Spared from the bombings during World War II, Yanaka Ginza is one of the only surviving areas with old town architecture, now one of the oldest and most picturesque districts in Tokyo. Still with a creative vibe, in its heyday, Yanaka Ginza gave birth to a lot of local artisans including famous writers and visual artists in Tokyo. The area has still managed to preserve its lively energy, contrasted with iconic winding lanes leading to intimate temples and humble shrines. And of course, Yanaka Ginza boasts some of the best restaurants and street food in the city.
Take an afternoon walk in the quiet street that leads up to Nippori Station, and you’ll notice that Yanaka Ginza’s proficiency in local craft is still alive and booming today. Including pottery, textiles, wood prints, and jewelry-making, as well as stationary and traditional food. In this cultural and historical tour of old town Tokyo, experience all of this and more. Get a chance to mingle with other tourists as you bask in the warm heat of the sun while you learn from locals, taking comfort in eating local street snacks along the way. Visit local shops and understand the long-established art community with exhibitions in some of Yanaka Ginza’s best art galleries housed in traditional buildings. Enjoy a delicious lunch meal with food from Kyushu, the South of Japan, then end the tour with a lovely matcha tea ceremony in an antique shop. Take home fond memories of this beautiful old town area, step back in time during this Tokyo Old Town Food Tour in Yanaka Ginza.
Highlights of the Tokyo Old Town Tour in Yanaka Ginza:
- Experience a 3-hour tour in Tokyo’s most traditional district, Yanaka Ginza
- Discover unique galleries and explore the local art community
- Visit local shops which sell novelty items and traditional wares (great for souvenirs!)
- Witness the raw and untouched beauty of Yanaka Ginza as you walk around and immerse yourself in the old town streets of Tokyo
- End the tour with a tea ceremony in a local antique shop
- 6 food stops, including a delicious lunch in a local restaurant
- Shopping time to find that perfect souvenir
- Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony
- Transportation fee to and from the event location
Minimum of 2 people. If you are a single traveler, please contact us.
Yanaka Ginza: Feel miles away from the skyscrapers in Shinjuku or the glitz and glamor of Roppongi, Yanaka Ginza is a beautiful district of northern Tokyo where the past and the present seamlessly blend together. Surviving the bombings of World War II and the Great Kanto Earthquake and Fire of 1923, Yanaka Ginza is one of the oldest and most well-preserved old town districts in Tokyo. With a history of producing artists and artisans, the area has a creative atmosphere, fostering a tradition of craft that still lives on today. Some of the picturesque buildings in Yanaka Ginza are over one hundred years old, while others have since been turned into art galleries and local shopfronts. With quiet winding streets and hidden shrines, Yanaka Ginza produces traditional crafts and plenty of exceptional local food made by locals.
Meeting Location and Meeting Time:
The meeting point is in front of Coffee Room Renoir Nippori, next to a 7-Eleven convenience store: 7-20-6 Yanaka, 1st Floor. The easiest way to the meeting point is to come via the JR Yamanote train. Get off at Nippori Station and exit from the North Gate to the West Exit. Head outside and across the bridge, then up the hill to the coffee shop.
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東京都台東区谷中7-20-6 谷中ホ－ムズ 1F
Meeting time is at 10:15 a.m. The event starts exactly at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.
Additional Information from the Organizer:
- As there will be a lot of walking involved in this tour, we suggest that you wear comfortable shoes
- The Tokyo Old Town Food Tour in Yanaka Ginza strictly starts on time. If guests do not arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will begin regardless, and no refund shall be given. This is to guarantee that there is enough time, so everyone can enjoy each food stop. Please be respectful of the other guests, our restaurant partners, and the tour guide’s time