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3-Night Tokyo Pre-Cruise

Enjoy Tokyo for 3-Nights before the cruise departs! 

What's Included?

  • Three night accommodations in hand-picked hotel 

  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

  • Daily touring by private coach with English-Speaking Guide

  • All Tours detailed below

  • Private transportation from Tokyo to Yokohama Port 

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 meters, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan.

Sensō-ji
Sensō-ji

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II. Adjacent to the temple is a five-story pagoda, the Asakusa Shinto shrine, as well as many shops with traditional goods in the Nakamise-dōri.

Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda district of the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains several buildings including the main palace, some residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices.

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 meters, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan.

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Day 1: Welcome to Tokyo!

Arrive at either Narita or Haneda by flight. Overnight in Tokyo. 

Hotel: Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Daibutsu
Daibutsu

The Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏, Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple and some recent creations.

Flickr Kōtoku-in Temple and Shrine in Kamakura
Flickr Kōtoku-in Temple and Shrine in Kamakura

Kōtoku-in is a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo-shū sect, in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Its mountain name is Taiizan, and its common temple name is Shōjōsen-ji.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮, Tsurugaoka Hachimangū) is Kamakura's most important shrine. It was founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, and enlarged and moved to its current site in 1180 by Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura government.

Daibutsu
Daibutsu

The Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏, Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple and some recent creations.

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Day 2: Kamakura - Temples and Shrines

After breakfast, meet with your guide in the hotel lobby for a departure to Kamakura by private coach.  

Kamakura is the former de facto capital of Japan as the seat of the Shogunate during the Kamakura Period (1185 – 1333).  At that time Kamakura was the largest city in Japan, however the Kamakura of today is a small seaside town with numerous temples, shrines and other attractions.

 

You will first visit Kotokuin Temple, home to the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha that stands (or rather, sits) 13.35m high.  

 

Hasedera Temple is a temple of the Jodo sect, which is most famous for its statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The statue shows Kannon with eleven heads, each representing a characteristic of the goddess. The 9.18-meter-tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculptures in Japan.

 

Lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Dating from the 12th century, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the spiritual heart of Kamakura and one of its most popular attractions. The shrine was originally founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, then enlarged and moved to its present site by Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura government, in 1180. The shrine was dedicated to Hachiman, the Shinto god of war and patron of the Minamoto family.

 

Your day will end with shopping for local souvenirs and delicacies in Komachi Street.

 

Your private coach will take you back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Shinjuku During the Day
Shinjuku During the Day

Shinjuku (新宿) is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.

Robot Caberet
Robot Caberet

Theme restaurant/bar featuring a raucous pop-culture show with robotic monsters, dancers & lasers.

Shinjuku
Shinjuku

From glamourous drag queens to late night shopping spree and spy games, there's plenty of ways to be entertained at night in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku During the Day
Shinjuku During the Day

Shinjuku (新宿) is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.

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Day 3: Free Time & Robot Dinner Show

You have free time this morning to explore at your leisure. This afternoon, you will meet with your guide in the hotel lobby for a departure to the Robot Restaurant on foot.

You will visit the Robot Restaurant and enjoy an ultra-flashy, hyper-tacky robot-themed show.

After the robot show, you will head to dinner at a local restaurant on foot. After dinner, your guide will walk you back to your hotel. 

Dinner at a local restaurant.

After dinner, you will walk back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.

Meiji Jingu Gaien
Meiji Jingu Gaien

Meiji Jingu Gaien is one of Tokyo's most well-known and most beautiful spots in fall. Hundreds of gingko trees paint the area in gold in autumn.

Japanese Samurai
Japanese Samurai

The samurai (or bushi) were the warriors of premodern Japan. They later made up the ruling military class that eventually became the highest ranking social caste of the Edo Period (1603-1867). ... Samurai were supposed to lead their lives according to the ethic code of bushido ("the way of the warrior").

Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.

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Day 4: Meiji Shrine, Kimonos, and Samurai 

After checking out, you will meet with your guide in the hotel lobby for a departure to the Meiji Shrine by private coach.

You will first visit Meiji Shrine which is dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji, and the park that surrounds the shrine is a forest of some 120,000 trees of 365 different species.  The shrine is a popular site for Japanese Weddings: if you are lucky you may see a bride and groom dressed in traditional Shinto wedding attire.

After visiting the shrine, a private coach will take you to Asakusa.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will have an optional Kimono Wearing Experience and enjoy your stroll in Kimono in the nearby Asakusa area.

