Tokyo, a legendary metropolis, always has an indelible sense of tradition behind the bustling commercial streets and various fashionable buildings. Explore Tokyo for a day, see bustling Asakusa and elegant Imperial Palace East Gardens. Join our Tokyo tour from Yokohama port as a cruise ship passenger, or ask us to customize it to your travel needs.
There is no limit to how many attractions you can visit in Tokyo in eight hours. Also, feel free to take our recommendations on where to go.
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Are you disembarking in the port of Yokohama and planning to visit Tokyo for a day? See some of the most famous Tokyo sights during a one-day tour in private transportation, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Explore Asakusa, a well-known area famous for Sensoji Temple.
Cruise passengers: You may get this excursion for free if you book the cruise through us or transfer your existing booking to us.
Tour the top attractions of Tokyo, including The Imperial Palace grounds and Asakusa area. Experience the art of traditional Japanese taiko drums on this one-day English-guided tour.
*Departure times may vary.
09:00 Depart from Yokohama Port
10:30 Visit the Imperial Palace where the Emperor and Empress of Japan reside. Surrounded by the moats and trees, stroll along what once used to be the site of Edo Castle
11:30 Head to Asakusa district
13:30 Explore Asakusa, one the neighborhoods in Tokyo that exudes an old-world charm, this district’s famous attraction, Sensoji Temple, stands in the very heart of the neighborhood. Have a stroll in the area and purchase various local snacks and souvenirs on display there
15:00 Head back to Yokohama Port
17:00 Reach Yokohama Port
Located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, Sensoji Temple is brightly colored and was first built in 645. It is the oldest temple in the world and has always been one of the famous ancient temples in Tokyo. The entrance of the temple is the famous Kaminarimon Gate, with huge lanterns hanging on the towering gate.
Kaminarimon has become a well-known landmark in Asakusa because of its unique shape, and it is also a popular photo spot. Walk through the gate to the 200-meter-long Nakamise Shopping Street, lined with shops selling various souvenirs and local snacks. After shopping and eating, you can go through the treasure gate to the inner courtyard of the temple, where you can see the main hall, five-story pagoda and Asakusa Shrine.
The current Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family.
From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
The inner grounds of the palace are generally not open to the public.
Meiji Shrine is located in the center of Tokyo. It is a shrine built to worship Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It is also the most important shrine of Shintoism in Japan. The number of people who visit Meiji Shrine every year is the highest in Japan, because the divination signs are very effective, and many people pray here for "family safety", "academic achievement" and so on. Every year, many important life ceremonies such as newborn naming ceremonies, coming-of-age ceremonies, and graduation ceremonies are held here. In particular, thousands of traditional Japanese weddings are held every year, adding a delicate and beautiful scenery here.
Ramen, also known as Japanese noodle soup, is usually served in a bowl of soft-boiled eggs, green onions, and char siew. Ramen Street is a one-stop noodle center that is part of the Tokyo Station underground mall. It includes eight tantalizing ramen restaurants. Its top three ramen restaurants include Rokurinsha, Ikaruga and Oreshiki Jun.
Tsukemen can be tasted at Rokurinsha. This noodle restaurant is famous for its old fire dipping noodle soup that reflects the authentic taste of noodles. This noodle shop is very popular, so you might have to wait in line, but it's definitely worth the wait.
Shibuya (渋谷) is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. In this regard, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district everyday.
Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends.
Shibuya Crossing is best known for the incredible 'scamble' that occurs every time the traffic lights turn red, stopping all vehicles in every direction to allow a huge wave of pedestrians to flood into the intersection for a few moments.
Built in 1958, Tokyo Tower is located in the center of the city. It symbolizes Tokyo's rebirth after World War II. Tokyo Tower is 333 meters tall. When it was completed, the tower was the tallest in the world, surpassing even its inspiration, the Eiffel Tower. It witnessed the rapid economic growth that would be the beginning of the Japanese economic miracle, representing a renewed and ambitious Japan.
Tokyo Tower’s bright silhouette became a popular element in Tokyoites’ lives. Besides its striking color, it also lights up at night, dazzling both residents and tourists alike. The view from the top of Tokyo Tower is breathtakingly beautiful. One can see most of Tokyo's skyscrapers and monuments unobstructed. When the weather is fine, you can overlook Mount Fuji.
Originally the residence of the samurai family, Shinjuku Gyoen became the imperial garden in 1903 and finally opened as a park in 1949. The vast garden with an area of 144 acres is full of green grass, which is especially suitable for picnics; in spring, thousands of cherry blossom trees dye Shinjuku Gyoen Garden pink, and strolling under the flowers is full of romance.
In addition, Shinjuku Gyoen also has three distinctive gardens: Japanese garden, French garden and English garden, as well as quiet ponds, quiet woods and greenhouses with a variety of tropical and subtropical flowers. If you want to have a light meal here, you can taste traditional dishes or snacks at HANANOKi Cafe.
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