Japan (6 Days)

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Yokohama, Japan to Keelung, Taiwan
Dates: 07 Dec 2018 - 12 Dec 2018

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
07 Dec 2018
Yokohama, Japan
5:00 PM
DAY 2
08 Dec 2018
Shimizu, Japan
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
DAY 3
09 Dec 2018
Osaka, Japan
9:00 AM 10:00 PM
DAY 4
10 Dec 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 5
11 Dec 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 6
12 Dec 2018
Keelung, Taiwan
7:00 AM
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About the Ship

Coral Princess
Diamond Princess®

Diamond Princess® is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theater. And for a unique treat visit the IZUMI Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations | All on-board meals and entertainment | Port charges

Not Included

  • Airfare | Items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically mentioned as included

About Us

At Princess Cruises, we believe in the power of discovery. That's why we design experiences that bring our guests as close as possible with the wonders of the world around them—whether in the Alaskan wilderness or in the warmth of the Caribbean. It's through these experiences that our guests can find a moment of change and come back new. Our marketing campaign highlights the most special gift we can offer our guests: change. It's what's at the heart of our come back new promise. It's the result of the destinations we sail to, the experiences we offer, and the passionate dedication of our crew.

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Get a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes action on the Princess Cruises Ultimate Ship Tour. Final stop is the command center, where you'll meet the Captain and enjoy breathtaking views from the bridge!

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Yokohama, Japan - 07 Dec 2018

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length:
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
VIP Airport Arrival Service
Airports are becoming more congested. Gates are being placed further from the baggage claim arenas. Immigration lines are getting longer. Baggage assistance has become scarce.

ShoreTrips VIP Airport Arrival Service will try to eliminate the most frustrating part of any vacation - your airport experience.

After receiving your request, we will provide a customized quote based on services requested.

This service is designed for travelers who want to travel with ease.

VIP arrival service may include the following: VIP escort service from your plane or gate to the curb, immigration and customs fast tracking and luggage assistance to the curb.

If you wish, we will also provide a private transfer to your hotel or cruise ship pier.

Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- By booking this trip you are making a request. Once your request is received we will provide you with a quote based on the services requested. If you have questions contact ShoreTrips.

Offered by: eatwith (formerly known as VizEat)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Meals: Dinner
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine • Walking & Biking
TANTALIZING COOKING CLASS IN A TRADITIONAL TOKYO HOME WITH A SUPERMARKET TO

Shino from Tokyo :

"Learn how to make sushi and enjoy local meals with friendly hosts, Shino and Shigeru. The highlight of this event is visiting Japanese local house. You can touch and share the way of Japanese life in Tokyo. You also can learn how to make sushi and how to slice fish, and then enjoy a multi course local meals and desserts.

After meeting at Meguro station in Tokyo which is about 5 minutes ride from Shibuya and 10 minutes ride from Roppongi, let's visit a local supermarket and see what ingredients you will eat. And then please come to our house which is about 5 min walk from Meguro station for making sushi. Our house is typical traditional Japanese style, so you may also enjoy it because currently, most of Japanese live in westernized high-rise.

As for sushi-making, you can study three different styles of sushi with various toppings and ingredients. Miso soup and Japanese healthy dessert will be served as well. Shino will tell you the secret of slicing fish and the art of sushi making with special ingredients you’ve never seen in your country! Shino is also a certified “sake navigator”. She can offer sake tasting experience upon request.

After we will make various colorful sushis, let's eat with and talk with! We really love to meet people, talk with people and know your impression on amazing/weird Japan.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Tokyo."

Offered by: Context Travel
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Tasting Tsukiji, a Market Tour

Japan’s cuisine is heavily influenced by the seasons and geography. Seafood plays an important role in diet, and Tsukiji fish market, the world’s largest, is the center of seafood in Tokyo. The market is divided into two sections—the wholesale inner market and the retail outer market. On the inside, the smell of fish hangs in the air as fishmongers in rubber boots hold the iconic pre-dawn tuna auctions. Outside is a labyrinth of shops selling everything from seafood and dried snacks to unique kitchen tools and wasabi in its raw form. The bustling, narrow walkways are filled with the sounds of business and chatter as locals buy up the freshest catches. During our three-hour Tsukiji outer market tour, we’ll visit a bevy of these stalls to further our discussion on Japanese food culture past and present and how being an island affects this.

