Shotengai. Daily life in Tokyo

TYPOLOGIES

Street Food

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DIFFICULTY

Easy

MIN. AGE

All ages

JPY 8500

SHOTENGAI. DAILY LIFE IN TOKYO
The neighbourhood shopping streets

Do as the people of Tokyo do! Go bargain hunting in Tokyo’s longest shopping streets! Known as “shotengai” in Japanese, these covered shopping malls are a unique feature of all Japanese cities and are a regular destination for locals running their daily errands. Our "storyteller" will lead you to experience the simple everyday life of the inhabitants that makes Tokyo so fascinating!

A walk through some of the most interesting Tokyo’s neighborhood shopping street.

Togoshi Ginza, the longest shotengai in Tokyo

The covered Musashi-Koyama Shopping street.

From Thursday to Sunday at 13:00.

Small-group walks: min 1 participant.

Tasty street food.

 

Beyond the large consumer shops, located in the modern areas of Ginza, Shinjuku and Shibuya, favorite destinations for Japanese young people and tourists, there are very different realities in the daily life of many inhabitants of the metropolis: the shotengai or neighborhood shopping streets. They are alleys, often covered, dotted with small and old shops and grocery stores. These streets offer the opportunity to take a dip in the daily life of a large part of Japanese people and are famous for the delicious street food that makes them beloved destinations for locals and visitors.
Walk to Togoshi Ginza, the longest shotengai in the city, crammed with little shops and food stalls. Nearby stands Musashi-Koyama Shopping street, a picturesque covered shotengai. End the walk at Meguro station on the JR Yamanote line.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

English speaking “storyteller“ escorting you through enchanting and hidden Tokyo corners - Snack and drink. NOT INCLUDED: public transportation (about 130 JPY).

WALK SCHEDULE

From Thursday to Sunday

START TIME

Start time: 13:00 (meeting time 12:45). Make sure to be there at least 15 minutes ahead.

DURATION

2 h (13:00 -> 15:00).

STARTING AND ENDING POINTS

The walk starts in Osaki JR Station and ends in Meguro JR Station. We will provide accurate details of the meeting point upon confirmation.

CANCELLATION

Up to 24 hours before: 10% processing fee charged if cancelled up to 24 hours before the walk starts (local time). After 24 hours: 100% charges (See our Terms and Conditions policy).

CHILDREN

From 0 to 2.99 years - free; From 03 to 11.99 years - 50% of the adult price; 12 years and older - full price.

PRIVATE WALKS

Available daily. Please enquire with us through our CONTACT page.

GOOD TO KNOW

During this experience, you will be walking through Tokyo streets for 2 hours. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring a foldable umbrella if it looks rainy - The walk will depart on time, out of respect for all customers. Late customers will not be waited on and there is no refund - A safe menu for food allergies and intolerances cannot be guaranteed - IOJ reserves the right to modify the itinerary in case of unforeseen events.

COVID-19

All storytellers are required to wear masks - All clients are required to wear masks and respect social distance - We ask all of our clients to check their temperature on the date of the walk and refrain from participating if the temperature is above 37.5°.

Tom was a great mentor: he had plenty of interesting facts and is very good at telling stories. Also very helpful with the Tokyo lifestyle.

Wilma and Luke, Esher

★★★★★ 15 November 2019