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“Good value, will give you visual orientation of Tokyo”
Review of Sky Bus Tokyo

Sky Bus Tokyo
Ranked #11 of 22 Tours in Chiyoda
Type: Bus Tours, Tours
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Unlike some other reviewers I actually quite liked the skybus tour. I had been in Tokyo for 8 days already doing the subway thing and had no sense or idea of things happening overland. We also always go on a hop on hop off bus when we’re in a city and have been on numerous - London, Munich, Paris, Syndey.

The bus leaves from outside the Mitsubishi building on the first street to the left if you exit the Tokyo station from the Marunouchi exit.

There are three circuits of about 1.5 – 2 hours, some that overlap and you could hop on and off and catch a different route. A lot of the sights and attractions of Tokyo are covered here. The routes and times are well detailed and laid out in the brochure you can get from the ticket office which is also the place you get on at. Or on the website http://skybus.jp/?lang=en&no=.

You get a 24 hour pass for 1800yen or ($20US) which is, I think, good value in a very expensive city. The buses ran like clockwork when I used them, they may wait at a stop until it’s time to leave but it was never more than a few minutes.

Agreed the commentary (via headphones for English speakers) could be more detailed but it was always being played as we more or less went by each sight. The music interspersed did get a little annoying! I travelled with the Timeout 2010 Tokyo guide book (which I found very good for information) and also the The Getting Around Tokyo Pocket Atlas and Transportation guide to get my bearings and have a decent guide to the underground network. I certainly didn’t rely on the hop on hop off bus commentary for my main information on Tokyo.

I think to get the most out of the trip, one has to do some homework when visiting Tokyo, it’s huge and there’s so much to see and do. Relying on the hop on hop off bus commentary is not going to give you a good insight into the city. It will, however, give you a good visual orientation of the city you won’t get by travelling the trains.

I would recommend rugging up warm as there is only the option to sit upstairs, make sure you do get the seats that are partially covered. Wear a hat and have an extra blanket and your thermals on at this time of the year! To make the trip more enjoyable get a takeout coffee from Starbucks in the building where the ticket office is located.

All in all a very worthwhile tour, well done, on time, and clean bus. The Odaiba route is especially spectacular.

10  Thank yeowon
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our January two day Sky Hop Bus tour experience left us out in the cold and also out of touch with Tokyo. Unlike other Hop On Off buses we have toured on in various cities, the Tokyo Sky Hop Bus lacks an appropriate commentary about interesting sights to see at each stop. The Sky Hop Bus has three different bus routes, each lasting about 90 minutes with buses running at one hour apart. The brochure /map provided totally lacked information about area restaurants or entertainments. The commentary was mostly repetitive music - very little past or present history was included.

The double decker buses were open topped and in January at 37 degrees Farenheight, not very enjoyable. The lower portion was closed to travelers. On one route a standard bus was substituted which was a huge improvement in the cold weather. Most times we were the only ones on the entire bus!

If you plan on taking this tour in the winter, dress warmly. If you take this tour,,,come prepared with your own maps and do your research so you'll know what to see at the various stops.

The cost of a 24 ticket was 1800 yen, 2500 yen for 2 days. First tour starts at 10:05 and the last at 6:50 PM.

6  Thank cleo1209
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Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

Everyone knows the hop on/off formula right? All major cities have one or two bus companies offering this tourist service.
Well this company failed miserably at executing the idea. To begin with the English commentary is minimal, non informative, and appears too late for riders to see the sight they describe. Furthermore, as compared to the live talking going on in Japanese, the English gets about a tenth of the information but we do get to enjoy lively music that cuts in and out whenever our ' guide' is not informing us. Result: a robotic ride through the city, very few stops and most of them at hotels, no information on what to see near each stop except for the obvious.
To to it all off, they are missing sights such as the Shibuya district and possibly others but how would we know? We are tourists !
I've taken at least ten of these tours in different cities. This is the first time it was not well done. The company should hire bilingual tour guides and offer full tour information to everyone.
Until that changes, I would save your money and use the metro to see the sights.

3  Thank GlobalguyOttawa
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

I love big red bus like tours (Londons is a must do) and this would be a fantastic tour if it was guided. The live guide is in Japanese and the plug your headset English version is awful. 70 of the 80 minutes spent listening to bad elevator music with the occasional commentating with almost no historical context. Add a very loud Japanese commentator in the background and you have a "must skip". Too bad.

5  Thank MichaelWeening
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

We took this tour today and thought it was a waste of time and money. 1500 JPY each for 45 minutes. Only 1 out of 4 routes is available to other than Japanese speakers. We were assigned seats which meant that everyone was in the back of the bus grouped together. The narration was not very informative. We think the City Sightseeing Bus company would do a better job since they offer usually 8-10 different prerecorded languages that are GPS driven so all you need are new headsets as you enter the bus. On the positive side, the bus was the cleanest we have seen compared to many other cities in the world.

6  Thank Luv2Ctheworld2011
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