Tsukiji district was built from land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay; tsukiji translates to “reclaimed land.” To see what the area looked like before the market was built in 1935, we’ll start our walk at an exhibition of historical woodblock prints and of photographs of the market’s famous tuna auctions. We’ll then begin our market visit, starting off at handful of small shops that sell restaurant-quality kitchen supplies like hand-forged knives. Exploring the many kitchen tools on offer, our docent will explain how different items are used to create some of the dishes we’ll see later in the tour.Japanese food really plays to the senses. As we eat in restaurants and graze at stalls throughout our time together, we’ll see how impeccably presented meals are, from a hearty selection of humble rice balls to delicate sashimi. The dishes not only taste superb but are aesthetically pleasing. During our walk, we’ll sample a variety of key ingredients, from pickled things (tsukemono) to ingredients for authentic miso soup broth. Pickling plays an important role in Japanese cuisine because it allows seasonal foods to be preserved for consumption throughout the year. Tsukemono are served with almost every meal, with cucumbers and daikon being the most common. At Tsukiji, we’ll see a rainbow of pickled produce, from eggplant to Japanese plums (ume).

For our sit-down lunch, we may go for raw fish served over bowls of rice (kaisendon), or tempura, curry, or sushi, depending on preferences. We’ll continue eating our way through the outer market, where we may make stops for tamagoyaki, the rolled, slightly sweet omelet, pomegranate vinegar, meat dumplings, and gluten in assorted forms. We’ll wrap up on a sweet note, with a Tsukiji-only twist on the traditional taiyaki, fish-shaped cakes made of crispy pancake batter and filled with red bean paste, with or without a tangy apricot center.

After a delicious walk through Tsukiji outer market, we’ll leave with all five senses satisfied and with a better understanding of the influences on Japanese cuisine.

Offered by: Context Travel
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Custom walk (Tokyo)

We can design a wide variety of private itineraries for people with special interests, lasting from 2 hours to 3 days. Drawing on our network of docents and range of other services, the limits of a custom itinerary are circumscribed only by the bounds of our collective imagination.

Please contact us at info@contexttravel.com with details about your request. Once we receive your request we will reach out to you to discuss its feasibility and provide a quote.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Tsukiji Fish Market
If you think Pike's Place Market in Seattle is impressive, you haven't seen anything yet! Handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day, the Tsukiji Fish Market offers a wide variety of sights, sounds, and smells that will capture your senses and invigorate your day. With a guide by your side the whole way, you will start by exploring the wholesale area which represents the main hub for buyers and sellers. As trucks whiz by with hawkers shouting at the top their lungs, you will develop a new appreciation of this historic trade that has greatly shaped the area. By the time you arrive, most of the local workers have already been there for 5 hours!

The outside market is where the portions are a little more appropriate for your appetite and this is the perfect place to track down some local delicacies. Endless stands of fish, vegetables, spices, and sushi provide an inside scoop in to how the locals prepare meals in an area where seafood reigns supreme. Many people say that you haven't had a true Tsukiji Fish Market experience until you have indulged in a sushi breakfast, so weigh your options as you peruse the aisles!

Departures:
08:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes as this is a walking tour.
- You will be prompted to indicate any food allergies during check out.
- Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and then you will take public transportation to the Tsukiji Fish Market.
- The cost of transportation to and from the hotel is not included in the price of this tour.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Tokyo Intro With Airport To Hotel Transfer
This is a one way transfer from the Narita Airport to your area hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide for the duration of 4 hours who will direct the driver to some of Tokyo's main highlights on the way to your destination. Following your hotel check in the guide will take you on a short walk while giving you an introduction to the area. This is the perfect way to get acclimated in this bustling metropolis!

Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- The operator of this tour suggests that each participant purchases a travel insurance policy that will cover them for injuries and illnesses while in Japan due to the extreme costs of hospitalization and medical services.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Pop Culture In Toyko
You cannot help but notice the contrast between the young and the old in Tokyo. Though not all the those who are members of the older generation are illiterate to the new world of pop culture, and it is true that not every person under the age of 30 is immersed in anime and manga, but the involvement is clear as you walk the streets.

Begin this tour with your guide using public transportation, in itself a novelty for those not used to the discipline of this country. You will begin at one of 3 of Tokyo's centers of youth fashion and pop culture by arriving in Shibuya. This is the main center for youth fashion and culture, whose streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends.

It is home to the celebrated 5 way "scramble crossing". It is comparable to a happening, where the area is packed with shoppers, students, young couples and commuters. When the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like marbles spilling out of a box.

