Hato Bus Tours

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Tokyo, Japan
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Hato Bus Tours Tokyo Reviews

silan silan
59 reviews
Hato bus tours in Tokyo Feb 17, 2009
I took the Dynamic Tokyo full-day bus tour with Hato on my visit to Tokyo. I was only there for a few days and found this was a great introduction to such a big and confusing city for a first-time visitor. They offer hotel pick-up and drop-off, and although I wasn't staying at a hotel, I was able to make my way to the nearest one and still use their pick-up and drop-off service for convenience.

The tour ran from 9-5 (add time on either end if you are using the pick-up and drop-off service) and costs 12 000 yen. Though the price is steep, I find the convenience and friendliness of the staff and tour guide completely worth it.

For the first-time visitor, it's a great way to see the big sites in Tokyo without having to worry about where it is, how to get there, and how to do everything in one day. There are also quite a few single travellers who take the tour, so don't be afraid of being on your own surrounded by families and couples and not being able to talk to anyone.

I had only booked the tour the night before by phone and there was lots of room. Our group wasn't too big, about 15 people, and you have a big bus, so although the seating is assigned, as soon as everyone is on the bus, you can grab a window seat in a row further back if you want.

It's a great way to get oriented in, what I found to be, such a foreign city, and to get an idea of what I'd like to go back to or similar things I'd like to see.
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bflogan says:
Was looking for a HOHO (hop on hop off) bus tour of Tokyo.

Posted on: Oct 02, 2010
ladyluck13and7 says:
Helpful review
Posted on: Aug 01, 2010
msjulicious says:
Thanks for this review! I'll keep this in mind during my visit.
Posted on: Jun 08, 2009
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
Sightseeing via Hato Bus Mar 21, 2005
When we asked the concierge at our hotel in Chiba about going over to Tokyo for the day, he recommend Hato Bus sightseeing as an option. Hato Bus is a motorcoach sightseeing service, similar to Gray Line in other major cities. Full day, half day (morning or afternoon), and evening tours are offered.

Due to the limited amount of time we had, I think it was a good choice. We took a Sobu Line train from Chiba to Hamamatsucho station. Several of us then booked an Afternoon tour and a Tokyo by Night tour. Both left from Hamamatsucho. The Afternoon tour included stops at Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace and Sensoji. The Night tour included a Japanese dinner, Odaiba, Ginza at night, and the Mori Tower in Roppongi.

Both tour guides were very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. There was ample time at the stops to explore and take photos and the bus was not crowded. At the conclusion of the tours, the bus could drop customers in Ginza, at the popular Tokyo hotels, or return them to Hamamatsucho.

Hato Bus is a good way to gain an overview to Tokyo for further exploration or to see a number of sights if time is limited.
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Glynnes says:
Thanks for the informative review.
Posted on: Aug 01, 2010

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