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Day 2: Tokyo Bursting with contemporary urban culture and historic temples and shrines, Tokyo has so much to uncover. Today your leader will introduce you to the old and new Tokyo on a half-day tour. Begin in the Asakusa area, one of the older and more traditional parts of Tokyo, often called the temple district. Here you’ll stop by Senso-ji, the city’s oldest temple – founded almost 1400 years ago when Tokyo was nothing more than a fishing village. Browse the many interesting stalls filled with tasty treats, crafts and souvenirs that line the shopping street of Nakamise dori. Then hop aboard the Sumida River Cruise and see Tokyo from a different perspective. Your leader will point out significant buildings like the Sky Tree Tower, the Sumo Stadium and the Tsukiji Fish Market complex before you disembark at the Hama Rikyu Garden. Then jump on the metro to explore the buzzing Shibuya area. Check out one of the busiest intersections in the world before heading into a depachika (underground food hall) for a tempting array of Japanese treats. Afterwards, enjoy some peaceful bliss at Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine before diving into Harajuku district, the home of quirky youth pop culture. The rest of the afternoon is yours – perhaps take in history by visiting the outer moat and park surrounding the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo or see ancient treasures at the National Museum in Ueno. Accommodation: The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon or similar Meals Included: Breakfast
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