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Exploring Tokyo's Backstreets

By Viator, November 2017

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Tokyo’s backstreets teem with local shops, traditional bars and restaurants, inconspicuous shrines and temples, and Tokyoites going about their daily lives—it’s a side of the city every visitor should experience. Here are some of the best places to do so.

Asakusa
Step back into old Japan with a stroll through the backstreets of Asakusa. This neighborhood on the banks of the Sumida-gawa is dotted with soba and tempura shops, Buddhist shrines, artisan boutiques, and Tokyo’s oldest temple, Senso-ji Temple. 

Harajuku
Famous for its extreme youth fashion, Harajuku’s back streets are filled with hidden gems. In these alleys, known as ura Harajuku or simply ura Hara for short, you’ll find quirky galleries, cozy cafes, vintage clothing shops, and even a tarot fortune teller.

Yanesen
The maze-like streets of the three neighborhoods collectively known as Yanesen (Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi) offer a glimpse of retro Tokyo, where highlights include a sweet shop dating back to 1912, a century-old bamboo shop, soba noodle stands, and small shops selling beckoning cat-related items.

Shinjuku
Best known as Tokyo’s red light entertainment district, Shinjuku is also home to one of the city’s best food-centric back alleys, Omoide Yokocho. Nicknamed Memory Lake or Piss Alley depending on who you ask, this narrow lane is lined with stalls selling yakitori skewers to wash down with sake and beer. It’s a lively nighttime destination for great food.

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Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour

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Savor some amazing Japanese dishes while experiencing local nightlife on this food tour in Tokyo. Delve into the city’s nighttime culinary scene on visits to ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.79
Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour, Tokyo, Food Tours
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Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour

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Take a walk on the wild side with an evening tour through Shinjuku, Tokyo’s famous entertainment district, and get a local's look into the best shopping and ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza, Tokyo, Walking Tours
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Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza

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Starting off in Yurakucho, exploring Ginza and ending in Shimbashi, your guide will show you the sights, sounds, and most importantly, tastes of Tokyo most ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Harajuku Walking Tour of Local Fashion and Street Food, Tokyo, Food Tours
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Harajuku Walking Tour of Local Fashion and Street Food

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Explore the exciting district of Harajuku, renowned worldwide for its mix of youth culture and extreme street fashion. See where rock stars and fashionistas ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Edo Kagurazaka Walking Tour and Standing Bar Experience, Tokyo, Walking Tours
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Edo Kagurazaka Walking Tour and Standing Bar Experience

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Discover the faded charm of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and traditional architecture. On this guided walking tour, wander ...  Read more

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