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Tokyo | 3.5h
Traditional Food and Culture in an Old Shopping District
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Try local food and explore the nostalgic streets of Yanesen.


Yanesen stretches out over two wards; Bunkyoku and Taitoku, and is the generic name of the three old shopping streets; Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi, of this area. 
In this tour, we will taste the usual Japanese meals such as croquettes, which are very popular among the locals, and onigiri, a traditional Japanese meal. You will also be able to enjoy Japanese food culture in one area.
Other than the cuisine, you will also be introduced to traditional shops that sells Japanese accessories, a hand puppet show with elaborate and expressive puppets, and a shrine with a tunnel of vibrant red torii gates. Live like the locals for a day in Yanesen!

Highlights


・Explore the streets of Yanesen's shopping district and enjoy its nostalgic Showa period (1926-1989) atmosphere.
・Taste famous Japanese sweet and savoury food!
・Purchase cute gifts and food to take back with you as souvenirs.

Attractions


・Chonmage Imo Tamaru: This is a sweet potato snack named "Chonmage Imo" because it resembles a chonmage. It is additive-free and naturally sweet, which is why it is so popular.
・Niku no Suzuki: Their freshly fried menchi-katsu is beyond delicious!
・Yanaka Shippoya: Try a donut stick, resembling the shape and pattern of a cat's tail. Our favourites are the creamy ones!
・Kanekichien: You can shop for equipment used in Japanese tea ceremonies in this lovely shop.
・Waguriya: It is the only store in Japan that specializes in Japanese chestnuts and owns its own farm, and is popular for its sweets that make the most of the natural flavor and taste of Japanese chestnuts.
・Echigoya Honten: Taste Japanese beer and sake, and enjoy drinking the Japanese way; kadouchi.
・Hand Puppets Shokichi: Enjoy this fantastically expressive puppet show by professional puppeteers!
・Nezu Shrine: Visit this shrine, also known as a "power spot", right in the center of Nezu, and walk through its magnificent tower gate and tunnel of red torii gates.
・Onigiri Café Risaku: Taste the soft and beautiful onigiri rice balls, a typical Japanese food, along with a delicious bowl of pork soup.

Notes

・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you will be tasting street food all the way through the tour.
・You can purchase a drink at location No.6: Echigoya Honten, but please note that you must be over the age of 20 to be able to consume alcohol in Japan.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY1,000 /person)

Meeting Point

North ticket gate ,the west exit at the JR line (JY07), Nippori Station



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