Tokyo's Traditional 'Old City' and Historic Shops Discovery Tour

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Discover the hidden heart of Tokyo with a friendly guide. Visit cool shops, and learn about incense, traditional music and crafts. Sample lots of yummy treats on the way, for a real taste of Edo!

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See a side of Tokyo that contrasts with the usual buzzing, urban image. On this tour you can discover several hidden family-run shops specializing in all kinds of trades. Taste the flavors of Meiji-era sweets and Showa-era candy. Then learn about incense, traditional music, art and see handmade crafts.
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Child (Age 6-11)
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  • Duration: 3.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: English-speaking guide / Snacks
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
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  • 12:35 Meet at Ningyocho Clock Tower
  • 12:45 Incense Store and Meiji Era Sweets Shop
    ningyoyaki making Visit a variety of shops which each have their own special history. A sweets shop founded in the Meiji era will give you a taste of traditional Japanese snacks. After that, learn about incense and the traditional incense ceremony at a shop founded in 1705.
  • Senbei and Showa-Era Sweets
    15 Check out a sweets store that specializes in nostalgic goodies popular in the Showa era (1926-1989) and visit places specializing in the traditional rice cracker snack, senbei.
  • Shamisen and Tenugui
    Learn all about the traditional Japanese instrument, the three-stringed shamisen. And in another shop, see beautiful tenugui hand towels, which make a wonderful gift for friends back home (or yourself!)
  • Shrine or Temple Visit
    shrine omikuji Your guide will bring you to one of the 8 temples in the Ningyocho area which house gods of longevity and wealth.
  • Head to Nihonbashi
  • Nihonbashi's Seaweed and Stationary
    Visit a seaweed shop and classic stationary shop. You'll find several items such as calligraphy brushes and ink, paint and even handmade cards.
  • Toothpicks, Katsuobushi, and Gold Leaf
    independent shop Handmade toothpicks...only in Tokyo! Learn about dried bonito, the base of much of Japanese cuisine, or the art of creating delicate gold leaf. Some of these places have history dating back as far as the 1700s.
  • Sweets at Nihonbashi Information Center
    Before the tour ends, enjoy one last traditional treat at the Information Center.
  • 15:45 Tour Disbands at Mitsukoshimae Station
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Clothing that covers from the shoulder to knee
Additional Note(s)
    • Tips for your guide, additional food and drinks, personal items and souvenirs are not included in the price of the tour.
    • The maximum number of participants on this tour is 12 people.
    • As participants on the tour will be visiting mostly family-run/independent businesses, please be aware that the shops may be closed or alter their hours. If this happens, other nearby shops fitting in with the theme of the tour will be visited.
    • Children of all ages may participate in this tour. For children between the ages of 6-11, please select the 'child' option when booking. For children under the age of 6, the tour is free of charge. If you plan to bring a child under the age of 6, please specify this when booking.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 64.87
USD 64.87

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Language English
Pick-up Not available
Duration 3.5 hour(s)
Availability Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
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