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Nakamise Shopping Street: Our most recommended tours and activities

Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

1. Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

Get the most out of Asakusa on a deep yet relaxed 3.5-hour walking tour of this historic township at the heart of Tokyo. See the 1400-year-old Sensoji temple and learn its secrets from your knowledgeable and hospitable guide. Our guides bring you the best in tourism: local knowledge, genuine friendliness, and an expertise earned through a rigorous certification process. Just as Asakusa’s history started by the Sumida river, so do our tours. Step back and forth in time with us as we help you navigate the lively streets of Sensoji Temple, guiding you to the best spots to satisfy your eyes, stomachs, and your curiosity! Participate in centuries-old rituals at the Temple and the Asakusa Shrine and have a chance to see what the fates have in store for you with Sensoji’s infamous paper fortunes. Relax in the quaint, atmospheric side streets reminiscent of olden days gone by and let our guide show you hidden gems and sights of all kinds, even those that don’t exist anymore! From the hundred-year-old shops and restaurants to the newer entertainment halls of the “Rokku” area, you’ll fall in love with Asakusa’s endless novelties that our guides help bring to life. We use an earphone guide system during the tour to: ・ Deliver the guide’s voice securely to each participant from a distance. ・ Enable communication within the group.

Tokyo: 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour

2. Tokyo: 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour

Meet your guide at Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa, Tokyo to explore the greater part of Asakusa. It will be around 1 to 2 kilometers of walking and you will visit the non-touristy areas and family-owned shops and restaurants.  You will first visit a standing sushi restaurant owned by a fish dealer. Learn how to eat sushi and taste fresh seafood that you might not have tried before. Sushi used to be fast food before in Japan and now you will also learn how to properly eat sushi. Have the chance to visit a family-owned soba restaurant where you will enjoy fresh soba and gyoza at a local restaurant that only locals go to. Try handmade rice crackers at a local store with over 100 years of history. Taste some Japanese snacks which are a hidden gem that started with a food stand 50 years ago in Tokyo. Finally, you will also visit Sensoji Temple, one of the largest temples in Tokyo to learn about Japanese culture and history. 

Asakusa: Kitchen knife store visits after history tour

3. Asakusa: Kitchen knife store visits after history tour

The reasons for those interested in Japanese kitchen knives to choose this tour are you will: ① Go right to the right stores without any prior research or wandering. ② Rely on the guide in terms of providing candid and neutral feedback as you listen to the sales pitch by the store clerks ③ Enjoy our flagship in-depth Asakusa tour prior to the store visits After having an in-depth Asakusa history tour, we will take you to the Kappabashi Street adjacent to Asakusa, a shopping street lined with dozens of stores selling everything needed by restaurant operators. Obviously, the Japanese kitchen knives are the mainstay of the products handled by them. The street has several stores specialized in kitchen knives; since they have a full lineup of the products, you will have the best chance to find some which you are genuinely looking for. For groups of three or more, we will use an earphone guide system which enables you to clearly listen to the guide from a distance.

Asakusa: Exquisite lunch after history tour

4. Asakusa: Exquisite lunch after history tour

Head to Tokyo's Asakusa district and immerse yourself in its unique historic atmosphere. Admire the distinctive architecture on a guided tour while learning about the area's past. Admire sights including the Azumabashi Bridge, Kaminarimon Gate, and Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Begin at Azumabashi Bridge before making your way to the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. From the observation deck and take in views of Kaminarimon Gate, Nakamise Shopping Street, Sensoji Temple, and, on the other side, views of Tokyo Skytree and the Asahi Beer Headquarters. Visit Kaminarimon (Thunder) Gate, the entrance to a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine. Then, make your way to Nakamise Shopping Street. Check out some of the displays on the street that recount the history of Asakusa. The Hozomon Gate will lead you to the Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest and one of its most significant. Next to the temple is a five-story pagoda that holds Buddha's ashes. Take part in centuries-old rituals at the temple and the Asakusa Shrine and receive a paper fortune. After the walking tour, savor a traditional lunch. Listen to your guide explain the ingredients to you and how they are prepared as you sit in an evocative and authentic setting based on traditional architecture.

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What people are saying about Nakamise Shopping Street

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Thank you Taka! Such an interesting tour

A very instructive tour , and fantastic experience . Not only we learned so much historical facts as our guide Taka was so knowledgeable , but we were also given a lovely tour of the area from alongside the river , taken for an amazing view at the top of the contemporary information building ( The design and architecture of it in itself very interesting ) . This was followed by a tour of very charming and authentic back streets in the vicinity . We learned so much and we were lucky to have Taka for ourselves as he did not have other bookings that morning . A big Origato Kata , you made a memorable moment of our time with you .

Amanda was incredibly knowledgeable. Although born and raised in Canada, she might as well have been Japanese given the nuance of her understanding of the culture. Was a pleasure to be on her tour and I would recommend it to anyone who visits.

It is a very interesting tour; tasting the local food with the help of a local is a great way to approach this culture so far from ours and the explanations, availability and treatment of our guide, Yasu, are unpayable

Great, kind, helpful and patient guide who can tell everything about Japan and its history in a fun way. Afterwards we had a drink with the locals in the red lantern neighborhood.

Our guide Yoko was very a lovely person and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our tour and learnt a lot about the local area. Would highly recommend this tour