Day 2 – Tokyo (B)
This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel for a full day sightseeing utilizing Tokyo’s super-efficient metro system.
Begin the day with an early morning visit to Meiji Shrine; perfectly timed to avoid the crowds. Tokyo’s most famous shrine is dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji and the park that surrounds the shrine is a forest of some 120,000 trees of 365 different species, making your forget you are in the world’s largest city.
Next to Meiji Shrine is Harajuku – Tokyo’s youth fashion mecca. Whether you are a goth, punk or anything in between, there is a shop in Harajuku that caters for you.
Neighboring Harajuku is Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance of each other. Feel free to stop for a coffee in one of the area’s many stylish cafes and watch the beautiful people walk by.
From Omotesando, take the metro to Ginza.Named after the silver coin mint established there in 1612, Ginza is Tokyo’s famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. One square meter of land is worth over 10 million yen! Adjoining Ginza lays the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor. Whilst the Palace itself is not open to the public, you can take a stroll through the Palace East Gardens.
Our last stop for the day is Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s Shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. The streets around Sensoji have many traditional shops selling Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.
Overnight in Tokyo