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Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

1. Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

Enter the renowned Edo Wonderland in the beautiful city of Nikko to learn about one of the most defining eras of Japan. After entering, feel like you have traveled back into the Edo period as you navigate the town constructed with traditional Edo architecture. Choose to wear a traditional kimono from a selection of various ranks and take the opportunity to become an Edo citizen for the day. Become a lord, samurai, princess, farmer or a different kind of citizen, making for great photo opportunities. Be immersed in the culture and experience the complex beauty of being dressed in kimono.  Enjoy a variety of live performances including the popular ninja performances, oiran cultural shows, water magic shows, and a variety of other traditional plays. Try authentic cultural experiences. Learn the basics of how to handle a samurai sword or traditional archery. Take a lesson on how to play the musical instrument Shamisen, how to apply traditional handmade beni lipstick, how to do ukiyo-e woodblock printing or aizome indigo dying.  Learn unique facets about Edo culture through various exhibits including the Edo firefighters exhibition and swordsmith exhibit. Discover fun unique amusements including a mechanical maze, a ninja house filled with secrets, and the mysterious ninja training house, where the laws of physics seem to not apply. Taste authentic seasonal Edo cuisine at various restaurants in the park. 

Tokyo: Geisha Dinner Experience

2. Tokyo: Geisha Dinner Experience

After arriving at at the venue at 6:00PM, you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide and host. Before your food is served, you will be free to mingle with the other guests from around the world and to make new friends. Following this, you will be introduced to Geisha, and as you indulge in your scrumptious meal, your interpreter will introduce you to the culture and history of this fascinating tradition. You will then enjoy traditional dances and songs as performed by the Geisha. Following this, there will be time for a Q&A session, as well as some games. You will be free to ask questions, learning more about the Geisha and having some fun playing a few traditional Japanese games with them. At 7:30PM, you can have fun stirring up some conversations with the Geisha as they pour you your drinks (you will be able to converse with them with the help of your English interpreter). At 8:00PM your dinner will end, and after making some new friends and learning about the Geisha culture, you can take photos and say “Sayoonara” before your evening concludes.

Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

3. Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

Arrive at the ochaya where you will be greeted by geisha that are representing a number of okiya (geisha houses) in Tokyo. An ochaya, while literally meaning “tea house,” is not actually a place to go for drinking tea. An ochaya, traditionally, was a place for customer to be entertained by Geisha, with history dating as far back as the Edo Period of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Ochaya are typically very exclusive, invitation-only establishments in a hanamachi (Geisha district). As you are seated, you will be provided with information that will introduce you to the culture and history of Geisha (a tradition and practice of Japanese female entertainers that have been around for centuries). Throughout the 90 minute event, the Geisha will perform traditional dances and songs and will converse and play traditional Japanese games with guests. On some occasions, there may be English-speaking Geisha who may converse with English-speaking guests. The entertainment provided by Geisha is through the form of song, dance, games, conversation, and sometimes even poetry whilst making sure everyone’s glasses are filled. Guests may mingle with others at the ochaya, including locals who often frequent the ochaya to support the Geisha in their community. At the end of the event, guests may gather and take photos with Geisha before leaving.

Tokyo: Asakusa History and Culture Dining Experience

4. Tokyo: Asakusa History and Culture Dining Experience

Meet your certified guide at the Azumabashi bridge to begin the tour, observing the Tokyo Sky Tree and Sumida river. Make your way to the nearby Culture Center to get a preview of the tour route by seeing Asakusa from high up in the building. Visit the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's essential sightseeing spots. Learn about the history and secrets of this ancient place, while participating in the temple- and shrine-visiting rituals that Japanese people know. Afterward, dive into the Rokku area, Asakusa's bustling entertainment district. Stroll through streets learning about the complex district of continual novelty and quaint nostalgia. After discovering Asakusa's charm, make your way to three distinct but typical izakaya restaurants. On average, we provide 3 to 4 drinks and 3 to 4 dishes, which is enough for a full dinner meal. During the experience, you have the opportunity to savor traditional dishes and drinks whilst learning about the culture and history which triggered their creation. You'll also discover the depth of sake in its varieties, flavors, and production processes which have been refined over centuries.

Tokyo: Shinjuku and Shibuya Night Photography Tour

5. Tokyo: Shinjuku and Shibuya Night Photography Tour

Explore the electric nighttime atmosphere of Tokyo during this 2.5-hour night photography tour. Learn from a professional photographer guide how to capture the light trails of traffic with the neon signs and of the vast metropolis in the background. Wander the neon-tinged streets of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya, learning tips for composition, framing, and timing along the way. Wander through the neighborhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku after dark, receive photography tips and insider knowledge from an expert guide. Explore the area of Kabukicho and Memory Lane. After getting your fill of colorful Shinjuku’s traffic and back alleys, journey by train to the nearby Shibuya where you'll end your journey at the famous scramble crossing.

