IRRESISTIBLE CHARM OF TOKYO YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
Its combination of traditional and innovative elements is what makes Tokyo one of the most fascinating metropolises in Asia: its ancient past is brought back to life in a museum where history is narrated through the use of modern interactive technology as well as in an incredible Buddhist temple with flame-red pagodas. We can appreciate everyday life in a busy market brimming with shops and stalls while the futuristic Tokyo Tower overlooks the entire city.
What we will see
- Visit to the Edo-Tokyo museum
- Intriguing interactive exhibition on the history of the city
- Asakusa historical district, the cradle of the spirit of the people
- Visit to the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji
- The huge Kaminarimon gate
- Walk along the Nakamise-dori shopping street
- Delicious buffet lunch (Japanese and western dishes)
- Visit to the Tokyo Tower
- Two sensational observation platforms
- Airport transfer (Narita or Haneda)
What we will do
- We start our tour with the Edo-Tokyo Museum in the Ryogoku district. Inaugurated in 1993, the museum is located in a futuristic 7-floor building whose cubic and straight lines give way to the history of the metropolis through the centuries.
- The museum’s permanent exhibition vividly illustrates Tokyo’s past through rooms and interactive activities, describing the capital’s characteristics from the Edo Period up to recent times as well as its lifestyle, architecture, cultural heritage, political trends, commercial situations and much more.
- 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 by many little shops selling typical Japanese products and where we can find truly everything: souvenirs, dolls, lucky charms, handicrafts, postcards, confectionery and typical local food. It is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and try a few delicious Japanese delicacies.
- As we start feeling peckish, we head to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of Japanese and Western specialities.
- The last stop on our tour is the Tokyo Tower, a communications and observation tower in Minato’s Shiba-kōen district in Tokyo. At a height of 333 metres, it is the second highest artificial structure in Japan.
- The Tokyo Tower is a lattice Eiffel Tower-inspired structure that is painted a white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.
- From FootTown, the four-storey shop located at the base, it is possible to reach two observation platforms: the The two-storey Main Observatory is 150 metres up, while the smaller Special Observatory is at 250 metres. Both offer 360° views over Tokyo and, on clear days, Mount Fuji can be spotted by looking south-west.
- With these breathtaking views, we bid farewell to the city of Tokyo and Japan and head towards the airport. Sayonara!
What you need to know
- English guides available in limited numbers; if an english guide is not available, the excursion will be guided in Japanese.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- We recommend exchanging Japanese yen on board as there are no currency exchange offices in the area.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- This excursion is only available to guests whose flights depart after 8 pm from Narita and after 7 pm from Haneda.