Old Town Tokyo Food Tour

Daytime tour exploring the back streets and hidden gems in Yanaka, a rare taste of Tokyo's past.

Cultural Experience

Local Downtown Area

Wednesday-Saturday

Starts promptly at 10:30AM

Historic Tokyo

Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi Area

Our tour will take you through the charming area of Yanaka – one of the few remaining districts in Tokyo where the shitamachi (downtown) atmosphere– a feeling of Tokyo from past decades, still survives. The Yanaka area is filled with a feeling of nostalgia and a rustic charm. Our tour will offer you a sightseeing opportunity different from the “big city” feel of other parts of Tokyo. Yanaka was one of the few areas in that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and Fire of 1923 and was spared the Allied fire bombings during the WWII. The area has a history as an artisan town where many famous writers and visual artists lived an worked. Today it retains a similar spirit and an afternoon stroll down  the tiny side streets that dissect the area south of Nippori Station will highlight the diversity of craft still being produced in the area: textiles, ink prints, wood carvings, traditional cuisines, stationery, pottery, jewelry, and much more. We will have the chance to try local street snacks, stop by shops that are over 100 years old, see local shrines and temples and enjoy a regional lunch from the South of Japan, Kyushu, before we end our tour with a traditional tea ceremony. By the end of this lovely tour you will have tried 10-12 dishes and drinks that locals LOVE!. 

Minimum of 2 people needed to book this tour. If you are a single traveler, please email us directly. Please let us know your paypal email address and if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

We have family friendly pricing on all our Arigato food tours- If you are traveling with children and need a price adjustment- please email our team at Bookings@ArigatoJapan.co.jp 

  • Babies and Toddlers 0 – 2 years old – free
  • Children 3 -12 years old – 50% of adult price
  • Children 13 and above – full price

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 hour tour of Tokyo’s Yanaka (Yanesen) District
  • Visit small shops and try local specialties.
  • Enjoy a regional lunch from the South of Japan, Kyushu.
  • See how the Yanaka area is a great place for locals and visitors alike .
  • Explore the art community and see wonderful galleries housed in traditional buildings.
  • Finish up with a wonderful traditional tea ceremony in a hidden gem antique shop.

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to protect the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.

Arigato Tours are a great way to meet other travelers and food fans from around the world. However if you would prefer a private tour our rates are an additional per group fee of $150 for a group of 1-4, $200 for groups of 5-8 and $250 for groups of 8-12. Larger groups please contact us by email to arrange. 

Tour Schedule:

 

Wed – Sat
Meeting Time Frame 10:15 – 10:30 am
Start Time 10:30 am
End Time 1:30 pm

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$125 / Person

Yanaka is a world away from the high tech Tokyo. Great change of pace, wonderful local snacks and lunch! Loved It.

Chris S.

October 2017

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Tour Details

  • WAGASHI & TEA EXPERIENCE YES
  • 10-12 DISHES AND DRINKS AT 6 FOOD STOPS YES
  • LUNCH IN RESTAURANT YES
  • WALKING LEVEL MODERATE SOME HILLS YES
  • SHOPPING TIME YES

Meeting Location

The front of Coffee Room Renoir Nippori – Yanaka

this address:

 7 -20-6 Yanaka, 1st Floor 

You can copy and paste this to Google Maps:

東京都台東区谷中7-20-6 谷中ホ-ムズ 1F

BY TRAIN:

Easiest way is to come on the JR Yamanote train to Nippori Station and exit from the North Gate to the West Exit.

Head outside and across the bridge up the hill about to the Coffee Shop. The Cafe is next to a 7/11

Our guide will be there holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.

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