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Enjoying both the traditional and contemporary sights of Tokyo


One-day trip

Enjoying both the traditional and contemporary sights of Tokyo

This tour offers glimpses of the traditional craftsmanship and customs inherited from the people of the Edo period, as well as the exciting contemporary scenes of Tokyo.

In the morning: Tour of Tsukiji Jou-gai Shijo
5-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or from Tsukiji Shijou Station on the Toei Oedo Line
Tsukiji Market
Tsukiji Market represents the typical wholesale market of Japan, running 24 hours a day. The general consumer is not allowed to shop there, but you are welcome to visit. On the other hand, there are 300 shops in the Jou-gai, or Off-market, where anyone can not only buy but also dine on sashimi, sushi or tempura made with fresh ingredients on the spot. Most of the shops are open from early morning till around noon. Note that shops are closed on Sundays and national holidays.

Go to Ryogoku Station from Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line (12 minutes).The Oedo Line is a relatively new subway line in Tokyo that opened in 2000.

Tour of "Edo-Tokyo Museum" in Ryogoku
In this very spacious museum, you can explore the history and folklore of Tokyo from the Edo period till the present day.

Ryogoku Kokugikan, the venue for the famous Grand Sumo Tournament, is located here.

Of the 6 tournaments held each year, the January, May and September tournaments take place at the Kokugikan venue. A visit to the "Sumo Museum" on the 1st floor is highly recommended.

There are many sumo practice stables around Kokugikan, so there is a chance that you might see sumo wrestlers out and about. There are also many restaurants where you can try the sumo wrestler's staple meal called "chanko", which is a one-pot stew made with broth, meat, fish and vegetables. Sumo wrestlers consume many helpings of chanko in order to put on weight and build up strength.

Go to JR Asakusabashi Station from JR Ryogoku Station, and change to the Toei Asakusa Line for Asakusa (10 minutes).

Walking tour of Sensoji Temple
It is believed that the Sensoji Temple was built in 628, making it the oldest temple in Tokyo. After passing through the Kaminarimon Gate, you will see many shops selling souvenirs. If you haven't had your lunch yet, how about trying tempura or sukiyaki at one of the long-established restaurants nearby?

Go to Akihabara Station from the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station (5 minutes).

Shopping for electrical products or animation goods in the Akihabara electronics quarter
Go to JR Tokyo Station, Marunouchi exit from JR Akihabara Station (3 minutes).

Round-trip tour of the Imperial Palace by double-decker bus
Enjoy a round-trip tour of the Imperial Palace, Ginza and Marunouchi on the double-decker open-top bus "Sky Bus Tokyo", which departs at 18:00 (45-minute trip). If you have extra time, why not enjoy the night view on the "Rainbow Bridge/Odaiba Trip" (2-hour round trip). Tour commentary is available in English, Korean and Chinese.

Night in Roppongi
Tokyo is known as a city that never sleeps, and there are many discos and bars for foreign visitors, particularly in Roppongi. On the 53rd floor of the huge "Roppongi Hills Mori Tower" is the Mori Art Museum, open till 10:00 p.m. except for Tuesday and on the 52nd floor is the observation deck, Tokyo City View open till 1:00 a.m. There is also a movie theater that stays open till late at night on weekends in Roppongi Hills, so you can relax and enjoy a movie after dinner.

*Photo (C) Roppongi Hills