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 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 please see the additional fees below and click the add on button on your cart when you check out.
For a more customized experience, make your tour private for an additional $175 + TAX (min. 2 people) (5+ $250 + TAX)
Private Food Tour Add-on (1-4 people) (+$175.00)
Private Food Tour Add-on (5+ people) (+$250.00)
|Wed – Sat|
|Meeting Time Frame||10:15 – 10:30 am|
|Start Time||10:30 am|
|End Time||1:30 pm|
Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case.
Yanaka is a world away from the high tech Tokyo. Great change of pace, wonderful local snacks and lunch! Loved It.
Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot make an allergy free or dietary restriction food guarantee since food is prepared in kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan. Also some stops may not have a viable substitution but we will make every effort to compensate at different stops throughout the tour.
Luxury traveler Pierre reviews our Old Town Tokyo Food Tour and gives it top marks. Read his review here.
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7-20-6 Yanaka, 1st Floor
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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.
On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.