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Stop At: Ningyocho Karakuri Watchtower, 2 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo 103-0013 Tokyo Prefecture
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
McDonald's Ningyōchō, 2-chōme-3-1 Nihonbashiningyōchō, Chuo City, Tōkyō-to 103-0013, Japan
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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.
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 :)
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 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 .
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
If you look carefully there are artisans in small Tokyo shops making traditional objects and foods. Our guide taught us how to open our eyes and find these remaining keepers of craftsmanship. And now I know the proper ritual for offering a prayer at a Shinto Shrine!
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.
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!
We had a guide on his first day. He was nervous, too quiet and his english was difficult to understand. He was accompanied by a more experienced guide who wanted to give him latitude, but the tour was painfully slow and disjointed. Not sure why we stopped at a couple of the shops and frankly got very limited information about the area regardless. It was not worth half the money we paid for the tour and candidly I can not recommend it. Sorry.
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