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Walking Tour: Explore Edo Kagurazaka and Experience Japanese style Sake Bar

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Shinjuku City, Japan
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Overview

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
  • Enjoy 1 complimentary drink (choose from beer, Japanese sake, or nonalcoholic beverage) and a snack
  • 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
Walking tour of Kagurazaka area
1 complimentary drink at an izakaya (Japanese-style bar)
Local guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO, 2 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan
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. Enjoy a complimentary drink (beer, Japanese sake, shochu, fruit liquor or nonalcoholic beverage) and a snack. The tour concludes upon arrival at Kagurazaka.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kagurazaka
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tokyo Daijingu Shrine
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zenkokuji Temple
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Infant rates apply provided no food and drink included
  • Minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years old
  • If you choose to participate in this tour during the summer, we recommend you wear a hat or visor to protect yourself from the sun. We also recommend you drink enough liquid.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour will be conducted even if it is raining. Itinerary locations and itinerary order may be changed depending on weather conditions and business hours of tour locations.
  • A serving of beer, Japanese sake, or non-alcoholic beverage will be provided. - Please note that in case the establishment is closed or unavailable, the tour will visit a different establishment. - Please note that, depending on the establishment visited, non-smoking and smoking seats may not be separated.
  • This tour uses public transportation to Kagurazaka. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Walking Tour: Explore Edo Kagurazaka and Experience Japanese style Sake Bar ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Thoroughly enjoyed Miki's company...
wccmailbox99
, Feb 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed Miki's company and the tour. Miki is knowledgeable and well-versed with the area, its sights and sounds. She added so much interesting insights that this lovely place simply came alive. We even got to taste traditional goodies as we walked and chatted. I had a really good time. No regrets joining the tour.
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This was a relaxing and easy walk...
Dennise T
, Jan 2018
This was a relaxing and easy walk around an old district full of small alleys, Shrines and restaurants. The guide Mikal was Very considerate and informative. The only difficulty was finding the meeting point. The instructions were limited and we were left to battle for an hour in the busiest train station in Tokyo.
star-5
Fantastic walk with s very informed...
j.delfab
, Dec 2017
Fantastic walk with s very informed and extremrpely helpful guide. Saw places I would never have discovered by myself. Highly recommend.
star-5
This was an excellent tour. The...
Alan W
, Mar 2017
This was an excellent tour. The tour started with visits to a shrine and a temple - the guide was excellent on the history, background and what to do on visiting shrines and temples. We then wandered slowly through backstreets. The guide was personable, interesting and highly informative. She shared interesting useful bits of information and her own liking of Kagurazaka shone through. It rained and was cold that day so the bar visit including hot sake and snacks at the end of the tour was very welcome!
star-5
This was such a fantastic tour...
skins
, Jan 2017
This was such a fantastic tour - easy walking pace, and absolutely no rush to get from one gem to another the guide Inaga? waited happily during the endless photos and took us down hidden little back streets that we never would have found ourselves. He then explained the train and subway maps, and which train to catch back to our hotel. Would love to stay in this area next time!!
star-5
We were lucky enough for it to be...
Julie M
, Dec 2016
We were lucky enough for it to be just my sister and I walking with our guide Tak, who was lovely. Very interesting going in and out of little lanes and alleys and getting the history on it all. The weather was not ideal, it was raining on and off but we still had a great time. No rushing around, it's a fairly gentle pace. We were shouted a drink and yakitori in a tiny bar at the end of it. Our guide even got on the train with us to ensure we got back to our hotel okay! It was also great to be able to chat to him about life in Tokyo.
star-5
It rained all day, but our tour...
SAWASDEE79
, Nov 2016
It rained all day, but our tour guide Miki was wonderfully accommodating and still managed to share a tremendous amount of culture and history about the area and Japan in general. Good thing we all had ponchos and umbrellas!
star-5
Fantastic tour especially good...
Liz D
, Nov 2016
Fantastic tour especially good because our guide Miki San was so knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. She was fantastic!
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WOULD NOt RECOMMEND THIS AT ALL...
Victoria E
, Sep 2016
WOULD NOt RECOMMEND THIS AT ALL! Save your money and book a walking tour thru Voyogin. We booked 3 walking trips while in Tokyo and totally enjoyed the other two. This one was very disappointing as they take you thru one shop after another, with a few historical places thrown in. Very little actual History given and the guides knowledge of the area seemed lacking. We do feel the guide tried but that she was going by a cardboard script that was very dry, no life to it. Also our Japanese exchange student had to transulate most of the tour for us. We left the tour early as it was one shopping experience too many..... For the money paid we expected more History.
star-4
This is an interesting tour and...
Rebecca Jane W
, Sep 2016
This is an interesting tour and takes you into areas and laneways you are unlikely to find on your own. The only drawbacks are that you have to walk into the area and so for the first 20-30 minutes there is not a lot of interest and it is quite a lot if walking at a brisk pace. I estimate it was 5-6 kms, not the 2-3 we were expecting and it challenged my 77 year old father.

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