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Overview

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

Why Travelers Choose 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.
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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D
, Jul 2018

This was a good overview of Tokyo and the history. A good place to start to orient yourself with the city.

g
, Jul 2018

The tour was very well organized, but sadly the weather was not cooperating. It rainedly heavily during our morning excursions, thus putting a damper on our spirits. However, our tour guide, Nobu, was excellent. Very knowledgeable and friendly.

z
, Apr 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.

C
, Apr 2018

Very nice tour. I did wish we had more time to visit each shrine, but I do understand that this is a half day tour. Other than that, I recommend this.

b
, Mar 2018

It was pouring down rain the day we went, so it was great to have bus transportation, as opposed to trying to do a walking tour or walk to and from metro stations. Our guide was fantastic -- very knowledgeable about the sites we went to, Tokyo, and Japan in general. Because of the rain, the relatively short amount of time 40 minutes at each stop didn't bother me. But I think if the weather had been nice, I would've felt rushed.

J
, Mar 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.

K
, Mar 2018

The tour covers three sites. The main one's being the Meiji Shrine and Senso-Ji Temple. We also visited a garden. Our guide was great and I learned about some of Japan's history and the sites. The problem with this tour is the amount of time you spend on the bus. I was picked up from a hotel which was 25 mins walk from where I was staying I was in Shinjuku, which is a popular part of Tokyo. I then got on a bus from the pick-up point and we spent 30mins on the bus going to a bus terminus where we then had to wait again for another 30mins until the tour bus was ready to go. I noticed on the map that we actually passed Meiji Shrine on the way to the bus terminal. I was at the first site 2.5 hours after I left my hotel in the morning. This was a complete waste of time.

D
, Mar 2018

Pretty good

I
, Mar 2018

The tour is great but the tour guide, Kaori, seemed to have enough knowledge neither on the topic nor on the Japan history. The common answer she offered was I don't know

A
, Feb 2018

Okay basic tour


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