Next is Harajuku and the famous Takeshita, also called Cat Street. Whether you are a goth, punk or anything in between, there is a shop in Harajuku that will cater to whatever you are looking for. And even if this is not your thing, it is an entertaining walk and you will be inconspicuous only in the fact that no one cares what you look like here.

Third on the list is Akihabara, made famous for its many electronics shops. This is also known as Electric Town, it has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku culture. Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom. Now many of the shops that are devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in this district, and as you walk through the area, you will easily target those that will be your favorites.

End the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea in one of Tokyo's famous maid cafes where the waitresses dress up and act like maids. They expect you to want a photograph with them and will comply as part of the tour.

Departures:
01:30 PM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- This tour is a walking tour and using public transportation to move from district to district.

Offered by: eatwith (formerly known as VizEat)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 5 Hours
Meals: Lunch
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine • Walking & Biking
SUSHI COOKING LESSON AFTER THE WORLD BIGGEST FISH MARKET TOUR (MON/FRI ONLY

Shino from Tokyo :

"Let's meet at 8:30 am at a hotel lobby in central Tokyo and walk around the inside and outside of the world biggest fish market. You must be surprised to see sumo-wrestler size tuna cutting, live shrimps jumping and octopuses wriggling. You also can visit any wholesales which relate sushi cooking. Japanese knife store, tea leaf shop and pottery wholesale and others! Please tell me if you have something to see and buy at the market.

After getting the best and freshest tuna at the market, we will take you to my house, which is traditional Japanese style. you can study three different styles of sushi with various toppings and ingredients. Miso soup and Japanese healthy dessert will be served as well. Shino will tell you the secret of slicing fish and the art of sushi making with special ingredients you've never seen in your country!

After we will make colorful sushis, let's eat with and talk with! We really love to meet people, talk with people and would like to know your impression on amazing/weird Japan."

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Kanazawa, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Kanazawa And Gokayama Highlights Tour
As all drives are in Japan, you will enjoy the one hour of scenery as you drive to Gokayama. It is believed that Gokayama, which means five valleys, was so named because it was a village among five valleys: Akao-dani, Kami-Nashi-dani, Shimo-Nashi-dani, Otani, and Toga-dani along the Sho-gawa River.

The unique housing in Gokayama does not use any nails for construction. The houses in the area are built in the style called 'gassho-zukuri' and have three or four floors. The steep roofs are at 60 degrees to prevent snow building up on them. The roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. This mountain village, which has a group of gassho-zukuri houses, received worldwide attention when the village was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995. Specifically, the gassho villages were recognized as valuable cultural assets to be preserved for later generations, and became Japan's sixth World Cultural Heritage Site.

The unique experience of creating Japanese Washi Paper is included in the visit after which you will move on to Kanazawa, an hour's drive away, where you will enjoy a typical Japanese lunch.

Kanazawa was one of the few major Japanese cities to be spared fire bombing during World War II. It is a thriving center of the arts, long known for its lacquer ware, outstanding collectible pottery of the Kutani style, gold-leaf workmanship and delicate hand-painting of silk for kimonos and Noh theatre dramas. The narrow and winding cobblestone streets have a quaint photogenic charm. Kenrokuen Garden is by far the most famous part of Kanazawa.

Originally built as the outer garden of Kanazawa castle, it was opened to the public in 1875. It is considered one of the "three most beautiful gardens in Japan" and is filled with a variety of trees, ponds, waterfalls and flowers stretching over 25 acres. In winter, the park is notable for its yukitsuri – ropes attached in a conical array to trees to support the branches under the weight of the heavy wet snow, thereby protecting the trees from damage.

Your guide will take you through the gardens and you will enjoy some green tea here before moving to the Omicho Market, established about the middle of the 18th century. Since then, it has been supporting the gastronomic culture of Kanazawa for more than 280 years. Here you can find everything the locals use, whether it is importing or made locally. There are as many as 170 stores including a large number of fish stores that sell fresh fish and seafood caught in the Sea of Japan, vegetable stores that sell unique Kaga vegetables, fruit stores, dried food and marine product stores, grocery stores, and clothing stores besides restaurants. This is always a way to get a true feel of a destination and here in Japan, it is always a wonderful scene.

Departures:
09:00 AM, 08:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- This tour will include easy walking along with driving.
- Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Modern Tokyo Tour
What better way to get acclimated to a city than going directly to its heart the moment you arrive? Forget the formalities. Put away your cold feet. Dive into Tokyo head first! Your experienced guide will get you quickly acclimated as you venture into Tokyo's famous Shinjuku district. With the busiest train station in the world and Tokyo's government hub, you will get a taste of life in Japan's city that never sleeps.

