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Japan's Cultural Curiosities

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On this unique walking tour you'll wind through back alleyways and visit hidden shops to get a true cultural taste of traditional Tokyo.

Japan's Cultural Curiosities

Trade the fast-paced side of Tokyo for a calmer side, one that very few people get to see! On this 3-hour tour, you will visit centuries-old, family-run businesses and see the arts, food and Japanese customs that have persevered throughout the ages.

Your adventure centers in the neighborhoods of traditional Ningyocho and the more modern Nihonbashi. During your outing, you will visit a shop that has been specializing in Japanese sweets since 1897, where you will get the chance to try a small sponge cake filled with sweet red bean filling. After which, you'll make another stop in a gift shop for traditional souvenirs such as calligraphy tools and decorative wares then head to snack shops and sample long-beloved foods such as caramels, fish jerky, Ramune soda, bean paste snacks, and sweet and savory rice crackers. Visit a shamisen shop to learn about this beautiful Japanese musical string instrument and view woven hand towels depicting street scenes at the tenugui shop. We'll also visit a shop that specializes in a traditional snack: senbei (rice crackers), a favorite in many Japanese households, which is happily gluten and dairy-free.

Other shops on the tour sell seaweed, stationary and toothpicks. Pick up some fish shavings for your fish broth at the 200 year-old katsuobushi shop. Round your shopping out with a special store that sells paper thin golden leaves for ceramics, food and more.

Along the way take a break at one of the local temples where you can visit the shrine, offer up a prayer, and wash a coin for a prosperous life.

Your tour concludes with some sweets at the Nihonbashi information center.

Step back in time with this small tour through the traditional side of Tokyo.

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from $69.00 (USD)
Per Person
 
Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Small
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Walking
 
Tour Duration
3 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 25 minute taxi (not included, approximately $18 US each way) is required to reach your departure location.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Snacks, Beverage
 
Special Instructions
Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes. The tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. Modest dress is highly recommended - shoulders covered, and pants or a skirt that covers the knees.
 
Restrictions
Guests must be able to use public transportation as described and be in reasonable health to walk on this tour. Guests must be a minimum of 6 years old in order to participate. Not wheelchair accessible.
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