Once we learned that our days were numbered here in Tokyo, Cliff and I mad the executive decision to ease off the baseball. Every weekend, all weekend had suddenly seemed like to much time on the field and not enough on the town. This past weekend, Cliff was asked to participate in a 3 Day golf tournament. I decided to cancel baseball plans on book a tour of Tokyo with Chase.
I headed over to the local JTB in Hiroo. This is where you can book trips to anywhere as well as shinkansen (Bullet Train) tickets. Remember, shinkansen tickets can only be purchased 1 month prior. They had a terrific pamphlet for travel packages in English:
Trust me. Get one of these if you ever plan to do any touring in and out of Tokyo. The funny thing is, everytime I asked them if they had pamphlets in English, they said “no” but then they would walk me over to it. Trust me, they’re there.
PANORAMIC TOKYO tour A070
8:35am Meet bus at Grand Hyatt Roppongi
9:00am Leave Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal & Start tour after being “processed”, given proper sticker, and assigned seat.
Get your scrolling-finger ready:
Meiji Jingu Shrine:
Emporer Meiji was known as the Father of Modern Tokyo. His shrine is huge and visited by millions.
Imperial Palace & Gardens
Asakusa Kannon Temple & Nakamisa Shopping Arcade
Lunch was at some hotel restaurant by the water. The view was incredible but the food was just so-so. Warning, they didn’t feed us until 13:30-ish, so pack some protein bars. By the time we ate, we were definitely ready.
Tokyo Bay Cruise
Odaiba (Last Stop)
By the end of the tour we were exhausted, but super glad we had done it. I would recommend this tour for anyone living or just visiting Tokyo. By the time we were dropped off it was about 18:00. It was definitely a full day. We learned a lot about Tokyo and its history that probably even locals don’t know.
Price in yen per person
- Adult 9,900
- Children 6-11 yrs 6,600
It was a joy to spend the entire day exploring Tokyo with Chase. I had already been to many of these places, but I certainly didn’t have the histories. It was a tremendous time for both of us. As Chase grows bigger before my eyes, I realize how this time with him is so precious and fleeting. It was really gratifying whenever he would look at me and say, “This is great mom! Thank you!” Being a parent is often a thankless job, but sometimes, you get thrown a bone and it’s amazing just how long that can keep you going.
Until next time…