MY HUSBAND AND I ARE AGED 70 AND EXPERIENCED TRAVELLERS. WE WILL BE IN TOKYO FOR THREE DAYS AND THE SAME IN HONG KONG AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF A CRUISE. IN TOKYO WE WANT TO SEE CULTURAL AND HISTORIC SITES AND ESPECIALLY THE TSUKIJI FISH MARKET. WE ARE STAYING AT THE PARK HOTEL LOCATED OVER SHIODOME STATION. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? WE'VE NOT BEEN TO HONG KONG, WHERE WE'RE STAYING AT THE MARCO POLO, ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR TOURS OR PLACES NOT TO MISS?
J. LARSON, CAMBEWARRA
The Metropolis of Tokyo offers English-language city walking tours, and these could be perfect for you. Tours operate weekdays and the tour desk is located on the first floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No.1, 2-8-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. There are 10 tours to choose from, maximum group size is five, and they're either free or at nominal cost. You need to register online for the tours and the easiest way to find the website is to Google "go Tokyo walking tour".
Tsukiji Fish Market operates its own guided tours (tsukijitour.com), which start from the Tsukiji KY Building at the intersection of Harumi Street and Shin-Ohashi Street just opposite the market, and a five -minute walk from Tsukiji Shijo station on the Toei Oedo Line, which is close to your hotel – take Exit A1 when you leave the station.
Tokyo Walking Tours (tokyowalkingtours.com) is another small group specialist with a range of tours including the fish market, with a pick-up and drop-off from your hotel.
The ride across Hong Kong Harbour on the Star Ferry, a stroll along Hollywood Road past the curio shops and galleries of Chinese art and furniture, the nearby Cat Street Market, an evening promenade from the Star Ferry Terminal along the Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront and the tram ride along Hong Kong Island's north corridor – be sure to sit upstairs – are just a handful of the small delights that await you in Hong Kong. I also like the free Tai Chi lesson, weekdays except Tuesdays, at 8am on the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, close to your hotel. Book with the Hong Kong Tourism Board (discoverhongkong.com)