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Explore the faded grandeur and cobblestone streets of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood during this 3-hour guided walking tour. Over the course of your excursion you’ll check out the unique architecture and intriguing history of this former geisha district that’s chock-full of shrines and other points of interest. Your walking tour of Kagurazaka also includes a one-way subway ticket from Shinjuku.


  • 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

Kagurazaka Walking Tour

Japanese Geisha

Enjoy the charms of lesser-known Tokyo as you walk the peaceful streets of its Kagurazaka district. The streets of this historic area are filled with atmospheric cobblestone streets, traditional architecture and serene shrines.

Start your visit with a meetup with your guide in the afternoon at Shinjuku’s Keio Plaza Hotel, continuing by subway to the Kagurazaka district in Tokyo. The quiet streets of this unique neighborhood were once the home of numerous geisha houses back in the early 1900s, some of which still persist to this day.

Start your walking excursion by visiting the Tokyo Daijingu Shrine, a magnet for fortune seekers hoping to boost their romantic lives. Continue walking down Kagurazaka Street, its sidewalks lined with traditional Japanese businesses, and then proceed on to Zenkokuji Temple, known for its visually-striking red columns old stone steps and onsen (hot baths) before arriving at Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine.

The tour moves next to Oguri Yokocho, a narrow throughway named after a famous Edo-era family. Notice the differences between this street and Kagurazaka, with Oguri offering a much more quiet atmosphere due to its many private homes.

Continue on past the former Geisha Association Office, stepping through a tight labyrinth of streets to visit the Kakurenbo Yokocho and Hyogo Yokocho areas, both of which are packed with a wealth of small family eateries, izakayas (Japanese pubs) and sometimes, even a geisha or two. Your tour finishes here.

Customer Reviews

Erik R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent introduction to Tokyo and its local history and culture


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour. Great guide. A good overview of the backstreets and history.

Eva P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I really enjoyed the tour with a very friendly guide who explained a lot about the daily life in Japan and Kagurazaka became one of my favourite places in Tokyo. Thanks for a great tour.

Ana Carolina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour, The guide had a huge knowledge about the area
and Japanese culture in general.
I had a wonderful time in a part of Tokyo
I would never discover by myself.

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I had the advantage of being the only person on the tour so it was a an opportunity to chat to my guide and to find out not just about where we walked, but about life in modern day Tokyo and Japan. Joy was a very interesting and friendly guide, very enthusiastic about her subject. It was an extremely interesting tour with lovely discoveries tucked away down the tiny streets. To end the tour in a typical bar, the size of a front room, for a drink and a Japanese snack was a great end to the afternoon.

Judith L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

David W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

very friendly tour guide. learned a lot about Japanese history and culture!

Christopher H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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.

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