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SCENIC TOKYO RIDES

Open-air sightseeing bus celebrates second anniversary

The Hinomaru Limousine Company this month celebrates the second anniversary of its “Sky Bus Tokyo” tours. The tours offer passengers a scenic 45-minute ride through Maranouchi and its surrounding area every day of the year, every hour, on the hour. The tour takes in a number of Tokyo landmarks, including a drive past the grounds of the Imperial Palace.

Since starting in September 2004, more than 125,000 passengers have sat atop the two-story Sky Bus.

In addition to English, the tours are now also available in Chinese and Korean through the use of Personal Digital Assistants. The PDAs provide passengers with information about the sights they are seeing as the tour progresses.

The “Sky Bus Tokyo” departs every hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Tokyo Station’s Maranouchi South Exit. The fare is 1,200 yen for adults, 600 yen for children (aged 11 and under).

For more information, visit www.skybus.jp or call (03) 3215-0008.