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PRIVATE: POP CULTURE IN TOKYO

Per Person (Based on 2 participants) $239 USD
Per Person (Based on 3 participants) $177 USD
Per Person (Based on 4 participants) $145 USD
Per Person (Based on 5 participants) $125 USD
Per Person (Based on 6 participants) $114 USD
Per Person (Based on 7 participants) $105 USD
Per Person (Based on 8 participants) $99 USD
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PRIVATE: POP CULTURE IN TOKYO

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You cannot help but notice the contrast between the young and the old in Tokyo. Though not all the those who are members of the older generation are illiterate to the new world of pop culture, and it is true that not every person under the age of 30 is immersed in anime and manga, but the involvement is clear as you walk the streets.

Begin this tour with your guide using public transportation, in itself a novelty for those not used to the discipline of this country. You will begin at one of 3 of Tokyo's centers of youth fashion and pop culture by arriving in Shibuya. This is the main center for youth fashion and culture, whose streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends.

It is home to the celebrated 5 way "scramble crossing". It is comparable to a happening, where the area is packed with shoppers, students, young couples and commuters. When the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like marbles spilling out of a box.

Next is Harajuku and the famous Takeshita, also called Cat Street. Whether you are a goth, punk or anything in between, there is a shop in Harajuku that will cater to whatever you are looking for. And even if this is not your thing, it is an entertaining walk and you will be inconspicuous only in the fact that no one cares what you look like here.

Third on the list is Akihabara, made famous for its many electronics shops. This is also known as Electric Town, it has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku culture. Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom. Now many of the shops that are devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in this district, and as you walk through the area, you will easily target those that will be your favorites.

End the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea in one of Tokyo's famous maid cafes where the waitresses dress up and act like maids. They expect you to want a photograph with them and will comply as part of the tour.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Use of public transportation (costs included)
  • Walk through Shibuya district, and experience 5 way scramble crossing
  • Visit Harajuku District for special interest fashion
  • Tour Electric Town, Akihabara
  • Enjoy coffee or tea at a maid cafe (costs included)
  • This tour finishes in Akihabara, return to hotel on your own

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Departures (local time)

  • 1:30 PM (4 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

See Special Instructions Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• This tour will use public transportation to move from district to district.
• This tour finishes in Akihabara. Your guide will give you instructions how to return to your hotel on your own via public transportation or taxi.

Restrictions

• This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
• Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your central Tokyo hotel or at the Harumi Cruise Port. If you are staying outside of central Tokyo, we will arrange a central meeting location. If you are arriving to the Yokohama port, please view the Yokohama port page.
• We will do our best to confirm the tour at the standard pricing, however there may be a surcharge on holidays and from the end of December to the New Year.
The cancellation policy on this tour is outside of the normal ShoreTrips Terms of Service. The tour is non refundable 18 days prior to the tour date. If your ship does not make port, this tour will be non-refundable. Please take out travel insurance to cover this rare occurrence. This tour will NOT be refundable in cases in which conditions make it impossible for the ship to dock and disembark passengers in a timely manner. In case of extreme delay of ship’s arrival or immigration, the tour may have to be shortened.
• Due to the extreme costs of hospitalization and medical services in Japan, we strongly recommend purchasing independent travel insurance that will cover you for injuries or illness while in Japan.