Tokyo: Tsukiji and Asakusa Food Tour

6. Tokyo: Tsukiji and Asakusa Food Tour

Eat and shop like a Japanese local during this immersive, 3.5-hour, food-themed trip inside Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Market. If you want to gain a sense for Japanese culinary culture, you couldn’t possibly start at a better place. You will meet up with your guide at Tsukiji Honganji Temple, just outside the market’s main gate in the morning. As you navigate your way through this labyrinth of all things seafood, learn from your guide about the market’s history, and why many of Japan’s top chefs visit here daily to pick up the freshest-quality ingredients. You never know what you might find as you stroll past the stalls of this amazing food center. You might see piles of sea urchin (uni) stacked neatly in boxes, watch as vendors carve massive bluefin tuna or spot puffer fish floating in tanks. The tour takes you to vibrant stores, selling the best quality foods at the outer market. You will eat a variety of Japanese foods ranging from finger foods to delicacies. Your knowledgeable guide will also share tips about the Japanese culinary culture during the tour, and your tour will conclude at an authentic sushi restaurant with a serving of fresh sushi. After moving to Asakusa, you will see a Buddhist temple which is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples. When approaching the temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), which is the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo. You will enjoy shopping of typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, as well as sample various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area. Finally, the tour will conclude at a Japanese style cafe, complete with Japanese savory sweets and tea. You will finally be dropped off  at Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line).

Tokyo: Metropolis Photography Tour

7. Tokyo: Metropolis Photography Tour

Learn how to create compelling images of Tokyo’s architectural structures and the people that populate the vast modern city’s concrete environment. You’ll be coached on using composition concepts like leading lines, negative space, and juxtaposition, practicing these techniques in order to convey a variety of photographic narratives. Your journey will begin in Shiodome, a district walled in with glass and steel skyscrapers. From here, head to Ginza, a district famed for its broad avenues lined with intricate examples of avant-garde architecture. Afterward, you will end up in Yurakucho to explore the innards of the monolithic Tokyo International Forum.

Streets of Tokyo Photography Tour

8. Streets of Tokyo Photography Tour

Get out of your comfort zone and get close to the locals on this street photography tour. Learn how to shoot in the chaos of Tokyo’s crowds and get confidence in approaching strangers and shooting candid photos in public. You will also be coached on various composition techniques that will enhance your photos, such as creatively utilizing reflections and contrasting light. You will start in Harajuku and dive into the masses of people on Takeshita street. Seeking a respite from the chaos, you will explore a hidden shrine and garden before heading back into the crowds of Omotesando. Finally, you will venture on to Shibuya and explore its back alleys and hidden districts such as Nonbeiyokocho (Drunkard’s Lane).

Asakusa: History Tour and Live Performance with Lunch

9. Asakusa: History Tour and Live Performance with Lunch

Experience an in-depth guided walking tour with lunch and live music in Asakusa, the heart of old Tokyo. Visit Azumabashi Bridge and then move on to the well-known Thunder Gate with a giant red lantern hanging under the gate, the entrance to the Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine.  At noontime, visit a long-established Japanese restaurant for a live performance of Tsugaru-shamisen and traditional cuisine. Enjoy the music in intimate proximity to the musicians. Enjoy deep and passionate melodies that leave audiences mesmerized. Next visit Hozomon, the Sensoji Temple and the Asakusa Shrine. Experience the coexistence of two distinct religions in the same premises while your guide unlocks local mysteries from a historical standpoint.

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This is a special insight into the activities that happen only behind closed doors in an Ochaya with customers who pay millions of yen to be entertained by Geishas. We met Nami-san and her English speaking assistant in their studio in Omori area. They proceeded to show us the special dances and games they would use in entertaining guests. Everything - including booklets and the dances - were explained in English for foreigners. If you’re curious about the Geisha art & culture they embody, this visit is a must. This is a dying trade and no more than 1000 Geishas exist in all Japan. The studio is small and so book early. Wear socks as the studio has tatami flooring but perfectly air conditioned for the summer months. Allow yourself a little more time to find the Ochaya. Google map worked perfectly for us.

Our guide was very charming and knowledgeable. He had a very clear voice and spoke excellent English. He made the effort to show us interesting shops, such as a wood block engraving studio, which we would have missed without him.

Great activity! Professional, very nice photographer!

Competent, creative photo session in one of Tokyo's business districts. Thoughtful concept, fantastic support, creative ideas! The photographer speaks perfect English and knows Tokyo very well! Highly recommended!

The ticket bought via get online is cheaper than buy at entrance. Good to buy online advance :) Need to check the shuttle bus/local bus schedule if you don’t drive. Only one or two buses per hour.

Fun evening:)

Enjoyed learning about geisha culture and having dinner the traditional Japanese way.