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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With this scenic sampling of Tokyo sights, you can't top the views from Tokyo Tower and the river cruise. And the tea ceremony is a true taste of Japanese culture. You'll love the bonsai trees!

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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

Mariact

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great introduction to Tokyo - well organised and the guide was excellent..very funny and lots of interesting local knowledge..highly recommended - our family of 5 including a 17, 21 and 23 year old kids thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Farah E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Best tour. I did not have much time to plan the trip due to work, so I booked this tour last minute for day 1 in Tokyo. It was perfect! It was a great way to get my barrings around the city because I was not going to be there for very long. We went from one end of the city to the next and our tour guide was not only funny, but informational. I highly recommend this tour and you really get your money's worth. P.S. lunch was excellent!

shereelan8

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great way to see Tokyo in one day. We visited many places - Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping street.
The high light is the Traditional Tea Ceremony and the Japanese BBQ.
The Tea Ceremony place has a beautiful garden, we love it so much!

Andres C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A must in Tokyo

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The garden where the tea ceremony takes place was extremely special. It's very difficult finding such places yourself in a big city.

cooper.gem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A good first day choice for Tokyo - helps get your bearings and tick off some of the must do's like a tea ceremony and the river. Well organised.

SHARON G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour around Tokyo in a day. We managed to see the essentials with photo stops. Beautiful experience during the tea ceremony. Though the river cruise was a little boring, however the other attractions made up for it.

Fred R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is a great way to get a look at Tokyo in a day. Very informative and nicely paced. All four of us really enjoyed it ! We would have been quite lost and wouldn't have seen a quarter of what we saw if we would have tried to do it on our own. Many thanks to our guide !

Rachel I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Brilliant experience for those short of time. We completed this 8 hour tour and feel we had a really good flavour of Tokyo. Our guide Ninja was exceptional she was so knowledgeable and her English was superb.

Margaretha K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic tour. However the weather was very very bad. In the morning it was only raining, but nevertheless we had a great time. In the afternoon the weather was better. We never had such a nice japanese lunch.After lunch the river cruise and visit to the temple.
After all we had a nice day and saw a lot of things

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