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From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

1. From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

See the Shinto shrines of Nikko on a guided tour from Tokyo. Admire the architecture and spiritual significance of these UNESCO Heritage Sites as well as the scenic views of Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji, with a lunch also included. Start the tour from either Shinjuku or Ueno in downtown Tokyo. Relax on an air-conditioned bus and climb up the thrilling 48 turns of the Irohazaka slope. Head to your first tour destination, the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at around 100 meters high. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji to have about an hour for a delicious lunch at Hitachi-ya, one of the best restaurants in the area with a gorgeous view of the lake. During autumn, you can take pictures of the seasonal colors with the lake in the background.  After lunch, move on to the holy sites of the city, the UNESCO heritage Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Futara-san Shrine. Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of General Tokugawa Ieyasu. Be amazed by the masterpiece mixture of Japanese spirits with ancient Oriental building designs.  Learn the history of Futarasan Shrine which is dedicated to the deities of Nikko's 3 most sacred mountains, Mount Nantai, Mount Nyoho, and Mount Taro. Admire the golden details of the main hall in the shrine, while being surrounded by stunning autumn colors. At the end of the tour return to Shinjuku.

Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour

2. Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour

Embark on this tour, taste some ramen, and experience Ikebukuro, one of the most distinctive ramen districts.  Meet your guide and learn about the history and all the different types of this delicious meal.  Your first stop will be where the original Tsukemen was invented. This ramen restaurant with its wooden vintage interior is a must for all ramen lovers.  Learn from your local guide how ramen is ingrained in Japanese culture and enjoy a bowl of a classic Ramen.  Your next stop is a rising star in the ramen industry. This restaurant is a relatively new ramen spot and offers uniquely crafted ramen. Choose between modern types of ramen and pick according to your taste.  The final stop is a local, yet popular Tonkotsu ramen place. Tonkotsu ramen was created from boiling pork bones, this savory bowl is starting to become the 4th ramen after Shoyu, Shio, and Miso.

Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

3. Tokyo Metro Pass: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Options

Although public transportation in Tokyo is very convenient, it can also be quite pricey as individual trips typically cost from 100-500 yen. It may not seem like much when you tap your Suica card each time you pass through the ticket gate, but if you do the math at the end of the day, you'll find that it can add up to be quite a lot! There is a much cheaper alternative available: This 24, 48 or 72-hour Metro pass offers unlimited use during consecutive days within your chosen timeframe. Your pass provides unlimited access to all the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines within the Tokyo Metropolitan area, taking you anywhere in the city you may want to go.

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What people are saying about Ikebukuro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 286 reviews

Namely our guide was actually a driver. She spoke fairly good English and excellent conduct. The visits are done by ourselves which did not bother us thus leaving us all freedom.

The tour was great...everything okay...The tour leader also very helpful.

It is a really special place. Invite meditation and remember the values

If you do not take JR arrange the transfer to the airport.

The metro pass is essential for getting around in Tokyo