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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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great experience for half day. Get a good taste of Tokyo.

Angela L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

excellent tour guide , very informative and excellent english
recommended for a good half day tour

Don A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Tomoko was an informative and entertaining guide, providing knowledge and humorous anecdotes. Glad we went on this tour and got s lot accomplished in a short time.

Ran H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We saw a lot and learned a lot!

Dianna F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Booked this tour as a way to see highlights of Tokyo quickly before my flight in the late afternoon! And I loved every minute of it! My tour guide Andy was fantastic. He was funny, knowledgeable, and very attentive to our group! Luckily we had a smaller group - only 9 people - which allowed us to get through the entire tour quickly rather than waiting on stragglers. I would definitely recommend this trip, and also the Hato Bus touring company.

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


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