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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Ultra-modern Tokyo still holds many old-fashioned surprises when you know where to go. On this 3-hour walking tour in the Ningyocho and Nihonbashi districts, your local guide shares hidden gems such as long-established shops that carry traditional musical instruments and incense. Learn about classic Japanese art forms and see vendors with stationery, calligraphy materials, gold-leaf decor and more. You'll also taste some favorite snacks while exploring a lesser-known side of Tokyo, traveling with a small group limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
  • 3-hour walking tour of Nihonbashi and Ningyocho districts, in Tokyo
  • See the old-world in Tokyo's small alleys with the insight of a local guide
  • Discover long-standing shops that carry handcrafted goods
  • Sample traditional candies, crackers and other treats
  • Learn about incense ceremonies and classical Japanese arts such as calligraphy and music
  • Enjoy a more customized experience on a small-group tour with a maximum of 12 participants

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Your guide shows you hidden locales from earlier eras that are easy to miss. You'll find establishments that remain true to their origins, which in some cases date back several centuries. For example, at an 18th-century toothpick shop, each item comes hand-wrapped in a poem.

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b
, Mar 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour . Meg was a very informative guide and took us to fascinating little shops that we would have walked straight past if we had not had such a wonderful guide .

C
, Mar 2018

Was a good tour! Be prepared to walk and you will get great food samples! Tour guide was knowledgeable but it was just an ok tour!

M
, Mar 2018

Walking or riding a bike are the best ways to get up close and personal with Tokyo life. We had an amazing time saw heaps and really enjoyed going into smaller areas of Tokyo . Yet another must I say

E
, Feb 2018

If you look carefully there are artisans in small Tokyo shops making traditional objects and foods. Our guide taught us how to open our eyes and find these remaining keepers of craftsmanship. And now I know the proper ritual for offering a prayer at a Shinto Shrine!

J
, Feb 2018

Good tour.

j
, Jan 2018

We had a guide on his first day. He was nervous, too quiet and his english was difficult to understand. He was accompanied by a more experienced guide who wanted to give him latitude, but the tour was painfully slow and disjointed. Not sure why we stopped at a couple of the shops and frankly got very limited information about the area regardless. It was not worth half the money we paid for the tour and candidly I can not recommend it. Sorry.

M
, Jan 2018

Great tour, loved walking around through Tokyo with a small group and tasted all kinds of stuff, from cookies to icecream to mest pastries. The tour does not go to the shops that are mentioned in the description of the tour, too bad for that. Would definitely recommend!

M
, Nov 2017

This was a great way to see a different part of Tokyo. Our guide was great and we saw many businesses which had been in business for at least 100 years. We sampled the food and saw individually crafted tooth picks. This was a great tour.

s
, Nov 2017

Excellent and informative, most of tour is on quiet streets which is pleasant. Our guide Ikumi was friendly, knowledgeable and pleased to answer all our questions.

l
, Nov 2017

This tour was exactly what I wanted it to be. It showed a deeper look into an area of Tokyo that most people would miss. My husband and I enjoyed it very much. We're looking forward to going back to Ningyocho and Nihonbashi to do some further exploring. I recommend this tour!
The only downside of the tour was that our guide, Silvia, had lost much of her voice due to allergies so it was difficult to hear her several times. She did her best, though and I'm sure I could've given the tour 5 stars if she had been in full voice.

V
, Nov 2017

Wonderful experience! I was very pleased with all of the locations we stopped at as well as our guide's knowledge of the culture and history of the various places. Highly recommended and I will be taking the tour again the next time I am in Tokyo.

E
, Oct 2017

Ikumu has a good command of English and was able to explain well the lovely back streets of Tokyo.

B
, Oct 2017

This was an enjoyable tour. It allowed us to see areas of Tokyo that most tourists probably would never visit

T
, Oct 2017

great tour with another great guide

C
, Aug 2017

The tour was interesting, our guide was very good and informative.
Disappointed we did not see places that were quoted in the tour, ie Musical instruments and block printing.
The food we were given to try were great

K
, Aug 2017

I am been to Tokyo several times but have never been able to experience it the way this trip allowed. Our guide, Kimi, was amazing! She had lots of useful and interesting information and stories. There was only four of us in the group so we were able to interact freely..it was like we were going out with a friend. She had lived in the States and was able to tap in to facts and stories that may seem unusual to westerners. She also answered questions we had regarding various aspects of living in Japan. The tour itself was great. We went in to a number of small stores and could ask questions of the owners. We sampled food that,not speaking Japanese,we would never have discovered. I really appreciated Kimi taking the time to email us the store names and what they sold so that we could go back to visit. All in all a great tour and I would definitely recommend it!!

T
, Aug 2017

We thought we would see and experience the culture of Old Tokyo, and we did, but very little. We mostly visited touristy food shops and tast tested treats-which was fine, but it felt like a taste and buy tour rather than a cultural tour. Quite disappointed, actually. Really not that interested in a snack/treat tour of Tokyo. Wanted more arts and cultural activities.

a
, Aug 2017

Really enjoyed this tour. Went places I would have never found myself. A bunch of sample are included so you can skip lunch. When you get to the ones that look like little yams, buy extra! They were the best, but I was so full by then I didn't try it until later and regretted only having one. It was hot the day we went and we were all tired at the end and could have skipped the knife, gold and kelp shops.

s
, Jun 2017

Kimi was wonderful! I loved walking around the 'old' part of Tokyo where traditional handcrafted goods were still being produced. We were only a group of 5 so it was great. Kimi provided a lot of information and we were given samples of Japanese ice-cream, croquettes and ningyoyaki sponge cake filled with red bean paste from the different shops we visited. Sadly, most of these traditional businesses are closing so go NOW before they all disappear!

N
, Jun 2017

This was a wonderful tour -- Ikumi is so knowledgeable. She took us to many interesting places, hooked us up with some tasty food samples and shared some of the history of the area, including an ancient former-Geisha house and a toothpick shop that's still in business today. She also took us to a couple shrines in the area and explained how Japanese Shinto shrines are designed and taught us how to pray. This tour turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip to Japan!


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