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Tokyo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

1. Tokyo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Take in the city of Tokyo from an open-top sightseeing bus and choose from all the available routes according to your interests. Your ticket provides unlimited access to all routes, allowing you to hop off when you want to explore more. See the highlights of the city, such as Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji, and Ginza. Route 1: TOKYO SKYTREE course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Kodemmacho Station — Ryogoku Edo-Tokyo Museum — TOKYO SKYTREE station — Asakusa Hanakawado — Asakusa Tawaramachi — Ueno Matsuzakaya — Akihabara (Suehirocho) — Shin-Nihombashi Station — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building Route 2: TOKYO TOWER, Tsukiji Ginza course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Tokyo Tower — Tokyo Prince Hotel/Zojo-ji Temple — Tokyo Teleport Station — Tsukiji Ginza — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building Route 3: SHINJUKU SHIBUYA course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden — Shinjuku Station South Exit/Hotel Century Southern Tower — Shinjuku Station West Exit/Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building — Shibuya City Hall/Harajuku/Meiji Jingu Shrine — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building You can hop off and back on the bus at your convenience and explore the sights you’re interested in at your own pace. From the open-top bus, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo as you listen to the commentary on your audio guide.

Akihabara: Anime and Electronics Guided Tour

2. Akihabara: Anime and Electronics Guided Tour

Explore Akihabara with local tour guide! We start at Kanda Myojin known as the historical shrine and one of the famous animation spots of Japan. Hearing about the history, how to develop the area from a guide while walking backside streets and dropping by some anime, capsule toy, game, wholesale shops and electric shops. Let's explore a lot of fun facts of the area together. It's mixing some must-see spots and half customized tour in Akihabara, so you can tell me more your interests and enjoy your experience!

Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

3. Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

After your arrival to the premises, you will be invited to see Kanda Myojin, which is a famous shrine of both the area and Japan. The shrine has a reputation for being prosperous to both business and marriage. Following that, you will be invited to enter the restaurant, which is located on the same site. Following your arrival, enjoy a drink, dinner, or snack (if option chosen) until the show begins. From 8:00PM, you will enjoy a samurai show that can only be seen in Japan. At the show's conclusion, the samurai will come out to the audience, at which point you will be invited to take a picture together free of charge.

Tokyo: Meet Owls at the Owl Café in Akihabara

4. Tokyo: Meet Owls at the Owl Café in Akihabara

Experience an amazing close encounter with the natural world on a visit to an owl café in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. Avail of a 1-hour time slot, reserved for you, and spend precious time with the birds without having to wait in line. Upon arrival, the staff will take you to your reserved seats, where you can interact with the beautiful creatures up close. Touch the owls and feel their soft feathers following the instructions of the café staff. Learn how to communicate with the owls and hear what you should not do in order to protect their welfare.  Take souvenir photos with a variety of owls, and decide which is your favorite! Say goodbye to the birds and make your way to the neighboring shop, where you are free to stay at your leisure. 

Tokyo: Morning Sightseeing Bus Tour

5. Tokyo: Morning Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover 12 Tokyo must-see/must-do places and activities on the deluxe coach in the morning! In this tour we will take you to most famous places in Tokyo such as Meiji Shrine, Asakusa, Imperial Palace and most popular activities such as worshiping at the shrine, shopping at Japanese old shopping street and drinking matcha! We start the tour from the center of Tokyo, Shinjuku (Love statue) at 8am. A comfortable air-conditioned coach will pass by Kabukicho, which is a popular Japanese pub hopping area. The bus will first take you to “Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine”, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan. The shrine was built in 1921, and it was made for the emperor Meiji and it is surrounded by beautiful forest that you will forget that you are actually in the middle of Tokyo. Take a deep breath here and feel the sacred atmosphere of the Japanese shrine. Then we will pass by Takeshita Avenue, which represents Harajuku and is known as the center of Japanese pop culture, and lead to Omotesando shopping district. We will also pass by National Diet Building which is the Japanese parliament house with a beautiful Symmetrical building built in 1936. Our bus will stop at Imperial Palace where the current residence of the Imperial family, also it is the site of Edo Castle, a castle in Tokyo. We will visit either the East Garden (traditional Japanese Gardens) or the Niju-bashi Bridge (historical Japanese structure) in the Outer Garden, After learning about the history of Japan, the bus will drive through Akihabara, the center of “Otaku” anime culture. The bus will pass Ueno, known as Japan's oldest park, and Kappa-Bashi market street where you can see lots of kitchen items such as Japanese dishes, knives and very real-looking food replicas. And then it is time to explore Asakusa! One of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo! Have shopping at Nakamise avenue and don’t forget to take photos at Kaminari-mon Gate, that iconic red lantern! At Asakusa, our tour offers this unique Japanese experience! ・Authentic Uji Match experience Enjoy the “Not Bitter Matcha Green Tea” known as “Premium Matcha” which uses “Ichibancha” (first flush) from Uji, Kyoto. *We also have options for Sweet Matcha Gelato or Matcha Beer. You will finish the tour here so spend as much time as you like at Asakusa! The tour includes commentary from both our friendly tour guide and a Multilingual audio guide in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and Ukrainian. The coachalways has antibacterial coating and regularly ventilation, a comfy airconditioned bus with free wifi.

Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

6. Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

Start your Akihabara tour by making your first stop at a retro video game store. This store is considered a treasure trove for game lovers, especially for those who grew up experiencing the rise of the Japanese video game industry. Here, you can listen to the 8-bit video game keyboard music that you can hardly find anywhere else! Your guide will help you find and buy all the retro video game machines and disks. While the world is chasing after new games, look back on these old-time games that bring back charming childhood memories. Next, head over to the maid cafe - an unmissable experience whilst you're in Tokyo. Hang out with cute maids, get spells cast on your food, and take photos! If you order an omelet or hot latte, the maids will draw cute illustrations on it with ketchup/chocolate sauce. Finally, enjoy wandering around huge anime stores with hundreds of figures and cosplay goods. Sometimes these stores are places that travelers feel awkward to discover by themselves -however with a guide, you can fully enjoy every single stop like a local.

Tokyo: Akihabara 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

7. Tokyo: Akihabara 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Our tour guide will take you to Akihabara Electric Town. In the meantime, we will visit some shops. There are many figure shops, game shops, and goods shops in Akihabara. Both adults and children can enjoy the exclusive vending machine "Gacha Gacha" where you can buy small toys. In addition, enjoy food and drink at the maid cafe. The drawing menu by the maid is very popular. Also, a lot of information about the history of Akihabara is provided during the tour. If there is any information you would like to know about Akihabara, feel free to request it.

Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour with Private Van

8. Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour with Private Van

After being picked up, head 1.5 hours to the Fuji Visitor Center. From there, take some photos of Mount Fuji and capture its beauty. Enjoy the scenery before heading to Oshinohakkai, which is 8 ponds near Mount Fuji. Stop by Gotenba for a lunch break. In the afternoon, visit Hakone area, famous for its nature and hot springs. Stop by the Hakone Ashinoko Lake, and then go to Owakutani, the volcano valley. At the end of the day, head back to Tokyo, arriving at 6:00 PM.

Tokyo: Private and Customizable Sightseeing Tour

9. Tokyo: Private and Customizable Sightseeing Tour

Delve into the heart of Tokyo on a sightseeing tour, and get the most out of the city with a private guide. Customize your experience to cater to your tastes and preferences. Choose from different tour durations to suit your schedule. Visit one area or point of interest with the 2-hour tour, or select the 4-hour tour to discover 2 monuments or neighborhoods. With the full-day experience you'll enjoy the company of a private guide for a whole day of sightseeing.   On the full-day tour, following pickup from your hotel you'll head to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Stroll around the stalls at the world's biggest seafood market, which can be difficult to understand without a guide. Continue to the Asakusa area to visit the Senso-ji temple, the largest temple in Tokyo. Next, walk along Nakamise shopping street before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to the Meiji shrine to marvel at the biggest shrine in Tokyo. Continue to the renowned Takeshita Street to explore local pop culture, before finishing your tour at approximately 4 PM.

Akihabara Anime Tour: Explore Tokyo’s Otaku Culture

10. Akihabara Anime Tour: Explore Tokyo’s Otaku Culture

Akihabara is a major hub for a wide range of Japanese pop culture including anime, manga, games, and J-pop. As you step out of the station, you are immediately immersed in a heavenly world of anime, with neon signs and captivating advertisements decorating the flashy town. Akihabara is also fittingly known as Electric Town and offers a wide range of electronics, gadgets, and pop culture goods that are sure to exceed all of your expectations! You’ll start off the tour by exploring the hidden electronic shops under the train tracks, where businesses have been thriving since post World War II. Then head over to Akihabara Radio Kaikan, an 11-story building filled with popular anime merchandise and games. Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable local guide will take you to all the best stores and gaming arcades so you can really experience the town like a local. If you really want to make the most out of your time and explore the area to the fullest, join us on this adventure of Akihabara. Our guide will provide you with valuable insight into the buzzing Electric Town that you would never get going on your own. This is the perfect opportunity to truly experience the area without feeling too overwhelmed, as well as a great introduction to Akihabara for first timers!

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What people are saying about Akihabara

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based on 732 reviews

Our guide Yeonmi was just a godsend, booked online at the last minute. She helped us navigate Tokyo with great insights into the culture and ways of the Japanese people. She was funny, considerate and helpful to the utmost. Her advice on how best to utilise our short time in Tokyo was invaluable in making the most of our trip. We cannot recommend her enough.

Really enjoyed this tour guide, Jeff was insightful about the animes also showing us the retro games was really nostalgic, enjoyed the new experiences with the tour especially the maid cafe!

Amazing experience! 10/10 would do it again. Even going alone I could connect with other people.

Our guide was amazing. He was very friendly and made the entire experience pleasant.

Great way of experience Japanese culture, definitely recommend it.