Tokyo’s best known spots are worth a visit but getting away from the touristy areas is the best way to really experience local culture. On our Sugamo Culture and Food tour, you have the best of all worlds. First explore a truly hidden gem neighborhood with a 100 year history of food and flavors. Meet some of Tokyo’s friendliest shop owners. Taste special snacks, and enjoy a delicious local lunch. Those with a sweet tooth can also have fun trying a few things only available here!
Meeting Time Frame
Meeting Time Frame 11:15 – 11:30 am.
Let's start the food, culture and calligraphy tour in Sugamo
Truly go local! Tokyo’s best-known spots are worth a visit but getting away from the touristy areas is the best way to really experience local culture.
On our Sugamo Culture and Food tour, you have the best of all worlds. We will begin the tour with a local sweet treat from a shop that has been in the area for about 100 years! This charming location has a great friendly atmosphere and creates original snacks and classics with a twist found no where else in Tokyo. Next head on to Jizo Dori the famous local shopping arcade where you will have a chance to visit regional shops celebrating prefectures across Japan, stop at a famous temple and learn about this haven for older Tokyo residents who are still quite young a heart! The district’s popular, 800-meter long street is also affectionately known as the “Old Generations’ Harajuku” in a fun comparison to the Harajuku district’s status as one of Japan’s foremost youthful shopping and fashion destinations.
Browse pickle stores, snack stalls, interesting shops and take in the local vibe on your way to a favorite spot for a delicious lunch set and delicious dessert. After lunch and an exploration of this colorful and fun area– head to a hidden calligraphy studio and experience the ancient art of Japanese Calligraphy called Shodo. Create your own Japanese Kanji character with a fantastic teacher. When you have written your Japanese kanji with brush and ink there is a wonderful added bonus! You get to take home your own high-quality T-shirt with your character on it! Or you can add your name in Kanji for your shirt, the teacher will help you choose the best characters!
This is a must-do activity and tour, especially for people looking for local connection, cultural experiences, hands-on activities and of course, Delicious Food!
End of tour
Aoyama Flower Market, 1 Chome-16-8 Sugamo, Toshima City, Tokyo 170-0002, JapanHow to get there
The front of Aoyama Flower Market shop inside Sugamo Station entrance area this address: 〒170-0002 Tōkyō-to, Toshima City, Sugamo, 1-chōme−16−8 アトレヴィ巣鴨 1F. You can copy and paste this to Google Maps: 〒170-0002 東京都豊島区巣鴨１丁目１６−8 アトレヴィ巣鴨 1F. There are two train lines you can take to get to the meeting place - JR Yamanote Line and Mita Subway Line. Our guide will be in front of the flower shop holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.