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.