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Tokyo: Sumo Show Experience with Chicken Hot Pot and a Photo

1. Tokyo: Sumo Show Experience with Chicken Hot Pot and a Photo

Gain an understanding of the mysterious rituals and strict rules of sumo wrestling at this sumo show in Asakusa in Taito City, Tokyo. Have a chance to experience sumo wrestling for yourself, and savor chanko-nabe (chicken hot pot) and other Japanese dishes prepared by former sumo wrestlers. Make your own way to the venue and prepare to dive into the long history of sumo. Watch live demonstrations and listen to bilingual commentary by former sumo wrestlers to learn about this iconic Japanese sport. If you want to experience sumo firsthand, the highlight of the event will be the opportunity to enter the ring yourself. Feel what it’s like to be in the ring as you have a go at being a rikishi, or sumo wrestler. *If there are many applicants, one representative in a group or a lottery may be held. During the event, watch all the action in the ring from your seats in a special restaurant where the ring can be seen from any position. To really feel at the heart of the action, choose the upgraded option for front-row seats. As well as experiencing sumo, enjoy chanko-nabe and other Japanese delicacies, receive a photo with a sumo wrestler, and take home an original sumo goods set as souvenirs of your immersive sumo experience in Asakusa

Sumida River: Japanese Traditional Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

2. Sumida River: Japanese Traditional Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

Enjoy the beautiful view of Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Bay on this traditional dinner boat cruise. Yakatabune is a traditional dinner boat cruise popular among locals and tourists to enjoy a delicious meal and fantastic views. The boat departs from Azumabashi, located in the heart of Asakusa. From here, you get onboard to the Yakatabune, a traditional Japanese dinner boat cruising down the Sumida River. Cruise through the city down the river to Tokyo Bay while your Japanese meal starts to be served. At Tokyo Bay, you can see a beautifully illuminated Tokyo city with the Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba. Make a stop here for you to climb up the roof of the boat and enjoy the panoramic view of the city and take memorable photos. Your cruise will continue with the rest of your meal being served at the Tokyo Skytree where you will have another stop for the view and photos. From there, return to the Azumabashi Bridge, where the cruise ends.

Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

3. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

4. Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

Cruise the bustling streets of Tokyo in your own private chariot on a fun sightseeing tour of the Asakusa district by rickshaw. Admire the beautiful Asakusa Shrine next to the city's oldest temple, and experience the everyday street life en route to the famous shoe shopping district of Hanakawado. Venture inside Sumida Park, most resplendent in spring when thousands of cherry trees are in bloom. Check out quirky Tanuki-doori, and the adult theaters of the historic Rokku Ward. Take souvenir photos of Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement park in Japan. Ride down Denpoin Street, where little has changed since World War II as you make your way back to the starting point. Book the 3-hour option to choose a memorial gift of a special Hello Kitty doll or original T-shirt.

Tokyo: Asakusa Historical Highlights Guided Walking Tour

5. Tokyo: Asakusa Historical Highlights Guided Walking Tour

If you are interested in a folklore of two fisherman brothers who happened to have become founding fathers of Sesoji-temple 1400 years ago and Asakusa for that matter, this tour is for you. Enjoy the tour chock-full of interesting stories around development of Asakusa and Tokyo. Specifically, we will demystify intriguing historical facts including: 1) Why Sumida river is an origin of Senso-ji temple 2) How Senso-ji temple and Asakusa developed hand in hand 3) How Asakusa has become a forerunner of Japan's modernization 4) How the culture that flourished in the area impacted the world Other important features of the tour are: 1) Use of headsets to hear the guide clearly even from a distance; applicable to a group of 3 or more. 2) Each group is limited to 10 participants.

Tokyo: Asakusa Guided Tour with Tokyo Skytree Entry Tickets

6. Tokyo: Asakusa Guided Tour with Tokyo Skytree Entry Tickets

After having the Asakusa history tour, enjoy a 2-minute train ride crossing the Sumida river to the Tokyo Skytree Station right at the foot of the Skytree. This convenient railway system connects the historical neighborhood of Asakusa with the Tokyo Skytree area - two major and popular sightseeing spots in the city. Right after arriving at the Skytree, we will climb to both observation decks: first to the lower one with the height of 350m and then to the higher one with the height of 450m. There are lots of fun things to experience there. 1) Your guide will help you locate major landmarks. 2) Stand on the glass floor which gives visitors a direct downward view of the streets below. 3) Have your memorial photo taken; you have an option to buy the photo with a download link. 4) After getting down to the lower floor from the observation decks, stroll in the mega shopping complex to find souvenirs.

Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with English-Speaking Guide

7. Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with English-Speaking Guide

Embark on an immersive journey through Tokyo's dynamic landscape. Experience a full day of exploration that promises to be an unforgettable blend of tradition and modernity, featuring iconic landmarks and cultural hotspots. Begin your adventure at the majestic Tokyo Sky Tree, standing tall as a symbol of the city's innovation. Explore the historic charm of Asakusa, where the ancient Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street beckon with cultural richness. Capture panoramic views of Tokyo from both Tokyo Tower and the futuristic Shibuya Sky. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Meiji Shrine, surrounded by lush greenery in the heart of the bustling metropolis. Witness the mesmerizing Shibuya Crossing, a testament to Tokyo's vibrant energy. Then, venture to the diverse attractions of Odaiba, an artificial island blending entertainment, shopping, and seaside views. Admire the architectural marvel of Rainbow Bridge as it illuminates the night sky, connecting Odaiba to the city. Take a leisurely stroll through Ueno Park, home to museums, cherry blossoms, and a serene pond. Cruise along the Sumida River, marveling at the cityscape and bridges that reflect Tokyo's architectural prowess. Enjoy each moment, which is crafted for discovery. Savor matcha, experience cultural authenticity, and witness the city's dynamic spirit. Listen as expert guides with seamless itineraries guarantee an enriching experience, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime. Join us as we navigate through Tokyo's rich tapestry, where tradition meets innovation and every corner tells a story of this extraordinary city.

Tokyo: Full-Day Guided Cherry Blossoms Sightseeing Tour

8. Tokyo: Full-Day Guided Cherry Blossoms Sightseeing Tour

Be captivated by spaces that erupt in brilliant pink cherry blossoms on this guided tour in Tokyo. Bring along your camera for some magnificent photo opportunities at breathtaking gardens, parks, and the enchanting Meguro Gawa river. Choose to be picked up in the morning at the centrally-located Marunouchi or Shinjuku Station. Hop aboard a comfortable vehicle and make your way to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to uncover 3 spectacular gardens. Explore a Japanese garden, a geometric garden, and a scenic garden where you can admire the wide grass and natural landscapes. In the spring, about 900 cherry trees with breathtaking flowers will turn the park totally pink. Head to Chidorigafuchi Park where the shape of the lake resembles a bird about to fly. See 170 cherry trees planted along a picturesque avenue. Find out how in early April the cherry blossoms bloom and reflect onto the river, delighting boaters and those on the shore. Venture to Ueno Park, one of the five oldest parks in Japan. This park attracts more than 2 million visitors each spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, most of whom gather on the main road near the entrance to Ueno Zoo, where almost half of the park's cherry blossoms bask in splendor. View people picnicking and playing under the iconic pink and white cherry flowers. Have the option to rent a Kimono rental and capture some once-in-a-lifetime shots before visiting Sumida Park. See for yourself why the Sumida River has been known for its cherry blossoms since the Edo period. The banks of the river are lined with cherry trees stretching for more than 1 kilometer (about 700 trees). Go to the bridge to snap some iconic photos. Discover a special feature of the park, by standing anywhere on the walking path and seeing views of the Tokyo Skytree. Feel the romance of watching locals sitting under the trees, eating food. Walk among stalls with miscellaneous arts and dancing. Finally, go to the Meguro Gawa river to see how the cherry blossoms appear on both sides of the river as far as the eye can see. The nearby neighborhood has been voted the most ideal place to live by Tokyo residents for many years, with many beautiful cafes and shops near the flowers. Return to your meeting point with a deeper appreciation for the cherry blossom season in Tokyo.

