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Tokyo 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

1. Tokyo 24-Hour 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 24-hour 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.

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Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

2. Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

Although public transportation in Tokyo is very convenient, it can also be quite pricey as individual trips typically cost from 100-500 yen. It may not seem like much when you tap your Suica card each time you pass through the ticket gate, but if you do the math at the end of the day, you'll find that it can add up to be quite a lot! There is a much cheaper alternative available: This 24, 48 or 72-hour Metro pass offers unlimited use during consecutive days within your chosen timeframe. Your pass provides unlimited access to all the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines within the Tokyo Metropolitan area, taking you anywhere in the city you may want to go.

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Made in Japan: Cultural Curiosities

3. Made in Japan: Cultural Curiosities

Your 3-hour Tokyo tour begins in the Ningyocho neighborhood, a district known for its timeless traditions and, as you’ll discover right away, tasty treats. The fragrance of cinnamon will lead you to a shop that specializes in Japanese sweets. Established in 1897, in the Meiji Era, this shop stays true to its origins. Visit an incense store that dates back to 1705, and learn about kōdō, the art of appreciating incense. You’ll also stop at a little gift shop that carries traditional Japanese items, from calligraphy tools to decorative wares. If you’re hungry by this point, that’s good, as you’ll be stopping at a snack shop from the Showa Era that features treats popular in the early 20th century, including candies, caramels, ramune soda, fish jerky, and bean paste snacks, to name a few. Next, you'll visit a shop that specialises in a traditional snack: senbei (rice crackers), a favourite in many Japanese households, which is happily gluten and dairy free. Try sweet kawara senbei (made from flour actually, not rice), as well as salty rice crackers, a favorite in many Japanese households. Cross the street to a shamisen shop, and learn a bit about this traditional Japanese stringed instrument. Then head to a local tenugui shop, where they sell woven hand towels depicting Japanese scenes. Your Tokyo tour guide will next show one of the 8 temples in Ningyocho. Visit a shrine where virtue, longevity, learning, and wealth are worshiped. You can offer a prayer here, and wash a coin to ensure a prosperous life. Visit the nearby neighborhood of Nihonbashi, a hub for merchants during the Edo period. Today, it’s predominantly a financial district that’s home to trading firms and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Although Nihonbashi is very much a modern neighborhood, you’ll find many traditional Japanese shops hidden in its alleyways and even within its department stores. Stop at a seaweed shop, as well as an old-fashioned stationery shop that was established in 1946. Admire the display of calligraphy brushes, inks, traditional paints, handmade greeting cards, and little dolls. Check out a toothpick shop that has been in business since 1704 and that gives a little something extra special to buyers: each toothpick is wrapped in a piece of paper with a poem. You’ll also stop at a katsuobushi shop that can be traced back more than 200 years. Katsuobushi, or fish shavings, is used to make fish broth, the very essence of Japanese cooking. Lastly, you’ll visit a shop that makes golden leaves at 0.0001 of a millimeter, traditionally used for decorating ceramics, furnishings, and even food. The tour ends at the Nihonbashi information center, where you’ll get to taste a few more traditional Japanese sweets before saying sayōnara.

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Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class

4. Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class

Visit the Tsukiji Outer Market and experience its lively and messy but also charmingly authentic atmosphere. Your local tour guide will show you around and give you insights about the area.  Then, continue to the cooking school and learn how to prepare some of the most typical Washoku (traditional dishes) at Japan’s largest cooking school. Prepare authentic dishes, such as rolled sushi, temari sushi, egg omelet and miso soup. A professional instructor will show you various cooking techniques. Finish your experience by enjoying your creations for lunch.

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What people are saying about Nihonbashi

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 618 reviews

Great tour guide, enjoyed the tour went very quickly as we stopped to enjoy the shops, history and sample the Japanese food. Our guide was very well informed and lovely. Would highly recommend. Family all said was well worth it and enjoyed the tour, even our 17 year old.

Taichi was a wonderful guide. We had a day of snow so he was very flexible about what to do and how to get around. The tour itself was great - many old establishments with uniqueness eats and wares. Would highly recommend.

Highly recommend this tour. Fun and informative. Make sure weather forecast is favorable as it is mostly outside.

Great way to see the city fast and chose what you want to get off and visit.

If you do not take JR arrange the transfer to the airport.