Artisan Shopping Tour
  • English English
  • 3 hours

Do you want to discover all the secrets of Japanese culture? On this tour, we reveal all the intricate details of the craftsmanship of Tokyo as we explore the ancient districts of Ningyocho and Nihonbashi.

Artisan Shopping Tour

Our cultural tour starts in the heart of the Ningyocho district, known for its ancient traditions and where we will learn about some of the techniques and tricks of Japanese gastronomy.

Our first stop will be some traditional candy shops, which have existed for more than a century. You can find out for yourself just how delicious they are. We will also try Ningyoyaki, a small stuffed sponge cake in a traditional bakery.

Afterwards, we will visit a senbei (rice cake) shop and a famous local establishment which sells tenugui, hand-woven towels depicting traditional Japanese scenes.

Then, we will take you to one of the eight temples of Ningyocho which is devoted to virtue, long life, learning and wealth. In fact, you can leave a coin here as a religious offering in exchange for prosperity. We then head to Nihonbashi, an ancient trading area which today is one of the financial centres of Tokyo. There you will encounter the striking contrast of the stock exchange alongside some traditional shops.

Japanese calligraphy is known as Shodo. Discover the hidden secrets of this ancient art form in an old stationery shop. Later, we will enter a shop selling traditional toothpicks, handcrafted from the wood of the Kuromoji tree. This establishment is incredibly old, first opening its doors in 1704.

We finish the tour of Japanese culture close to the Mitsukoshimae metro station at around 4:15 pm.

Important information

Children under the age of 6 are not permitted to join this tour.

Please wear clothing that covers your arms and legs as we will visit a holy site.

The maximum number of people in the tour group will be 12.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Price

Per person
Tour in English
US$ 62.30

Tour in English

  • Per person

    US$ 62.30

More Information

Duration

3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

Local English speaking guide.

Food samples.

Not included

Additional food and drink.

Souvenirs and personal shopping.

Tips for the guide.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

Digital voucher

We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.

Do you have any questions?

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US$ 62.30
No hidden fees or surcharges

Cancellations

Non refundable. You may not cancel this activity.

Meeting point

The clock tower of Ningyocho