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teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

1. teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

Enter teamLab Planets TOKYO and discover the incredible immersive art exhibition within. This full-body digital art experience allows visitors to enter completely into the artworks, with stimulation for all five senses. In this unique exhibition, each visitor’s presence impacts the artwork to finally become a part of it. The exhibition space includes several areas, covering over 10,000 square meters in total. Explore the great variety of installations, with different lights, sounds, and materials to mesmerize every guest.

Tokyo: Skytree Admission ticket

2. Tokyo: Skytree Admission ticket

Discover unbeatable views of Tokyo from the Tembo Observation Deck of the Tokyo Skytree tower with this admission ticket. Feel the thrill of riding the elevator to an elevation of 350 meters. Choose from ticketing options with or without access to the stunning Tembo Galleria. Arrive at the Tokyo Skytree tower and head up to the 4th floor, where you're greeted by friendly staff. Here, you'll get your ticket and head straight into an elevator that takes you shooting seamlessly up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck in no time. The enormous, circular deck features windows on all sides, allowing you 360-degree views of Tokyo City. See the winding Sumida River, look for the Tokyo Dome, and even find the Tokyo Tower—interactive displays help you pick out points of interest too. If you choose to visit the Tembo Galleria, hop into another elevator and rush up to the 1,475-foot (450-m) viewing space. The Galleria features a long, sloping spiral ramp that offers an even more dynamic view of the city. On your way back to the ground, stop by Floor 345 to check out the gift shop, and pause at Floor 340 for a dizzying view straight down from a section of sturdy glass flooring. TOKYO SKYTREE® will hold the SUPER SKYTREE® DISCO for six days in January and February 2024. The event will take place on January 25th and February 1st, 9th, 16th, 22nd, and 29th. The Tembo Deck, located 350 meters above the ground, will feature DJ booths, stands, and mirror balls, creating a disco space in the sky with a view of the nightscape. Experience a unique disco night in a special space with a one-of-a-kind lineup of legendary, top, and popular DJs from different eras. Come on!Dance with the best in the world! Period: January 25(Thu.), February 1(Thu.), February 9(Fri.), February 16(Fri.), February 22(Thu.), and February 29(Thu.), 2024 Place: TOKYO SKYTREE Tembo Deck Floor 350 *Please note that admission to the observation deck is required.

From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

3. From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

Experience the most famous sightseeing spots around Mount Fuji. Learn about Japanese history and culture while soaking in the dramatic views around Mount Fuji. Depart from Tokyo by bus and arrive at Kawaguchiko Oishi Park where you can capture beautiful photos with lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji in the background. Continue to Arakura Sengen Park, located halfway up Mount Arakura in Fujiyoshida in the Yamanashi Prefecture. Take in the panoramic views of the city with Mount Fuji in the background and admire the cherry blossoms in Spring. After that will be Oshino Hakkai, one of the most famous spots in the Fujisan area. You can see the 8 different lakes located there and taste the water from Mount Fuji. The last spot you will go to 5th Station (half way) of Mount Fuji, which is 2300m high. You can enjoy some special food or buy unique souvenirs here, with very close view of top of Mount Fuji. In winter, we will go to 4th Station/Mt. Fuji 1st Station or Yamanakako Hananomiyako park to see the diamond fuji sunset view instead.

Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train

4. Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train

Experience Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and listed as a World Heritage in 2013. Enjoy lunch before seeing Hakone, which is famous for its natural beauty and having such breathtaking views over Lake Ashi. First, board a comfortable air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi that will take you to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, 2,000 meters above the ground. Step out and take a deep breath of the nature of Mt.Fuji and the sacred atmosphere at the Japanese Shinto Shrine. *If you can't go beyond the 4th station, we will visit Oshino Hakkai or alternative place. Then the bus will take you to a buffet lunch spot with a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji! Enjoy a Japanese Lunch buffet with local fresh ingredients as much as you like! We will also take you to Japanese garden with Ninjas! Walk through a traditional Japanese garden with a Japanese landscape of Mt fuji. Maybe you can take photos with Ninjas!!! *Vegetarian meal, Muslim Friendly is available. Please request when you make a booking. Next, the bus will take you to the Hakone area. Begin at “Owakudani” a valley once called the “Valley of Hell", once and still an active volcano. Experience the smell of sulfur! From here, take a Hakone Ropeway, an exhilarating experience with an amazing view of Mt. Hakone. See the rich nature of the mountain, and on a clear day, all the way to Mt. Fuji. This ropeway will take you to Lake Ashi, a caldera lake where you will take a cruise. Finally, conclude your tour at Hakone Shrine. See its photogenic red torii gate floating on the water called “Torii of Peace.” Fill up your empty bottle at the main Shrine, pray for your health, and get some spring water that is said to purify your bad spirits. *Starting April 2024, a Japanese law revision will make extended bus detentions illegal. Thus, if unforeseen events like accidents or traffic jams prevent returning to Odawara Station by 5:30 PM, the tour operator will omit the complimentary Hakone Shrine visit. No alternatives, complimentary offerings, or partial refunds will be provided.* Then, board the bus headed to Odawara Station, and take a Japanese bullet train, Shinkansen. Arrive back in Tokyo around 6 PM.

