Discover the faded charm of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and traditional architecture. On this guided walking tour, wander the neighborhood and to see the remnants of this former geisha district. Visit the numerous shrines, historical buildings and points of interest as you get a local look into Japanese culture.
- Discover the charm of the Kagurazaka neighborhood on a Tokyo walking tour
- Visit religious shrines and places of historical interest
- Wander the cobblestone streets of Oguri Yokocho
- Watch for geisha walking and chatting in on the small streets
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What You Can Expect
See a quieter side of Tokyo on a walking tour of the Kagurazaka neighborhood. With your local guide, walk along the many alleyways and lanes off the main street, and enjoy a glimpse back in time to the era of the geisha. The beautiful neighborhood of Kargurazaka was known in the early 1900s for its geisha houses, some of which still remain today.
Your walking tour starts with a visit to the Tokyo Daijingu Shrine, considered to be lucky for those seeking romance. Then stroll Kagurazaka Street past traditional Japanese stores. See the Zenkokuji Temple with its striking red pillars, and walk along the old stone steps, past the onsen (hot baths), to reach the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine.
Next, spend some time on Oguri Yokocho, a narrow street named after the Oguri family, a powerful clan during the Edo era. Unlike busy Kagurazaka Street, this area is quieter and more intimate, with residential houses located among the cafes and restaurants. Continue your tour by walking past the former Geisha Association office and through more small laneways to the areas of Kakurenbo Yokocho and Hyogo Yokocho, where you will find small hole-in-the-wall restaurants, izakayas (bars) and perhaps even a geisha or two.
Great experience despite extremely hot weather. My guide Chiaki was thoroughly professional with lots of interesting anecdotes about this area. Actually saw two Geisha walking the small lanes and loved the quaint shops and shrines along the way. Have seen a lot of Tokyo but this was another delight. Thank you Chiaki.
A great tour. There were lo lynnwood three of us o. The tour. Because of this we got know.each well. The tour guide was well aware of my wife's health problems and patiently foe her. Learned a lot about early tokyo.
very friendly tour guide. learned a lot about Japanese history and culture!
Awesome tour. I wish I could remember our tour guides name, but she was great. I learned so much much from her about little things in Tokyo. I recommend this tour to see things you might not see on other tours.
We went with a small group which was nice. We walked through the back streets of Tokyo and our guide took really good care of us. You get to see a very different side to Tokyo.
Excellent and very well-informed guide, and a very interesting part of Tokyo. Highly recommend this tour.
A great tour and excellent tour guide. The areas we walked through were very interesting and unlike the usual tourist destinations. The streets were packed with delicious delights and tempting souvenirs. A great way to understand the inner workings of Tokyo.
This tour will likely be a small group. There will be a lot of walking so come in shape. Amy, our tour guide, did a lot of research on this area before giving this tour. A very eye opening walk thru this old district of Tokyo. Shrines and little stores line a lot of these streets. We then walked the small side streets to see where exclusive restaurants which still use geisha were. I recommend this tour for adult only. Kids will get tired and fussy a some point during the tour.
Tour was well run by very interesting tour guide (Yoko). Delved into the local history and historical buildings through narrow streets that you would otherwise not think to go down. Yoko's knowledge was readily passed on to tour participants in very good English. The sites to visit were interesting and well thought out. Visiting the old sections were the Samurai used to live was in interesting as well as the small intricate Japanese gardens. The afternoon tea stop was a sample of what the locals do and provided a good refreshment stop on a warm day. The unseen Geisha girl practicing on her musical instrument up on the second floor behind thin window panels made it feel like "peeping"! The music was tantalizing. Great tour well recommended. Be prepared to walk but at a leisurely pace.