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Full Day Tokyo Highlights Tour
Using the extensive public transport system, explore Japan’s vibrant capital as you join your guide to uncover past and present Tokyo. Discover ancient shrines, lush gardens, bustling shopping streets and learn the art of tea drinking.
Discover this fascinating city of contrasts on this full-day tour, taking you through four key areas of the city that display the cultural and architectural diversity that has built up over so many generations. You will be met at your hotel by your guide, who will introduce you to Tokyo and its fantastically efficient public transport network, which is a highlight in itself. Using a combination of the metro system and over ground trains is the quickest way to explore the city and also a great opportunity to get a glimpse into the daily lives of some of Tokyo's 13 million inhabitants.
You will begin your day with a visit to Meiji Shrine, constructed in memory of Emperor Meiji in 1920 and a wonderful place to get an introduction to the Shintu rituals and beliefs that you will see throughout Japan. The shrine itself is located in beautiful evergreen forests, which contain 350 species of plants gathered from across Japan and make for a tranquil retreat amid the city.
From Meiji Shrine you can walk back into present day along the tree-lined Omotesando, an avenue built as a stunning entry point to Meiji Shrine, which is now one of the foremost shopping streets in the world with many high-end retailers. This is also a great place to see modern Tokyo in action and home to some great restaurants should you wish to stop for lunch.
Across the city, enter the historic heart of Tokyo in Asukusa, the traditional old town and home to Senso-Ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple. Here, your guide will explain the differences between this Buddhist temple compared to the Shintu traditions you learned earlier in the day. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the shops and stalls of Nakamise, which has been providing snacks and souvenirs for centuries.
Your day ends with a calming walk around the Edo-period Hamarikyu Garden. Surrounded by the futuristic skyscrapers, this beautifully maintained garden is a perfect reminder of the distinct elements of the city, and you can discuss this with your guide as you reflect at a small teahouse with traditional Japanese sweets and a cup of steaming green tea before returning to your hotel.
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