From Tokyo to Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour and Hakone Cruise

5. From Tokyo to Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour and Hakone Cruise

Discover the Japanese natural miracles of Mt. Fuji and Hakone in 1 day on a guided tour. Step away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and surround yourself with nature as you visit the highest mountain in Japan. Ride the thrilling Hakone Ropeway and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Ashi. We start the tour from the center of Tokyo, Shinjuku (Love statue) at 8am. A comfortable air-conditioned coach will first take you to all the way up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, 2,000 meters above ground. Take a deep breath at the wonderful nature in Mt.Fuji while seeing magnificent scenery. Also feel the sacred atmosphere at Japanese shinto Shrine there! *If you can't go beyond the 4th station, we will visit Oshino Hakkai or alternative place. Then the bus will take you to a buffet lunch spot with a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji! Enjoy a Japanese Lunch buffet with local fresh ingredients as much as you like! Walk through a traditional Japanese garden with a Japanese landscape of Mt fuji. *Vegetarian meal, Muslim Friendly is available. Please request when you make a booking. After recharging some energies, the bus head to Hakone area! Starting with “Owakudani” a valley once was called “Valley of Hell.” It is still an active volcano that you can still see the steam coming from the ground. We will take a Hakone Ropeway, an exhilarating experience with an amazing view of Mt. Hakone. You can see the rich nature of the mountain and you can even see Mt. Fuji in a clear sky! This ropeway will take you to Lake Ashi, a caldera lake. Enjoy the refreshing cruise of Lake Ashi and see the beautiful natural landscape and Mt. Fuji. Don’t miss out to see Torii Gate which is floating on the water! It’s not over yet! We are finishing at Hakone Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in the area because of its photogenic red torii gate floating on the water called “Torii of Peace.” Yes, this is the gate we will see from the cruise! And don’t forget to bring your empty bottle! Go up to the main Shrine, pray for your health and get some spring water that is said to purify your bad spirits. *Starting April 2024, a Japanese law revision will make extended bus detentions illegal. Thus, if unforeseen events like accidents or traffic jams prevent returning to Odawara Station by 5:30 PM, the tour operator will omit the complimentary Hakone Shrine visit. No alternatives, complimentary offerings, or partial refunds will be provided.* After having a peaceful time at the shrine, the bus will have a quick stop at Odawara Station and head back to Shinjuku Station getting there around 6:50pm. There are several days that this tour finish at Odawara station due to avoid heavy traffic jam. For more details, please read "Know before you go"

Tokyo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

6. Tokyo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Take in the city of Tokyo from an open-top sightseeing bus and choose from all the available routes according to your interests. Your ticket provides unlimited access to all routes, allowing you to hop off when you want to explore more. See the highlights of the city, such as Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji, and Ginza. Route 1: TOKYO SKYTREE course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Kodemmacho Station — Ryogoku Edo-Tokyo Museum — TOKYO SKYTREE station — Asakusa Hanakawado — Asakusa Tawaramachi — Ueno Matsuzakaya — Akihabara (Suehirocho) — Shin-Nihombashi Station — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building Route 2: TOKYO TOWER, Tsukiji Ginza course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Tokyo Tower — Tokyo Prince Hotel/Zojo-ji Temple — Tokyo Teleport Station — Tsukiji Ginza — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building Route 3: SHINJUKU SHIBUYA course Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building — Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden — Shinjuku Station South Exit/Hotel Century Southern Tower — Shinjuku Station West Exit/Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building — Shibuya City Hall/Harajuku/Meiji Jingu Shrine — Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building You can hop off and back on the bus at your convenience and explore the sights you’re interested in at your own pace. From the open-top bus, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo as you listen to the commentary on your audio guide.

