Tokyo City Tours

Tokyo Metropolitan Government provides the following complimentary bus tours with an English-speaking guide to help spouses and families of participants enjoy the most popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo. All tours depart from and arrive at the Tokyo Big Sight.

Reservation can only be made at the “Tokyo City Information Desk” – at the Tokyo Big Sight – on a first-come, first-served basis. Only overseas accompany persons can join these tours. The following is the basic itinerary for our city tours.

Itinerary schedule

Half day trips

Tuesday 18 September 2018

  • Tokyo Skytree, Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku (09:00-12:30)
  • River Cruise & Hama-rikyu, Japanese Gardens, Edo Tokyo Museum & Asakusa (13:30 – 17:00)

Thursday 20 September 2018

  • River Cruise & Hama-rikyu, Japanese Gardens, Edo Tokyo Museum & Asakusa (09:00-12:30)
  • Tokyo Skytree, Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku (13:30 – 17:00)

TOKYO SKYTREE® A view to top the rest

The capital city’s latest icon, and the world tallest broadcasting tower 634m high, is located in Sumida ward, where Edo culture thrives to this day. The elevator moving at a top speed of 600m per minute will take participants to the glass-enclosed 360° observation deck at 350m above ground. The main structure consists of a steel skeleton reinforced by steel frames to double the standard strength.

Many of the famous features of the Tokyo cityscape, including Rainbow Bridge in the bay area, and, on a clear day, Mt. Fuji in the distance, can be enjoyed from the observation deck.


River Cruise and Hama-rikyu Gardens

Half-hour boat cruise down the Sumida River travels under some 14 bridges spanning Tokyo’s main river, passing the capital’s famous landmarks along the way. The cruise arrives at its destination, the majestic Hama-rikyu Gardens along the Tokyo Waterfront in Shiodome, where the participants can walk around a beautifully preserved garden that the family of the ruling Tokugawa Shogun owned from the 17th to the mid-19th century and used for hunting with falcons.

Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku Shopping

The Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken, was established in 1920. Over 100,000 trees were donated by people all over Japan at the time of the shrine’s establishment, creating the expanse of forest and garden that can be seen today. On the first few days of every New Year more than three million people visit Meiji Jingu, making it the most-visited shrine in Japan. Meiji Jingu Shrine is also the place where Japanese people honor life events, such as births, weddings and New Year’s celebrations.

Edo-Tokyo Museum and Asakusa

Edo-Tokyo Museum introduces the history and culture of Edo (the ancient name for Tokyo). It also fascinates visitors with stories of the city’s captivating past. You can take a look at a traditional playhouse (theatre), and scenes from everyday life that will transport you back in time to the Edo period (1603-1868). This museum presents visitors with a unique opportunity to compare and contrast old Edo with modern Tokyo, so you can appreciate how Tokyo has transformed over the years.

Asakusa Temple is truly a historical haven in modern Tokyo, a gem of the old Edo period. It is the capital’s most famous and oldest Buddhist temple, founded in 628. The famed entrance gate Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate) with its huge red lantern is a symbol of Asakusa. The 200m-long street of traditional stalls which leads from the Kaminari-mon to the temple, is always enjoyed by visitors.

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Full day trip

Tuesday 18 September 2018 (08:00 – 17:00)

Day trip to Ogochi Dam/Reservoir & Hatonosu Valley – Gorgeous natural landscapes overlooking the water

This free bus tour will take you to the nature-rich western edge of Tokyo, where you can learn about the important role of the water conservation forest there. The tour starts and ends at Tokyo Big Sight, and lasts from 8:00 – 17:00.

The Ogochi Dam is located on the main stream of the Tama River, 530m above sea level. The Ogochi Resevoir which was formed by the dam is the largest reservoir for water supply in Japan. It is known affectionately as “Lake Okutama,” among Tokyo citizens.

At the Hatonosu Valley, the Tama River, here a mountain stream, rushes between the steep cliffs rising on either side. You can enjoy the dynamic scenery of the Hatonosu Valley, with its massive and unusually shaped rocks through which the Tama River flows, spitting up spray. The ancient rocks which have been carved away over time are a majestic and beautiful sight.

*A free lunch is included in the tour package. We regret that we are able to provide only one lunch option, so if you have any dietary requirements, please bring your own lunch. The Lunch Menu will be available on site.

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Wednesday 19 September 2018 (09:00 – 17:00)

Day trip to Mt. Takao & Ishikawa Brewery – the western fringes of Tokyo

Travel beyond the western suburbs of Tokyo to a place where the Japanese spiritual world coexists with nature. Mt. Takao is both a popular hiking spot and a religious destination. Yakuo-in, a Buddhist temple on Mt. Takao, was established in 8th century.

Ishikawa Brewery started its business in 1863. In 1881, new brewing facilities were built here in Kumagawa, Fussa City, Tokyo. Since then, this brewery has been in operation for more than 120 years. Throughout its history, this has been committed to pursuing new methods and ways to develop sake brewing. Their commitment has brought the world the popular Tamajiman sake line, which is made delicious by abundant pure water, fresh air, and carefully selected ingredients.

*A free lunch is included in the tour package. We regret that we are able to provide only one lunch option, so if you have any dietary requirements, please bring your own lunch. The Lunch Menu will be available on site.


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