Guided tour

Old Town Tokyo Food Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.
Guided tour

Old Town Tokyo Food Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

From US$ 182 per person

Daytime tour exploring the back streets and hidden gems in Yanaka, a rare taste of Tokyo's past.

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Duration 3 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore this artistic community and see wonderful galleries housed in traditional buildings
  • Enjoy a typical “Teishoku” lunch set at a charming local eatery
  • See how the Yanaka area is a great place for locals and visitors alike
  • Try delicious street foods
  • Enjoy a special tea ceremony in a 4th generation antiques gallery and tea room
Full description
Your tour will take you through the charming area of Yanaka – one of the few remaining districts in Tokyo with the shitamachi (downtown) atmosphere, a feeling of Tokyo from past decades that still survives. A feeling of nostalgia and a rustic charm. Your 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 fire bombings. The area has a history as an artisan town where many famous writers and visual artists lived and 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. You will have the chance to try local street snacks, stop by shops that are over 100 years old, see local shrines and temples and have a delicious teishoku (lunch set) before you end the tour with a traditional tea ceremony. 
  • Wagashi and tea experience
  • 6 food stops
  • Lunch in restaurant
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

The front of Coffee Room Renoir Nippori – Yanaka this address: 7 -20-6 Yanaka, 1st Floor You can copy and paste this to Google Maps: 東京都台東区谷中7-20-6 谷中ホ-ムズ 1F BY TRAIN: Easiest way is to come on the JR Yamanote train to Nippori Station and exit from the North Gate to the West Exit. Your guide will be there holding a sign. Please note we can only wait an additional five minutes after the starting time and then the tour will depart. In addition to our limited five-minute grace period, please note that we cannot give directions or contact the guides on the phone once the tour begins. This is to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all guests on the tour, And also to respect our relationships with restaurants.

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Passport information copy is required for kids 10 and above.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
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Great tour - Highly recommended

This tour was really fun and so much more than a food tour. We had a really intimate group of only 5 which we didn’t expect. The tour guide was really knowledgeable, and clearly had a love for all things Japanese. This tour was the highlight of our trip - we stayed on in the area afterwards to explore more ourselves. Tokyo is so huge and daunting- this tour gets you right ‘in’ straight away; into a local neighbourhood, with local businesses and local people shopping and browsing with you. I would highly recommend. Only negative I can think of was the cold, plain soba noodles, which I could have done without!! Still an experience though!!

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October 1, 2018

Product ID: 127568