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Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum and Ghibli Film Appreciation Tour including Lunch

Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum and Ghibli Film Appreciation Tour including Lunch - Tokyo, Japan
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Duration: 7 hours
Location: Tokyo, Japan

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$123.01

Have you seen a Ghibli movie and still remember some of the unique scenes in the story? This tour will take you to visit the popular Ghibli Museum. Ghibli Museum is the home to works from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli film animation studio, known for feature-length anime films like Oscar-winning 'Spirited Away' and the museum provides a fun and fascinating activity for both kids and adults. Also visit Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum, where you can experience the atmosphere of historical houses and streets that remind you of some Ghibli movies ... More info ›

Have you seen a Ghibli movie and still remember some of the unique scenes in the story? This tour will take you to visit the popular Ghibli Museum. Ghibli Museum is the home to works from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli film animation studio, known for feature-length anime films like Oscar-winning 'Spirited Away' and the museum provides a fun and fascinating activity for both kids and adults. Also visit Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum, where you can experience the atmosphere of historical houses and streets that remind you of some Ghibli movies. (Monday departure will visit Jindaiji Temple or Takahata Fudoson Temple instead.) Enjoy lunch at the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo where the architecture style has served as an inspiration for one of the Ghibli films. Learn about the exhibits during the bus ride with your knowledgeable guide, and then enjoy free time to explore on your own.

Meet your guide at Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel (near the JR Shinjuku Station) and board a bus to the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo where the architecture style has served as an inspiration for one of the Ghibli films. First stop is Hotel Gajoen Tokyo where the architecture style has served as an inspiration for one of the Ghibli films. Enjoy lunch at the hotel before leaving for Ghibli Museum.

On the way to the museum, your guide explains the features of the museum and the history of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation film studio that has produced acclaimed works including the Academy Award–winning film "Spirited Away". When you arrive, enjoy 2 hours to explore the museum on your own (your guide won't accompany the tour during the museum visit). See various exhibits that describe the animation process, take your kids to the play space, or watch a short film by anime director Hayao Miyazaki only available for viewing on-site. Children will delight in the fun way that Ghibli characters are featured throughout the museum.

After learning everything about Ghibli, leave the museum for Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum. The seven-hectare museum features various exhibitions, reconstructed buildings from the different periods of Japan, as well as a beautiful outdoor garden area. You can also enter and explore some of the buildings of different styles, periods, and purposes and experience the atmosphere of some Ghibli films. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum is closed on Monday and instead you'll visit Jindaiji Temple or Takahata Fudoson Temple.

When the tour is concluded, your bus will transfer you back to the Shinjuku area around 5:30pm.

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Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise

Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise - Tokyo, Japan
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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Location: Tokyo, Japan

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$50.12

See the highlights of dynamic Tokyo on this afternoon sightseeing tour, perfect if you have limited time. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the 40th floor of the World Trade Center building, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple (aka Senso-ji) and Nakamise shopping street, stop outside the Imperial Palace and peek at the bustle in the Ginza district, then relax on a 40-minute Sumida River cruise ... More info ›

See the highlights of dynamic Tokyo on this afternoon sightseeing tour, perfect if you have limited time. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the 40th floor of the World Trade Center building, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple (aka Senso-ji) and Nakamise shopping street, stop outside the Imperial Palace and peek at the bustle in the Ginza district, then relax on a 40-minute Sumida River cruise. Your professional guide provides informative commentary throughout your tour, which includes hotel pickup, entrance fees and transportation by coach.

After hotel pickup in the early afternoon, travel by by air-conditioned coach to your first stop, the towering skyscraper of World Trade Center Tokyo. Take the elevator up 40 stories to Seaside Top, an observation deck with 360-degree views of Tokyo.

From Seaside Top, your guide points out sights such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Bay. On a clear day, you might even spot Mount Fuji on the horizon. After about 20 minutes, return to your coach and head to the Imperial Palace, where you make a brief photo stop at the outer garden of the palace.

Next, drive through the bustling Ginza district, known for its luxury shopping with huge department stores and brand name shops.

Your coach then takes you to Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temple. Built in the year 645 AD, the temple combines magnificent architecture, elaborate Japanese gardens, beautiful shrines and grand gates. Follow your guide through the temple and learn more about its history. Then walk out of the Hozomon Gate to the shopping streets of Nakamise where you take in lanes packed with vendors who sell traditional crafts and Japanese snacks.

After browsing in Nakamise, head to the river to board your boat for a relaxing 40-minute Sumida River cruise. You'll glide through Tokyo and go underneath 12 bridges, providing a different perspective on the city. Listen to recorded commentary about the sights you pass as you cruise along this historically significant waterway.

When your boat arrives at Hinode Pier, reboard your coach for drop- off at Tokyo Station where your tour ends. You’ll receive a complimentary souvenir map of Tokyo so that you can explore the city further on your own.

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Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto - Kyoto, Japan
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Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Location: Kyoto, Japan

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$69.25

Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples ... More info ›

Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll visit the Todaiji Temple to see Japan's largest Buddha, Deer Park - home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, and Kasuga Shrine - Nara's most celebrated shrine.

Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.

