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Half-Day Tokyo

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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 Visit Tokyo Tower and Meiji Shrine. Brief visit outside Akasaka Palace; entrance is prohibited. Drive by the National Diet Building Visit Imperial East Garden; if closed, visit the Double Bridge instead. Drive through Ginza Shopping District. Tour ends in Ginza; free at leisure to shop.

The price includes:
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
Private English-speaking tour guide and driver
Lunch, unless the no-lunch option is chosen

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


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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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 East Garden

Description : The East Garden is where most of the administrative buildings for the palace are located and encompasses the former Honmaru and Ninomaru areas of Edo Castle, a total of 210,000 m2 (2,300,000 sq ft). Located on the grounds of the East Garden is the Imperial Tokagakudo Music Hall, the Music Department of the Board of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household, the Archives and Mausolea Department Imperial Household Agency, structures for the guards such as the Saineikan dojo, and the Museum of the Imperial Collections.
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Meiji Shrine

Description : Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. After the emperor's death in 1912, the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate his role in the Meiji Restoration. An iris garden in an area of Tokyo where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken had been known to visit was chosen as the building's location.
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National Diet Building

Description : The Diet Building was completed in 1936 and is constructed purely out of Japanese building materials, with the exception of the stained glass, door locks, and pneumatic tube system. It is the place where both houses of the Diet of Japan, Japan’s bicameral legislature, meet.
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Tokyo Tower

Description : Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.5 m (1,091 ft) in height, it is the second tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Built in 1958, the tower's main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening. FootTown, a 4-story building located directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from here, guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-story Main Observatory is located at 150 m (490 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250m (820 ft).
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