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See Tokyo’s holiday illuminations from the comfort of a taxi with the Tokyo Night Cruise

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By Shannon, SoraNews24

When it comes to Christmas, Japan loves impressive Christmas light setups – or illuminations – and that doesn’t exclude Tokyo. However, in as big of a metropolis as Tokyo, it can take a lot of effort to see all of the famous ones in areas such as Tokyo Sky Tree and the Roppongi neighborhood.

So Japanese taxi company Expert Driver Service (EDS) has teamed up with seasoned illumination pros to offer a limited-time Tokyo Night Cruise tour until January 8, 2022. These three-hour tours star a taxi driver who’s very familiar with Tokyo illuminations and will take you around popular lightups throughout the city, all from the comfort of a taxi cab.

▼ Relax and enjoy the holiday spirit.


You can basically design your own course, but the Tokyo Night Cruise site suggests some major spots in particular: the Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba, Tokyo Sky Tree, the streets of Ginza, the Marunouchi area near Tokyo Station, Tokyo Tower, and more. Many of these spots are lit up normally, but they also do special lightups for Christmas.

One of the big perks of this tour is that you’re free to stop the taxi and get out to take photos to your heart’s content. The Tokyo Night Cruise site even lists entry fees for popular attractions like Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree for those that want the full nighttime Tokyo experience.

The tours last three hours and start at 15,220 yen depending on where you want to begin and end your journey (just note that the start and end points have to be inside Tokyo). You’re also allowed to extend your tour for an additional 2,470 yen per 30 minutes.

▼ Up to four people can join in on the tour, so you can split the cost.


If you want to reserve, though, it’s better to do it sooner than later – only five of these Tokyo Night Cruise taxis depart per day. English-speaking drivers are also available upon request.

Source: PR TimesEDS

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A nice enough idea for those to whom such a service holds appeal or if walking is a challenge. However, as someone who has lived in Tokyo through that season and enjoyed many of the key illuminated spots, there's nothing like hopping a train and walking along the lit up avenues and venues in the crisp winter air to feel it and enjoy gentle exercise as well. Most of the destinations are not difficult to get to, and I much preferred spending part of an evening outside and topping it of with a drink somewhere nearby than hunkered in my 30 m bedsit glued to a screen with the AC blasting down on my head.

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