Tokyo so it was a well rounded tour. After the tour, we felt like we owed them more money!

Bon Russel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

amazing tour and witty guide, made our trip memorable for me and my wife...

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