Your options of sites to see in Shinjuku are endless. Tokyo's Metropolitan Government Building is at the center of a forest of skyscrapers and provides the best views of the city from the easily- accessed observation rooms. Continuing through the city, make your way to the Kabuki-cho, a center for luxury and gratification. This incredible labyrinth of clubs, bars, cabarets, and ethnic restaurants will have your eyes darting in every direction. If you need a break from the neon lights and city streets, the Shinjuku Gyoen isn't too far away. This large garden-park offers horticulture from Japan, France, and England with an opportunity to relax at a traditional teahouse. Tokyo's mini-Manhattan will capture all of your senses!

A stop at the Meiji shrine provides the perfect opportunity to explore the many cultural traditions of Tokyo. Much more than just a shrine, the grounds and courtyards throughout this area play host to events ranging from musical performances to traditional, yet visually stunning, weddings. Keep your eye out for the Second Torii gate and head towards the Inner Garden. Taking up 83,000 square meters and full of purple, pink, and white irises, you can't help but feel a sense of ease come over you. Before your time at the shrine is done, make sure to make a wish on a Ema or Votive Tablet for the ever-present spirits to review.

Visiting Harajuku will then take you to the world-famous modern fashion district of Japan. Accessed by crossing the Jingu Bridge that connects Harajuku with the Meiji shrine, this hotbed for forward-thinking fashion will have you rethinking your wardrobe for better or worse. You won't want to miss the "Spiral" building, which many consider a masterpiece, by architect Fumihiko Marki. Combining visual arts, theater, restaurants, art, and fashion the curving ramp throughout the structure sets the perfect ambience. A day in Tokyo's West Side well spent!

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Please contact ShoreTrips if you are interested in combining aspects of the East Side tour.
- The cost of lunch is included in the price of this tour.

- The operator of this tour suggests that each participant purchases a travel insurance policy that will cover them for injuries and illnesses while in Japan due to the extreme costs of hospitalization and medical services.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Traditional Tokyo Tour
Hearing about the transformation of Tokyo's Shiodome district will leave you amazed at the turnover amongst its infrastructure. Originally a flooded marshland separating the Imperial Palace from Tokyo Bay, Shiodome has transformed into one of the most modern regions in all of Tokyo and has been booming since the start of the 2000s. From entertainment complexes to business super centers, this 11-part district continues to gain attention from metropolises around the world! Make sure to enjoy the view while approaching the towering skyline before the skyscrapers swallow your panorama of the surrounding area.

The many faces of Tokyo will then take you to Ueno, arguably the area's strongest cultural sector. With no high-rise buildings or busy shopping malls, this district will provide you with a fresh take on one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Right off Ueno station, you will enter the aptly named Ueno Park. The beauty of this area needs no introduction and is immediatley seen in the thousands of Cherry Blossoms that line the walkways. With close to 9,000 trees and a unique collection of birds, this sanctuary away from Tokyo's concrete jungle is the highlight for many first-time visitors. From markets to museums to the famous Shinobazu Pond, Ueno park offers endless opportunities to experience authentic Japan.

Your next stop will get you away from the crowds and into Yanaka, which many consider the "hidden" district of Tokyo. As you make your way through the narrow streets of one of Tokyo's few old quarters, you will feel as if you are removed from city life and immersed in the charm of a small town. Surviving the fire bombs of War World II, the sloping hills of Yakata will be the perfect slow down to your day as you meander through the historic residential streets. If you're interested, catch a glimpse of Yamaka's cemetery, which is home to Japan's most famous public figures.

Asakusa's Senso-ji Temple will be your final destination. Tokyo's oldest and most significant temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy and will have an everlasting impact on your visit. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the "Thunder Gate" as you make your way to the main temple with a five-story pagoda to your left. Since its partial destruction in World World II, the Senso-ji Temple has been rebuilt as a symbol of rebirth for the local community and will serve as a perfect ending to your day!