Lastly you will have Samurai Experience and learn more about the legendary samurai warriors in this exciting program. You will learn about the lifestyle and etiquette of samurai classes and finally take the sword and learn the basics of kenbu, a highly stylized sword dance that samurai used to perform as training and to find concentration. This is a unique experience to learn in-depth about this cultural heritage of Japan.

After the experience, you will depart for Yokohama Port by private coach.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Right next to the lively Kabukicho area, Shinjuku Prince Hotel is a 5-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station. It features massage services and a Japanese restaurant with panoramic city views.

Fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV, rooms at Shinjuku Prince Hotel have an elegant contemporary design. Each includes a fridge and a safe. The private bathroom is equipped with a bathtub and slippers.

Nearby Shinjuku Station offers direct train access to the Shibuya and Harajuku areas within 5 minutes. The hotel is directly above Seibu-Shinjuku Train Station.

Internet stations can be used for a fee, and luggage storage is available at the bell desk. The 24-hour front desk is offered. A variety of shops are located directly below the hotel.

Restaurant Fuga-Wafu on the 25th floor features creative Japanese cooking and a bar, while Prince Marche serves buffet meals with Western and Japanese foods.

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How to Book

The Tokyo Pre-Cruise prices depends on number of travelers. Once we reach a certain number of travelers, all clients pricing will be updated to reflect the lower price per person. 

Pricing: 

  • 10 to 15 passengers is ¥264,625 per person (approx. $2,400 USD)

  • 16 to 20 passengers is ¥232,875 per person (approx. $2,100 USD)

  • 20+ passengers is ¥216,875 per person (approx. $1,950 USD)

Price per person is based on double occupancy. The single supplement is ¥49.625 (approx. $450 USD). 

Payment Plan: 

A non-refundable deposit of ¥52,925 (approx. $480 USD) per person is due to secure place. Final payment for the pre-cruise program will be due on June 1, 2022.  

Additional Nights: 

If you want to come to Tokyo earlier, you can! Additional hotel nights are available for ¥19,625 (approx. $180 USD) per person per night based on double occupancy. The single supplement is ¥16,875 (approx. $150 USD) per night.

 

MAKE A RESERVATION OR GET MORE INFORMATION

​Call Bailey at 504-834-7000 or email bailey@travelcentralvacations.com. A complimentary reservation will be created and emailed over to you with full details for you to consider.

More to Do & See In Tokyo 

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Tea Ceremony with a a Geisha 

As well as dance, music, and poetry, every trainee geisha must master the art of the tea ceremony. Enjoy the rare opportunity of meeting a young geisha and watching her perform her tea ceremony skills.

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Tsukiji Fish Market

A visit to Tsukiji Outer Market is best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants. The restaurants are typically open from 5:00 in the morning to around noon or early afternoon. Because most of the fish served and sold at Tsukiji Outer Market is delivered directly from Toyosu Market, this is one of the best places in Tokyo to enjoy fresh seafood.

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Shibuya Crossing

The crossing at Shibuya is rumoured to be the busiest in Tokyo, if not the World, and when you are there, it is easy to see why. It is a junction with 5 pedestrian crossings in different directions. Every 2 minutes, the pedestrian crossing turns green and commotion begins, with people crossing in 10 different directions. However, what should be utterly chaotic isn’t, with everyone managing to avoid bumping into each other with smooth agility.

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teamLab Borderless

Immerse your body in borderless art in this vast, complex, three-dimensional 10,000 square meter world. Wander, explore with intention, discover, and create a new world with others.

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Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is a “not to be missed” attraction if you are visiting Tokyo.  But bear in mind that it is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays. Even if it is closed, you can get a glimpse of the palace from the outside. The Palace is a short walk from Tokyo central station.

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Yayoi Kusama Museum

The avant-garde provocateur has been turning heads since the 1960s, but recent years she has transformed into an internet phenomenon and one of the most influential artists in Japan. Located near her studio in Shinjuku, the museum is one of Tokyo’s hottest openings of the last few years.

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Cat Cafe

If you have not been to a cat cafe before, and is a fan of felines, this is one not to be missed. Japan has more cat cafes that anywhere else in the World, and many of those are in Tokyo. So, wherever you are in Tokyo, it won’t be difficult to find one nearby.

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Ghibli Museum

A small but thoughtful tribute to the works of Japan’s most beloved animation studio, the Ghibli Museum's design is as quirky as its collection.

Pre-Cruise Tokyo 2022

 

 

Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2022 || Tokyo

Japanese Lanterns