Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and is famous for its excellent infrastructure and design. The ultramodern skyscrapers and traditional shrines and temples vie for attention, while the Imperial Palace is an awesome sight for many visitors. Tokyo has several museums that display modern artwork, as well as reconstructed kabuki theaters that bring back traditional Japanese entertainment. The city has notable entertainment venues for concerts, modern drama, symphony orchestras, and theaters, as well as world-renowned restaurants that feature both local and international cuisine. If you are spending a few days in Tokyo, Japan, here is a list of the best Viator tours in Tokyo, Japan, to help you decide where to go and what to do.
Seeing all the lovely sights of Tokyo cannot be done in one day. However, you can have a customized plan that will allow you to see as many places of interests as you can. For your one day tour, you will start with a breakfast of sushi at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. After your meal, you will take a stroll in the Hamarikyu garden, where you will find the beauty of nature amidst the towering skyscrapers. You can have your lunch in Asakusa, where several popular restaurants serve Japanese cuisine.
After a short rest, you’ll proceed to the Sensoji Temple and feel the peace and quiet of the place. And, for an exciting night, spend it in Shinjuku, where the streets are full of people looking for the best bar to enjoy their favorite drink.
Duration: 8 hours
Feast your eyes on the scenic beauty of Nikko National Park, where the Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be found. With its decorated wood carvings and gold leaf, the shrine is a sight to behold. For nature lovers, this trip will be the best, as you will see and feel the beauty of nature around you. The day trip may include a stopover at Kegon Falls and at the Nikko Toshogu and the prefecture of Tochigi. The guide will talk about the places during the trip, making the trip more informative and interesting.
Duration: 11 hours
Eating at the various restaurants in Tokyo can be expensive. Why not join this walking food tour of Shibuya at night? The tour starts at 4:30 pm and a guide will lead you through an insider’s experience of Japanese food. You will be taken through the back alleys, where you can enjoy food in five eateries. You will be served Hida beef on skewers, octopus balls, a variety of sushi, and a dessert called taiyaki. You will then proceed to a food hall, where you can find original Japanese snacks. After three hours of eating, you can return to your starting point with your stomach full and with tasty memories to keep.
Duration: 3 hours
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If you want to watch a sumo wrestling tournament in Tokyo, visit during the months of January, May, or September, when Tokyo hosts three of the six sumo wrestling tournaments of the year. You can join a sumo-themed tour to the sumo wrestling stables, where the players practice and prepare for the tournaments and learn about some of the sumo rituals and the players’ staple diet of chanko, a stew that is rich in calories. A visit to the Sumo Museum to see artifacts that go back to the 1600s will be a unique experience.
Duration: 4 hours
Taking this day trip to the Jogokudani Monkey Park will make you forget about the hustle and bustle of a big and busy city like Tokyo. Situated 850 meters (2,789 feet) above sea level, the park is home to snow monkeys and, when you take a trip during the winter season, you will find the monkeys bathing in the steaming water, their faces red. The trip includes a lunch of Japanese cuisine. The place is surrounded by nature and has clean and fresh air.
Duration: 12 hours
Take a day trip to famous Mt. Fuji from Tokyo in an air-conditioned coach with a wireless internet connection. During the trip, a professional guide will make the trip all the more interesting by sharing with you the salient information about your destinations. You will have a stop at the fifth station of Mt. Fuji, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. A cruise on Lake Ashi offers more fantastic views to make your one-day tour complete.
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
Visit the beautiful shrines and temples of Kyoto by joining this Kyoto cultural forest, shrine, and temple day tour. An air-conditioned coach will take visitors on this day tour, which will include many shrines and temples and other attractions. These include the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, the Sagano Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji Temple, and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. You will pass panoramic scenery as you travel to your destinations.
Duration: 9 to 11 hours
A day trip to Shirakawago and Hida Takayama from Nagoya will take you to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the traditional architecture of Shirawago. This is a village with houses that have roofs made in the gassho style, in which the two joined sides of the roof take the shape of hands in prayer. All the houses were built without the use of metal, such as nails and all the materials were gathered from the forests around the village. You will stop by Hida Takayama, which has been called “Little Tokyo”, explore its streets, and have lunch, which will include the famous Hida beef.
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
See and explore the most important attractions of Tokyo on this day tour that includes the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple, and a cruise in Tokyo Bay. Meiji Shrine was built to honor Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, his consort and the shrine is one of the most famous in Japan. From the shrine, the tour will take you to the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist Temple, which is one of the most popular temples in Tokyo. The last part of the tour is the boat cruise in Tokyo Bay. Your guide will explain the history and importance of the places that you visit, making the tour a memorable learning experience.
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
If you are in Tokyo, don’t miss the Tokyo Robot Cabaret in Shinjuku. Watch dinosaurs, giant pandas, and ninjas fight with the ladies clad in glitzy bikinis. The atmosphere is electric, with drums and techno music blaring. You’ll see the neon lights blinking along with the tempo of the music and feel the excitement, as the show nears its climax. People that have watched this show are astounded by the performance in which humans and robots are the lead performers.
Duration: 2 hours
Discover Tokyo - Where the modern and the traditional exist side by side
Tokyo is one of the most modern cities in the world. With its skyscrapers, neon lights, restaurants with robots, and other examples of modern infrastructure and design, who would think that in the midst of all these things are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites? The shrines and temples, the forests with their natural beauty, the red-faced monkeys, and the eateries in the back alleys - all these are possible on a Tokyo Viator tour and are great places to see and visit.
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