Meiji Shrine and Tokyo Tower
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: TOK-005
"See two Tokyo icons: a shrine dedicated to Japan’s first modern emperor and a soaring telecommunication tower that boldly announced the country’s rebirth after World War II.
After departing from the pier, you will begin a scenic drive into the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo, an engaging capital city of more than 12 million people. Few places so reverently embrace their traditional past yet still celebrate everything new and exciting.
Tokyo’s history will come alive as you arrive at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most renowned Shinto shrine. It is dedicated to Emperor Meiji the Great, who reigned from 1867 to 1912 and transformed Japan from a feudal state into a world power. To enter the shrine, 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.
Then for a change of pace, you will drive to Tokyo Tower, the second-highest structure in Japan. The colossal communication tower was erected in 1958 as a symbol of Japan’s rebirth and defines Tokyo’s skyline. With its iron-lattice construction it looks remarkably similar to the Eiffel Tower, although it’s painted orange and white to comply with aviation safety regulations. After riding an elevator to the tower’s nearly 500-foot-high Grand Observation Platform, you will be treated to an astounding view of the city. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/4 hours of moderate walking/standing and there will be some steps to negotiate. 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. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary."