Highlights of Tokyo & Japanese Bbq Lunch
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Code: TOK-002
Visit the marquee attractions of Tokyo, all of which celebrate Japan’s history, cultural diversity and architectural splendor.
After departing from the pier, you will begin driving through the capital, taking in a variety of sights that include the undisputed landmarks that define Tokyo.
The 19th-century Imperial Palace is certainly high on the list, as it is regarded as Tokyo’s heart and soul. It was built on the site of the former Edo Castle, the seat of power for the Tokugawa shoguns. Japan’s emperor and empress reside at the palace, so only an exterior visit is possible, but you won’t be disappointed. The grounds are magnificent and offer numerous photo opportunities at places like the Niju-bashi Bridge, which spans the moat.
Another highlight is Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most renowned Shinto shrine. To enter, you will pass through a 40-foot-high torii gate made of 1,500-year-old cypress. Unlike many other places of worship, the shrine is elegantly understated, even austere, imbuing it with a wonderful serenity. The surrounding 200-acre forested park adds to the peacefulness and further symbolizes the separation of the spiritual from the worldly.
You will also visit Asakusa Kannon (often called Senso-ji), the oldest temple in Tokyo. Founded in the 7th century, it is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of compassion. After entering through the Thunder Gate, you will walk along the Nakamise shopping street, and then behold the wonders inside.
To enhance your understanding of Japanese culture, this all-encompassing excursion also includes a Japanese-style BBQ lunch.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing. There will be some gravel and uneven surfaces to negotiate as well as some steps. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair (scooters are not permitted), are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able bodied companion to assist them. The tour is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The main hall of the Asakusa Temple is not wheelchair accessible and photography and video are not permitted inside the main hall. It is recommended guests bring along Japanese Yen for any additional purchases. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.