Cultural Curiosities Made In Japan

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Start our walk in Ningyocho, an area known for its old traditions and, as you’ll soon discover, some very tasty treats. We’ll visit a number of shops that have been around for over 100 years, many of which are still family-owned and operated and specialise in unique goods made right here in Japan, from fans to incense and tenugui, beautiful towels depicting different traditional Japanese scenes.
You will have the chance to get to know traditional family business and try their freshly made products, from a 110 years old ningyoyaki shop (a traditional Japanese sweet) to rice cracker shop in business since 1928.
Also famous for it's shrines, we’ll visit one where virtue, longevity, learning and wealth are worshipped. You can offer a prayer here, and wash a coin to ensure a prosperous life.
We are also visiting the nearby Nihonbashi, which was a hub for merchants during the Edo period. Today, it is predominantly a financial district. Although a modern neighbourhood, it features many traditional Japanese shops hidden in its alleyways and even within its department stores, from a 100 years old stationary shop to a handmade toothpick shop from the Edo period.
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We visit independent, family-run businesses, that may unexpectedly close or alter their working hours. In such a case, we'll visit other nearby shops or attractions that still keeps its essence.
Start our walk in Ningyocho, an area known for its old traditions and, as you’ll soon discover, some very tasty treats. We’ll visit a number of shops that have been around for over 100 years, many of which are still family-owned and operated and specialise in unique goods made right here in Japan, from fans to incense and tenugui, beautiful towels depicting different traditional Japanese scenes.
You will have the chance to get to know tradit…

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Born and raised in Japan. I used to study in the U.S and love language and meeting new people. I have been working at Tokyo Urban Adventures as a tour guide for the last 5 years, where I met awesome other guides and we are lucky enough to spend our days sharing our favorite places, food, and drinks. I live almost all my life here, but it still amazes me how everything in Japan seems to have a meaning, from the shape of the sweets we try to the patterns of the fans. Check our Instagram at @tokyourbanadventures, come and explore this rich culture!
Born and raised in Japan. I used to study in the U.S and love language and meeting new people. I have been working at Tokyo Urban Adventures as a tour guide for the last 5 years, where I met awesome other guides and we are lucky enough to spend our days sharing our favorite places, food, and drinks. I live almost all my life here, but it still amazes me how everything in Japan seems to have a meaning, from the shape of the sweets we try to the patterns of the fans. Check our Instagram at @tokyou…
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Browse for traditional goods – made right here in Japan! Gain some insight to the foods and snacks that Japanese people eat and the typical items they use in everyday life in Ningyocho, known for its old traditions, tasty treats and important shrines and Nihonbashi, a hub for merchants in the Edo period now a financial district that houses trading firms and the Tokyo Stock Exchange also features many traditional shops hidden in its alleyways.

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Ludvina
2020 Matshi
Nous avons adoré l’expérience et les découvertes ! Nous n’aurions pas pu connaître ces éléments culturels tout seul. Les choix des artisans, leur qualité, tout,était parfait ! Merci pour ce partage qui fera partie de nos très bons souvenirs...
Katie
2020 Februwari
We had a wonderful time with Hiro and Misa on the Cultural Curiosities Tour. We’ve been to Japan 4 times in the last few years and we still learnt so much. They took us to shops that we would have not found ourselves or would have simply just walked past - so many treasures to be found without realising. We learnt a lot of history of the shops, the people working there and the products they were selling as well as having a selection of delicious snacks throughout that we may not have had the opportunity to taste otherwise. Hiro and Misa had a lot of knowledge and were happen to answer all of our questions. Although it was a 3 hour walking tour, it went by so quickly. We had so much fun. I would definitely recommend taking the time to do it. Thank you for a very insightful and wonderful memory.
Pierrine
2020 Februwari
Ayaka is wonderful & really knows how to make her group feel at home! The little alley ways fascinated me and it surely was an experience I couldn‘t have experienced on my own!
Eyleen
2020 Februwari
The tour was really interesting; we got to see many shops with old history that I could’ve never discovered myself, taste delicious treats and buy authentic souvenirs while having a great company that had so much knowledge and passion about what we were showed! Definitely recommend!
William
2020 Februwari
This is an amazing experience, even I've been in Tokyo many times, but I wouldn't be able to explore without this experience. I will definitely join their other tour.
Olga
2020 Februwari
This tour is really unique and gives you perspective of japan history history through the culture. We saw many small boutiques where the owners keep their business for centuries, providing the same quality of good as long time ago. It’s incredible to see and talk to these people when they explain things. I had a wonderful private experience with Tatsuro, he was very friendly. And and I bought many nice things to bring back home!

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