THE MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE OF TOKYO AMONG TEMPLES AND PALACES
Cultural, Shopping, Entertainment, Lunch not included
The marvellous capital of Japan shows us some of its most enchanting gems, welcoming curious travellers to two splendid sanctuaries and to the amazing Imperial Palace garden, which embodies the Japanese culture and traditions that can also be discovered in the picturesque stalls and shops along Nakamise-dori.
What we will see
- Visit of the Meiji-jingu Shinto shrine
- Enchanting Imperial Palace
- Stroll around the amazing park of the palace
- Sakuradamon gate and Nijubashi bridge
- Historic Asakusa district, cradle of the people’s spirit
- Visit of the Senso-ji Buddhist temple
- Huge Kaminarimon gate
- Stroll along Nakamise-dori,the shopping street
What we will do
- We start our tour with the*Meiji-jingu shrine* surrounded by an enchanting evergreen park. We cross the surrounding wood and pass through the magnificent cypress door, the torii, to find ourselves in front of the most imposing Shinto temple in Tokyo.
- When we reach the Tokyo Imperial Palace (Kōkyo, literally "imperial residence"), the main residence of the emperor of Japan. The Palace is still surrounded by the original moat and imposing gates and ancient watchtowers can still be seen along the walls.
- We walk around the park where we can admire the Sakuradamon gate, which literally means “gate of the cherry blossom fields” and Nijubashi bridge, an elegant two-arched bridge leading to the main entrance.
- Then we will head to the historic district of Asakusa, the oldest in the capital, where we can experience Tokyo’s unique atmosphere where the spirit of tradition lives on.
- The main attraction in the area is the Sensi-ji Buddhist temple, dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Kannon, who is very popular in Japan and embodies compassion. With its millennial history, this temple is the oldest and most important in the city and greets visitors with its imposing flame-red pagodas.
- We move on towards the Kaminarimon (“thunder gate”), an impressive gate which holds the largest red paper lantern in Japan.
- From here, we travel along the famous*Nakamise-dori*, a 250-metre road lined on both sides with many little shops selling typical Japanese products and where we can purchase some souvenirs before returning to the port.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- Money cannot be exchanged in the port, we recommend buying Japanese currency beforehand.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- There is limited availability of guides that speak English and other European languages.