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- This tour uses public transportation. You will not be able to bring luggage on this tour. The guide will meet you either at your central Tokyo hotel or at the Harumi Port Terminal...but not at the Yokohama Port.
- Please contact ShoreTrips if you are interested in combining aspects of the West Side tour.
- The cost of lunch is included in the price of this tour.
- The operator of this tour suggests that each participant purchase a travel insurance policy that will cover them for injuries and illnesses while in Japan due to the extreme costs of hospitalization and medical services.
- Some of the buildings and options have entrance fees. We do not include the entrance fees as everyone has different interests. Your guide will help you determine what you will be most interested in and tell you any extra cost. If you choose to take the boat ride on the Shinobazu Pond, that is also not included in the tour cost.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Pre-Cruise Modern Tokyo Tour
What better way to get acclimated with a city than going directly to its heart the moment you arrive? Forget the formalities. Put away your cold feet. Dive into Tokyo head first! Your experienced guide will get you quickly acclimated as you venture into Tokyo's famous Shinjuku district. With the busiest train station in the world and Tokyo's government hub, you will get a taste of life in Japan's city that never sleeps.

Your options of sites to see in Shinjuku are endless. Tokyo's Metropolitan Government Building is at the center of a forest of sky scrapers and provides the best views of the city from the easily accessed observation rooms. Continue through the city life and make your way to the Kabuki-cho, a center for luxury and gratification. This incredible labyrinth of clubs, bars, cabarets and ethnic restaurants will have your eyes darting in every direction. If you need a break from the neon lights and city streets the Shinjuku Gyoen isn't too far away. This large garden-park offers horticulture from Japan, France and England with an opportunity to relax at a traditional teahouse. Tokyo's mini-Manhattan will capture all of your senses!

A stop at the Meiji shrine provides the perfect opportunity to explore the many cultural traditions of Tokyo. Much more than just a shrine, the grounds and courtyards throughout this area play host to events ranging from musical performances to traditional but visually stunning weddings. Keep your eye out for the Second Torii gate and head towards the Inner Garden. Taking up 83,000 square meters and full of purple, pink and white Irises you can't help but feel a sense of ease come over your body. Before your time at the shrine is done make sure to make a wish on a Ema or Votive Tablet for the ever present spirits to review.

Visiting Harajuku will then take you to the world famous modern fashion district of Japan. Accessed by crossing the Jingu Bridge that connects Harajuku with the Meiji shrine this hotbed for fashion forward thinking will have you rethinking your wardrobe for better or worse. You won't want to miss the "Spiral" building which many consider a masterpiece by architect Fumihiko Marki. Combining visual arts, theater, restaurants, art and fashion the curving ramp throughout the structure sets the perfect ambience. A day in Tokyo's west side well spent!

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Contact ShoreTrips if you are interested in combining aspects of the East side tour.
- Price of lunch is included.
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Pre-Cruise Traditional Tokyo Tour
Hearing about the transformation of Tokyo's Shiodome district will leave you amazed at the turnover amongst its infrastructure. Originally a flooded marshland separating the Imperial Palace from Tokyo Bay, Shiodome has transformed into one of the most modern regions in all of Tokyo and has been booming since the start of the 2000s. From entertainment complexes to business super centers, this 11 part district continues to gain attention from metropolises around the world! Make sure to enjoy the view while approaching the towering skyline before the skyscrapers swallow your panorama of the surrounding area.

The many faces of Tokyo will then take you to Ueno, arguably the areas strongest cultural sector. With no high rise buildings or busy shopping malls this district will provide you with a fresh take on one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Right off Ueno station you will enter the aptly named Ueno Park. The beauty of this area needs no introduction and is immediately seen in the thousands of Cherry Blossoms that line the walkways. With close to 9,000 trees and a unique collection of birds this sanctuary away from Tokyo's concrete jungle is the highlight for many first time visitors. From markets to museums to the famous Shinobazu Pond, Ueno park offers endless opportunities to experience authentic Japan.

Your next stop will get you away from the crowds and into Yanaka which many consider the "hidden" district of Tokyo. As you make your way through the narrow streets of one of Tokyo's few old quarters you will feel as if you are removed from the city life and immersed in the charm of a small town. Surviving the fire bombs of War World II the sloping hills of Yakata will be the perfect slow down to your day as you meander through the historic residential streets. If you build up the courage find some to catch a glimpse of Yamaka's cemetery which is home to Japan's most famous public figures.

Asakusa's Senso-ji Temple will be your final destination. Tokyo's oldest and most significant temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy and will have an everlasting impact on your visit. Upon arriving you will be welcomed by the "Thunder Gate" as you make your way to the main temple with a five story Pagoda to your left. Since its partial destruction in World World II the Senso-Ji temple has been rebuilt as a symbol of rebirth for the local community and will serve as a perfect ending to your day!

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Contact ShoreTrips if you are interested in combining aspects of the West side tour.
- Price of lunch is included.
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.

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