Tokyo Tours & Post-Congress Kyoto Tour

Pre-Congress Tours

Start your Congress early with two free bus tours with an English-speaking guide that will allow you to see some of Tokyo's most popular sightseeing areas. Both tours begin and end at the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba. Generously supported by Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
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Monday, December 2, 9:00 - 11:45 AM
Sensouji Temple (Asakusa) & TOKYO SKYTREE®
Venture into the heart of Tokyo to take in one of the city's most beloved visitor destinations. Sensouji Temple is truly a historical haven in modern Tokyo, a gem from the old Edo Period (1603-1868). As the capital's most famous and oldest Buddhist temple, Sensouji Temple was found in 628, with its entrance noted by its famed red gates and large red lantern, Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate).

While in the area, explore the traditions of Tokyo with artisanal shops and street food stalls along Nakamise Street. Be sure to take a picture of TOKYO SKYTREE®, a television broadcasting tower and notable Tokyo landmark.


Monday, December 2, 9:45 - 11:45 AM
teamLab Planets TOKYO
Known as a leader of cutting-edge technology, a visit to Tokyo would not be complete without an opportunity to experience the ways that Japan is changing the way we experience digital technology.

Join us as we visit teamLab Planets for the chance to explore a museum of interactive digital art. Consisting of four vast exhibition spaces, and seven works of art, this tour is full of immersive exhibits inviting visitors to explore a world of art through sight, touch and sound.

N.B. Visitors will be asked to remove their shoes and socks, and navigate through shallow water in a body immersive experience as the borders between art, technology and the physical realm are blurred.


Photo: teamLab, Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People Infinity, 2016-2018. Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi Ⓒ teamLab

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Post-Congress Tour

Friday, December 6 - Saturday, December 7
Cultural Getaway to Kyoto

Depart Tokyo and embark on the Shinkansen, Japan’s famed bullet train, to the Kansai region for a cultural getaway to Kyoto. As Japan’s capital city for more than 1,000 years until 1868, Kyoto has protected much of the history and traditional landmarks that once made it the epicentre for Japan. This very full trip will give you the chance to explore cultural landmarks and to learn more about this enchanting ancient capital city.


Sugimoto Residence
This trip includes an extremely special and exclusive visit to Sugimoto Residence, a private home and one of the largest machiya (traditional townhouses) in Kyoto. Visitors will have the chance to experience what life has like in Kyoto during the 18th and 19th centuries, a life closer to nature and the beauty of everyday items. The visit will also include a traditional breakfast with the family.

Our guide will be the present and 10th head of the family, Setsuko Sugimoto. She is very involved in preserving the lifestyle of the Sugimoto family, as well as preserving Kyoto's machiya and the culture and traditions of Kyoto’s burghers. Through writing and media appearances, she actively promotes the spirit of simplicity and thrift recorded in her book Saichū-oboe, by teaching Kyoto home cooking (obanzai) and other traditional Japanese cooking styles.

The Sugimoto Residence is a jewel of Kyoto, designated a Tangible Cultural Asset by Kyoto, as well as a National Important Property, and its garden is a National Site of Scenic Beauty. This exclusive event is supported by NHK.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Transportation: Return from Tokyo to Kyoto, as well as transportation to tour sites within Kyoto
Accommodation: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
Cost: 102,000 JPY/person


This tour is offered by JTB in collaboration with NHK.