Asakusa Sightseeing & Tokyo Tower
Panorama, Lunch not included
In this tour, you will vist Historic Asakusa Area and Tokyo Tower. Located on a bay and having rivers as convenient transportation routes, Tokyo has a few ferry companies that tourists may find useful. The Sumida River Cruise service is an enjoyable alternative to trains or subways when traveling between destinations that are near the water. The Kaminarimon ('Thunder Gate') is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Senso-ji in Asakusa, Tokyo. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is popular with tourists. The length of the street is approximately 250 meters and contains around 89shops. Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower located in the Shiba-koen district of Minato,Tokyo, Japan. At 333 metres (1,093 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.
What we will see
* Asakusa historic district
* Kaminarimon: statues and red lantern
* Senso-ji temple in Asakusa
* Nakamise-dori street for souvenirs and Japanese specialities
* Tokyo Tower
What we will do
* We start our excursion with **Asakusa**, **historic district** north-east of Tokyo on the Sumida river. It is the most ancient district of the capital boasting numerous temples and also famous for its liveliness and shopping facilities. Considering Tokyo’s position on the bay and the numerous waterways, local ferries are the ideal means of transport.
* The cruise service on the Sumida river is a fun alternative to the trains and subway and enables us to reach various destinations located near the waterways.
* We move on towards the **Kaminarimon ** (“thunder gate”), an impressive gate which holds the largest **red paper lantern** in Japan. The Kaminarimon is the outermost of two large gates leading to the **Sensi-ji temple in Asakusa** dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Kannon, who is very popular in Japan and incarnates compassion. With its millenary history, the Senso-ji temple represents the most important and ancient in the city and is the most popular tourist sight.
* The Kaminarimon is flanked by **two statues** - one represents Fujin, the god of wind, while the other is Raijin, the god of thunder (which gives the gate its name, i.e. “Furaijin-mon”, the “gate of thunder”). These two deities have always been considered the protectors of the temple, still one of the main sights in Tokyo.
* The Kaminarimon gate marks the start of the **Nakamise-dori street**, a 250 metre long road with 89 shops where we can find all kinds of goods: souvenirs, hair accessories, dolls, lucky charms, handicrafts, postcards, sweets and typical food. This ancient market is the perfect place to **buy souvenirs** and try a few delicious **Japanese delicacies**.
* The last stop on our tour is the **Tokyo Tower**, a communications and observation tower in Minato’s Shiba-kōen district in Tokyo.
* It is 333 metres high and the second highest artificial structure Japan.
* The Tokyo Tower is a lattice Eiffel Tower-inspired structure that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. From FootTown, the four-storey shop located at the base, it is possible to reach two observation platforms: the The two-storey Main Observatory is 150 metres up, while the smaller Special Observatory is at 250 metres. Both offer 360° views over Tokyo and, on clear days, Mount Fuji can be spotted by looking south-west.
What you need to know
The order of the visits may vary and the coach transfer depends on the itinerary. * We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. * Heavy traffic jams to be expected due to it being travelling season in Japan. * We recommend having Japanese Yens available as there are no exchange offices in the port. *Clear views subject to weather conditions. * Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
English & other European tour guides are subject to availability. ?