• Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Half-day morning tour of Tokyo highlights
  • Hear an informative guide introduce you to significant landmarks of Tokyo
  • Explore Meiji Jingu Shrine and Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Stroll along Nakamise shopping street to Asakusa Kannon Temple, or Senso-ji
  • Includes hotel pickup with drop-off at Ginza station

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Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

Ginza Shopping District, Tokyo

Learn about the history and culture of Japan on this 4-hour visit to some of the top religious and commercial attractions in Tokyo, the country’s biggest city. Whether you’re stopping in the Japanese capital for a quick visit, or are looking for an introduction to the city’s principal sights, this tour is a great option.

Start your day at 9am with a pickup from select hotels, proceeding on to the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to meet up with your bus transportation for the trip. Throughout the day you’ll tour a variety of religious, cultural and commercial sites, accompanied by informative narration by your onboard guide.

Make your first stop at Meiji Jingu Shrine, consecrated in honor of the Emperor Meiji, and considered the most-renowned Shinto site in all of Japan. Hear about the practices behind this historic Japanese religion as you explore the shrine’s treasure house, sanctuary and other structures, each of which is composed of cypress and constructed with copper-lined roofs.

Continue to the Imperial Palace, making sure to watch for the National Diet Building, which hosts Japan’s legislature, along the way. Arriving at the palace, observe the ancient foundations of Edo Castle, a structure that has all but disappeared except for its stone base. Then wander the idyllic grounds of the palace’s serene East Garden, where you’ll have time to check out its tea pavilion and moat.

After a peaceful 45 minute stroll, head on to the brightly-colored Nakamise shopping street, its sidewalks jam-packed with food vendors and souvenir sellers. From there, continue with your guide to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a 1300-year-old Buddhist Temple that is considered one of the country’s most important religious sites. On the grounds of the temple, take time to admire the golden image of Kannon, the female Buddhist Deity of Mercy, before finishing your day with a traditional Japanese dance activity in Yurakucho, where your tour ends.

Conclude your Tokyo tour as you say goodbye to your guide and then feel free to explore this exciting district of retail, food and entertainment at your leisure.

Note: On Mondays, Fridays and other days when the Imperial Palace East Garden is closed, the tour will visit the Imperial Palace Plaza instead.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Tour and guide were incredible. Lots of information and the shrine and temple were very beautiful. Great tour if you want a quick overview of the sites in Tokyo.

Jennifer L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour of Toyko. A great way to start our Tokyo trip getting to know the lay of the city. Our tour guide was very informative and we learned a lot of history, cultural information, and even Japanese architecture. The Meiji and Senso ji temples were the highlights of this tour. Cultural overload in 4 hours! Highly recommend this tour for first time Tokyo visitors.

Jazmine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was perfect for the traveler who is looking for Tokyo Highlights in half a day. Our tour guide, Minnie-sen, was VERY friendly, knowledgeable, warm and professional. Her explanations were interesting and relevant and she had an excellent demeanor with our group. I would gladly recommend this tour to family and friends who travel to the area.

Becky C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an excellent tour, slightly more expensive but I felt it was good value for money. I enjoyed everything we saw and particular liked our afternoon guide she was lovely and a really sweet guide. If you only have a short amount of time in Kyoto it gives you a really good taster of the temples and shrines.

Ursula N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was an excellent start of our trip to Japan. Thanks to the excellent guide we could within a very short time get a lot of information and enjoy leasurely the famous sight-seeing places.

Charles P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great Tour!

Shera L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017


Yasmin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour guide Mae was very informative and passionate about all the locations we visited. While the tour is only a half day tour you definitely get your money's worth as you visit all of the iconic sites in Tokyo without feeling too rushed. To top of off the weather as well was amazing on the day!

Renee K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I was able to gain so much more knowledge about Tokyo and Japan with this tour.
The tour guide was outstanding she knew her history, was patient and kind and had a good
sense of humor to boot!. Thank you for such a memorable experience. I recommend Viator
to anyone.

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