One of the tours we will be doing (if the tournament is being held in May) is the Sumo and dinner after. Another tour we want to do that is high on my list is Asakusa and the Sky Tree tower.
Asakusa use to be one of the largest entertainment districts in Japan prior to WWII, after it was surpassed by Shinjuku as Tokyo’s top entertainment area. The tour we are planning with happen around 1 PM or so, giving us time to sleep and eat. The tour will take us to Sensoji Temple first, the well-known temple and the surrounding Nakamise shopping streets. Around this area, there are tons of vendors selling a wide range of items that will be fun to check out.
After that, we head to the Sky Tree Tower, the largest building in Tokyo. The tour will take us up to the Tembo Skydeck where at 350 meters, we will have some of the best views of Tokyo. On clear days, we might even be able to see Mt. Fuji (more on that coming later). Sky Tree is one of the top places I want to see while in Tokyo. I have a strange fear of heights, such as standing up on a chair to change a light bulb, I scare myself and get nervous. Yet somehow I want to climb up into this huge tower and take it all in.
The tour itself only cost about 6500 yen, around $67 USD and we get a tour guide and transportation to the area and then are dropped off at Tokyo Station around 7 PM at night. While they don’t drop us off back at the hotel, getting a cab home or taking one of the trains back to Ginza shouldn’t be too hard to do. I think this tour will be best for the first day we are in Japan, the 19th. The late start to the tour will allow us to sleep in after the jet lag wears off, get breakfast, and get a chance to take our time and explore the Ginza area a little bit. I can’t wait for this tour.