Tokyo is the capital of Japan and as well as being one of the safest and cleanest capital cities in the world, it is absolutely full of great things to do for travelers. It is home to an impressive number of temples, shrines, unique landmarks, museums, parks, and incredible shopping areas. People who visit the city even multiple times always find something new to do, and the huge range of events and festivals that come to the city each year attract thousands of tourists, domestic and international. It is a great city to explore during your time in Japan, and there are several ways to do it including subway, train, taxi, and bus.
Taking a hop on, hop off tour bus is one great way to get around any unfamiliar city. For a fee, you can travel around to see the best sights an area has to offer easily without having to worry about navigating a subway or pay expensive taxi prices. Tokyo is an enormous city with so many things to do that it is impossible to see everything in a short trip. Therefore, many people choose a sky bus with an open-top roof, also known as a hop on hop off bus or sightseeing bus, in order to see the best of Tokyo with minimal effort.
One great tour bus is the Sky Hop Bus, which not only gives you fantastic sights of the city but also lets you get off and on it at your most convenient time. Your ticket lasts 24 hours and allows you unlimited rides on the bus to many different areas in Tokyo. Read on to find out more about this deal.
The bus is an open-top double decker that lets you enjoy unlimited rides on three different routes, namely the Asakusa-Skytree Course, the Odaiba Course, and the Roppongi-Tokyo Tower Course. Depending on what you are hoping to see, of course, depends on which route you will choose to take. The Asakusa-Skytree course will take you to the Asakusa area, where you can see sights such as the famous Nakamise shopping street, Senso-ji Temple, and Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest towers in the world. The Odaiba Course takes you to Tokyo’s artificial reclaimed land, the island of Odaiba, which is home to many entertainment buildings, restaurants, and arcades, as well as the Odaiba Ramen Museum, Madame Tussauds, and a theme park. The Roppongi-Tokyo Tower course shows you the trendy downtown area of Roppongi with its many shopping areas and high-class sights as well as the much loved Tokyo Tower.
The process of booking and getting there is very easy as it is catered for travelers who want to explore Japan but don’t speak Japanese and are worried about being able to communicate. The Sky Hop Bus’ helpful customer service representatives at the ticket counter can speak English and they also have an English version of their guide map.
You can purchase your ticket at their office at Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building (near Nijubashi-Mae Station) Sky Bus ticket counter, which is next to the Marunouchi Building, near Tokyo Station. Alternatively, you can call them directly at 03-3215-0008. Their office hours are from 9:30am-6:00pm. If you would prefer to purchase a ticket online, check the link at the bottom of this article.
Seats cannot be reserved, so when you “hop on”, you can take any empty seat that is available. Please note that at times that the bus is nearly fully occupied, you might have to sit separately from your travel companions or wait for the next bus. Before traveling, each passenger will be given a headset which can be used throughout the trip. There is a multi-language auto guide system in front of your seat so you can connect your headset and listen to an audio information on different sights every time you reach a certain tourist spot.
If you wish to go down and explore a certain area like Tokyo Tower, you may do so. Just wait for the bus to stop, return the headset, and enjoy your sightseeing. Remember to take note of the time the next sky hop bus arrives. If you keep a record of the schedule and plan accordingly, it will help you get the most out of your ticket. Feel free to ask the staff for advice on the best route and times to take.
If you are planning to get off at every bus stop, the best way to enjoy it is to start your trip early in the morning to get the most out of your ticket. A whole day trip is not enough for you to explore everything in Tokyo, but you might as well fit what you can into the 24-hour period you get for the price. So pack your things and try this amazing bus made specifically for travelers like us!