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  • Asakusa Temple - Tokyo's famous landmark is always a highlight on our clients Japan tours.
  • A Shinkansen Japanese Bullet Train
  • Mt Fuji and Tokyo city in twilight
  • Shoppers visit Tsukiji Fish Market
  • The Zen garden Korakuen

Tokyo, Japan’s sprawling, busy capital, offers a mix of the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to cherry trees in season and serene temples. Due to the major earthquake in 1923 and the destruction from the 2nd World War, many of the city’s buildings are modern and contemporary architecturally. It has been the capital of Japan since 1868 moving from Kyoto

The city is made up of a number of districts, each one with its own character and attractions. To get around the city, it is not impossible to walk from one to another but allow time. The Tokyo subway system is somewhat complex but all route maps and many signs are in both Japanese and English. 

To really get a feel for the size of the city on a Japanese vacation, it might be a good idea to start with a visit to any one of the three building’s that have viewing platforms all offering amazing panoramic views. These include the Tokyo Tower, the world’s tallest self-supported steel tower Due to the tower's central location, the observation platform offers an interesting view of the city and one can, when visibility allows, see Mount Fuji in the distance. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku has observation desks which are free of charge and which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. It had been the tallest building in Tokyo until it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower in 2007. The Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower and a landmark of Tokyo. It is the tallest building in Japan and was the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion. Again, with favourable conditions, famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and the Tokyo Dome can be seen from the observation platforms on Japan tours. 

The visitor to Tokyo will certainly be interested in seeing the Imperial Palace, an oasis in the heart of the city and the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. Located on the former site of Edo Castle, it is surrounded by moats and impressive stone walls.  Visitors on Tokyo tours are only allowed into the inner palace grounds two days a year. However, the attractive Imperial Palace East Gardens which are a part of the inner palace area are open to the public. 

An interesting district is Ueno Park for several reasons. First, it houses a number of the most important museums and art galleries in Tokyo. These include the Tokyo National Museum with its large collection of national cultural treasures, the National Science Museum which houses fascinating exhibits including some on space exploration, the National Museum of Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum with its collection of works spread over many periods.  Secondly, the park has an extensive zoo and thirdly, it is the place to be during cherry blossom time on Japan tours. 

The most cherished traditional district is probably Asakusa. To reach this neighbourhood, consider talking the water bus from the centre of Tokyo up the Sumida River for a different experience. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. 

Something unusual but very popular with tourists on Japan tours is a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest seafood market in the world which serves 50,000 buyers and sellers daily. 

The most significant shrine in Tokyo is the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku.  It is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. The adjacent Yoyogi Park is made up of a large forested area within this densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are excellent for a relaxing stroll.

The Yasukuni Shrineis a Shinto shrine that commemorates Japan's war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869 with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation for a peaceful Japan. Around the shrine grounds stand hundreds of cherry trees.  

Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. Modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is in the Ryogoku district. The museum's permanent exhibition vividly illustrates Tokyo’s past through its exhibits and covers many features of the capital from the Edo Period to relatively recent decades.

There are a number of districts offering the shopper a variety of merchandise on Japan travel. The Ginza is home to high end department stores and designer brand boutiques. Shinjuku has a large number of busy department stores. Shibuyu is where one finds clothing and fashion stores and small boutiques.  For electronic goods, head to Akihabara, the electronics mecca. 

For dining and entertainment and dining, there are many districts which offer this. One is Roppongi known as the city's most popular nightlife district among foreigners offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. 

There is certainly much more to discover in this vibrant city time allowing on a Japanese vacation. 

 

 


 

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Tokyo, Japan

  • A Taste of Japan

    Literally a tale of two contrasting Japanese cities, modern and sophisticated Tokyo and traditional and historical Kyoto. Travelling between these two fascinating metropolises, this trip to Japan tours to Mount Fuji and the Hakone National Park. You'll also enjoy a ride on a bullet train.
    Duration:
    6 Days
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  • Cherry Blossoms of Japan

    Head to Japan during its most lovely season to see the cities and countryside burst with the gorgeous sight of cherry blossoms. As you explore Tokyo and Kyoto, you’ll see world-famous landmarks like Senso-ji Temple and the Golden Pavilion and admire the stunning cherry blossoms at every turn.
    Duration:
    6 Days
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    Trip Type:
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  • Cultural Japan

