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“Better than you might think if you're pressed for time”
Review of Sky Bus Tokyo

Sky Bus Tokyo
Ranked #11 of 22 Tours in Chiyoda
Type: Bus Tours, Tours
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Don't generally advocate these tacky open-topped bus tours, but worked out well for us. We had less than 24hr in Tokyo, so took a couple of tours (there are three available on a hop on-hop off basis in 24hr) to get oriented and then spent our other time (and evenings) using public transport. I doubt we would have seen so much of Tokyo any other way.

2  Thank W13to2291
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Good value especially if you do the three tours in one day. Need to be aware that when purchasing 24 hr ticket - 24 hr starts when you purchase your ticket and tours don't start until 10:20-am and last tour starts at 6:30 pm so need to plan accordingly. Good idea to get 2 day pass if you want to stop off at sites and catch later tour bus. Great way to get your bearings in new city.
English commentary is awful - after short period all English speaking tourists had removed earphones - it is really bad - company really needs to work on this. Needs to be live English translation to make it interesting for English speaking tourists.

6  Thank Jen O
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

I have travelled to many countries that have the Hop on Hop off bus service, and I have to say that the one in Tokyo has to be the worst. Given that the purpose is to help tourists get around Tokyo and be able to get to see some key attractions the only people that it is catering for are the local tourists. Each bus has a guide that over a microphone literally talks almost 70% of the trip. If you listen to the recorded commentary ( only in Korean & English) if the commentary covers 15-20% it would be pushing it, and in most cases it is out of sync with where you are. There are 3 routes but the timing between them dont help because of traffic they don't always meet each other so then you have to wait another hour before the next bus comes past, even on weekends. I was very disappointed especially given the level of the other like operations in other parts of the world. I would suggest save your money and get a guide book and a train pass.

10  Thank BazinSG
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

To be completely frank, the Sky Bus was a complete waste of both time and money. While they offer 3 tours, after about 10 minutes, it's already incredibly dull. The English language commentary is spartan to say the least and in some of the few places where there was something to say, the commentary often cut off in mid-sentence to say the next thing.... "The imperial palace is considered one of the most interesting ... Cut... On the right is a restaurant where Brad Pitt ... Cut... Etc. Mostly it's elevator music with the sound of the Japanese mattering on at great length and in obvious detail about the buildings. Rather pointlessly, one must admit, since it was largely non-Japanese on the bus.

If you like being stuck in traffic jams or driving on motorways, this is a great tour. For everyone else, spare yourself the pain. Maybe the Sky Bus company will read the reviews here and realise they need to up their game. Tokyo is a city of 30 million people: there must be more to say than where Brad Pitt once chopped his fingernails, or whatever he did, since they never finished the sentence.

10  Thank Neil_London_78
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

There are a number of sightseeing bus tours in Tokyo, but this one offers the ability to hop on and hop off at various spots along the way. It has 3 routes and once you buy a one day (24 hour) ticket, you can ride all 3 routes. To get to the buses, take any train line to the Tokyo Station, and exit by the south exit, walk straight across the street about 2 blocks and the Mitsubishi Building will be on your left. This is where all the buses leave and return. Schedules are posted on the boards and you can buy tickets from the agents at the bus stop. The agents spoke English and are helpful and friendly. Buses are clean. 1,800 Yen for a day ticket and good on all 3 routes. Most buses are double decker, open top, but one route is not. The tours themselves are not spectacular. It does give you a sense of where things are, distance between them and some sights of the city. Some routes the bus will duplicate the streets (up one side to an attraction and then back the other side). This falls short on opportunities to see other different parts of the city. This was my second visit to Tokyo, so things were familiar to me, but for a first time visitor, it will give you some sightseeing and show you how to get to certain attractions like the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree.

5  Thank bob2bkk
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