Nara is located in the Kinai plain, less than one hour from Kyoto. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples.

Visit the Todaiji Temple, constructed in the 8th century, is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. In it's huge precincts are various national treasures of Japan. The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) is one of the world's largest wooden buildings. One of Japan's best-known temples, it enshrines a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha. A wonder of religious architecture.

See over 1,000 tame deer roam freely in the verdant 1,250 acres peaceful park. If you wish to feed the deer, they will gladly eat from your hand. Special deer food is available for sale in the park grounds.

Tour concludes with a visit to Kasuga Shrine, the most famous and beautiful Shinto shrine in Nara, it features some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns.

Travel by return coach to Kyoto.

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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle - Kyoto, Japan
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Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Location: Kyoto, Japan

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$60.14

Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in the morning and visit UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle and the gold-covered Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) with an informative guide ... More info ›

Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in the morning and visit UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle and the gold-covered Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) with an informative guide. Then wander through the Kyoto Imperial Palace — home to the emperor until 1868 — and see how royalty lived.

After pickup from select locations in Kyoto, your first sightseeing stop is Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With your guide, spend almost an hour exploring the former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, built in 1603.

Noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors, the complex contains the ruins of Honmaru Palace as well as Ninomaru Palace with its five connecting buildings made of cypress. See living quarters lavishly decorated in gold leaf and tour the kitchens, guardhouse and several gardens.

Next on your itinerary is Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto's most popular temple. During 45 minutes here, your guide points out perhaps the world's most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion.

Continue to Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was the residence of the imperial family until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. View the Shishinden Imperial state chamber where enthronement ceremonies took place, and admire the Japanese taste for simplicity and tranquility. When the tour concludes, you will be dropped off at the location where you were picked up.

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Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District - Tokyo, Japan
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Duration: 4 hours
Location: Tokyo, Japan

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$45.56

See Tokyo's highlights on a 4-hour sightseeing tour — a perfect introduction to the first-time visitor or someone with limited time. A professional guide escorts you by comfortable coach to cultural attractions such as Meiji Jingu Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa Kannon Temple (aka Senso-ji) ... More info ›

See Tokyo's highlights on a 4-hour sightseeing tour — a perfect introduction to the first-time visitor or someone with limited time. A professional guide escorts you by comfortable coach to cultural attractions such as Meiji Jingu Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa Kannon Temple (aka Senso-ji). You'll also spy colorful Nakamise shopping street and drive through the Ginza district on your morning city tour through Tokyo, which includes pickup from selected hotels.

After hotel pickup from your selected hotel, depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal aboard your comfortable coach in the morning. Your knowledgeable guide provides informative commentary at each stop on your half-day tour, including several significant cultural sites in the city.
Hop off the bus at Meiji Jingu Shrine for a 30-minute tour of Japan's most famous Shinto shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his consort. Learn about Japan’s ancient religion as you visit the sanctuary, treasure house and other structures built of Japanese cypress with copper plates for the roofs.

Your guide points out the National Diet Building — where sessions of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors take place — en route to the Imperial Palace. Here you’ll find the stone foundation of an old Edo castle, which is all that remains of its central keep. Take a stroll through the impressive East Garden, just one among the vast Japanese gardens of the Imperial Palace, which features a tea pavilion, moats and stone walls.

After 45 minutes of meandering, continue by coach to Nakamise shopping street, a colorful shopping arcade crammed with traditional food stands and souvenir shops. Walk with your guide along the promenade leading up to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple dating back more than 1,300 years.

Admire the golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, before you’re driven through the famous Ginza shopping district, Tokyo's most celebrated shopping and amusement area. Here, you'll take part in a traditional Japanese dance activity, where your half-day tour concludes in this fun neighborhood.

Note: On Mondays, Fridays and other days when the Imperial Palace East Garden is closed, the tour will visit the Imperial Palace Plaza instead.

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Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour

Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour - Tokyo, Japan
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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Location: Tokyo, Japan

From USD
$50.12

Get an overview of Tokyo on a 3.5-hour morning sightseeing tour of the city’s cultural and shopping highlights. This fast-paced tour is great for those who are short on time ... More info ›

Get an overview of Tokyo on a 3.5-hour morning sightseeing tour of the city’s cultural and shopping highlights. This fast-paced tour is great for those who are short on time. With a guide who provides full narration during the tour, visit attractions like Tokyo Tower, Asakusa Kannon Temple and stop for photos outside the Imperial Palace. Entrance fees are included.

Your morning tour of Tokyo starts with pickup from selected hotels in Tokyo or the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Once you’ve settled into your coach with your tour guide, set off on your 3.5-hour exploration of the city.

Visit Tokyo Tower for amazing views of the city from the observation deck. Stop in front of the Imperial Palace for a photo op. Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. See Nakamise, a colorful shopping arcade crammed with small food stands and souvenir shops. Drive through Akihabara, a well-known shopping area for discount electronic appliances and computers.

Tour Ueno, a district of Tokyo known for its parks, museums, temples and the Ameyoko street market area. 

Your tour ends with drop-off at Tokyo Station, near the Imperial Palace, in the early afternoon, leaving you perfectly placed to catch a train or continue sightseeing on your own.

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