Tokyo Landmarks Water Bus Cruise Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

With a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide, catch a unique perspective of Tokyo, riding aboard a comfortable water bus. Cruise through narrow canals and open sea, venturing from an old historic center all the way to a modern reclaimed island.

Some of the best views of Tokyo are from the water. This extended Sumida river cruise goes all the way around old and modern Tokyo from Asakusa to Odaiba district. Tokyo’s landmarks are iconic masterpieces. See the city’s best sights on this relaxing sightseeing cruise.

Let us know what you would like to experience, and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
* Duration: 6 hours
* Starts: Marunouchi, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




With a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide, catch a unique perspective of Tokyo, riding aboard a comfortable water bus. Cruise through narrow canals and open sea, venturing from an old historic center all the way to a modern reclaimed island.

Some of the best views of Tokyo are from the water. This extended Sumida river cruise goes all the way around old and modern Tokyo from Asakusa to Odaiba district. Tokyo’s landmarks are iconic masterpieces. See the city’s best sights on this relaxing sightseeing cruise.

Let us know what you would like to experience, and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tokyo Skytree, 1-chōme-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as “Musashi”, a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with an aquarium is located at its base.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Asakusa, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto

Asakusa (浅草) is the center of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low city”), one of Tokyo’s districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.

Asakusa’s main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015 Tokyo Prefecture

Located next to the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium, the Edo-Tokyo Museum provides a snapshot of the history and culture of the city from the 1600s to today. Visitors are enthralled by the museum’s abundant historical items, while the 9,000 square meter permanent exhibition area also offers lots more to see. Life-size and scale models help visitors understand life in Edo-Tokyo, making this venue ideal for one-of-a-kind events where participants can mingle while enjoying the historical exhibitions.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ryogoku Kokugikan, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015 Tokyo Prefecture

Home of the heavyweights—sumo’s main stadium
The huge stadium known as Ryogoku Kokugikan dominates the sumo-obsessed neighborhood of Ryogoku , and is the focus of big excitement during the tournament season.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Tokyo Tower, 4-chome 2-8, Shibakoen, Minato 105-0011 Tokyo Prefecture

Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.

Stop At: Hama Rikyu Gardens, 1-1 Hamarikyu Teien, Chuo 104-0046 Tokyo Prefecture

Hama Rikyu (浜離宮, Hama Rikyū), is a large, attractive landscape garden in central Tokyo. Located alongside Tokyo Bay, Hama Rikyu features seawater ponds which change level with the tides, and a teahouse on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. The traditionally styled garden stands in stark contrast to the skyscrapers of the adjacent Shiodome district.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Odaiba District, Daiba, Minato 135-0091 Tokyo Prefecture

Odaiba (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means “fort”), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry.

More than a century later, the small islands were joined into larger islands by massive landfills, and Tokyo began a spectacular development project aimed to turn the islands into a futuristic residential and business district during the extravagant 1980s. But development was critically slowed after the burst of the “bubble economy” in the early 1990s, leaving Odaiba nearly vacant.

Duration: 30 minutes