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Sumida River: Japanese Traditional Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

1. Sumida River: Japanese Traditional Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

Enjoy the beautiful view of Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Bay on this traditional dinner boat cruise. Yakatabune is a traditional dinner boat cruise popular among locals and tourists to enjoy a delicious meal and fantastic views. The boat departs from Azumabashi, located in the heart of Asakusa. From here, you get onboard to the Yakatabune, a traditional Japanese dinner boat cruising down the Sumida River. Cruise through the city down the river to Tokyo Bay while your Japanese meal starts to be served. At Tokyo Bay, you can see a beautifully illuminated Tokyo city with the Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba. Make a stop here for you to climb up the roof of the boat and enjoy the panoramic view of the city and take memorable photos. Your cruise will continue with the rest of your meal being served at the Tokyo Skytree where you will have another stop for the view and photos. From there, return to the Azumabashi Bridge, where the cruise ends.

Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

2. Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

Cruise the bustling streets of Tokyo in your own private chariot on a fun sightseeing tour of the Asakusa district by rickshaw. Admire the beautiful Asakusa Shrine next to the city's oldest temple, and experience the everyday street life en route to the famous shoe shopping district of Hanakawado. Venture inside Sumida Park, most resplendent in spring when thousands of cherry trees are in bloom. Check out quirky Tanuki-doori, and the adult theaters of the historic Rokku Ward. Take souvenir photos of Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement park in Japan. Ride down Denpoin Street, where little has changed since World War II as you make your way back to the starting point. Book the 2-hour or 3-hour tour options and you will also see the Sensoji Temple, while guests on the 3-hour option can choose a memorial gift of a special Hello Kitty doll or original T-shirt.

Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

3. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

Asakusa: 2-hour history exploration

4. Asakusa: 2-hour history exploration

This tour allows you to experience an in-depth history tour in the most expedient but insightful manner. Enjoy the tour chock-full of interesting stories around development of Asakusa and Tokyo. Specifically, we will demystify intriguing historical facts including: 1) Why Sumida river is an origin of Senso-ji temple 2) How Senso-ji temple and Asakusa developed hand in hand 3) How Asakusa has become a forerunner of Japan's modernization 4) How the culture that flourished in the area impacted the world Other important features of the tour are: 1) Use of headsets to hear the guide clearly even from a distance; applicable to a group of 3 or more. 2) Tasting Japanese sweet snacks just made in the back the shops. 3) Each group is limited to 10 participants.

Tokyo: Asakusa Guided Tour with Tokyo Skytree Entry Tickets

5. Tokyo: Asakusa Guided Tour with Tokyo Skytree Entry Tickets

After having the Asakusa history tour, enjoy a 2-minute train ride crossing the Sumida river to the Tokyo Skytree Station right at the foot of the Skytree. This convenient railway system connects the historical neighborhood of Asakusa with the Tokyo Skytree area - two major and popular sightseeing spots in the city. Right after arriving at the Skytree, we will climb to both observation decks: first to the lower one with the height of 350m and then to the higher one with the height of 450m. There are lots of fun things to experience there. 1) Your guide will help you locate major landmarks. 2) Stand on the glass floor which gives visitors a direct downward view of the streets below. 3) Have your memorial photo taken; you have an option to buy the photo with a download link. 4) Buy and send a pictured postcard from the SKYTREE to any place on the globe. After getting down to the lower floor from the observation decks, you can stroll in the mega shopping complex to find souvenirs.

Tokyo: Asakusa to Odaiba Mizube Line River Cruise

6. Tokyo: Asakusa to Odaiba Mizube Line River Cruise

Navigate the canals and waterways of Tokyo, during a river cruise from the Asakusa district to Odaiba. This river cruise, or water taxi, is a convenient mode of transportation across the Tokyo Bay, allowing you to enjoy the scenery from the river during the journey. Start the river cruise at the Asakusa Pier or Odaiba Marine Park by showing your e-voucher at the ticket counter to receive your physical ferry ticket. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise to Odaiba, a district known for its entertainment and shopping. Admire the incredible skyline of the city along the way including sights such as the Tokyo Skytree, Hamarikyu Garden, and Rainbow Bridge. Arrive in Odaiba or Asakusa where this tour ends and you can discover the vibrant areas at your own pace. **Operation status on the day Please be sure to check on the day **Today's flight schedule : Ticket exchange time: Asakusa 9:00~15:00 / Odaiba 10:00~16:00

Live traditional music performance over dinner

7. Live traditional music performance over dinner

After having a bird's eye view of Asakusa from an observation deck in Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center with a guide's explanation, we will take you to a Japanese izakaya restaurant for live performance of traditional Japanese musical instruments over dinner. There are many things you can enjoy over the course of this tour. 1) Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Sitting at the very heart of Asakusa, this 7-story building provides a vantage point to overview the Asakusa area and beyond. The guide will brief you on major points of interest as you see the panoramic view around yourself. 2) We will move on to the restaurant as we walk through the Sensoji-temple. You will see all the must-see spots in its precinct including Kaminarimon (thunder) gate, Nakamise shopping street, Hozomon (treasure) gate, and the main hall. Once outside the precinct, observe the nostalgic and quaint atmosphere of the Asakusa area inhabited by commoners during the Edo period. 3) As we arrive at the izakaya restaurant, the guide will explain about the music and instruments to be played in a short while. 4) And of course, enjoy the restaurant's friendly atmosphere and unassuming dishes loved by locals. 5) Your stay in the restaurant will reach a crescendo when the award-winning musicians begin their performance. Enjoy the powerful sound of shamisen up close and traditional folk songs sung to it.

