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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Get a glimpse of Tokyo's rich history on this roundup tour, which features famous temples and shrines and ends in a prime shopping area. Keep your eyes open for a geisha as you drive through the Ginza district.

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What You Can Expect

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

Katrina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What an awesome tour!!! I was so impressed with Tokyo and VIATOR. I have done tours with VIATOR in other locations so I knew that it would be great. Tokyo is so metropolitan, the people are so nice, and the tour awesome! What a great vacation.

Grant F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great guide, interesting tour and we lucked a day without rain or high temperatures. Recommended initial introduction to some of Tokyo's delights

Debra L. G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent. The tour guide was amazing!

Christine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a great tour! The Temple was very beautiful and the shopping street excellent! Thank you!

Patrick A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great!

Regina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide spoke very good English, she was very informative and fun. We had an excellent time and the whole experience was very positive.

Geri G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Guide was very knowledgeable and made sure the entire group had the opportunity to hear the presentations.

Ernabel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great way to see key sites in a comfortable bus. Also, lovely tour guide.

Lisa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Asolutely fantastic half day tour, with English speaking tour guide

Lindsey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful tour guide! I really appreciate her in-depth knowledge and thoughtful comments!

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