Tokyo: West-Side Walking & Street Food Tour

4.9 / 5

15 reviews

Tokyo: West-Side Walking & Street Food Tour

From £64.73 per person

Enjoy an immersive private or small-group walking food tour that teaches you about everyday life in the eclectic local neighborhoods of Nakano and Koenji, with delicious street food tastings along the way.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the eclectic neighbourhoods of West-Tokyo on a 2-hour walking and street food tour
  • Sample 5 street food eats from local vendors, markets and Japanese franchises
  • Gain a new appreciation for local flavours and life in the neighbourhoods
  • Finish up with a drink at a local izakaya
Full description
Ditch the commotion of Tokyo’s well-trodden tourist hubs and venture into the charismatic pockets of West Tokyo on a ‘no fuss’ walking and street food jaunt. Dive headfirst into the charming Tokyo neighborhoods of Nakano and Koenji, as you explore the twisting alleyways, alternate subcultures and casual eateries that give these unique enclaves their distinctive character. Feast upon a tailored selection of everyday eats from local vendors, independent markets and Japanese franchises, as you walk the nostalgic 'shotengai', boisterous eating and drinking ‘yokocho’ and contrasting calm of the residential backstreets. Gain a detailed insight into life in the streets, as well as newfound confidence to take on Tokyo’s flourishing dining scene as a neighborhood pro. Local eating and drinking hotspots, suggestions for offbeat neighborhoods to explore, you’ll be equipped with it all as we cap off our outing over a drink at a quintessential ‘izakaya’. So, lace up your walking boots, come hungry and don't be shy about getting your hands dirty on this Tokyo walking and street food tour. Leave content, with a new appreciation of Tokyo life, local flavours and hopefully a few tips and tricks to squeeze that little bit extra out of this bewildering metropolis.
Includes
  • 5 Japanese street food eats from a revolving selection of local vendors, markets and popular franchises
  • Your choice of drink at a cozy neighbourhood izakaya
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 140 JR train ticket from Nakano to Koenji
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with food allergies
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Nakano Station is a moderately busy suburban station, 5 minutes travel from Shinjuku Station or 16 minutes travel from Shibuya Station. Your guide will be waiting directly outside the north ticket gates, 5 minutes before the start, wearing a distinctive orange, white, and green baseball cap.

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing
    • Hand sanitizer or tissues
    • Garbage bag

    Know before you go

    • This is a no-fuss walking and food experience with an emphasis on socialising, exploration, and local discovery
    • You will constantly be on the move and eating on your feet, prepare to walk and get your hands dirty
    • This experience visits typical local eateries and does not cater to personal tastes, dietary requirements, and food allergies
    • Feel free to eat as much as you wish
    • This outdoor activity proceeds irrespective of the weather
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 15 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.2/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Service
      5/5
    • Organization
      5/5
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    Excellent tour

    We really enjoyed our food tour with Andy recently. It provided a great opportunity to try different local foods alongside an explanation of their origin. Andy provided a good commentary with insight into local customs and culture which was fascinating. We were a small group of six and we visited lovely old streets in areas we would never have found. It also gave us more confidence to try different foods after the tour. We would definitely recommend the west side street food tour.

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    11 October 2019

    Andy was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and able to gauge his audience perfectly. Just enough info about the food and areas to keep you curious and make you want to come back and explore for yourself. Definitely recommend this - good for kids too (my two boys - 11 and 9 - loved it).

    4 October 2019

    Andy takes you through his local neighborhoods and gives you some insight into the area and everyday Japanese life and culture. The food we sampled was delicious with some local delicacies like dango (mochi) and the best inari I have ever tried. I really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see more than just the tourist side of Tokyo and also try some local food.

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    11 September 2019

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