This tour covers a very popular sightseeing course: a beautiful Japanese garden called Hamarikyu garden, Sumida river cruise, and Sensoji Temple in Asakusa which is the most popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo.
Enjoy this tour of Tokyo! The highlights are listed below: Half-day tour version: 1. Hamarikyu Garden Hamarikyu Garden is a large Japanese garden located by the Tokyo Bay. It is the strolling landscape garden that features paths around ponds, and a tea house on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. A peony garden, plum tree grove and cosmos fields offer flowers for every season. Walking slowly in the quiet and beautiful garden while seeing various flowers and plants is very refreshing. After strolling for a while, it is a good idea to rest at the tea house that offers green tea and Japanese sweets in a tea-ceremony style. It was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds from 17th to 19th century. It was used as a guesthouse for foreign diplomats and royal families in the late 19th to early 20th century. In February 2015, Prince William of England visited this garden and experienced the tea ceremony. 2. Sumida River Cruise From Hamarikyu garden to Asakusa, we cruise along the Sumida river. The Sumida River Cruise is popular for those who wish to breathe in the fresh air while riding around the city by a large boat. You can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery including 12 bridges, the Tokyo SkyTree, water front buildings, and traditional neighborhoods of old Tokyo. It takes about one hour. 3. Asakusa Asakusa is one of the must-see-spots of Tokyo having a deep historical atmosphere. One of the landmarks of Asakusa is the Kaminarimon gate of the Sensoji Temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. A huge red lantern is hung in the center of the gate. Two fearsome guardian gods of thunder and wind are installed at the gate to ward off evil spirits. The street between the gate and the Main Hall of the temple is called Nakamise shopping arcade. It is the ideal place to see local snacks and souvenirs, such as folding fans, inexpensive kimonos, traditional toys, paper umbrellas, figures of beckoning cats, and more. At the end of the arcade, there are beautiful temple structures including the main gate, the Main Hall, and a tall five-storied pagoda. Around the Sensoji Temple, there are many kinds of restaurants including Japanese food and western food. You can rest and have lunch there. Full day tour version - includes all of the above plus: 4. Meiji Jingu Shrine It is the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo. In 1920, it was founded to commemorate Emperor Meiji who took a lead in making Japan a modern and industrialized country. The shrine building was constructed in the traditional style. Many old trees in the forest add the sacred atmosphere. Young couples like to hold wedding ceremonies here. 5. Shibuya The final destination is Shibuya which is famous for a busy scramble crossing and a dog stature called Hachiko. At the end of the tour, I will show you how to go back to your hotel or how to get to your next destination.