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    Tokyo's Imperial Palace gardens

Your local guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Takebashi station, from where it is a short walk to the Imperial Palace East Garden, the former site of Edo Castle, now home to a beautiful Japanese style garden. Continue on to the Imperial Palace Plaza, and Nijubashi Bridge, from where you can have views of the Imperial Palace itself. 

Exit through to Yurakucho, and past the Tokyo International Forum, one of Tokyo’s architectural masterpieces into the Ginza. Named after the silver coin mint established there in 1612, Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. One square meter of land is worth over 10 million yen (€ 90,000) Walk past flagship stores such as Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. You will have time to visit the Sony showroom, where you can see Sony’s latest high tech offerings. Ginza Wako department store, built in 1932, is famous for its eye catching window displays, and opposite is Mitsukoshi, Japan’s oldest department store. 

Finish with a cup of tea at Cha Ginza, a tea shop that blends the feel of an old Japanese tea house with a modern feel. Watch the tea brewer make your tea on site. 

The tour ends at Ginza station. From here you could head back to your hotel or stay out to explore nearby Ueno, Hamamatsuchō (Tokyo Bay) or Akihabara (Electric City) . We've got plenty of suggestions in the neighborhood.

It is not possible to do this tour on Mondays or Fridays...or if it's pouring with rain!