Tokyo Private Sightseeing Customizable Day Tour by Car & Van

8. Tokyo Private Sightseeing Customizable Day Tour by Car & Van

Welcome to Tokyo, the mesmerizing metropolis that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation. Join AHK Travels on our captivating Tokyo city tours and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy, fascinating culture, and iconic landmarks of this remarkable city. With our expert semi guides by your side, embark on a journey that will unveil the hidden secrets and renowned highlights of Tokyo. Explore the bustling streets of Shibuya, where the famous scramble crossing and fashionable shops await. Marvel at the serene beauty of the Meiji Shrine, nestled amidst lush greenery in the heart of the city. Discover the historical treasures of Asakusa, home to the renowned Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Experience the futuristic allure of Tokyo's modern architecture in the bustling districts of Shinjuku and Ginza. Indulge in the culinary delights of Tsukiji Fish Market or explore the tranquil gardens of the Imperial Palace. Whatever your interests, our customizable tours cater to your preferences, ensuring a personalized and unforgettable experience. Delve deeper into Tokyo's rich culture with visits to traditional tea houses, Sumida River cruises, or even a captivating Kabuki performance. Learn about the art of sushi-making from a master chef or try your hand at crafting beautiful origami creations. Our tours provide unique opportunities to engage with local traditions and create lasting memories. AHK Travels ensures your comfort and convenience throughout the tour. Our modern vehicles provide a relaxing and enjoyable journey, while our English-speaking guides offer informative commentary and insider knowledge. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, AHK Travels' Tokyo city tours offer an immersive and enchanting experience of this dynamic city. Let us be your guide as you delve into the heart and soul of Tokyo, discovering its vibrant neighborhoods, captivating history, and inspiring cultural treasures. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with cherished memories of your time in Tokyo.

Asakusa: Culture exploring bar visits after history tour

9. Asakusa: Culture exploring bar visits after history tour

This tour focuses on food and drink which constitute an integral pillar of Japan's culture and history. The tour starts with a non-gastronomical part. As we stroll through the Asakusa history tour course, the guide will demystify intriguing historical facts including: 1) Why Sumida river is an origin of Senso-ji temple 2) How Senso-ji temple and Asakusa developed hand in hand 3) How Asakusa has become a forerunner of Japan's modernization 4) How the culture that flourished in the area impacted the world After discovering Asakusa's charm, make your way to three distinct but typical izakaya restaurants. Izakaya is a place where locals come typically with co-workers and friends to relax away from the daily grind. Since Izakaya is commoners' favorite place, the offerings there are unassuming but closely tied to Japan's history and culture. The guide will help you unlock the myth of Japanese cuisine as you see how locals unwind there.

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I had a wonderful time on this tour! For starters, the company had to shift the specifics of the tour due to the previous restaurant closing due to COVID, and they dealt with all of those logistics and worked with me to find a new date that worked for me. The tour guide, Yoko, is very knowledgeable and kind, giving an overview of the history of Asakusa and answering a variety of other questions I had about the area. She was also willing to adjust the tour somewhat based on my interests, which was great, and happily helped take some photos and sent them to me afterward. Then the dinner at the restaurant was delicious and the Shamisen performance was absolutely incredible. Honestly had a great time and would readily recommend this tour for folks interested in getting to know Asakusa and some Japanese history.

Great Japanese experience! If you and a group or couple want to enjoy a real Japanese meal in a nice boat book this! The experience was great, you boarded the boat and you have a reserved table inside with your name. You are sitting on the floor and served free drinks. The Japanese dinner was quite good, fresh tempura, sashimi, rice, cold noodles, and a small dessert. Great atmosphere to see Tokyo at night, the boat will stop and you can go up on the roof of the boat to take pictures. Expensive but well worth it!

Great experience, well organised, (we were met at the meeting point with a sign) ,authentic, we learned a lot about Asakusa area in an hour and a bit! We had blankets and our seats in the rickshaw had heating pads, so we were not cold despite it being February! Our guide Yuki was very knowledgeable and took great pictures of our family ! Definitely recommend!

Walking directions to the boat station from the train station was a bit confusing but we found it in time. Suggest to be at the train station 30 minutes before the boat sked.

Make sure organizer emails tickets prior. Good experience though