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Tokyo Sunamachi Ginza Shotengai and Depachika Half-Day Walking Tour with a Guide

Koto City, Japan
Tokyo Sunamachi Ginza Shotengai and Depachika Half-Day Walking Tour with a Guide

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Overview

Shop and stroll the streets of Tokyo like a local on this 4-hour ‘anti-sightseeing’ walking tour celebrating the daily activities of city residents. See a different side of the Japanese capital, away from the tourist attractions, as you visit a ‘depachika’ (department store eatery), walk the grounds of Kiyosumi Teien Garden, visit a centuries-old shrine and hunt for bargains on a ‘shotengai’ (shopping street).
  • Live like a local on this half-day walking tour investigating the daily habits of Tokyo residents
  • Explore the culinary delights of a 'depachika,' a Japanese-style food court in a department store basement
  • Stroll through the landscaped greenery of Kiyosumi Teien Garden
  • Hunt for bargains along Sunamachi Ginza ‘Shotengai,’ a local shopping street with more than 180 shops
  • Visit serene religious sites like the 300-year old Fukagawa Fudouson Shrine
  • Posted tour price is per person for a group of six guests
  • Great way to experience life like a local in Tokyo
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Food and drinks
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Kiyosumi-shirakawa Sta. , 1-chōme-6-13 Shirakawa, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0021, Japan

Departure Point: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station in Tokyo (Toei Oedo Line or Hanzomon Line) Directions: Toei Oedo line or Hanzomon line subway Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station exit A3 (Outside) Dates: Daily

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet up with your guide in the morning at Tokyo’s Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station, continuing on a walking tour that recreates the typical daily stops of an average city resident.

Walk first to a nearby ‘depachika,’ a special high-end, Japanese-style, food court typically found in the basement level of Tokyo department stores. Explore the diverse range of foodstuffs for sale in these underground food centers, picking among items like bento boxes and a mouth-watering array of takeout meals.

Contrast your food shopping trip with some time for reflection and nature at Kiyosumi Teien Garden, a recreation area that sits on the former site of the residence of Kinokuniya Bunzaemon, an Edo-era businessman. Stop by the miniature lake in the middle of the garden, complete with its three small islands. The water level is said to rise and fall based on the changing tides and recent rainfall.

Head next to the 300-year old Fukagawa Fudouson Shrine, making sure to view the Shingon (Mantra) of Acala inscribed on the wall of the structure’s main hall. Locals suggest the mantra helps protect the facility from harm, a belief that’s further reinforced by the shrine’s daily prayer rituals.

Make the last stop of the day at the Sunamachi Ginza ‘Shotengai’ (shopping street). This well-known shopping strip is home to more than 180 local vendors offering everything from groceries to fresh produce and more. Each day thousands of locals flock to the area to run errands and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Though the street was largely destroyed during the bombing raids of World War II, it was rebuilt in the style of Japan’s Showa era (1926-1989), offering a glimpse at the country’s early 20th-century design. If you’re lucky enough to the visit on the 10th of the month, you might even get to take advantage of the street’s ‘bakane-ichi’ (monthly sale). Your walking trip will end here.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kiyosumi Teien
Also visit the Japanese-style Kiyosumi Teien Garden nearby. The origin of this garden was the site of the residence of the famous Edo Period business magnate, Kinokuniya Bunzaemon. When the great earthquake hit the Kanto area, this garden was greatly damaged, but it saved a lot of lives by providing shelter to the local people. See the beautiful miniature lake "Sensui" located in the central of the garden with three small islands. The water of the lake is currently financed by rainwater, but in the past water from Sumida River was used. For this reason the pond by the ebb and flow of the tide landscape is said to have changed subtly.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Sunamachi Ginza Shopping Street
The last stop is to visit the Sunamachi Ginza "Shotengai". "Shotengai" is the Japanese word for shopping streets with small local shops on both sides. Sunamachi Ginza arcade used to be a quite, small arcade before the air raid in Tokyo, but after the huge air raid in 1945, it became a scorched earth. Now it is one of the most popular shopping street with approx. 180 small shops that sell fresh local produce, everyday grocery, and everything else. Since this arcade was rebuilt after World War II, the local people has put a lot of effort to rebuilt the street and its unique atmosphere and culture has a vestiges of Showa period (1926-1989). Sunamachi Ginza "Shotengai" is now part of the daily life for the locals and there are about 18,000 people shopping or simply strolling there everyday.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fukagawa Fudodo
Don's miss Fukagawa Fudouson Shrine with 300 years history originated from the Naritasan Shrine located in Chiba Prefecture. What's unique about this shrine is the wall of the main hall. See Shingon (Mantra) of Acala written on the wall in a surprisingly modern style. People believe that this place is protected by the Shingon (Mantra) of Acala and prayer is held everyday at the main hall.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Beauty of Japan
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tokyo Sunamachi Ginza Shotengai and Depachika Half-Day Walking Tour with a Guide?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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