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Various other transportation

Hato BusHato Bus

Hato Bus is the regular sightseeing bus in Tokyo.
If you want to tour around Tokyo in a short time, it is the best way.

It provides a lot of various courses, and most courses are one-day or half-day tours.
And it provides the courses with English, Chinese, Korean or Spanish speaking guide.
The fare is also reasonable.

The departure place for foreign tourists is near JR Hamamatsucho station.

Hato Bus official website

Sky Bus TokyoSky Bus Tokyo

It is the regular sightseeing bus touring around Kokyo (Imperial Palace), the Diet Building, and Ginza.

This bus passes in front of each spot, and it takes about 45 minutes.
But this bus is the open-top double-decker. If you want to enjoy viewing the scenery of central Tokyo, this is also one of good ways.

The departure place is near Tokyo station, and it runs every hour.

Sky Bus Tokyo official website

Toei BusToei Bus

It is a route bus operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation.
It covers the whole Tokyo area, and is one of the important transportation.
But most roads in Tokyo have a lot of traffic, so the bus sometimes gets struck in a jam.
The punctuality of bus is lower than subway.
"Tokyo Shitamachi Bus" is one of Toei buses.

Toei Transportation Information Official website

Tokyo Cruise ShipTokyo Cruise Ship

It is a shipping company, and operates the pleasure boat on Sumida River and the water-buses around Tokyo Bay waterfront.

Sumida River Line is the pleasure boat from Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens and Hinode Pier.
We can enjoy the scenery of Tokyo from Sumida River. It takes about 35-40 minutes.

Additionally from Hinode Pier, there are some lines to Odaiba and its surrounding area.

Tokyo Cruise Ship official website

Taxi in TokyoTaxi

In Tokyo, many taxies run.
Of course, it is one of the useful transpotations. But unfortunately most taxi drivers are poor at English or the other languages.
If you cannot tell your destination to the driver, please take any actions to show in characters or to point on a map.

The following taxi company has some phone operators communicating in English.

Nihon Kotsu official website
OUTECH : Car and Limousine service

Yakatabune (Houseboat)Yakatabune (Houseboat)

Yakatabune is the houseboat that we hold a party with enjoying the view from the boat.
In Tokyo, 29 shops join the cooperative association of Yakatabune, and most of them are along Sumida River and Tokyo Bay around from Hamamatsucho to Shinagawa.

Each boat can hold 15-80 people, and the cabin is like Japanese-style banquet room. And stumptuous Japanese dishes are served such as Sashimi, Tempura, Sushi and so on.

A cruise has around 2 hours and 30 minutes, and the boat starts from its shop at lunchtime or suppertime.
Most boats tour around Sumida River, Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba.

Basically, advance reservations in a group are required, and you must pay the fee to the bank account in advance.
The cruise costs about 8,000-12,000 yen per person Some shops operate the share-board boats. They accept the reservation of a small group. But in that case, the starting days and times are usually limited.

Additionally, a few tours by Hato Bus include the cruise by Yakatabune.

Houseboat Nakakin

A boarding place of Yakatabune A cabin of Yokatabune On deck of Yakatabune

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