Retro Shibuya -- Local Hidden Gems

Step back in time and discover hidden local gems that give Shibuya a deep culinary history beyond all the glitz and modern pop culture glamor!

Nightlife

Local gems and hidden foodie treasures

(Everyday MON-SUN)

Starts promptly at 4pm

Tokyo

Shibuya

This hidden gem nightlife tour will show you a side of Shibuya that tourists never see. Step back into history and visit spots and have experiences that locals have enjoyed for decades! Visit drinking and dining stalls that are hiding in plain site. Learn about the culture of Tachinomi bars where diners snack on local seasonal dishes and drink with friends and coworkers. Try some of the best local Ramen at a favorite shop that has stood the test of time– serving local fans for over 60 years! And have a dessert experience that you will never forget. Your inner child will have so much fun on our last dessert stop, but we can’t tell you much here as we don’t want to spoil the surprise.

 

 

Minimum of 2 guests, Adults only. Minimum age for this tour is 20. Solo travellers please email us.

We will start off the evening in a classic Tachinomi– Tachinomi are Japanese standing bars (“tachi” meaning stand, “nomi” meaning drink). Traditionally, they were a no-frills type of bar located around train stations or in working-class areas, where salarymen would come to unwind after a hard day’s work. Let’s kanpai (toast) and kick off the tour in local style.

Japanese ramen has taken the world by storm in recent years but there is nothing quite like a real bowl of ramen enjoyed in the back streets of the big city. We will be visiting a ramen shop with a lot of history that has even been featured in a Japanese manga (graphic novel) — Please note on days when this shop is closed we will visit a back up shop serving amazing regional ramen.

Wind your way along back streets and take a sneak peek inside one of the best spots to buy souvenirs as we head over to our hidden gem izakaya (Japanese pub) wonderland where your guide will help you enjoy some of the best local dishes and drinks with a retro atmosphere like nothing you’ve seen before. Choose your own sake, beer, or special mixed drinks at this spot. (Non alcoholic beverages also available) before we head off to a sweet finish with our surprise dessert experience.

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 hour tour of the back streets and hidden spots around Shibuya
  • Try local snacks and over 12 different dishes with 3+  drinks included
  • Visit a famous 60+ year old iconic Ramen shop
  • Learn about the history of Shibuya dating back to the Showa era and discover some special spots from Tokyo’s past.
  • This evening tour will take you to places that you would simply not find on your own.

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:

 

Monday – Sunday
Meeting Time Frame 3:45 – 4:00 pm
Start Time 4:00 pm
End Time 7:00 pm

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$149 / Person

This nightlife tour was such an eye-opener. We ate and drank at hidden spots and ended up with the most unique dessert experience ever. NO SPOILERS but you simply HAVE TO TRY THIS TOUR!

Archie S.

Tour Details

  • BEER, SAKE, OTHER BEVERAGES 3+ DRINKS INCLUDED YES
  • 4 LOCAL FOOD STOPS  YES
  • TRY OVER 12 DIFFERENT DISHES PLUS DESSERT YES
  • WALKING LEVEL LIGHT TO MODERATE YES

Meeting Location

The meeting point is in front of the green Information Bus (facing the Shibuya crossing) that is near the Hachiko statue. The nearest exit from Shibuya Station to the meeting point is the Hachiko Exit. You can copy and paste this address below to Google Maps or just search “Hachiko Square”

2-2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0043

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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