Take a tour of Tokyo and discover history, sumo action, origami, and more. Exploring by Japan Rail (JR) and foot, you’ll visit the Shinto shrine of Kanda Myojin, Origami Kaikan, the district of Akihabara, and the museum at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium Museum. Feast on a ‘chanko-nabe’ hot pot, which is beloved by sumo wrestlers, then explore Edo Tokyo Museum to learn about the city’s past and present. The full tour includes an hour of walking.
Head to the west exit of Tokyo’s JR Shinjuku station at 10am, and meet your guide near the ticket gate.
You’ll then travel along the JR Sōbu line to Kanda Myojin, a Shinto shrine that sanctifies the key kami (gods) of Daikokuten, Ebisu, and Taira no Masakado. Stroll around the grounds to see the gods embellished on sculptures, and admire the lavish gold eaves of the shrine’s exterior.
After half an hour, you’ll meet back up with your guide for a short stroll to Origami Kaikan. Explore the paper factory, and see exhibitions of origami and washi, a historic paper that’s dyed by hand.
Walk onward to Tokyo’s tech district of Akihabara, and take a look at the shops under the arches of Ecute Kanda Maseibashi — a former train station. From bright lights of the shops, you’ll then travel along the JR Sōbu line for lunch at a sumo-themed restaurant. Tuck into the wrestlers’ favorite dish of chanko-nabe hot pot, and watch some of the action as you eat.
With your appetite sated, you’ll continue to Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium Museum to learn more about sumo, which was once entertainment for the ancient Japanese gods. Finish with a visit to the nearby Edo Tokyo Museum, which documents the history of Tokyo through the Edo era.
Your tour ends at the museum, but you can stay inside for as long as you like.
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.