I always take the subway around Tokyo, which means I never get the chance to see much of Tokyo when I’m on the move. So in this blog post, I’m going to tell you what it’s like to see the city of Tokyo from the top of a roofless bus – the Sky Hop Bus!
The Sky Hop Bus is an open-top double decker bus available in 1 Day Pass, meaning that you can enjoy unlimited rides on the bus with amazing Tokyo views!
The great thing about the Sky Hop Bus is that it’s extremely flexible for ticket holders, you can hop on and off as much as you wish within the 1 day! That means it’s perfect for those who don’t have much time to see Tokyo.
The courses also intersect at different bus stops, so you don’t need to go to Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building every time to change to another course.
There are three courses you can take as many times are you want for 24 hours on the Sky Hop Bus:
- Asakusa Course
- Roppongi-Odaiba Course
- Odaiba Course
We started our bus journey from Ueno Matsuzakaya on the Asakusa Course and were given earphones to keep and use on the bus. And shortly after hopping on, we were quickly transported to the anime mecca of Akihabara.
The main stop for the Sky Hop Bus is located at Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building, just a 2 minute walk away from Otemachi and Tokyo Stations.
It’s also very very close to the Imperial Palace, and because we were riding on a Sunday, we took advantage of this location and went for a cycle around the palace for free!!
You can also hire tandem bicycles (again for free) if you want for a more thrilling ride.
Here’s some photos of Uyen and another cyclist having the time of their lives cycling around the Imperial Palace, hehe!
After that we quickly went back to the Tokyo Marunouchi stop to ride the Odaiba course and see the great Tokyo Tower and Tokyo bay area.
We soon passed through Rainbow Bridge. And without a roof above our heads, the winds from the bridge itself were blowing our hair off! It was definitely a fun and awesome experience to drive through this bridge.
Then we went through the popular tourist destination Odaiba, where Fuji TV Headquarters, Tokyo Big Sight (Japan’s biggest exhibition centre), Venus Fort and Daikanransha Ferris Wheel are located.
Soon after that we found ourselves in Ginza and Tsukiji are, able to see the Kabukiza Theatre – look how grand it is!
After that we changed our bus course to the Asakusa course, so we could visit Tokyo Sky Tree and Senso-ji temple.
Asakusa-Tokyo SKY TREE Course
We crossed Sumida River from Ueno and Asakusa area to see Tokyo Sky Tree.
Then we went to the more traditional side of Tokyo – Asakusa.
There are many food stalls in Asakusa’s Senso-ji, and we also strolled through the Nakamise-Dori shopping street to see some delicious Japanese treats as well as souvenirs!
And that’s a wrap!
After wandering through the fascinating neighbourhood of Asakusa, we were well and truly satisfied with seeing so much of Tokyo in less than 8 hours.
The Sky Hop Bus is definitely a great way to see the famous landmarks of Tokyo within such a short time. It also gives room for flexibility, so you’re never confined to the one bus/vehicle. You can simply hop on and off!
See you next time!
Adult 24-hour pass: 3,500 yen
Child 24-hour pass: 1,700 yen
You can buy 1-day Sky Hop Bus passes from our hisgo website or Tokyo Tourist Information Centres!