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

Highlights

  • Discover the charm of the Kagurazaka neighborhood on a Tokyo walking tour
  • Enjoy 1 complimentary drink (choose from beer, sake, shochu, fruit liquor 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

What You Can Expect

Edo Kagurazaka Walking Tour and Standing Bar Experience

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. Enjoy a complimentary drink (beer, Japanese sake, shochu, fruit liquor or nonalcoholic beverage) and a snack. The tour concludes upon arrival at Kagurazaka.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Clayton K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very interesting and informative.

j.delfab

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic walk with s very informed and extremrpely helpful guide. Saw places I would never have discovered by myself. Highly recommend.

Alan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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!!

Julie M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

SAWASDEE79

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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!

Liz D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic tour especially good because our guide Miki San was so knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. She was fantastic!

Erik R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent introduction to Tokyo and its local history and culture

John United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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

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