“So glad we did this tour. We loved the Ningyocho neighborhood. It's a place we would never think to go to on our own. Ikumi was a great guide, very enthusiastic and fun. We have been to Tokyo many times, and are AJAs (Americans of Japanese Ancestry), but having a Japanese guide to explain things in-depth and help us interact with the locals was really special. ...Joan S., – See more reviews
What To Expect
Start your tour of Tokyo in the neighborhood of Ningyocho. A district known for keeping the old traditions and some of the tastiest traditional treats! Our first stop in the area will be a shop that specializes in Japanese sweets established in 1897 during the Meiji Era. Enjoy the authentic traditional ambiance of the store!
Learn about Kodo, the art of appreciating incense and the traditional Japanese incense ceremony on our next stop in an incense store that dates back to 1705. Along the way, purchase some unique souvenirs from a small gift shop that carries a variety of Japanese items - from calligraphy tools to decorative wares. Find that perfect item to remember your trip to Japan by!
Get ready to sample more of Japan's delicious traditional snacks at our next stop, a snack shop that dates back from the Showa Era. Enjoy treats from the early 20th century such as candies, caramels, Ramune soda, fish jerky and bean paste snacks. Make sure you have room for more as we visit two shops specializing in Senbei or rice crackers. Try out the sweet kawara senbei as well as the salty rice crackers which is a favorite in many Japanese households.
We'll then cross the street to a shamisen shop to learn more about this traditional Japanese string instrument. We'll then head on over to a local tenugui shop which sells woven hand towels depicting traditional Japanese scenes.
Experience the peace and serenity of a Japanese temple as we visit one of Ningyocho's eight temples. Dedicated to virtue, longevity, learning and wealth - offer a prayer and wash a coin in the temple to ensure a prosperous life and other blessings.
After touring through Ningyocho, we'll head on to the nearby district of Nihonbashi. A hub for merchants during the Edo period, the area is now predominantly a financial district that serves as the home of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and various trading firms. Nihonbashi may be a very modern neighborhood, but there are still some traditional Japanese shops tucked away in the corners of the neighborhood.
Some of the shops we will visit in the area is a seaweed shop and an old-fashioned stationery shop which sells calligraphy brushes, inks, handmade greeting cards, traditional paints and small dolls.
We'll also visit a toothpick shop that makes very special toothpicks. How special are these toothpicks? Each one is handmade and wrapped in a piece of paper with a poem! We'll also make a stop at a katsuobushi shop with a 200 year history. Katsuoboshi is the fish shavings used in making fish broth which is the very essence of Japanese cuisine. Our last stop in Nihonbashi will be a shop that makes golden leaves measuring an amazing 0.0001 millimeter and is used in decorating furnishings, ceramics and even food.
Your day out in Tokyo will end at the Nihonbashi information center where we will sample more traditional Japanese snacks.
Local English-speaking guide
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Tips and gratuities
Children 6 years old and below are free of charge.
This tour operates as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
The tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. Participants are requested to dress modestly with shoulders covered and pants or a skirt that covers the knees.
This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change. The tour includes visits to independent businesses which may unexpectedly alter their operating hours.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.