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Tokyo - Japans Cultural Curiosities Private Tour Including Food Samplings

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    What to Expect
    Spend your day with us browsing for traditional souvenirs and goods – made right here in Japan! Gain some insight to the foods and snacks that Japanese people eat and the typical items they use in everyday life.

    We’ll start the tour in the neighbourhood of Ningyocho, a district known for its old traditions and, as you’ll soon discover, some very tasty treats. We’ll visit a number of shops that have been around for over 100 years, many of which are still family-owned and operated and specialise in unique goods made right here in Japan.

    To kick things off, we’ll try some Ningyoyaki cakes, a true Tokyo specialty. This is a small sponge cake with sweet red bean filling, and made in different shapes. We’ll visit a bakery that has been around for 110 years, where the father and son welcome guests with open arms and enjoy sharing their knowledge about their cakes and craft.

    We’ll also visit a shop that specialises in a traditional snack: senbei (rice crackers), a favourite in many Japanese households, which is happily gluten and dairy free.

    From there, we’ll head to a local tenugui shop, where they sell woven hand towels depicting different traditional Japanese scenes. These towels are used for many things from wiping your hands to wrapping gifts, tea towels and decorations.

    Your Tokyo tour will next lead you to one of the eight shrines in Ningyocho. We’ll visit a shrine where virtue, longevity, learning and wealth are worshipped. You can offer a prayer here, and wash a coin to ensure a prosperous life.

    Once we’ve exhausted Ningyocho, we’ll visit another neighbourhood nearby, Nihonbashi. The district of Nihonbashi was a hub for merchants during the Edo period. Today, it is predominantly a financial district that houses trading firms and even the Tokyo Stock Exchange. And although Nihonbashi is very much a modern neighbourhood, it features many traditional Japanese shops hidden in its alleyways and even within its department stores.

    We’ll visit an old-fashioned stationery shop that was established in 1912. You’ll get to browse through the display of calligraphy brushes, inks, traditional paints, handmade greeting cards, and little dolls that tie into Japanese wedding and New Year’s customs.

    We’ll also discover a toothpick shop that has been in business since 1704, where you will be able to check out delicate handmade toothpicks, plus other handmade items carved from Kuromoji or Lindera umbellata trees.

    Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. As most of the shops we visit are small, family-owned businesses, they sometimes unexpectedly close or alter their hours for the day. In such a case, we'll visit other nearby shops or attractions that still keep with the theme and essence of the tour.
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    Departure Point
    McDonald's Ningyōchō, 2-chōme-3-1 Nihonbashiningyōchō, Chuo City, Tōkyō-to 103-0013, Japan
    Departure Time
    12:45 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Food samplings
    • Snacks
    Exclusions
    • Additional food and drink
    • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
    • Tips and gratuities for the guide.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. As most of the shops we visit are small, family-owned businesses, they sometimes unexpectedly close or alter their hours for the day. In such a case, we'll visit other nearby shops or attractions that still keep with the theme and essence of the tour.
    • This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
    • The tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. Modest dress is highly recommended — shoulders covered, and pants or a skirt that covers the knees.
    • Some food allergies can be accommodated, but please check beforehand with us at info@tokyourbanadventures.com. While this tour is not physically exerting, it is a walking tour, and you will be on your feet and walking for all of the three hours.
    • This tour includes visits to independent, family-run businesses, which may sometimes unexpectedly close or alter their hours for the day. In such a case, we'll visit other nearby shops or attractions that still keep with the theme and essence of the tour.
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
    • While this tour is not physically demanding, it is a walking tour, and you will be on your feet and walking for all of the three hours.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to see a bit of old Tokyo and it’s traditions. For someone who hasn’t got time to see the rest of Japan, it gives you a sense of traditional Japanese culture away from all the craziness of...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Dani C
    UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you so much for choosing to join the tour for taking the time to post a review! I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed exploring Ningyocho with me. I was really happy to showing you one of my favorite area. Arigato gozaimsu...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was the second tour I joined with Urban Adventures and it did not disappoint! The tour guide was very informative, friendly and answered everyone's questions. We were spoiled with many treats along the way including traditional buddhist cookies which were delicious! We also got...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Stephanie S
    UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for choosing to join the tour for taking the time to post a review! We are pleased to hear you got some treats and our guide delivered you enjoyable. We hope you got some good souvenirs through the tour. We look...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Just finished our tour today, which was guided by Iya. Iya was easy to listen to and I learnt alot about Tokyo I would not have without this guided tour. My 11 year old daughter found this tour very interesting and definitely recommend booking this...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Samantha R
    UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Dear Samantha Thank you so much for choosing us for taking the time to write a lovely reviews! I am really glad to heard you and your daughter had nice time. I was happy to showing you around one of my favorites part of Tokyo....More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Amazing food trip ! Our guide was friendly and prepared the perfect food & drink tour for us...sushi, sake, matcha latte, japanese snacks and all this food that we wouldn't try by ourself ;) Nothing else to say except thank you Meg for this great...More

    Thank Timbi82
    UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with friendly Meg! We are very glad to heard you enjoyed all the Japanese food you tasted. Thank you so much for giving her big compliment. Best regards, Tokyo Team

    Reviewed 6 September 2019

    Ayaka led a fun tour, teaching us interesting history and translating our questions. Would recommend to anyone looking for a half day activity. Thank you!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank fjdksleiwoqp
    UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars! We are pleased to hear Ayaka delivered you enjoyable tour. Thank you so much for helping spread us! Best regards, Tokyo Team

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