Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan

Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866.

Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience.

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."

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Points of Interest

  • Imperial Palace Plaza
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Great Buddha of Kamakura (Diabutsu)
  • Hakone Ropeway-Owakudani-Lake Ashi
  • Mount Fuji
  • Sankeien Gardens
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  • Imperial Palace Plaza

    The residence of Japan's Imperial Family boasts a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo.

  • Meiji Shrine

    Dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, the father of modern Japan, the Meiji Shrine stands in a dense forest glade at the very heart of Tokyo. Its setting symbolizes the separation of the spiritual from the worldly.

  • Sensoji Temple

    Sensoji was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy in the early 7th century. Today, Sensoji Temple is Tokyo's oldest temple.

  • Tokyo Tower

    Taller than the Eiffel Tower by approximately 30 feet, Tokyo Tower is in the record books as Japan's 2nd highest self-supporting iron structure at 1,092 feet.

  • Great Buddha of Kamakura (Diabutsu)

    This monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha is located at the Kôtoku-in Temple in Kamakura. According to temple records, it probably dates back to 1252 in the Kamakura period.

  • Hakone Ropeway-Owakudani-Lake Ashi

    Japan's famed Hakone National Park, a ropeway journey that promises such spectacular views as the crystal-clear waters of Lake Ashi and the volcanic fumes of Owakudani.

  • Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 12,389 feet, and one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains." Its exceptionally symmetrical cone is a well-known symbol of Japan.

  • Sankeien Gardens

    Once the private gardens of a wealthy silk merchant, Sankeien Gardens features sculpted trees, lily ponds, graceful bridges and historic buildings collected from around Japan.

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Sankeien Gardens

2.5 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-220
  • Sankeien Gardens

Explore the beautifully landscaped grounds at Sankeien Garden on this half-day tour. Begin with a drive to the Garden. En route, you'll pass Port Opening Memorial Hall, built in 1917 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama, and Yokohama Stadium, the first amphitheater-style multipurpose stadium in Japan. Upon arriving at Sankeien Garden, you'll marvel at this Japanese-style garden designed and landscaped by Hara Sankei, a wealthy silk merchant. The garden boasts a pond, small rivers, flowers, scrolling trails, and buildings of historic importance from Kyoto and Kamakura. In 1906, Sankei opened the garden to the public, and in 1953, the Hara family donated the garden to Yokohama City. Together with your guide, you'll tour the garden's collection of buildings (exterior view) and see its elegant daimyo (feudal lord) residence, main hall and three-storied pagoda of Kyoto's old Tomyoji Temple. Reboard your motorcoach and return to your ship on a 50-minute narrated scenic drive through Yokohama.

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Kamakura: Image Of The Great Buddha & Shrine

4.5 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-200
  • Great Buddha of Kamakura (Diabutsu)

Travel to Kamakura, the capital of Japan's first shogunate, on this half-day tour. En route, you'll drive down Wakamiya-Oji, the city's famous mile-and-a-half-long avenue lined with cherry trees, azaleas, restaurants and shops. Your first stop is the 750-year-old Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple. Cast by order of Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura shogunate, you'll be awestruck at this 38-feet-high bronze statue. Next, you'll continue to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. Originally built in 1063 in Zaimokuza, once home to Japan's oldest harbor, it was moved to its present location by Minamoto no Yoritomo. In 1191, he built its main pavilion to celebrate the establishment of the Minamoto Shogunate. Your last stop is Komachi-Dori Street, where you'll have free time to browse through its traditional and modern shops and boutiques.

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Tokyo On Your Own

7.5 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-185
  • Tokyo Tower

Board your motorcoach for the 1.25 hour-drive from Yokohama to Shinjuku, passing Yokohama Bay Bridge and Haneda Airport. Disembark at your designated rendezvous for approximately 5 hours of free time. Shinjuku offers several attractions. The Tokyo Metropolitan City Government office observation deck rises above NisiGuchi (West gate), HigashiGuchi (East gate) and Minami guchi (South Gate). Shinjuku is a district of skyscrapers and luxury shops. Moviegoers will recognize the Park Hyatt Tokyo from the film "Lost in Translation." Close by are Meiji Shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen by train or subway. The shrine commemorates the emperor who led Japan into the modern world while the Gyoen is a beautiful garden and one of the prime cherry-blossom viewing sites in Honshu. Or Head for Shinjuku Station, the city's busiest train terminal. Approximately half a million riders pass through the station each day. Tokyo's famed Ginza is a short train ride away. Rejoin your motorcoach at your designated rendezvous for the return to the ship.

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Guided in Chinese: Kamakura: Image Of The Great Buddha & Shrine

4.5 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-203
  • Great Buddha of Kamakura (Diabutsu)

Travel to Kamakura, the capital of Japan's first shogunate, on this half-day tour. En route, you'll drive down Wakamiya-Oji, the city's famous mile-and-a-half-long avenue lined with cherry trees, azaleas, restaurants and shops. Your first stop is the 750-year-old Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple. Cast by order of Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura shogunate, you'll be awestruck at this 38-feet-high bronze statue. Next, you'll continue to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. Originally built in 1063 in Zaimokuza, once home to Japan's oldest harbor, it was moved to its present location by Minamoto no Yoritomo. In 1191, he built its main pavilion to celebrate the establishment of the Minamoto Shogunate. Your last stop is Komachi-Dori Street, where you'll have free time to browse through its traditional and modern shops and boutiques.

