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Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2142TYO_A100
See Tokyo at its dynamic best on this jam-packed day of sightseeing — perfect if your time in Tokyo is limited. A professional guide points out highlights such as the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street and Asakusa Kannon Temple. Soak up the views from Tokyo Tower, take part in a traditional tea ceremony in a Japanese garden and enjoy a relaxing 40-minute cruise on the Sumida River. Hotel pickup, lunch and a souvenir map of Tokyo are all included.

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
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 in the ‘garden of eight views’ called Happo-en. While you sip tea, admire bonsai trees in the Japanese garden, which has carefully preserved the lovely Edo-style ambience throughout the centuries. (Please note: When Happo-en is closed, the tea ceremony will be replaced with a guided visit to the Meiji Jingu Shrine instead).

After feasting on a 1.5-hour barbecue lunch at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, 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.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or selected hotels in Tokyo
Departure Time:
9.00am from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:

Concludes at the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal at approximately 5.10pm


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Pricing information

Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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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
  • Local taxes
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Infant meals not included
  • When Happo-en Garden is closed, we will visit Meiji Jingu Shrine instead. The Happo-en will be closed between July 16 and August 23; on these dates, the tea ceremony will be replaced with a guided visit to the Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • The Sumida River Cruise may be unavailable without prior notice due to river conditions. Changes in itinerary will be provided by the guide
  • During the cherry blossom season between March and April, the Sumida River cruise will be replaced with a tour that views the cherry blossoms in Sumida Park
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Terms and Conditions:
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Norman L, Australia, October 2014

The guide was ok but with language had some "lost in translation" with her and the guide was not watching over her group and keeping them to together as well as she should have , which lead at times to loosing sight of her which could have consequences for tourists in an unfamilar city - that is a tour company issue to sort out not Viators

Reviewed by: Brittany M, October 2014

Tour was an awesome introduction to Tokyo. Mina was our guide and she was funny and sweet. I highly recommend, especially those who don't know that much about Tokyo or Japan.

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