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Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2142TYO_A030
See Tokyo's highlights on a 4-hour sightseeing tour — a perfect introduction to the first-time visitor or someone with limited time. A professional guide escorts you by comfortable coach to cultural attractions such as Meiji Jingu Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa Kannon Temple (aka Senso-ji). You'll also spy colorful Nakamise shopping street and drive through the Ginza district on your morning city tour through Tokyo, which includes pickup from selected hotels.

Highlights

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  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup included
After hotel pickup from your selected hotel, depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal aboard your comfortable coach in the morning. Your knowledgeable guide provides informative commentary at each stop on your half-day tour, including several significant cultural sites in the city.

Hop off the bus at Meiji Jingu Shrine for a 30-minute tour of Japan's most famous Shinto shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his consort. Learn about Japan’s ancient religion as you visit the sanctuary, treasure house and other structures built of Japanese cypress with copper plates for the roofs.

Your guide points out the National Diet Building — where sessions of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors take place — en route to the Imperial Palace. Here you’ll find the stone foundation of an old Edo castle, which is all that remains of its central keep. Take a stroll through the impressive East Garden, just one among the vast Japanese gardens of the Imperial Palace, which features a tea pavilion, moats and stone walls.

After 45 minutes of meandering, continue by coach to Nakamise shopping street, a colorful shopping arcade crammed with traditional food stands and souvenir shops. Walk with your guide along the promenade leading up to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple dating back more than 1,300 years.

Admire the golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, before you’re driven through the famous Ginza shopping district, Tokyo's most celebrated shopping and amusement area. With a provided souvenir map of Tokyo in hand, bid farewell to your guide at Ginza station, where your half-day tour concludes in this fun neighborhood of restaurants and stores.

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

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:

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 Ginza (Hibiya Station) at 1:00pm


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Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Local taxes
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop off
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless you are booking within 3 days of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: John L, USA, February 2015

Our tour guide, May, was very informative and anticipated the groups needs with interesting facts and history for the sites we visited as well as information about Tokyo between sites. We had a hotel pick-up which was very convenient and a must as the bus station where the tour "starts" is hard to find and get to the right area where the tours leave from. We visited the sites as advertised, Shinto, Imperial gardens, and lastly the Buddhist temple. We did a half day tour and they dropped us off at the shopping district not too far from the National Kabuki Theater (a must see!).

We learned the major differences between Shinto and Buddhism as well as the Imperial system and how the Shogun era impacted Japan and its culture. The shrines were actually not much to see in themselves but we saw 2 wedding parties, a Shinto monk procession, and the ceremony of tolling the shrine bells. The Imperial gardens were nice and a great break from the concrete and glass of Tokyo. The Buddhist temple was interesting but extremely crowded. A lot of excellent shops and stalls on the main street and there are people walking around in actual kimonos and period dress (men and women). Get some of the snacks and small objects here as they are much easier to find, but no bargaining as in other Asian cities.

We took our 2 small children, 5 and 8, and they kept up and managed the entire half day tour easily. Plenty of photo opportunities every where on this tour, even on the bus as you will go past the Tokyo Tower and the Sky Tree. Take some spending money for Buddhist Temple area. Take advantage of the hotel pickup. If you do the half day tour, there are restaurants close to the drop off point. Make your way back to the National Kabuki Theater and Sony Showroom for sure. Shows are short and very interesting but kids have to be quiet and no photos. Great cultural and photogenic tour of Tokyo!

Reviewed by: Ngakita B, October 2014

This tour was amazing!

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Tour code: 2142TYO_A030