There is no cruise port city quite like Tokyo. Simply put, you’ll never run out of something to do! From a thriving city nightlife scene to serene Japanese gardens, there is something that will appeal to everybody that visits. There are so many activities to choose from – shopping, dining, museums, temples, gardens, entertainment, and more! Japanese culture is also a huge highlight of Tokyo – if you’re into learning about different traditions, cuisine, and customs, you’re in the right place! Since Tokyo is such a large and lively city, you might consider arriving early for your cruise (or staying a few extra days afterward) and experience the city for yourself.
There are many cruise lines that feature cruises from Tokyo! Certain cruise lines also feature departures from nearby Yokohama, which is only about a 30-minute drive from Tokyo. Cruise destinations usually include Asia, Asia Pacific, and Alaska. Cruises from Tokyo typically range in length from as little as 5-nights to as long as 30+ night grand voyages.
A great time to visit Tokyo is either autumn (between September and November) or spring (between March and April). Visiting during the fall means you can take in the natural beauty of Tokyo’s fall foliage and pleasant temperatures. During the spring, you’ll be able to see the foliage that Japan is best known for - its gorgeous Japanese cherry blossoms!
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Tokyo, Japan. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Tokyo, Japan. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Tokyo, Japan:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, along with a brief description:
♦ Tokyo Skytree
For the best view of Tokyo, consider paying a visit to the Tokyo Skytree. To give you an idea of how tall this tower is, it ranks as the second tallest structure next to the famous Burj Khalifa building. You can purchase tickets to access the two observation decks, which provide you with breathtaking panoramic views of the city. The Tokyo Skytree also features a gift shop, café, upscale French-Japanese restaurant, and gallery. There is also a large aquarium located at the tower’s base. If you stick around until the sun goes down, you can see the tower all lit up, which is a true feast for your eyes!
♦ Imperial Palace
Tokyo is home to the Imperial Palace, home to the emperor of Japan. While you must fill out an application if you want to tour the inside, visitors can openly visit the gardens and admire the beautiful foliage (this is a great place to come when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom). The gardens are open from 9AM to 4:30PM, with closings a half hour earlier in the winter and a half hour later in the summer (subject to change). You can easily access the Imperial Palace gardens by metro.
♦ Meiji Jingu
If you’re looking for an escape from the thriving city life, consider making a stop of Meiji Jingu. This shrine is a dedication to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern-day Japan, and his wife Empress Shoken. There is a peaceful walking path you can take to get to the shrine, which is a great way to spend time outdoors and get in some light exercise during your vacation. There is also a small exhibition where you can view some of the Emperor’s personal assets. A relaxing forest surrounds the main complex of shrines, making for a very relaxing getaway.
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