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Afternoon Half-Day Tokyo by Motercoach

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Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. Tokyo is located in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo.

Tour Schedule
1 Drive through Ginza shopping district. Drive by the Imperial Palace. Visit Tasaki Pearl Gallery. Sumida River Cruise. Visit the rows of shops on Nakamise Street and Asakusa Temple. Drive through Kappabashi. Drive through Ueno and Akihabara (popular shopping districts). Tour ends in Akihabara; free at leisure to shop.

The price includes:
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
Private English-speaking tour guide and driver

The price excludes:
Pick-up and drop-off services to and from your hotel
Gratuities for the guides and drivers
Inbound and outbound international air

Activities

Akasaka Palace

Description : Akasaka Palace is a former imperial residence that functions today as the “State Guesthouse.” The palace is designated by the government of Japan as official accommodation for visiting state dignitaries. Located in the Moto, Akasaka area of Tokyo, the building took on its present function in 1974, having previously been an imperial detached palace. In 2009 the palace was designated a National Treasure of Japan. The main building is the only Neo-Baroque style Western building in Japan and one of biggest buildings constructed during the Meiji period.
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Akihabara

Description : Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chōme. Tools, electrical parts, wires, micro-sized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other specialty shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics.
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Ginza Shopping District

Description : Ginza is an upscale area of Tokyo with numerous department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses, and is recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. Many upscale fashion clothing flagship stores are located here, and has the highest concentration of western shops in Tokyo. Prominent are Chanel, Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. Flagship electronic retail stores like the Sony showroom and the Apple Store are also here.
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Imperial Palace

Description : Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo close to Tokyo Station and contains several buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the imperial family, an archive, museum and administrative offices. It is built on the site of the old Edo castle. The total area including the gardens is 7.41 sq km (2.86 sq mi). During the height of the 1980s Japanese property bubble, the palace grounds were valued by some as more than the value of all the real estate in the state of California.

Kappabashi

Description : Kappabashi, or Kitchen Town, is a street in Tokyo between Ueno and Asakusa which is almost entirely populated with shops supplying the restaurant trade. These shops sell everything from mass-produced crockery, restaurant furniture, ovens and decorations, through to esoteric items such as the plastic display food found outside Japanese restaurants. The street's name is believed to come from either the kappa (raincoats) of nearby residents which were hang out to dry on the bridge, or from a merchant named Kihachi Kappaya who funded the project to build Shinhorikawa River for water management. However, due to the homophone with the popular mythical creature, Kappa, the group of shops along the street officially adopted kappa as its mascot.
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Nakamise Street

Description : Nakamise Street, or Nakamise-dōri, leads up to Asakusa Kannon Temple. It is said to have come about in the early 18th century, when neighbors were granted permission to set up shops on the approach to the temple. It has a long and torrid history of being destroyed and built back up again thanks to government orders, earthquakes, and World War II. Today, the length of the street is approximately 250 meters and contains around 89 shops.
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Sumida River Cruise

Description : The Sumida River branches from the Arakawa River at Iwabuchi and flows into Tokyo Bay. Its tributaries include the Kanda and Shakujii rivers. Sumida River was once the path of the Ara-kawa, but towards the end of the Meiji era, the main flow of the Ara-kawa was diverted to prevent flooding. The cruise ship provides a perfect vantage point to appreciate the harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo.
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Tasaki Pearl Gallery

Description : At Tasaki Pearl Gallery, guests will be given the opportunity to view the process of pearl cultivation. There is also the option to participate in a contest, the winner of which will receive a cultured pearl.
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Ueno Shopping District

Description : Ueno has a popular shopping district with many shops selling reasonably-priced goods. Some of its most notable parts are Ameyoko and Takeya. Ameyoko is a packed shopping bazaar full of stalls selling almost anything you can imagine. If you are looking for a more typically "Asian" market street in Tokyo, with bargaining expected and friendly vendors trying to out-shout each other, this is it. Takeya is a discount store, the oldest in the Tokyo city. It sells an abundant numbers of goods at a reasonable price, from foods to watches to medicine.
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