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9 Walking Tours In Tokyo, Japan - Updated 2020

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Michelle Jamie
Michelle Jamie
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Tokyo is Japan’s energetic capital. With its many things to do and see, a traveler won’t run out of things to experience while on holiday in this country. It features traditional and modern architecture that will make you swoon. Another thing you should learn about the place is its rich culture by visiting temples, shrines, and the historic district of Yanaka. You should also explore the local food scene of Tokyo for it is a delight. In case you don’t know where to start your tours and where to avail it, we have compiled a list of the best walking tours In Tokyo, Japan. Check them out, below.

1. Walking food tour of Shibuya at night (from USD 179)

Dining like a local is easy in Japan, most especially if you know the ins and out in Shibuya. There’s no better way to know more about the town’s culture than by trying their local delicacies. Book the walking food tour of Shibuya at night to have a taste of the must-try street food; you’ll surely never regret going. You’ll not be going to the usual tourist route so expect fewer crowds, but, more authentic Japanese dishes. You’ll be trying out ‘takoyaki’ (octopus balls), ‘okonomiyaki’ (savory egg pancakes), Kobe beef skewers, and a local dessert. You will also get to try their local beer called ‘shochu’ (rice liquor).

Walking Food Tour of Shibuya at Night

Duration: 3 hours

76 reviews

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2. Tokyo private custom walking tour (from USD 157)

This private walking tour brought to you by Viator will let you explore famous landmarks in Tokyo, accompanied by an experienced guide. It is a customizable tour where you can choose between a two-hour or four-hour activity. Here, you will learn about the Japanese traditions as well as their modern sides by visiting important attractions and popular youth hubs, including Tsukiji fish market, Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, and the Meiji Shrine. As for the more trendy part of Tokyo, there is the Takeshita Street in Harajuku and the Shibuya Crossing, coined as the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world.

Tokyo Private Custom Walking Tour with local friendly guide

Duration: 2 to 7 hours

79 reviews

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3. Walking food tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza (from USD 198)

It is a walking food tour that will let you explore three neighborhoods in Tokyo, which are Yurakucho with its rustic charm, Shimbashi’s local eateries, and modern Ginza. You’ll be sampling the local street food, yakitori, accompanied by two drinks, and a chance to sample the dishes of six to eight traditional restaurants in the area. You’ll travel back in time as you navigate the streets of Gado Shita and its maze of eateries, where you’ll taste Japan’s culture. The neighborhood of Ginza is opulent compared to the two other neighborhoods, which you’ll see is often packed with office workers looking for cheap eats.

Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza

Duration: 3 hours

56 reviews

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4. Yanaka walking tour (from USD 89)

If you’re a history buff, you’ll surely love the Yanaka walking tour by Viator. Here, you’ll be transported back in time, specifically to the Edo period of the 16th through 19th centuries. You’ll be exploring the preserved district of Yanaka and be amazed by the elegant mix of temples, display of cherry blossoms, and their traditional cemetery called reien. Also, there will be an expert guide that will tell you fun facts and inside information about the historic district. This is the best way to know about Japan’s history and culture, so make sure to book this tour while you’re in the country.

Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

58 reviews

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5. Explore the city with a local (from USD 71)

Are you one of those travelers who wonder how to be a local in a place you’re visiting? If so, you have to join this activity that will let you explore the city with a local, making you feel like one too. Understanding Tokyo can be a little difficult for tourists, most especially because of the language barrier. So why not make it easier by being with a local who can introduce you to the place how he/she sees it? This tour will also let you customize where you want to go and visit. Primarily, they will bring you to the famous landmarks as well as explore local neighborhoods and hidden gems. They will also share insights and stories about local life, giving you more knowledge about Tokyo’s culture.

Private and personalized experience: see Tokyo with a local

Duration: 3 to 8 hours

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6. Japanese new year food tour in Shibuya (from USD 215)

japanese new year food tour in shibuya

New Year is the most important holiday in Japan, and before this time, you’ll get to know their traditions, food, and symbols when you avail of the Japanese new year food tour in Shibuya via the Get Your Guide website. The tour will start at iconic Hachiko crossing and taste your first lucky dish called Soba. Then you’ll be exploring a hidden shrine and gain knowledge of the customs of Hatsumode. And for the dinner, you’ll be dining at a favorite local spot and experience table-side cooking and make hot-pot dishes like Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki. You’ll be ending the tour by eating dessert at the busiest crossing in the world, the Shibuya Scramble.

Tokyo: Japanese New Year Food Tour in Shibuya

Duration: 3 hour

1 review

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7. Shinjuku and Kabukicho evening walking tour (from USD 56)

Are you one of those travelers who is intrigued by Japan’s neon-lit alleys and red-light district? If so, you have to avail of the Shinjuku and Kabukicho evening walking tour in Viator and learn about these must-visit areas in Tokyo. It is a nocturnal adventure with a guide that will bring you to Japan’s capital and busiest neighborhood, in terms of food and nightlife. It will let you dine in hole-in-the-wall restaurants, have a drink at the quirky bars of Golden Gai, and experience the Kabuchiko’s red-light district and hear risque stories about the place from your experienced guide.

Evening Walking Tour: Shinjuku&Kabukicho with Experience Japanese style Sake Bar

Duration: 2 hours

62 reviews

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8. Half-day Tokyo architecture walking tour (from USD 82)

If you’re the kind of traveler who loves a good structure, then this walking tour in the heart of Tokyo is an ideal activity for you while in town. Aside from sightseeing of the city’s prominent architecture, you’ll also learn about its design, form, and history from the narration of your expert guide. Here, you’ll see traditional and contemporary buildings designed by excellent Japanese and international architects. You’ll also walk by the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, a famous landmark in Tokyo. It is a three-hour tour which you can opt for a day or afternoon schedule. The tour will only be composed of a small group, for a more personal approach.

Tokyotecture: a unique architecture experience

Duration: 3 hours

18 reviews

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9. Tsukiji Market walking tour & rolled sushi class (from USD 100)

tsukiji market walking tour & rolled sushi class

Are you in love with Japanese food and does your heart leap at the mention of the word sushi? If so, the Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class is a must-try activity for you. Your first stop will be in the Namiyoke Shrine to learn proper Shinto etiquette and get a fortune slip to know what’s in store for you. Then, you’ll be exploring the Tsukiji Market and hunt for ingredients that you’ll later on use. For your last activity, you’ll be learning how to cook traditional Japanese food like rolled sushi, Temari sushi, egg omelet, and miso soup. A professional instructor will teach you the different cooking techniques. To complete your experience, you will be having a meal paired with five different Japanese spirits.

Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class

Duration: 3 hour

35 reviews

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Make the most of your trip

With the things to do and explore in Tokyo, one wouldn’t be bored while here. So make the most of your time by following our list of the best walking tours in Tokyo and have fun exploring the area and getting to know about the place and its culture.

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