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Tokyo Go-Kart Tour
This 20-kilometre tour provides a unique view of Tokyo. You’ll drive around the city in your own go-kart, catching sights like the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station and Ueno Park’s springtime cherry blossom trees as you pass. The Ginza district and the 634-metre Skytree tower cap it all off.
Jicoo Floating Bar
Featuring a bar with a neon-lit glass floor, this futuristic-looking ship shuttles back and forth between Hinode Pier and Odaiba every half an hour. Start the evening by admiring the view of an illuminated Tokyo Bay while sipping cocktails, before the live entertainment gets underway. You can choose a one-way or a round trip.
This fun tour involves dressing as an authentic Japanese ninja, and following your guide around lesser-known parts of Asakusa. Along the way, you’ll learn plenty of interesting facts about the local area and Japan's historical ninja culture. Before the tour, you will also have the chance to experience ninja training such as ‘shuriken’ (throwing stars), 'fukiya' (Japanese blowgun) and ‘katana’ (Japanese sword) as well as traditional green tea ceremony. Lunch is provided after the training.
Sky Hop Bus: 24-Hour Ticket
On this hop-on, hop-off bus, you'll have the freedom to explore Tokyo at your own pace. Along the way, you can see the city's best-known sights and neighbourhoods as the guide tells you more about the area's history and culture. There are two routes to choose from, offering a choice of different landmarks around the city. Coming every 35 minutes, the Asakusa-TOKYO SKYTREE® route includes stops at Akihabara, Ueno, TOKYO SKYTREE®, Asakusa and more. The other route includes stops at Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji fish market, Ginza and more with the bus coming around every hour. From the classic to the ultra-modern streets, hop off at the stops that catch your eye.
Tokyo Morning Bus Tour
The morning bus tour takes you to Tokyo’s top landmarks, beginning with a trip to Tokyo Tower where you’ll enjoy spectacular views from its observation deck. Then it’s off to the Imperial Palace Gardens, now the residence of the Imperial Family, before a third and final stop in Akasuka to visit Senso-ji Temple. Tokyo’s oldest temple is surrounded by rows of shops which together make up the Nakamise streets. On the way back, you'll drive through the beautiful Ueno and Akihabara areas before reaching Tokyo Station.
Samurai Armour Photo Studio
Kacchu armour, or the protective equipment of a Japanese Samurai, is an ancient artefact, and on this experience, you get to try it on. Choose from seven different Kacchu designs, some of which have been worn by famous warriors. You can also pick up a spear or a sword, while you have your photographs taken by a professional photographer in a specially prepared studio. Digital copies will be given to you on an SD card.
Shinjuku Golden Gai Food Tour
This three-hour culinary adventure takes you deep inside Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighbourhood. From rustic food stalls and tiny drinking holes to unique izakayas and karaoke bars, your local guide will lead you to many hidden gems so you can experience the city like a local. During your journey, you’ll get to sample ten different Japanese dishes including tonkotsu ramen and a variety of sushi and yakitori.
Local Food Tour
This three-hour food tour will open the doors to authentic Japanese food in Shinbashi’s most tucked away eateries. Follow your local guide through rows and alleys to reach rustic izakayas, hidden food stalls and standing bars. At each location, you’ll dine alongside the Japanese working class and sample a variety of dishes like ramen, yakitori and oden (fish cake stew). Make sure to save room for taiyaki, a traditional dessert filled with cream or bean paste.
Sake, Cocktail and Whisky Tasting Tour
This three-hour evening tour lets you taste sake, craft beer, high-end cocktails and world-famous Japanese whisky. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to the Shinbashi neighbourhood, a local hotspot for after work drinks. From hidden watering holes to standing bars, you’ll get to drink alongside the Japanese locals at four different locations. The tour includes all your drinks and nine different food tastings.
Street Food Tour
This three-hour tour shows you the delicious side of Shibuya. Your knowledgeable guide will skip the tourist spots and take you to authentic eateries and izakayas only locals know about. Five food stops allow you to sample popular street food items like Kobe beef skewers, takoyaki and okonomiyaki. You can also expect to try seven types of sushi and traditional Japanese desserts. The tour concludes with a walk through Shibuya Depachika, an underground food market. During your gastronomic adventure, your guide will share fascinating information about Japan’s diverse culinary scene.
Madame Tussauds Tokyo displays more than 60 wax figures of VIPs including film and sports stars, historical characters and Japanese celebrities. Get up close and pose for as many selfies as you like. Combo tickets are available in addition to basic tickets, providing access to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center indoor playground, located next door.
Tokyo Trick Art Museum
The Tokyo Trick Art Museum displays a variety of 3D pieces of art which offer amusing visual illusions. You can pose in front of an Edo Area, create fun scenes with the Haunted Mansion with Funny Japanese Monsters or impress your friends with the “Track Art Gallery” painting. A must for this museum is to bring your camera.
Mitsui Memorial Museum
With collections assembled personally by the Mitsui Family, this museum contains artwork spanning three centuries. Experience the reconstructed interior of the Mitsui Family's Joan tea ceremony room, as well as displays of Japanese and Orient art works. Additional collections include sculptures, paintings, writings and crafts passed along from Kamakura Engaku-ji Temple and its clan temples.
2.2 miles from city centre
Chiyoda-ku is both bureaucratic and historical. Look at the sprawling Imperial Palace or National Diet Building. The Shin Marunouchi Building and the Akihabara Denki-gai are modern shopping and dining areas. Walk past the East Garden to Kitanomaru Park and the National Museum of Modern Art.
