Discover an intriguing blend of old and new on this excellent half-day tour of Tokyo.
Catch stunning panoramas of the city from the Tokyo Tower and views of the well-fortified and protected Imperial Palace.
See the shiny new city architecture and the bustling electronics district of Akihabara. Then step into an older Japan when you visit the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist temple and browse the colorful stalls of the Nakamise shopping arcade for traditional Japanese goods.
Wind up your morning at the Tasaki Pearl Gallery, where you’ll learn the inside story of the pearl industry.
This tour is the perfect introduction to Tokyo.
The delightful Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour starts from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal at 0900h (09:00am). Pick-up is also available from the hotels listed in the Additional Information section. You will travel in an air-conditioned vehicle and an English-speaking guide will accompany you.
The first stop on your tour will be the Tokyo Tower. Modeled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the red and white Tokyo Tower (333 meters/1082 feet tall) is actually 13 meters taller than its French counterpart, and is the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower.
You can ascend to the observatory in the Tower for stunning panoramas of Tokyo. Under good weather conditions, Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance.
You will also pass the imposing National Diet Building, seat of the Japanese parliament. The Japanese legislature (National Diet) is composed of a lower house, the House of Representatives, and an upper house, the House of Councillors, both of which operate within the National Diet building.
You will enjoy a photo-stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza. From this large space you can view the outer fortifications of the Palace (residence of the Japanese royal family) and the bridges across the moats surrounding it.
You will drive through the colorful area of Akihabara, a major discount center for electronic goods.
You will also drive past Ueno Park, the oldest and arguably the most beautiful park in the city, especially in spring when the cherry blossom is out.
You will stop at the Asakusa Kannon, Tokyo's largest and oldest Buddhist temple, and visit the brightly painted Nakamise shopping arcade nearby. This delightful street is one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan and a good place to buy souvenirs like kimonos or folding fans. Look out for the gate embellished with a giant straw sandal!
You will drive through the upscale Ginza district, Tokyo's equivalent of ‘Fifth Avenue’ and home to luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
The tour ends at the Akihabara or Tokyo Station around 1230h (12:30pm). You should make your own arrangements to return to your accommodation. (The tour guide will tell you how to go back to your hotel.)
We had a fantastic tour guide. Sato was his name. I hope everyone at Hato tours is as good as he was.... Andrew Lloyd
01 Jan – 31 Dec: Daily
Approx 3 ½ hours excluding hotel pick- up and drop-off
Start time: 0900h (09:00am) from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Pick-up times from hotels are given in Additional Information
Duration: Approx 3 ½ hours excluding hotel pick- up and drop-off
Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or selected hotels in Tokyo.
(A list of hotels for which pick-up and drop-off are available is given under itinerary. Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, kindly contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Tasaki Pearl Gallery or selected hotels in Tokyo
Don’t forget the camera!
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure and drop-off details
Please be in the lobby 10 minutes before the pick-up time
The normal size of groups for this tour is 10 people or fewer
Wheelchair users can join the tour if the wheelchair can be folded up and an assistant is available to help the person on and off the bus all through the tour
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