    There’s no country on earth like Japan. Tokyo to Kyoto is one of its classic travel routes, but this trip takes you deeper than most Japan tours, immersing you in the colour, culture, and history of this unique destination.
    Duration:
    9 Days
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  • Cultural Japan including Airfare

    There’s no country on earth like Japan. Tokyo to Kyoto is one of its classic travel routes, but this trip takes you deeper than most Japan tours, immersing you in the colour, culture, and history of this unique destination.
    Duration:
    10 Days
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    US$ 2,599
    Trip Type:
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  • Highlights of Japan

    Experience the many different faces of Japan from contemporary Tokyo to traditional Kyoto and Nara, from majestic Mount Fuji to historic Takayama and find out how Hiroshima has developed.
    Duration:
    10 Days
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  • Imperial Tokyo

    Tokyo offers not only a glimpse into the future but also a look back at the past. From the outstanding Imperial Palace to the contemporary Ginza district, you will be fascinated by the contrasts.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices:
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    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

    Experience the traditional and contemporary on this journey through Japan. From the excitement of Tokyo to serenity of Nikko; from the moving Hiroshima to the beauty of Hakone.
    Duration:
    13 Days
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  • Quintessential Japan

    The very essence of this special country is revealed with stays in its vibrant capital, Tokyo and its historic ancient capital, the beautiful Kyoto. A further stay in Hakone National Park with the nearby Mount Fuji and a day in Hiroshima complete the tour.
    Duration:
    9 Days
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  • Tokyo by Night

    Few cities inspire after dark like Tokyo. A sea of neon hides tens of thousands of bars, restaurants and clubs in Shinjuku. Take a guided walk through the entertainment district of Kabuki-cho. Stop for a drink in a local bar, many of which are only large enough to fit 4 or 5 people, and have a chance to interact with the locals, finishing at a karaoke booth.
    Duration:
    3 Hours
    Prices:
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  • Tokyo: Dynamic Tokyo with Lunch Full Day Tour

    Take a day to see the iconic sights of Tokyo. On this full-day tour, you’ll climb Tokyo Tower, pass through the lovely Imperial Palace Gardens, visit the oldest Buddhist temple in the city, Senso-ji, and have a chance to shop for cutting-edge fashion in Ginza.
    Duration:
    8.5 Hours
    Prices:
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    Trip Type:
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  • Tokyo: Edo Morning Tour

    Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo, including the National Diet Building, the Imperial Palace, and the Tsukiji Outer Market. You'll see Kabuki-za, home to traditional Kabuki performances, and have a chance to ascend Tokyo Skytree. Your last stop for the day is Senso-ji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street.
    Duration:
    4.5 Hours
    Prices:
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  • Tokyo: Full Day Snow Monkeys

    Take a full day to visit Nagano and see the incredible snow monkeys of Japan’s mountains. On this day trip from Tokyo, you’ll visit the remarkable Zenko-ji Temple, one of Japan’s greatest wooden structures, and the Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you’ll see famous Japanese macaques bathing in hot springs.
    Duration:
    12.17 Hours
    Prices:
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  • Tokyo: Hakone Owakudani & Panoramic Mt Fuji Full Day Tour

    Savour the majesty of Mount Fuji on this full-day tour from Tokyo. On this day trip, you’ll explore the Arakurayama Sengen Park to climb the famous five-story pagoda, visit the volcanic valley of Owakudani, and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway.
    Duration:
    11.17 Hours
    Prices:
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    Day Trips
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  • Tokyo: Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai Half Day Evening Walking Tour

    Get a taste of Tokyo’s largest entertainment district on this walking tour through Kabukicho. In the company of a local guide, you’ll explore the neon-lit shops, arcades, and restaurants of this bustling area, and finish with a drink in the Golden Gai district of famous Shinjuku.
    Duration:
    2 Hours
    Prices:
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  • Tokyo: Sumo Tournament Half Day Tour

    Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto deities. Many rituals with religious background, such as the symbolic purification of the ring with salt, are still followed today. In line with tradition, only men practice the sport professionally in Japan.
    Duration:
    5 Hours
    Prices:
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  • Tokyo: Tsukiji Outer Fish Market & Sushi Workshop Half Day Tour

    Take half a day to learn about sushi and trace the process that moves fish from the market to your dinner table. First, tour the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, where the majority of the world’s sushi meat is sold, and later join a professional sushi chef to learn how to make your own sushi rolls.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
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