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Both small and medium-sized cruise ships are able to fit under the Rainbow Bridge dock at the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal located on Harumi Island. From there it is easy to get into the centre of Tokyo by water bus, bus, or metro. Taxis are also available. Larger cruise ships, assuming they are cruising to Tokyo and not Yokohama, must dock at the Oi Marine Products Wharf south of the main waterfront area. Shuttle buses are on hand to ferry passengers to the Shinagawa JR train station.  

Cruises that include Tokyo may also include other countries in the region, such as South Korea, Taiwan, China, or Russia Others simply cover Japan itself, and the embarkation or debarkation point is often Yokohama, which is the gateway to Tokyo. All the cruise lines offer excursions at each of their ports, and these are worth considering, especially if time is short. Alternatively, you may prefer to make your own arrangements.

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Why visit Tokyo ?

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Tokyo is always reaching for the future

Tokyo is a dazzling city, with a frenetic pace and bustling streets

Flashing neon signs light up rain slicked streets, while traditional temples nestle in quiet enclaves. Tokyo maintains a love for its traditional culture whilst boldly embracing the new. The city has more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere else in the world, and no matter where you eat, the food will have been prepared with loving care. Dig a little deeper into its streets and you will come across wooden shanty bars, raucous traditional festivals, and lantern-lit yakitori stands. In the older neighbourhoods, you can still find shops with traditional handicrafts and wander down cobbled lanes where geishas used to walk. You can also shop at trendy boutiques for the latest fashions, or the latest must-have tech.  

Senso-Ji is the most visited temple in Tokyo. The temple contains a golden image of Kannon, the goddess of mercy in Buddhism. Legend has it that in 628 AD, the image was pulled out the Sumida-gawa by two fishermen. You enter the temple through the red Kaminari-mon, which means Thunder Gate. As you enter, look for the statues on either side of Rajin, the god of thunder, and Fujin, the god of wind. You will also find some beautifully carved dragons under the giant red lantern. The image of Kannon is not actually on display, but that does not deter the steady stream of worshippers.  

Tsukiji Market is a fascinating place to visit. It sells vegetables, flowers, and fruit, but the main draw for visitors is the seafood. Each day, the market trades around 2,000 tonnes. The star attraction is the magnificent Bluefin tuna, which can weigh up to 300 kilograms. Watching these fish being auctioned is a classic Tokyo experience, although you will have to get up early to see it. Visitors who want to witness the auction usually turn up at 3:30am, as only 60 visitors can view the auction at any one time and there are two slots, one between 5:25am and 5:50 am and one between 5:50am and 6:15am. However, if this is a little too early for you, there is plenty to see later on.

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