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Best of Tokyo Small Group or Private: Japanese Traditions, Shopping & Food Tour

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Chuo City, Japan
Best of Tokyo Small Group or Private: Japanese Traditions, Shopping & Food Tour

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Ultra-modern Tokyo still holds many old-fashioned surprises when you know where to go. On this 3-hour walking tour in the Ningyocho and Nihonbashi districts, your local guide shares hidden gems such as long-established shops that carry traditional musical instruments and incense. Learn about classic Japanese art forms and see vendors with stationery, calligraphy materials, gold-leaf decor and more. You'll also taste some favorite snacks while exploring a lesser-known side of Tokyo, traveling with a small group limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
  • 3-hour walking tour of Nihonbashi and Ningyocho districts, in Tokyo
  • See the old-world in Tokyo's small alleys with the insight of a local guide
  • Discover long-standing shops that carry handcrafted goods
  • Sample traditional candies, crackers and other treats
  • Learn about incense ceremonies and classical Japanese arts such as calligraphy and music
  • Enjoy a more customized experience on a small-group tour with a maximum of 12 participants

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Your guide shows you hidden locales from earlier eras that are easy to miss. You'll find establishments that remain true to their origins, which in some cases date back several centuries. For example, at an 18th-century toothpick shop, each item comes hand-wrapped in a poem.
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Food samplings as per the itinerary
Local English-speaking guide
Food and drinks (unless specified)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
McDonald's Ningyōchō. , 2-chōme-3-1 Nihonbashiningyōchō, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0013, Japan

Mechanical clock tower near McDonald's in Ningyocho (note there are 2 clocks — meet by the one on the same side as McDonald's). In Japanese: Ningyocho Karakuri Yagura Edo Rakugo.

12:45 PM
Mitsukoshimae Sta. , 2 Chome-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0022, Japan

Mitsukoshimae Station (Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line)

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children 5 and younger are free of charge
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • The tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. Modest dress is highly recommended — shoulders should be covered and pants or a skirt that covers the knees should be worn
  • This tour includes visits to independent, family-run businesses, which may sometimes unexpectedly close or alter their hours for the day. In such a case, the tour will visit other nearby shops or attractions that still keep with the theme and essence of the tour
  • You can access the meeting point from any of the following metro lines: Ningyocho station, Hibiya Line, Exit A1 (3-minute walk); Ningyocho Station, Asakusa Line, Exit A3 (7-minute walk); or Suitengumae Station, Hanzomon Line, Exit 7 (4-minute walk) While this tour is not physically exerting, it is a walking tour, and you will be on your feet and walking for all of the three hours.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: On this tour you will visit various 100+ year-old family owned businesses and help maintain and support unique Japanese crafts, food and culture, which will help keep these important traditions alive.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Japan
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Best of Tokyo Small Group or Private: Japanese Traditions, Shopping & Food Tour ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Tokyo Small Group or Private: Japanese Traditions, Shopping & Food Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Best of Tokyo Small Group or Private: Japanese Traditions, Shopping & Food Tour .

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  • "Lots of walking is required, but almost entirely on flat surfaces." See review


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A friday well spent!
, Nov. 2020
the guide was well informed and spoke very good english. We had a tour of nice shops and businesses with traditions older than 100 years and tasted some really tasty traditional japanese bites, which were included in the ticket price. A friday well spent!
Foodies Tokyo Experiance
, Mar. 2020
Excellent experiance, very much worth while doing for both first timers to Tokyo and return visitors. The tour allowed you to explore places you would have perhaps walked by and missed as well as places you would never have known were there. In our case there were just four of us so that allowed for a more personal experience with our guide Nagi. She was friendly and very accommodating. She was willing to change things up and be flexible if there were places along the way that you wanted to look at. Highly recommended tour.
Fun and Filling
, Jan. 2020
Tour was fun, Yoshi was very friendly and knowledgeable. My advice is don't eat before hand. The snacks and things you get to try are good and very filling.
Local shops and bakeries walk around!
, Dec. 2019
It was a nice tour. Beautiful stores and history. Our tour guide Yoshi spoke very well English. Its was easy to find him at meeting point I have to say that it was a long walk, so be prepared. The tour guide took us to interesting traditional makers/shops we could not have seen on our own. We even got to discover and try delicious foods from the visited shops. He was very organized and polite and patient to answer all our question, related to the tour or in general on Japanese culture. Thank you Yoshi!
Enjoying Historical Ningyocho
, Aug. 2019
This tour was wonderful; our guides Aya and Ayaka were so kind, and showed shops that I otherwise would not have ventured into. Learning the history of some of the shops and trying the traditional snacks was awesome. I really enjoyed learning about the family-run ningyaki (probably wrote that wrong, but a sweet snack) store and watching the owner make it was so sweet. Also made a great friend on the tour :)
Great Way to Sample Tokyo
, Jul. 2019
Ayaka was a wonderful tour guide! I loved that we went to authentic shops that we would have walked by otherwise.
Walking visit to small craft shops (16 June 2019)
, Jun. 2019
Our visit to the neighborhoods of Ningyocho and Nihonbashi was somewhat hampered by the continuing rain throughout the morning and early afternoon. However, our guide, Seishi (not sure of exact spelling), was more than capable of providing a magnificent walking tour, and along the way explaining a number of aspects of Japanese culture of which we were entirely unaware. The “Best of Tokyo” tour as described in the Viator info is precisely a street by street exploration of tiny crafts shops of all sorts, probably shops we would have ignored – hand made biscuit shop; fan shop (imagine delicately crafted fans); paper shop (imagine all manner of paper); sweets shop; incense shop; sushi shop; traditional candies and crackers shop. The middle of the tour was punctuated by a visit to a local temple in Ningyocho, the shrine of fertility (both desired fertility and fulfilled fertility, with entire families coming with a month old baby to give thanks for the healthy birth). Then instead of walking (as the normal tour would have done), we took the subway with Seishi to the Nihonbashi, more modern neighborhood, with some huge department stores and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Here we still found some small craft stores, e.g. a toothpick store (in case you forgot your toothpick holder!), a gold leaf craft and jewelry store, and a soup stand in a huge mall CorEdo). Since this was the first day of our trip, and due to the rain (and jet lag) we might just have stayed indoors, going on this tour was a super way to get out and about, to start to become oriented to Tokyo (we took our first subway in order to get to the rendezvous point), and to discover an entire array of commercial products that are, understandably, off the beaten path! Lots of walking is required, but almost entirely on flat surfaces. Because of the shrine visit, a more modest kind of dress is desirable.
We thoroughly enjoyed this walking...
, Mar. 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour . Meg was a very informative guide and took us to fascinating little shops that we would have walked straight past if we had not had such a wonderful guide .
Was a good tour! Be prepared to walk...
Chasity M
, Mar. 2018
Was a good tour! Be prepared to walk and you will get great food samples! Tour guide was knowledgeable but it was just an ok tour!
1 traveller found this review helpful
Walking or riding a bike are the...
, Mar. 2018
Walking or riding a bike are the best ways to get up close and personal with Tokyo life. We had an amazing time saw heaps and really enjoyed going into smaller areas of Tokyo . Yet another must I say

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