Tokyo Private Sightseeing Customizable Day Tour by Car & Van

9. Tokyo Private Sightseeing Customizable Day Tour by Car & Van

Welcome to Tokyo, the mesmerizing metropolis that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation. Join AHK Travels on our captivating Tokyo city tours and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy, fascinating culture, and iconic landmarks of this remarkable city. With our expert semi guides by your side, embark on a journey that will unveil the hidden secrets and renowned highlights of Tokyo. Explore the bustling streets of Shibuya, where the famous scramble crossing and fashionable shops await. Marvel at the serene beauty of the Meiji Shrine, nestled amidst lush greenery in the heart of the city. Discover the historical treasures of Asakusa, home to the renowned Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Experience the futuristic allure of Tokyo's modern architecture in the bustling districts of Shinjuku and Ginza. Indulge in the culinary delights of Tsukiji Fish Market or explore the tranquil gardens of the Imperial Palace. Whatever your interests, our customizable tours cater to your preferences, ensuring a personalized and unforgettable experience. Delve deeper into Tokyo's rich culture with visits to traditional tea houses, Sumida River cruises, or even a captivating Kabuki performance. Learn about the art of sushi-making from a master chef or try your hand at crafting beautiful origami creations. Our tours provide unique opportunities to engage with local traditions and create lasting memories. AHK Travels ensures your comfort and convenience throughout the tour. Our modern vehicles provide a relaxing and enjoyable journey, while our English-speaking guides offer informative commentary and insider knowledge. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, AHK Travels' Tokyo city tours offer an immersive and enchanting experience of this dynamic city. Let us be your guide as you delve into the heart and soul of Tokyo, discovering its vibrant neighborhoods, captivating history, and inspiring cultural treasures. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with cherished memories of your time in Tokyo.

Live traditional music performance over dinner

10. Live traditional music performance over dinner

After having a bird's eye view of Asakusa from an observation deck in Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center with a guide's explanation, we will take you to a Japanese izakaya restaurant for live performance of traditional Japanese musical instruments over dinner. There are many things you can enjoy over the course of this tour. 1) Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Sitting at the very heart of Asakusa, this 7-story building provides a vantage point to overview the Asakusa area and beyond. The guide will brief you on major points of interest as you see the panoramic view around yourself. 2) We will move on to the restaurant as we walk through the Sensoji-temple. You will see all the must-see spots in its precinct including Kaminarimon (thunder) gate, Nakamise shopping street, Hozomon (treasure) gate, and the main hall. Once outside the precinct, observe the nostalgic and quaint atmosphere of the Asakusa area inhabited by commoners during the Edo period. 3) As we arrive at the izakaya restaurant, the guide will explain about the music and instruments to be played in a short while. 4) And of course, enjoy the restaurant's friendly atmosphere and unassuming dishes loved by locals. 5) Your stay in the restaurant will reach a crescendo when the award-winning musicians begin their performance. Enjoy the powerful sound of shamisen up close and traditional folk songs sung to it.

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This was really entertaining, think WWE. Firstly the food was better than expected ~ very good, individual hot pots of tasty broth, veg, tofu and meat plus fried chicken and one drink included. Vegetarian option was available but I imagine you need to book in advance. You can order more drinks including alcohol at a reasonable price. The show starts while you eat with a geisha musical number, you're able to take individual photos with her after. Then the two sumo guys come out and demonstrate the basic moves explained by the MC in English. They 'fight' 3 rounds with plenty of flair. Lots of photo ops. After that the audience is invited to challenge, we had 16 challenges from a 6ft6in bearded Scandinavian to a tiny 7yr old in glasses alongside his mother... too cute! The sumo were so playful and gentle with every one of the audience members and posed for lots of photos after. And included is one print for your group with sumo&geisha. Then off to the Skytree after. Highly recommended.

I like everything! For the prize that was paid, I received yummy lunch which includes 1 drink, lovely Japanese traditional dancer, sumo presentation, a chance to wrestle with a sumo, picture with the sumo and dancer at the end... oh and you get a souvenir goodie bag on your way out PLUS you get the picture with a paper frame for free! My payment worth every penny. Thank you for the great experience!

This was the highlight of our Japan trip. The sumo’s had wonderful entertaining personalities and I absolutely loved the opportunity to get in the ring, as did all my friends and family who watched the video I posted of it. Enjoyed the geisha dancing too. The food was delicious and brought out promptly and the photo was terrific !

Perfect tourist experience for Sumo. Campy, yes, but not sure most tourists would appreciate a true Sumo practice session or match. 1.5-2 hours, hearty Japanese meal & drinks.

Entertaining and informative on a surface level of the culture, while the meal is enjoyable and filling. Highly recommended.