Tokyo Day Tour: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise
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Discover the highlights of Tokyo on a full-day guided tour, the perfect introduction to the city. Visit Meiji Shrine, Japan's most famous Shinto shrine, stroll the gardens of the Imperial Palace, and spend time at Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. See shopping areas like Nakamise Shopping Street and the Ginza district, then enjoy a boat cruise on Tokyo Bay. Your experienced guide shares the history and culture of Tokyo as you explore the ancient and modern aspects of this bustling city.
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  • Tokyo, Japan , Japan
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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out of 5

James C

It's a very ambitious tour.
Good if: it's winter/summer and you want to spend most of the time in the bus traveling from one location to another location.

Cons: It is a tour that offers visiting 5 different places that are relatively far from each other. Thus, we felt rushed ALL. THE. TIME. We spent more time in the bus than on the locations. Even though it was winter an it was a good thing, I still feel as if we could have more time at each location.

Lunch place: Western lunch at Japan?!?!? I would have preferred a Japanese lunch. We traveled a long way to get an annoying western lunch. The view was nice but would have preferred some local food with local people. I was VERY annoyed that they get you to a really fancy hotel restaurant after 4-5 hours of walking and touring the city. Please don't do that. If we have been walking around the city we are tired and have walked/run after the tour guide. Which means we are sweaty. Why you give us lunch at a fancy place where people are nicely dressed and smell MUCH MUCH better than us. It makes us feel VERY uncomfortable.

We were always left behind because we were trying to get photos and we never got to listen what the tour guide said. WE always had to ask what did she say? where are we supposed to meet?

We truly liked the Asakusa Temple. The rest was just OK. As I said, it is a very ambitious tour yet I'm sure it could have been better planned. Near the Asakusa Temple there's the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo's Sky Tree. I would have preferred to visit those locations instead of the Meiji Shrine. For which we spent about one hour just traveling back and forth.

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what to expect

After morning pickup from selected hotels, travel by comfortable coach to the Meiji Shrine, which was dedicated to the Emperor and Empress in 1926. Hear from your guide why the Meiji Shrine is Tokyo’s most popular and important Shinto shrine while you stroll around the buildings and gardens.

Return to the coach and drive past the towering Japanese House of Parliament en route to the Imperial Palace East Garden. Located outside the Imperial Palace on the grounds of a former Edo-era castle, the expansive grounds contain a tea pavilion, traditional Japanese garden, a moat and stone walls.

Next, walk along Nakamise Shopping Street, a colorful promenade lined with food stands and souvenir shops that leads up to Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple, Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji). Your guide takes you through the market to tour the magnificent architecture, shrines, and Japanese gardens around the temple.

Leave Asakusa Kannon Temple and drive by the celebrated Ginza shopping district with its eye-popping neon lights, department stores and giant theaters. Then sit down for a Western-style lunch at Pastel-Tei restaurant, which overlooks Hamarikyu Garden, Tokyo’s only surviving seaside garden from the Edo period. (In 2017, you'll head to Yurakucho to join a traditional Japanese dance activity before enjoying a lunch buffet.)

When you finish your meal, board a large boat for a 1-hour cruise around Tokyo Bay. Snap photos of Tokyo’s skyline and iconic sights such as Rainbow Bridge. At the end of your cruise, check out the futuristic waterfront shopping district called Aqua City Odaiba. Keep an eye out for architectural fancies in this area, including the Fuji TC Building, Tokyo Big Sight, and Telecom Center.

Your tour ends at Tokyo Station as you make your own way to your hotel.

Please note: On Mondays, Fridays and other days when the Imperial Palace East Garden is closed, you will visit Imperial Palace Plaza instead.

inclusions and exclusions

  • Tokyo Bay cruise
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup (select hotels in Tokyo only)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Tokyo Station's Marunouchi South Exit (approximately 5:30pm)

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat; no meal will be provided
  • Please note hotel pickup is available from select hotels in Tokyo. No customized pickup location available. Please select a hotel/location from the drop-down list at checkout
  • Hotel pickup at New Sanno is only offered for guests of the New Sanno Hotel
cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.