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Tokyo: Asakusa District 1400-Year History Exploration

1. Tokyo: Asakusa District 1400-Year History Exploration

You have 1400 years of history to cover, but don't worry, tours are limited to 6 guests, so you won't miss a thing. First, get to know Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's essential sightseeing spot. Learn the history and secrets of this ancient place, while participating in the temple and shrine-visiting rituals.  You will have an opportunity to try your luck drawing a paper fortune. Take a detour into the quiet back streets to pick up some freshly-made 'melon pan' sweet bread, and enjoy it in the shade on the temple grounds. After that, escape into the 'Rokku' area: Asakusa's traditional entertainment district, always bustling yet rarely busy. Walk through the Meiji period into the present day, with stops along the way for more Japanese sweet snacks. This district of endless novelty — movies, comedians, and exotic animals — became a quaint neighbourhood of handicrafts and nostalgia. Your guide will provide vivid descriptions of its complex, colourful history. Speaking of your guide, most have gone through a 3-month training course to become fully qualified for guiding this course and they have all passed a rigorous certification process.

Tokyo: Asakusa's Shrine & Temples Private Walking Tour

2. Tokyo: Asakusa's Shrine & Temples Private Walking Tour

Explore the quiet district of Asakusa on a private walking tour where you will discover some of Tokyo’s most important and beloved shrines from the flourishing Edo era, including the impressive Sensoji Temple. Meet your guide at Asakusa station and follow your guide on a walking route that includes the following shrines and temples: Matsuchiyama Shoden, Imado Shrine, Hashibafudo-son, Yoshiwara ShrineOtori Shrine, Asakusa Shrine, and Sensoji Temple. Learn about old myths preaching that the seven disasters would be eliminated and worshipers would receive seven happiness by visiting shrines home to the seven luck-bringing gods enshrined there. Collect red stamps at the temples, which was traditionally considered as a sign of worship and has recently become a trendy hobby amongst the younger Japanese generation. As a highlight, visit the picturesque Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo with a beautiful vermillion landscape and a large red lantern that is a symbol of Asakusa. Walk on the Nakamise Shopping Street, which is the busiest area in Asakusa. Buy souvenirs and eat famous local dishes and don't forget to take a photo near the Kaminarimon gate as well.

Tokyo: Nighttime Local Food & Drink Tour in Asakusa

3. Tokyo: Nighttime Local Food & Drink Tour in Asakusa

See maybe one of the most touristic places in Tokyo is Asakusa. It's traditional town from 7th century and this certainly remains in the atmosphere with Sensoji Temple, the biggest temple in Tokyo, being here. Due to this, Asakusa is very famous and many tourists come out here in the daytime, but how about at nighttime? In the evening, very few foreigners walk around Asakusa and many Japanese people come out. After work, Japanese "salary-men" come to Asakusa to drink, laugh and chat. Let's drink local alcohol and eat delicious Izakaya food as locals with our professional and friendly guide!  The menu is as follows: -Sake (Japanese rice wine) -Typical Izakaya foods and drinks (Japanese local food)  -Japanese savory pancakes(Okonomiyaki or Monja yaki)

Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Asakusa

4. Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Asakusa

Meet your guide and embark on a journey of bar hopping. The local guide will take you through the hidden food and drink spots near Kaminari Gate. Explore some local favorites in the Nakamise shopping street.  After a drink, head towards historically significant locations and enjoy a hearty Japanese meal. Expand your knowledge about Japanese food culture and taste it directly there.  Visit the oldest existing bar in Tokyo and grab a drink at the famous Hoppy Street like a local. Enjoy the famous "Denki Bran", which is a strong cocktail. Your guide may also take you to the mysterious Ninja Bar.

Tokyo: Tsukiji and Asakusa Food Tour

5. 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).

Asakusa: 2-Hour Photographic Walking Tour

6. Asakusa: 2-Hour Photographic Walking Tour

Your meeting point is in front of the Asakusa tourist information center. Following a brief introduction you will head up to the top floor of the Information Center for wonderful views, overlooking the area in which your tour will take place. Your tour will then continue to the Kaminarimon Gate, also known as Thunder Gate, where you can take a few pictures before continuing onto Nakamise Street. Nakamise is an old yet still hustling-and-bustling shopping street in Japan. Over 90 shops and food stalls are lined up between the gate and the main hall of the temple. On the way to the temple you can stop and look for souvenirs, and can also opt to try some local delicacies. At the Sensoji Temple your guide will explain and demonstrate the proper way to behave and pray at both a Buddhist Temple as well as a Shinto Shrine. You can enjoy the old architectural style by viewing the 5-story pagoda and the Hozomon Gate, and following a short walk to the rather quiet and serene Sumider Park by the Sumida River, you will see more modern architectural styles. As you return to the tour starting point, your tour will come to an end.

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What people are saying about Nakamise Shopping Street

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Thank you Taka! Such an interesting tour

A very instructive tour , and fantastic experience . Not only we learned so much historical facts as our guide Taka was so knowledgeable , but we were also given a lovely tour of the area from alongside the river , taken for an amazing view at the top of the contemporary information building ( The design and architecture of it in itself very interesting ) . This was followed by a tour of very charming and authentic back streets in the vicinity . We learned so much and we were lucky to have Taka for ourselves as he did not have other bookings that morning . A big Origato Kata , you made a memorable moment of our time with you .

It is a very interesting tour; tasting the local food with the help of a local is a great way to approach this culture so far from ours and the explanations, availability and treatment of our guide, Yasu, are unpayable

Great, kind, helpful and patient guide who can tell everything about Japan and its history in a fun way. Afterwards we had a drink with the locals in the red lantern neighborhood.

Our guide Yoko was very a lovely person and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our tour and learnt a lot about the local area. Would highly recommend this tour

Guide had such great knowledge of history of area. Both interesting and informative.