• Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Take a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Tokyo as you visit the city’s top landmarks, observe a tea ceremony and enjoy a river cruise during this 8.5-hour day tour. Follow your guide to attractions including the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Tokyo Tower observation deck. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and take a 40-minute cruise on the Sumida River. This excursion in Tokyo, perfect for those with limited time, also includes lunch, all entrance fees, pickup from select hotels and a souvenir city map.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Tokyo highlights with Sumida River cruise
  • Take in the panoramic views from Tokyo Tower with an informative and friendly guide
  • Pass under a dozen bridges during a 40-minute riverboat cruise
  • Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and Japanese-style lunch
  • Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple
  • Make a photo stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the Nakamise shopping street
  • Pickup from select Tokyo hotels are included

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

Asakusa Kannon Temple

Get a taste for all the amazing sights Tokyo has to offer, plus learn about Japanese cultural traditions at tea ceremony, during this 8.5-hour tour of the top attractions in the Japanese capital. If you’re short on time and looking for an easy way to sample this fascinating Japanese capital city, this is the tour for you.
Start your Tokyo experience with a pickup from select hotels or at the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal in the morning. Continue by coach bus on day-long tour of the city, making stops for around 30-40 minutes at each site.
Proceed first to Tokyo Tower, a towering landmark of the city skyline that provides incredible views of the greater metropolitan area. Ascend to the Tower’s 476-foot (145m) observation deck, sitting atop the second-tallest structure in Tokyo as you get a bird’s eye view of the city. Make sure to check out the transparent-floored ‘lookout window,’ affording heart-pounding views down to the ground below.
Continue your tour by taking part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Visit a serene garden, filled with bonsai trees and carefully-preserved architecture from the Edo-era, as you watch this intricate ritual that is as much art form as it is a beverage preparation.
Take a break from your tour to refuel with an included lunch before heading next to central Tokyo to view the Japanese Capitol, which houses the country’s Parliament, and to the front of the Imperial Palace, where you’ll make a short photo stop. Your tour continues across the double-arched Niju-bashi Bridge, which at one time led to Tokyo’s Edo Castle (also known as Chiyoda Castle). Listen as your guide explains the history of this site, which the Japanese Emperor claimed as his residence in 1863.
Move next to Hinode Pier, where you’ll enjoy a short cruise on the Sumida River as you head towards Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood. Your ride on this historically significant body of water will take you underneath 12 bridges as you enjoy the unique architectural landmarks along the riverbank.
Disembark from your boat and spend some time strolling the streets of Nakamise, a thoroughfare that’s packed with vendors selling handicrafts and food. Head on from Nakamise to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), where you’ll have the chance to explore Tokyo’s oldest and most important Buddhist temple. This sacred site’s history spans nearly 1,300 years.
Finish your excursion with a ride through Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood, a high-end area of department stores and luxury boutiques. Stop with your group at Tokyo station, where your tour ends and you receive a souvenir map that allows you to continue your discovery of the city on your own.

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Customer Reviews

Gregory G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was great. We brought our two daughters, aged 8 and 6, and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well. The tour guide spoke English well and was very funny. We were able to spend a good amount of time at each stop, but not too much. We didn't feel rushed, but we didn't feel like we spent too long at any one stop either. The lunch that was included was amazing. It was like Tepanyaki, but instead of the meat and veggies being cooked on a griddle, it was cooked on a lava stone from Mount Fuji. It is easy to be overwhelmed with all that Tokyo has to offer, but a tour like this is very helpful for seeing a lot in a small amount of time and learning a lot about the history of Tokyo as well. It also helps you to see some things that you may want to go back to on your own to explore more. Overall, it was well worth the money and was one of the highlights of our 4 days in Tokyo.

Alistair S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a good introduction to Tokyo. Although there is not a great deal to see in Tokyo, participation in the tea ceremony enabled us to get the most out of the day.

Nick A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Truthfully, you could manage all these stops by yourself as long as you have a good map and don't mind self exploration. Every stop was close to subway lines. But the convenience of having it all done for you, in my opinion, was worth the price. After each stop, you just hopped back on the bus and were whisked to your next destination. The view from the top of the Tokyo Tower was breathtaking - and they have those class floors you can stand on and look straight down. The tea ceremony - to be honest - was a bit slow and uncomfortable. You sit in an enchant tea hut on backless benches where you aren't allowed to lean on the walls - so if you're like me and have back problems, you might request to stand for the ceremony. But for me, the best part was the river cruise - for a unique and open view of the otherwise crowded and claustrophobic city. On the river, I felt like I could actually catch a breath of fresh air.

Nakia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was awesome and I recommend it to everyone. The lunch is certainly a highlight!

Cormac W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Considering the adverse weather conditions, Very satisfactory, tour guide was excellent. High lights lunch and tea ceremony.

Gaurav S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great experience, professional guide with a traditional Japanese BBQ included.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I took both this tour and the other tour of Tokyo. For me, there's no comparison: this was the better tour. The only thing that would have made this tour perfect is if it included the Meiji Shrine.

The tea ceremony especially was superb, the Sumida River Cruise fantastic, the photo stop on the bridge excellent. Tokyo Tower was ok, and if they would switch the Tokyo Tower with the Meiji Shrine, that would have made this tour perfect. The guide was fantastic and very funny. Lunch in the garden restaurant with traditional Japanese food was excellent as was the explanation and walking tour of Asakusa Kannon Temple.

Overall, a fantastic day tour of Tokyo!

Bruce F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Sako was an excellent guide. This is a great tour for the money.

LCP

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour to see many popular sites in Tokyo. Lunch was fantastic!

Chamaria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!

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