Tokyo: Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic 1-Day Bus Tour

7. Tokyo: Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic 1-Day Bus Tour

Discover the scenery and historic landmarks around Lake Kawaguchi on a guided tour from Tokyo. Admire the views of Mount Fuji as you see traditional houses, stunning pagodas, and the colorful flowers and plants of Oishi Park. Join the tour at the heart of Tokyo, Shinagawa or Shinjuku departure point, and set off towards the Mt. Fuji area. On clear days, you will be able to see Mt. Fuji from afar during the bus ride. Make the first stop at one of Japan's most iconic spots: Arakurayama Sengen Park. Admire the picture-perfect view of the 5 symbolic pagodas with Mount Fuji in the background. Continue on from Mount Arakurayama and proceed to the Kawaguchiko craft park right next to Kawaguchi Lake. We prepare Wine beef lunch set or Houtou noodles lunch set for you to choose. If you prefer, after lunch you can take time to enjoy walking around the lake as you take in the scenic view of Mount Fuji's reflection on the water. After this, head to Oishi park which offers seasonal scenery with various types of flowers. Finally, stop by Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba which is located on the banks of Lake Saiko. Take a stroll through the village and marvel at the houses with thatched roofs which will give you a glimpse into life in Japan in the olden days. Conclude the tour at 6:00 PM when you will be dropped off in Shinjuku.

Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

8. Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

Start your tea ceremony experience by entering through the main gates of the Jotoku-ji Temple. You will pass the entrance to the Grand Tearoom on your left and a shop next to it and meet at the nearby red benches where your guide awaits. Whilst walking through the temple you are free to admire the architecture and stand by the purification fountain. Weather permitting, you are free to sit at the red benches and for a break. In the event of rain you can stand outside under the gable of the shop or wait in the Grand Tearoom. Once you have finished perusing the temple or sitting on the red benches taking in the atmosphere you are able to enter the Grand Tearoom where your instructor waits for you.  Start your tour of the Temple with a traditional purification ritual, a completely unique and insightful experience for Western visitors. Afterwards you will remove your shoes at the entrance of the Grand Tearoom and in your group, proceed inside to take your seat. Get the chance to sample matcha tea at its best. The Tea Master will guide you throughout, showing and explaining every step of the way. Throughout the ceremony you will be taught the fine art of drinking matcha tea and learn about the importance of the ceremony.

Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

9. Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

Located in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, built in 1958. Situated near the JR line station, Hamamatsucho, it's convenient to get to from anywhere in the city. The tower's bright red color makes it stand out from nearby buildings during the day and beautiful light-scapes at night make this landmark a truly breathtaking sight 24/7. The lighting concept is designed by the world-famous lighting designer Ishii Shogo, and the lighting time is between sunset and midnight. The color of the light changes in the seasons: burning bright white in the summer, and orange in the spring, autumn, and winter. The tower has a large observation deck at 490 feet and a special observation deck at 820 feet. It offers panoramic views of the city and even Mount Fuji on sunny days. In addition to the entrance of the observatory, there is also a themed aquarium and a variety of souvenirs available for purchase.

Osaka: Universal Studios Japan 1, 1.5, or 2-Day Entry Ticket

10. Osaka: Universal Studios Japan 1, 1.5, or 2-Day Entry Ticket

Discover the world-renowned attractions at the Universal Studio Japan park in Osaka. Enjoy interacting with rides in 10-themed zones including the Mario and Harry Potter zones. Engage the whole family with Minion-themed attractions.  Experience the world's first Mario-themed area at the Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge™ attraction which received two Thea Awards. Get lost in a magical world at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ attraction.  Make the little ones happy with attractions like the the "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" ride and the "Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream ride." Have access to a variety of tasty foods and drinks at vendors in the park.  Play exciting games and win fantastic prizes that are themed after your favorite characters.

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Hito was absolutely amazing. He navigated through the train station like a pro. He was so informative and recommended great places to eat. He even offered to help us if we needed assistance for the upcoming days that we plan to explore Tokyo on our own by giving me his phone number. He said to call him anytime. I really appreciated that! I recommend this tour for anyone who is a first time visitor to Japan! 👍🏼👍🏼

Ricardo went above and beyond during our tour. It was a rainy morning and he helped us navigate the city with minimal interruption to our tour. He had in-depth knowledge of Japan’s history and provided a great overview of cultural aspects of every day life in Japan. We will definitely recommend this tour to friends and family. Thank you Ricardo!

If you’re in Hiroshima, this tour is a must! Our guide Yugi was so friendly and knowledgeable on all things food as well as interesting facts and information relating to Hiroshima. The food was AMAZING! I left very full and happy! Thanks again Yugi.

Absolutely fantastic! Hide, our guide, was brilliant and knew all the great places. The bars were brill and food fantastic. We would never have found these places on our own.

Great time! The Guide was great, people were great, the bars were unique and ones you wouldn’t go in normally! Would recommend again!