Food, Calligraphy & Culture Tour in Sugamo

Tokyo, Japan

Duration
03 hours 45 minutes
Capacity
2 - 6 travelers
Booking notice
2 days
Standard price
RM 562.10

★★★★★
Anne
I speak English

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!


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Itinerary

11:15 AM

Meeting Time Frame

Summary

Meeting Time Frame 11:15 – 11:30 am.


11:30 AM

Let's start the food, culture and calligraphy tour in Sugamo

Summary

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!


03:00 PM

End of tour


Travel notes

Tour Highlights:
- 4-hour tour and Cultural experience
- Lunch and local food tastings at 5 food stops
- Browse the shops at a local shopping arcade for souvenirs
- Shodo (Japanese calligraphy class) with an English speaking teacher in a private studio
- Take home your own T-shirt with your Kanji character from your personal brush work

Dietary Restriction flexibility:
Dietary Restriction flexibility: No Shellfish, No pork (with advanced notice at the time of booking) . Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot make an allergy free or dietary restriction food guarantee since food is prepared in kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan. Also some stops may not have a viable substitution but we will make every effort to compensate at different stops throughout the tour.

Meet up point:
The front of Aoyama Flower Market shop inside the Sugamo Station entrance area.

Directions:
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.

Address:
〒170-0002 Tōkyō-to, Toshima City, Sugamo, 1-chōme−16−8 アトレヴィ巣鴨 1F
〒170-0002 東京都豊島区巣鴨1丁目16−8 アトレヴィ巣鴨 1F
Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/nci3aaa1HoT7Y8w26

Access:
JR Yamanote Line
Mita Subway Line

End point:
Jizo Dori Area

Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays,
weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in
this case.

Poor weather plan

On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.

Where we will meet

Aoyama Flower Market, 1 Chome-16-8 Sugamo, Toshima City, Tokyo 170-0002, Japan

How to get there

Standard price
RM 562.10 /Pax
Booking details
Adult 13 and above
MYR 0
Babies and toddlers 0 – 2 years old
MYR 0
Children 3 -12 years old
MYR 0
Total MYR 0.00
Price including
Try local dishes at 5 food stops, including lunch
Lunch in a local restaurant
Dessert
1 drink
Traditional calligraphy experience with professionals (all materials are supplied)
Bring back home your own customized t-shirt
Local English speaking guide
Price excluding
Hotel pick up not included - Can be arranged for an additional charge
Gratuity
Transportation costs
Additional drinks or food - Not included but possible to purchase at guest expense
How 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.