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Published on Mar 01, 2014

Tokyo Cruises: Call in to Japan's biggest city

Tokyo Cruises: Call in to Japan's biggest city

Tokyo, the huge city at the core of the most populated urban area in the world, makes for a unique and exciting port call. It is especially popular with Princess Cruises, but many of the major and minor cruise lines stop in the city during cruises in Asia.

The Port: Tokyo Cruise Ship Facilities

Tokyo has a few options for visiting ships, and where they dock depends on their size. Ships which fit under the Rainbow Bridge dock at Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal on Harumi Island. There is a metro station not far from the terminal, and a bus terminus right outside. The larger ships which do not fit under the bridge dock at Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama, approximately 15 miles southwest of Tokyo city. There is a train station within walking distance that will take passengers into the city centre.

The City: What to See in Tokyo

Tokyo has a lot to offer cruise visitors! As one of the world's biggest urban centres, it is multicultural and buzzing with things to do, see and eat. It has an extensive metro system which makes it simple to get around, with lines colour coded and stations given a letter and a number for easy location.

  • The sights are endless, but one of the highlights is the fish markets at Tsukiji, the world's largest seafood market. As well as fish, market-goers can browse japanese kitchen tools and groceries, and enjoy the many seafood restaurants including many sushi restaurants.

  • The Imperial Palace is another one for the list, and the famously busy intersection at Shibuya. Many visitors also like to take a boat ride on the Sumida River to admire the skyline.

  • Tokyo has a Disneyland park, and the young and trendy will enjoy the Harajuku district.

  • Shopping in general is another of Tokyo's attractions. Electronics are one of the major markets, Akihabara being the best place to shop for cameras, phones, computers and more. Anime and Manga can also be found there.There are an antiques market and antiques malls in the city for lovers of old items. Fashionistas flock to Shibuya and Harajuku.

Cruises to Tokyo: Asia Cruise Lines

Most of the major cruise lines run cruises stopping at Tokyo, with the Princess Cruises line enjoying an especially strong presence there. Luxury lines Silversea and Seabourn also offer itineraries including Japan's supercity.

Cruises which include Tokyo are generally ones which take in Asia. Some focus on northern parts, such as Silverseas' itineraries which cover Japan, Russia, Alaska and Canada. Others travel up from Australia or Singapore to visit ports in Japan and China.

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