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2.2 miles from city centre
With its enormous crossing, Shibuya is a complete sensory overload – and a major commercial and entertainment hub. The area is loaded with mid to high-end shopping, restaurants and clubs. Buy an anime costume and join the youth wearing outlandish fashion at Shibuya 109 and Center-gai, or head to Hikarie's shops and restaurants.
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1.7 miles from city centre
Shinjuku is a major commercial and entertainment hub. Head to Takashimaya Times Square for shopping. The Metropolitan Government Office's free observation decks have amazing city vistas overlooking Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. By night, Kabukicho is Tokyo's wildest red light district.
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Japan's capital is home to over 13 million people and a variety of diverse districts, making it one of the world's most intriguing megacities. Its blend of old-world charm and new-age innovations means it has something for everyone.
To soak up Tokyo's traditions and culture, there's no better place to start than the ancient temples of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine (in Harajuku) and Chiyoda's Imperial Palace. Tsukiji Market is a sight to behold for its vast amount of seafood with close to 2,000 tonnes being traded daily. It's also a great place to enjoy a sushi breakfast, while meat, fruit, vegetables and flowers are also for sale.
The city is home to some stellar museums like Tokyo's National Museum, which houses a large collection of Japanese art, as well as samurai swords and colourful kimonos. Film lovers will appreciate the Ghibli Museum, showcasing the work of world-renowned animator Miyazaki Hayao. Pieces includes original sketches, a rooftop garden and life-size recreations of film sets.
To take in the best views over the city, take a trip up the Tokyo Skytree – one of the tallest structures in the world. The observation deck offers a 360-degree view, while other floors offer a restaurant and shopping mall. If you've got time to do more, catch a sumo wrestling show in Ryōgoku, or visit Tokyo Disneyland, which features a huge selection of rides and attractions.
Tokyo is served primarily by Narita Airport, located 70 kilometres north-east of the city. The quickest way to travel between there and the city is by taking the Skyliner electric railway, with journeys taking less than 45 minutes. Some international flights operate from Haneda Airport but most flights are domestic.
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|Most popular time to visit||March–May|
|Cheapest time to visit||June–August|
|Local currency||¥1,000 = £7.32|
|Average weekend price||£116 per night|
|Average weekday price||£115 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Tokyo is everything i was expecting and dreaming of since i was a kid. I really do feel like i belong in there. The people, the food, the shops, the city and the culture itself is very suitable to my standard. I wish to comeback many more time! My favorite is the shinjuku area where people at night are wild awake and just having so much fun! I had ramen and yakitori style dinner in the heart of shinjuku. As expected the food is everything i was hoping for! Very cheap and deliciou, i love Japanese food! I walked around and travel around without any cellphone connection or wifi to depend on map but didnt get lost and people were very helpful. Shopping, food trip, onsen and exploring the city itself.
Japan is a place to visit and absorb the culture of the Japanese. People there are out of the world. Very very honest people. They are also very helpful and take great pains to keep visitors to their county happy and comfortable. The country is also know for its cleanliness.
Very busy. The public transport can be quite overwhelming. I would recommend to do your research before arrival. I was glad I had my maps prepared from home. People are really friendly, which helps a lot to get around.
The cosmopoliton make up and the variations and enigmas make it a special city. The trains are amazing and make getting around major points very easy. REstaurants are always busy and bustling with noise and excitment.
Tokyo is love! a bit expensive city for long stay..we stayed for 9 days and i could say that its just enough to go around the city. Weather is pleasant, it was rainy in some days but the rest of our stay is sunny but still cold.
My advice for Travellers which visit tokyo is that organize your time and what you want to visit. I was in tokyo 5 days and it was not enough. Be prepare to walk a ot and open to new experiences. What it was really helpful was getting a Pocket Wifi. I got Foxwifi, and they delivered the device to my hotel and once I finished, I only had to deposit it into a tokyo mailbox to return it. Everything is included even the envelope to send it back. You pay online for the services. So simple and having internet and google maps helps a lot to move around tokyo. The metro it is the best transportation. It is really easy. I got a Pasmo Card, and it is really easy to obtain the machine at the metro station due to you can select the language and recharge as many times. For eating to enjoy the local cuisine it is not easy if you are going to the main attractions. I ate where I could due to what I wanted to visit. What I recommend it is to get one day a food tour (normally they starts around 16:30-17:00) and they explain and show the most traditional places. I used Arigato Food Tours and I had a great experience, but there are plenty of companies.
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Tokyo Pub Crawl
The Tokyo Pub Crawl gives you an opportunity to experience the Tokyo nightlife. The tour starts at Bar Popaganda where you will take part in a fun icebreaker activity to help you connect with fellow participants and the host. You will then proceed to other bars and clubs where you will get a taste of both local and international music as you play more games to keep the fun going. The tour will then continue on to a Tokyo dance club where you can show off your dance moves. Your trip ends at 11:30 pm, allowing you plenty of time to catch the last train, although you are free to keep the party going until the club closes at 5:00 am.
VIP Karaoke with All-you-can-drink
This all-you-can-drink karaoke gives you the chance to sing your heart out with your favourite tunes in Tokyo's main entertainment district. At this premium underground karaoke space, you'll find a private lounge, a dartboard and a dedicated highball serving machine. You can also take a sip of coffee from a Japanese drip coffee machine while you sing and enjoy the luxurious facilities.