Made In Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities

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  • duration 3 hours
  • tour type Group Tour
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  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo , Japan
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Time travel back to oldworld Tokyo
  • Wander through back alleys and uncover hidden shops that have stood for centuries selling handcrafted goods
  • Snack on tasty traditional treats, from candies to crackers
  • Shop for the perfect handmade souvenirs to take back home
The Made In Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities tour starts and ends in Tokyo. The Made In Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities is a walking tour that takes 3 hours.

Spend your day with us browsing Ningyocho, a charming neighborhood known for its special, traditional souvenirs and goods made right here in Japan and get some insight to the foods and snacks the Japanese people eat and typical items they use in everyday life.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
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  • Mr. Michael K.
  • On Jul 05 2016
“Great tour”
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  • Mr. Andreas W.
  • On Jun 16 2016
“Our group was very small and the guide super friendly and with easy to understand English. The guide was very knowledgeable. As the tour is mostly outdoors, it should be done in nice weather.”
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  • Mrs. Erica C.
  • On Jun 02 2016
“Wonderful trip from a wonderful guide ! Very accommodating of us having a baby with us.”
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  • Ms. Joan S.
  • On May 08 2016
“So glad we did this tour. Ikumi was a great guide, very enthusiastic and fun. We have been to Tokyo many times, and are AJAs (Americans of Japanese Ancestry), but having a Japanese guide to explain things in-depth and help us interact with the locals was really special. We loved the Ningyocho neighborhood. It's a place we would never think to go to on our own. We look forward to taking other Urban Adventures tours in Japan.”
ITINERARY

Spend your day with us browsing for traditional souvenirs and 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.

We’ll start the tour in the neighbourhood of Ningyocho, a district 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.

To kick things off, we’ll try some Ningyoyaki cakes, a true Tokyo specialty. This is a small sponge cake with sweet red bean filling, and made in different shapes. We’ll visit a bakery that has been around for 110 years, where the father and son welcome guests with open arms and enjoy sharing their knowledge about their cakes and craft.

We’ll also visit a shop that specialises in a traditional snack: senbei (rice crackers), a favourite in many Japanese households, which is happily gluten and dairy free.

From there, we’ll head to a local tenugui shop, where they sell woven hand towels depicting different traditional Japanese scenes. These towels are used for many things from wiping your hands to wrapping gifts, tea towels and decorations.

Your Tokyo tour will next lead you to one of the eight shrines in Ningyocho. We’ll visit a shrine where virtue, longevity, learning and wealth are worshipped. You can offer a prayer here, and wash a coin to ensure a prosperous life.

Once we’ve exhausted Ningyocho, we’ll visit another neighbourhood nearby, Nihonbashi. The district of Nihonbashi was a hub for merchants during the Edo period. Today, it is predominantly a financial district that houses trading firms and even the Tokyo Stock Exchange. And although Nihonbashi is very much a modern neighbourhood, it features many traditional Japanese shops hidden in its alleyways and even within its department stores.

We’ll visit an old-fashioned stationery shop that was established in 1912. You’ll get to browse through the display of calligraphy brushes, inks, traditional paints, handmade greeting cards, and little dolls that tie into Japanese wedding and New Year’s customs.

We’ll also discover a toothpick shop that has been in business since 1704, where you will be able to check out delicate handmade toothpicks, plus other handmade items carved from Kuromoji or Lindera umbellata trees. 

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. As most of the shops we visit are small, family-owned businesses, they sometimes unexpectedly close or alter their hours for the day. In such a case, we'll visit other nearby shops or attractions that still keep with the theme and essence of the tour.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
Others
  • Food samplings.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Additional food and drink
  • souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • tips and gratuities for the guide. 
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Payment

Full payment of 60 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Travel Insurance

Made In Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Made In Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point : 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. Meeting end point : Mitsukoshimae Station (Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line)
CANCELLATION Cancellation for this Made In Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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