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Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

469 reviews
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Tokyo
| 8 hours 30 minutes
Hotel pickup

Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Highlights
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Vegetarian meal option available
Lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Hotel pickup included
Description
After hotel pickup from selected Tokyo hotels in the morning, depart from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal by comfortable coach. Each stop during your full-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo takes approx. 30-40 minutes.
Your first highlight of the day is Tokyo Tower, which provides panoramic views of Japan’s capital from the main observatory. Climb to the 476-foot-high (145-meter) viewing platform in Japan's second tallest structure, and be sure to stand over the glass-floor ‘lookout window.’
Next, you’ll appreciate nature from every angle as you take part in a traditional tea ceremony. While you sip tea, admire bonsai trees in the Japanese garden, which has carefully preserved the lovely Edo-style ambience throughout the centuries.
After a Japanese-style lunch, your guide drives you past the Japanese Capitol (House of Parliament). Make a brief photo stop at the plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, and cross the symbolic, double-arched Niju-bashi Bridge, which originally led to Edo Castle (aka Chiyoda Castle) before fires destroyed much of its wooden structures. Hear how the emperor of Japan claimed the site as his official residence in 1863.
When you reach Hinode Pier on Tokyo Bay, embark on a boat ride to Asakusa. Your 40-minute river cruise passes beneath a total of 12 bridges on the journey along the historically significant Sumida River.
Upon arrival, follow your guide on a walk along Nakamise shopping street, a narrow, paved promenade crammed with traditional food and souvenir shops leading up to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji). Take a guided tour of Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temple, whose history spans more than 1,300 years.
Finally, enjoy a drive through Ginza, Tokyo's most luxurious shopping district, filled with towering department stores and a vast variety of brand-name shops.
Before drop-off at Tokyo Station, you'll receive a souvenir map of Tokyo to help you explore the exciting city on your own.
Inclusions
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Traditional tea ceremony
40-minute Sumida River cruise
Entrance fees
Lunch
Hotel pickup (from selected hotels)
Free souvenir map of Tokyo
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel drop-off

Location

Meeting point
Please select one of the following locations at checkout:
  • ANA InterContinental Tokyo (Concierge 2F)
  • Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (Concierge)
  • Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel    (Bell desk)
  • Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo (Hotel lobby)
  • Ginza Capital Hotel Annex(hotel lobby)
  • Gotanda Station (West Exit, Hato Bus Bus Stop)
  • Grand Hyatt Tokyo (Hotel lobby)
  • Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (in Shinjuku) (Bell desk)
  • Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (World Trade Centre Building Annex 1F)
  • Hilton Tokyo (Hotel lobby)
  • Hotel Grand Palace (Bell desk)
  • Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (Bell desk)
  • Hotel New Otani Tokyo (Main Bldg.)
  • Hotel Okura Tokyo (South Wing)
  • Hyatt Regency Tokyo (Hotel lobby)
  • Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (Main Bldg.)
  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (JTB Sunrise Tours, Check-in counter, Main Building, 3rd floor)
  • Park Hotel Tokyo (Hotel lobby)
  • Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo (Hotel lobby)
  • Shiba Park Hotel (Annex Bldg.)
  • Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Main Tower)
  • Shinjuku Station (East Exit, Hato Bus Bus Stop)
  • Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main (Main Building, Information on 3F)
  • Sunshine City Prince Hotel (Bell desk)
  • The New Sanno (Hotel lobby)
  • Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT)
  • Tokyo Dome Hotel (Hotel lobby)
  • Tokyo Station Marunouchi (South Exit, Hato Bus Terminal)

Reviews

Jul 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.

Jul 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.

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.

Apr 2018

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

Apr 2018

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

Apr 2018

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

Apr 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!

Mar 2018

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

May 2018

good experience

Mar 2018

I was very disappointed with this tour. I feel it does not showcase the best of Tokyo. The river cruise was not worth the time at all. The best part of this tour was the tea ceremony and the temple. Other than that, I feel it does not highlight the best of the city. Very disappointing.

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