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Take in some of the top sights in Tokyo during this 3.5-hour sightseeing excursion and river cruise perfect for those short on time. Get a sky-high view of the city from the 40th floor of the World Trade Center building, before exploring the sacred confines of Asakusa Kannon Temple, strolling the shops of Nakamise Street and then stopping by the Imperial Palace and Ginza district. Your experience finishes with a relaxing 40-minute cruise. This Tokyo exploration and cruise also includes a guide, all entrance fees and pickup from select hotels.


  • 4-hour afternoon tour of Tokyo’s highlights and Sumida River cruise, from central Tokyo
  • Take in aerial views of Tokyo from 40 stories high at Seaside Top
  • Stop at the plaza outside the Imperial Palace for photo ops
  • Drive through the Ginza district, famous for high end shopping
  • Tour the revered Asakusa Kannon Temple and check out small traditional vendors on Nakamise Shopping Street
  • Cruise along the Sumida River for a fresh look at Tokyo
  • Includes expert guide, hotel pickup, transportation, entrance fees and souvenir map

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A great introduction to Tokyo, with a taste of both the traditional culture and modern day life of the city. Get an informative overview and suggestions from your guide, then receive a complimentary map that helps you discover the city on your own.

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise

Senso-Ji Temple, Tokyo

Get a taste for the top attractions in Tokyo as you explore some of its most iconic ancient temples, modern buildings and bustling shopping districts. Then cap off your day with a included scenic Sumida River cruise along the shores of Tokyo.
Start your Tokyo exploration with pickup from select hotels in the early afternoon, proceeding to the tour meeting point at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. For your first stop, head to Tokyo’s 40-story-tall World Trade Center building to enjoy magnificent 360-degree views from the skyscraper’s Seaside Top observation platform. From this unique vantage point you’ll have 20 minutes to spot the city’s iconic Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree and, when the weather’s clear, even the majestic Mount Fuji. After returning to ground level, take a quick look at the nearby Imperial Palace, where you’ll have the chance to view its beautiful outer garden.
On your way to your next stop, your bus passes through Tokyo’s busy Ginza neighborhood, one of the city’s most famous for shopping and nightlife. 
Soon you arrive at Asakusa Kannon Temple, which dates to 645 AD, and is known as the city’s most famous Buddhist religious site. Listen as your guide details the temples fascinating history and then admire its idyllic gardens, intricate architecture and sturdy gates. Next exit the temple via the Hozomon Gate, continuing on to the Nakamise shopping area, a commercial district where you can browse the many vendors offering traditional Japanese souvenirs and snacks.
Finish your day by heading to the Sumida River to begin a 40-minute cruise. Climb aboard your vessel as you glide beneath 12 of the city’s many bridges, listening to a recorded audio guide that will add context about the history of this unique urban waterway.
Step back on land at Hinode Pier, where you’ll return to your coach for a drop-off at Tokyo Station and receive a complimentary souvenir map to continue your own explorations of this one-of-a-kind city.

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Customer Reviews

Carlos G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide was wonderful. Professional, fun and very knowledgeable. Arigato gosaimashita.

Mary K C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a very nice tour. It was basically an overview of just a few sights. The river cruise was lovely, but sit by a window. It was dark on my cruise and it was difficult to see.

Stacey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We just had an afternoon before a business meeting the next day and it allowed us to see more of Tokyo in a few hours. Time well spent. Our tour guide was also very nice.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great if you don't have a free morning and just want to enjoy a little souvenir shopping at Asakusa and a relaxed cruise along the river. Not so much walking too. Tour guide was also very friendly and accommodating.

Caryn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had such a great time on this tour! The guide was lovely and for the price and what we got to see - we thought it was exceptional value. Particularly loved going to the Temple and having a stroll through the markets. We would never have got to see so much on our own as we were only in Tokyo city for 2 days. Would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was a perfect way to get the highlights of Tokyo city. I loved that we ended up on the river cruise for sunset. Thank you!

judith s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour guide very informative. Great introduction to Tokyo on our first day. Highly recommend it.

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a phenomenal guide, Andy. He spoke English very well and was both educated and entertaining.

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Volodymyr K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nice tour. I'd recommend it to all who have limited time to enjoy Tokyo!

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