A brand new original tour line-up starting from 2018 from JTB Sunrise Tours, the Edo Tokyo tour covers famous sightseeing spots around Tokyo with an English-speaking guide in a time-efficient manner.
There are two options:
- A full day tour from morning to evening: 1-Day Edo Tokyo
- A morning tour that ends just before lunch: Edo Tokyo Morning
To give you an idea of what to expect, check out a detailed breakdown of the itinerary below.
In the morning, you’ll need to check-in to the tour at the Sunrise Tours office on the 3F of Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo in Shinjuku ten minutes prior to departure. The buses used are yellow Hato buses.
The bus will take off promptly for Tsukiji, and on the way you’ll be introduced to famous Tokyo landmarks like the Imperial Palace and the National Diet Building from the bus.
8:50 Tsukiji Fish Market (Outer Market)
Arriving at Tsukiji Fish Market, the guide will first lead you to a stall in the outer market to enjoy trying a skewered omelette, one of the specialties at world-renowned Tsukiji Market. It’s fluffiness and slightly sweet flavour will warm you right up.
After that, you’ll get some free time strolling around Japan’s No.1 food market, which has around 400 fish stalls, grocers, restaurants and more.
10:10 Tokyo Skytree Town®
Hit up the tallest building and young landmark of Tokyo! You can check out the funky stores and cafes at the expansive mall at the foot of this massive tower.
* Admission to the Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck is not included in the tour, so if you wish to visit it you must purchase a ticket yourself.
After around 70 minutes free time, you’ll meet back at the bus parking lot. This “Group Bus Information” board will be displayed at the waiting area (in English).
11:30 Senso-ji / Asakusa
There’s a lot to see at Tokyo’s oldest temple, including the statue of the god of thunder, Kaminarimon Gate, and the five-storey pagoda. The bustling street known as Nakamise stretches for about 250m from Kaminarimon. You get around an hour free time here so you can take your time strolling through the colourful stalls and taking photos. TIP: Go up to the observation deck on the 8F of the Asakusa Tourist Culture Center across the road for sweeping views of the area! And all for free.
* Participants on the Edo Tokyo Morning tour are finished after sightseeing at Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple. (Around 12:30). Participants on the 1-Day Edo Tokyo tour will be guided on foot to the long-established city hotel, Asakusa View Hotel, for lunch.
Enjoy a delicious Japanese style lunch in a private room within Asakusa View Hotel. A vegetarian option is also available, and it doesn’t disappoint!
If you finish eating early, don’t forget to check out the cute turtles chilling in the pond outside this floor.
14:45 Gozabune Atakemaru Cruise
Enjoy a cruise on Tokyo Bay while relaxing on board the spacious and vividly-colored Gozabune Atakemaru. The cruise lasts for around 40 minutes and on the day we went, our group was the only one on it so it was almost like it was chartered!
You can get expansive views across the water of Odaiba, Fuji TV headquarters, and the construction site of the Olympic Village being built in preparation for Tokyo 2020. And let’s not forget Rainbow Bridge!
* On Mondays and other days when the Atakemaru is not operating or available another type of boat may be boarded.
Drive-by Tokyo Tower and Omotesando on the way to…
16:10 Meiji Jingu Shrine (Feb – Oct)
* If departing between Nov – Jan you will visit Zojoji Temple instead
One of Tokyo’s most famous tourist spots, Meiji Jingu Shrine was built and dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Hidden deep within foliage, the temperature here is markedly cooler, but the route from the parking lot is somewhat of a shortcut compared to the usual route from Harajuku Station. You get around 30 mins to take some photos and pay your respects if you are so inclined.
17:00 – 17:30 Tour Ends
Disband at Shinjuku Station West Exit. You’re free to explore Shinjuku or do some shopping on your own before heading back to your hotel.
Overall, this is a great little tour for those who want to see a mix of old and new Tokyo, as the name of the tour suggests (Edo is the historical name for Tokyo). The guide is knowledgeable and will give you plenty of information about the sights visited and even the drive-by sights. Highly recommend for first time visitors to Tokyo and those a little pressed for time. The lunch is also delicious and better than many served in other tours (especially the vegetarian option).