River trip from Hinode Pier to Asakusa
Tokyo was once a city that lived by its rivers and canals. During the Edo period almost all commerce came to the capital on waterways. As wheeled transport, particularly rail, grew, the rivers and canals declined. In recent years, the city’s main river, the Sumida, has been cleaned up and river traffic is on the increase again.
A river trip from Hinode Pier to Asakusa in Northern Tokyo provides a little-seen view of Tokyo. From Hinode the boat starts back up the river, passing between Tsukiji and Tsukuda Island, which escaped the worst of the World War II bombing and remain a centre of old Edo culture.
Half Day Sightseeing Tour
The tour begins with a visit to the outside of the Imperial Palace, home of Japan's Imperial Family. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo's old town to take in the atmosphere of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street with snack bars and tourist souvenirs. Take the subway acorss town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the defied spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. If time permits walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world's top fashion brands.
Dinner at the Ninja Restaurant
Your guide will drop you off tonight at the Ninja Restaurant. Their entrance is just as difficult to locate as that of the Ninja's secret hiding outpost. A long stretch of stairs takes you into the Ninja world. Reaching your table is a surprising and interesting experience. Tables are designed like the secret meeting coves of the Ninjas. The structure of the restaurant is truly unique, and so are the contents of menu. The dishes under the "Special" category are performed on the table by a Ninja.
Dinner is included in the trip cost
You will be staying at Hotel Keio Plaza, Bed & Breakfast