WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE
Highlights – Odaiba, Skytree, Asakusa, Sensoji Temple and Edo Museum
Our morning exploration begins with a drive to Odaiba, one of Tokyo’s islands built on reclaimed land from the sea, connected by the stunning Rainbow Bridge (which is not named for the colours, by the way). Odaiba offers classic skyline views back to the metropolis.
Board a driver-less monorail, the best way to view Odaiba’s own ultra-modern icons, such as the Fuji TV Headquarters, Miraikan Science Museum, the Tokyo Big Sight, officially known as Tokyo International Exhibition Centre. Stop by the Tokyo Panasonic Centre to view some of Japan’s latest household electronic gadgetry and wizardry.
Afterwards continue to the Tokyo Skytree which was completed in 2011. Tokyo Skytree measures a staggering 634 metres and is currently the second tallest free standing structure in the world, second only to Burj Khalifa in Dubai. You’ll learn of its construction which has to accommodate the regular seismic activity in the region, a visit to the first 350 metre elevation observation deck to take in the stunning views.
Afterwards continue to Asakusa, including views of the Philippe Starck designed Asahi HQ, visit the Kengo Kuma designed Asakusa Cultural Tourist Information Centre. Followed by a stroll through the Nakamise Shopping street to the 7th century Sensoji Temple.
We’ll also visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum which is housed in a unique looking building. The museum’s permanent exhibition vividly illustrates Tokyo’s past (known as Edo until 1869) through its exhibits and covers many features of the capital from the Edo Period to relatively recent decades.
The afternoon is at leisure – you may return to the hotel by coach or continue exploring at your leisure.
Evening – Experience Traditional and Modern Japan
Shinjuki is a neighbourhood of Tokyo renowned for its bright neon lights and night life. In the heart of Shinjuku, you will experience dinner at a Japanese restaurant in a traditional tea-house design setting amidst tranquil gardens. After dinner we’ll take a short stroll to a venue at the other end of the scale with sensory overload, proving the Japanese know how to let their hair down, with an interesting introduction to this land of contrast and contradiction.