September 29, 2024 – Tokyo, Japan
A Day of Japanese Delicacies
Embark on a luxurious journey through the heart of Tokyo with a private tour of East Tokyo. Tantalize your tastebuds and immerse in the rich culture and history of Tokyo on your first full day in the city.
Begin the tour in Ginza, Tokyo’s most exclusive shopping district, where you will explore the world-renowned department stores and boutiques. After a brief stroll, descend to the depachika (food floors), where you will be greeted by a dazzling display of culinary delights. From freshly prepared sushi and sashimi to exquisite pastries and confections, the depachika is a foodie’s paradise.
Then, be swept away to Kappabashi Kitchen Town, a fascinating street lined with shops that sell everything a chef could ever need, from specialized cooking utensils to lifelike wax food samples. Indulge in a delectable lunch, included with your tour.
Next stop is Asakusa, a district with a long and fascinating history. Asakusa was once the center of Tokyo’s entertainment district during the Edo period, boasting many Kabuki theaters and a large red-light district. Later, it was modernized with the introduction of movie theaters, and remained popular until much of the area was destroyed during World War II.
Today, Asakusa retains remnants of its old neighborhood and lifestyle in the streets around the famous Sensoji Temple. Many restaurants, food stalls, and shops keep this area popular with locals and tourists alike. While there is not much left of the old red-light district, a new entertainment district has recently popped up near the Tokyo Skytree.
Sensoji Temple, possibly one of the most photographed structures in Tokyo, is an official temple that was built in 645 AD, making it not only the oldest temple in Tokyo, but also one of the oldest in Japan. Sadly, after standing for 1300 years, it was destroyed by the bombings of World War II. However, it was rebuilt during the aftermath as a symbol of peace and resurrection to the Japanese people.
Today, visitors fly from all over the globe to pass through the Kaminarimon or Thunder Gate. This iconic gate is known for its huge, brightly painted lantern that dominates the entrance. Just beyond Sensoji’s Kaminarimon, you’ll find yourself on the Nakamisedori, a vibrant shopping street lined with souvenir shops selling everything from Samurai swords to paper fans, and all manner of snacks and trinkets.
Retreat to The Peninsula Tokyo for an evening at leisure.