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City Drive & Tokyo Tower

4 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-290
  • Tokyo Tower

Get a bird's eye view of Tokyo on this half-day excursion designed for those who prefer less walking. Your tour begins with a scenic, 60-minute drive to Tokyo, the world's largest city. En route, pass by the modern skyscrapers and the Kabukiza Theater where the traditional kabuki drama is performed throughout the year. Also on your itinerary is the Ginza district, Tokyo's most famous upscale shopping, dining and entertainment district. Upon arriving in Tokyo, you'll visit the Tokyo Tower, Japan's 2nd tallest self-supporting steel tower. Tokyo Tower was completed in 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power, and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. From the Grand Observation platform, 492 feet high, you'll get a breathtaking view of Tokyo, and perhaps catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the distance.

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Guided in Chinese: City Drive & Tokyo Tower

4 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-293
  • Tokyo Tower

Get a bird's eye view of Tokyo on this half-day excursion designed for those who prefer less walking. Your tour begins with a scenic, 60-minute drive to Tokyo, the world's largest city. En route, pass by the modern skyscrapers and the Kabukiza Theater where the traditional kabuki drama is performed throughout the year. Also on your itinerary is the Ginza district, Tokyo's most famous upscale shopping, dining and entertainment district. Upon arriving in Tokyo, you'll visit the Tokyo Tower, Japan's 2nd tallest self-supporting steel tower. Tokyo Tower was completed in 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power, and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. From the Grand Observation platform, 492 feet high, you'll get a breathtaking view of Tokyo, and perhaps catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the distance.

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Debark Tour Haneda Airport - Meiji Shrine & Temple

5 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-965
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Sensoji Temple

Experience Tokyo, an astounding city where the 21st century coexists with the spirit of ancient Japan. A scenic drive to Tokyo affords you a glimpse at the modern skyscrapers, Ginza district and other landmarks in the city's center. Your first stop is Meiji Shrine, an imposing structure with twin 40 feet tall Torii gates, one of the largest in Japan. Your tour continues to Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. You'll marvel at Nitenmon or Kaminarimon Gate, bedecked with a huge red paper lantern, and Nakamise-dori, the "Street of Inside Shops," an alley lined with souvenirs and handmade crafts. Browse and grab a snack before rejoining your coach for the journey to Haneda Airport.

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Debark Tour Narita Airport - Meiji Shrine & Temple

5.5 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-960
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Sensoji Temple

Experience Tokyo, an astounding city where the 21st century coexists with the spirit of ancient Japan. A scenic drive to Tokyo affords you a glimpse at the modern skyscrapers, Ginza district and other landmarks in the city's center. Your first stop is Meiji Shrine, an imposing structure with twin 40 feet tall Torii gates, one of the largest in Japan. Your tour continues to Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. You'll marvel at Nitenmon or Kaminarimon Gate, bedecked with a huge red paper lantern, and Nakamise-dori, the "Street of Inside Shops," an alley lined with souvenirs and handmade crafts. Browse and grab a snack before rejoining your coach for the journey to Narita Airport.

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Mt. Fuji & Hakone National Park

9 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-110
  • Mount Fuji
  • Hakone Ropeway-Owakudani-Lake Ashi

Take to the sky and sea on an exploration of Japan's famed Hakone National Park. Your tour begins with a scenic, 2 1/2-hour drive to the park. Keep your camera ready, as photo opportunities abound. Upon arriving, you'll board a 18-passenger aerial gondola for a 8-minute ropeway journey to Owakudani Valley Station. You'll be awestruck by the breathtaking views of the park and Owakudani Valley's boiling and smoking thermal springs. Next, you'll board a unique, Vikingstyle boat for a 30-minute cruise across Lake Ashi, a mountain lake created by volcanic activity. Along the way, your guide will point out such sights as the forest-clad mountain slopes and Mt.Fuji's majestic cone. A hearty Western-style lunch rounds out this all-day tour.

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Best of Tokyo

8.5 hours | Tokyo (Yokohama) | YOK-100
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Sensoji Temple

Experience Tokyo, an astounding city where the 21st century coexists with the spirit of ancient Japan. A scenic drive to Tokyo affords you a glimpse at the modern buildings, Ginza district and other landmarks in the city's center. Your first photo stop is the Imperial Palace plaza, where you'll explore the exterior of the palace's spacious grounds surrounded by moats, then make your way to Nijubashi Bridge, a picturesque two-tier bridge, for a photo opportunity. Next, you'll visit Meiji Shrine, an imposing structure with twin 40 feet tall Torii gates, one of the largest in Japan. Your tour continues to Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. You'll marvel at Nitenmon or Kaminarimon Gate, bedecked with a huge red paper lantern, and Nakamise-dori, the 'Street of Inside Shops,' an alley lined with souvenirs and handmade crafts. A lunch at a Tokyo hotel rounds out this all-day tour.

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