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Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nightlife Tour

1. Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nightlife Tour

Head to Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment area, and join locals as you grab a bite and a drink on a walking tour in the evening. Taste local flavors as you try different drinks and snacks, learning about the area from your local guide along the way. Kick off your evening at a Japanese izakaya-style gastropub for their happy hour. As this is a favorite pastime of many Japanese, spend some leisurely time chatting with your fellow tour mates over drinks and snacks. Then, meander through Omoide Yokocho, a collection of alleyways full of tiny bars and eateries. Get a peek at the different type of food joints locals usually eat at, from yakitori restaurants and soba shops to cafes and bars. If you'd like to come visit again on your own time, Omoide Yokocho is a great place to sit and eat elbow-to-elbow with local businessmen. See how they unwind after working hours. Later on, reach Kabukicho, an area full to the brim with over 3,000 shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and karaoke. Awash in bright neon lights, Kabukicho is one of Tokyo’s most photogenic areas. With streets filled with people and music blaring from every corner, you are sure never to have a boring evening in Kabukicho. End your evening in Golden Gai, a compact neighborhood full of tiny bars that can usually only seat six to eight people at a time. It is here in Shinjuku’s most popular drinking spot where you will stumble upon one of your guide’s favorite bars and say kanpai (cheers!) over more drinks. From here, your guide can either give you directions back to your hotel, your next destination, or leave you chatting through the night with new friends.

Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

2. Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

After your arrival to the premises, you will be invited to see Kanda Myojin, which is a famous shrine of both the area and Japan. The shrine has a reputation for being prosperous to both business and marriage. Following that, you will be invited to enter the restaurant, which is located on the same site. Following your arrival, enjoy a drink, dinner, or snack (if option chosen) until the show begins. From 8:00PM, you will enjoy a samurai show that can only be seen in Japan. At the show's conclusion, the samurai will come out to the audience, at which point you will be invited to take a picture together free of charge.

Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

3. 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. 

Asakusa: Live music dinner after history tour

4. Asakusa: Live music dinner after history tour

1) After having an in-depth Asakusa history tour, we will take you to a Japanese restaurant for live performance of traditional Japanese musical instruments over dinner. Since it is a small restaurant with a limited number of seats, the performance is presented just in front of you. Enjoy the powerful but adroit performance in close proximity to the musicians. 2) And of course, the tour preceding the visit to the restaurant is one of a kind; an in-depth history tour in Asakusa. 3) If the group size is 3 or more, we will use an earphone guide system which enables you to clearly listen to the guide from a distance.

Japanese Traditional Music Show in Tokyo

5. Japanese Traditional Music Show in Tokyo

See a show featuring traditional Japanese instruments "wagakki". The show also educates the audience about the history of the performed pieces. The show is designed for both tourists and for Japanese residents, operating in both English and Japanese.  Each tune is carefully selected to provide context. Musicians in kimono and their instruments will be right in front of you. From the Koto and Shamisen to the Shakuhachi flute and Taiko drums, Zakuro has a range of ‘wagakki’ for a truly breathtaking musical adventure. Feel free to take videos and pictures of the musicians and afterward to take photos next to the musicians. 

Tokyo: Traditional Performing Arts Entry Ticket with Dinner

6. Tokyo: Traditional Performing Arts Entry Ticket with Dinner

Experience traditional Japanese performing arts along with authentic Japanese dinner at a restaurant in Tokyo. Learn about Japanese culture and heritage through the elements of the play, decor and ambience of the restaurant as well as the food served. Watch three sessions of performing arts. The stage is set Noh style complete with a backdrop depicting an old pine tree. Choose from three different options of seats to watch the show up close.  Savor a full-course Japanese meal made of fresh ingredients and soup stock. Full-course dinner usually includes an appetizer, two seasonal platters, soup, grilled dish, rice and dessert for the day. Admire the trays and dishes that boast a history of more than 350 years in Nagasaki inherited by the restaurant from another Japanese restaurant. Finish your dinner with matcha green tea and dry sweets.

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I had a wonderful time on this tour! For starters, the company had to shift the specifics of the tour due to the previous restaurant closing due to COVID, and they dealt with all of those logistics and worked with me to find a new date that worked for me. The tour guide, Yoko, is very knowledgeable and kind, giving an overview of the history of Asakusa and answering a variety of other questions I had about the area. She was also willing to adjust the tour somewhat based on my interests, which was great, and happily helped take some photos and sent them to me afterward. Then the dinner at the restaurant was delicious and the Shamisen performance was absolutely incredible. Honestly had a great time and would readily recommend this tour for folks interested in getting to know Asakusa and some Japanese history.

Great experience! We showed up at 7pm and were offered drinks immediately by friendly staff. Dinner was served shortly after which was excellent. Drinks were promptly refilled as the cast came around to introduce themselves. Make sure to order a refill drink right before the show because service finishes when the show begins. The show begins promptly at 8pm and was excellent. There are only a few words spoken which are in Japanese but you can follow along without translation, it’s more about the presentation than the story. After the show, you’re invited on stage to a picture with the cast if you want. I didn’t know what to expect when booking this tour but was definitely happy with it as was my 15 year old niece. The entire staff and cast were so friendly.

Funny park with a lot of fun traditional shows inside. There are lots of mini games and food with just a few bucks extra.

The cast told the story from the first second in there dance The meal was great

Great way of experience Japanese culture, definitely recommend it.